*Harvested garden goodies: tons of green beans, spinach, zinnias, raspberries, tomatoes, a pepper and an onion
*Bought a bag of really ripe bananas for just 50 cents
*Redeemed several coupons for free mini pizzas
*Bought chicken for 99 cents a pound. It's hard to beat this price, but I don't buy bone-in very often, and I forget how much I hate that process! However, I was out of chicken and the boneless hasn't been on sale for a long time.
*Made a batch of granola
*Eric received a pear and some garden potatoes--there are informal agreements at both the community garden and Eric's place of employment where people can give or take extra produce--we've given a lot of beans away
*I was super excited to discover a new book swap box near our home, just like the ones I mentioned from our recent CO trip! I brought two books with me and swapped them out for two new titles. Will do this often--love.
*I attended a free coffee shop concert with a friend and redeemed my coupon for a free drink that I won from the library
*I used a coupon for a free 12-pack of Coke. I showed Nathan how to look for lids and enter the codes, and he loves it. He has found quite a few lids out and about!
*Scored a package of tortillas for just 49 cents, combining sale and coupon. We go through tortillas very quickly, and I'm usually thrilled to pay a dollar for a package of 10.
*Received several free samples in the mail: shampoo, face cleanser and lotion x 3. These often come in padded envelopes, which I save for my own mailing purposes.
*Something I always endeavor to do is to be creative and persistent in using up leftover bits and pieces. I've mentioned it before, but it's truly something I enjoy--avoiding waste, being resourceful, trying to be creative. I had a big hit last week--I had some cooked noodles, some bits of ham, and a tiny container of chipotle sauce that Eric brought home from a work lunch. I decided to make homemade mac and cheese, adding the chipotle to my usual sauce. It gave it a wonderful kicked-up flavor that we both loved, and I added ham to Eric's.
*Ground wheat into flour
*Made 3 batches (total) of raspberry jam and strawberry jam--the raspberries were free from a neighbor who is on extended vacation and told us to help ourselves!
*Ordered some free photo cards with promo codes
*Made bread, banana bread, M&M bars, and a brownie pudding dessert
*A big savings this summer is that I'm not currently attending an exercise class that I've done for almost a year (I was going an average of twice/week). While $5 a class is not exorbitant, and I enjoy going, I'm taking at least the summer off, especially with all we've had going on. But if I don't workout, I definitely start to notice in my waistline. I was inspired by this post and decided to check our library's selection of exercise DVD's. I've found one I like (well, I don't like it, exactly, but it's brief, intense and effective!) and have been doing that 3 times a week.
*Stopped by a thrift store during their semi-annual clothing clearance sale. I bought 6 items for just $3 total. I was most excited about a pair of baseball pants for Nathan to wear next season--and they hardly looked worn.
*Got a great deal on 4 boxes of cereal, combining a sale and coupon
*Another friend of mine moved away last week (wah!), and she graciously blessed us with some perishable items, including bacon (Eric was pumped!) and a riding toy for Naomi. I brought her some flowers from our garden on her last day of work, and watched her kids for several hours in the days leading up to the move.
*I think I mentioned last time that I recently "discovered" a library in another nearby town. I've known the director there for years, and she lives just a few minutes from me. She offered to be a courier for me to check out and return books. What a blessing! I've already taken her up on it once--she is so sweet. She keeps a box in her garage for friends to pick up and return their library items. She said since she's going there every day, it's no trouble. Isn't that thoughtful?! I am so excited that they've had several books on my list that I haven't been able to get in town.
*Purchased some of my favorite toiletries on half-off sale and with $1 shipping
I'd love to hear about your frugal activities!