*Grocery deals: 4 bags of flour for 72 cents each! (combining sale and coupon), box of crackers for 38 cents (sale, coupon, C51), fruit snacks for 40 cents (sale, coupon, C51), free yogurt (Saving St*r offer), BBQ sauce for 50 cents/bottle (store markdown)
*Eric attended a conference and brought home several goodies: some snacks, pens and notepads
*Ground wheat flour
*Made banana muffins, wheat bread, pasta salad with homemade dressing, and syrup
*Took advantage of lots of free entertainment, including athletic events, parks, and a couple of special events at church (a game night and a hymn sing)
*Made granola and some salty/sweet peanut brittle
*Received free samples in the mail: lotion, cleanser, vitamins
*Made some quick lunches for the freezer: a loaf's worth of PB&;J, and some bean and rice burritos
*I was given some fruit left over from a campus event
*Made strawberry jam--I usually just make a double batch in June and that has previously lasted us all year. Not so this time around, so I made a smaller batch to tide us over until summer. Doesn't this jam look yummy? It tastes good, too.**
healthy snack service for free. It's kind of fun, because there are around 90 snack combinations (trail mixes, etc.), and you can enter your preferences of what you like and don't. I thought the goodies I received were quite tasty; however, each box costs $6 (inc. shipping) so it's not something I will continue. I'm glad to have had a free trial, though, and I have some codes if any of you are interested in signing up for a free box. (Just send me an email if you'd like a code--it is a subscription service, but you can cancel any time so you're not charged.) Here are the treats I received:
*Found some pop bottle lids at the park and entered those codes
*Bought a photo album at the thrift store for $1. I had actually bought the exact same one at W-mart a couple years ago at regular price--I think it was $7.99, so this was a good deal since I needed a couple more right now.
And, I really learned a lesson this past weekend: ALWAYS CHECK YOUR RECEIPTS! I often do, but don't always take the time. Well, this past Saturday, I got "burned" twice.
1. Regarding the aforementioned deal on tissues, I didn't notice until I got home (45 minutes away from the store) that I was over-charged on both 4-packs--several dollars over per pack! I might not quibble about a few cents, but this is about an $8 error. If only I had caught it at the store! I tried calling the corporate number, but they couldn't help me out. Hopefully, it will be easily resolved when I can get back to the store, but it's such a pain, especially since we live so far away!
2. That same evening, I made a rare stop at a fast food drive-through to pick up some supper for our family to eat at a nearby park. As I exited the parking lot, I had a fleeting thought that I should check my order, but I was in a hurry and figured it was fine. Oops! When I got to the park (several miles away from the restaurant) and started emptying the bag, it became clear that there was no chicken wrap (the one thing I'd ordered for my own supper). So we had to troop back over to remedy that--very annoying indeed!
I'm curious how many of you regularly check your receipts? This definitely taught me to take a few moments to check before leaving the store or restaurant!
And in another mess . . .
**Despite how beautiful the jam looks, I got distracted while making it, and this is what transpired--it boiled over. What a mess!!
I'd love to hear about your recent frugal activities!