*Bought a pair of colorful curtains for $3. Sometime in the next year, we plan to move Naomi in with Natalie (Nathan and Natalie currently share), and I'd like to adapt the decor to be a little more girly. I am thrilled to have found these curtains to help that endeavor.
*Received free samples: tea, gummy vitamins
*Printed a free 5x7 from the wedding and put it in a $1 thrifted frame.
*Found several pairs of pajamas for Nathan for $2-3 each. My experience is that it is very difficult to find pajamas in his size, especially ones that aren't covered with characters.
*Scored a great deal again with a local grocery store gives you 50 cents off per gallon of gas when you buy 8 specific products. Those items were on sale, and I had coupons, so if I estimate a $10 gas credit, I essentially got 8 boxes of cereal for free!
*Other grocery deals: soup and pasta sauce for 74 cents each combining sales and coupons, refried beans for 50 cents/can, juice for 49 cents combining cpn and C51, 3 boxes of Kashi for just over a dollar a box, granola bars for $1 combining sale and cpn, free mac and cheese cup with Saving*
*My best deals came from hitting a store that was having a 50% discount on their clearance section. I was also able to use a couple coupons to sweeten the deal. I got everything you see here (22 items)--some groceries, a birthday gift for a party Natalie's attending (2 craft kits and some ponytail holders for $2.40 total!), and some OCC shoebox items--for just $12.89. I was pumped!
*Searched our library catalog for books the kids were interested in from the book flyers they bring home from school.
*Opened/closed windows based on temperature (ours have been rapidly declining--fall is here!)
*Gave haircuts to Eric and Nathan
*Placed my first on-line order since acquiring a REDcard, and was pleased to get free shipping and 5% off my order. Also, I went through Ebates so received about 20 cents in my account.
*Received a book through PBS
*Made a huge batch of cinnamon rolls; well, that was the goal, actually. I've used the same recipe for years, and make them every fall because it produces 7 pans. I think it must have been the humidity because the dough was extremely sticky even after adding TWO CUPS of flour. I ended up lobbing handfuls of dough into pans and calling it good, because I couldn't get the dough to roll out. Oh, well! It was a huge mess, but at least the end result tastes good (albeit not as yummy as the real deal).
*Stopped by a dollar store and got a couple spices (that price is hard to beat!) and a couple lunch containers.
*Baked an apple cake and a double batch of pumpkin apple muffins.
*My father-in-law is here helping us with some home projects. He had been pricing various types of siding as some of our original wood siding is rotting. (Our house is 105 years old!) He was at a home improvement store lamenting to a fellow customer that he couldn't find what he was looking for, and the guy said he had just taken some wood siding off of a house. My father-in-law ended up going to the guy's house and getting a load of wooden siding for just $20! This was a huge savings, not to mention re-purposing the wood that could otherwise have been burned or trashed. He is serving us in many ways during his visit, and we are grateful.
*A friend let me stop by for an early peek at her garage sale. I found a couple clothing items for the girls, and a pair of white church shoes for Naomi for $1--I'd been looking for these, specifically, and was thrilled to find them at such a low price. As I was leaving her garage, I noticed some ice cube trays--another item on my list, as one of ours broke last week. I went to grab a couple and she said I could just have them. Hooray! I'd seen some at the dollar store, and opted not to buy them because they were such low quality. These are really nice--and were free!
*Redeemed a coupon for a free gourmet cupcake at a grocery store bakery
*Made a batch of syrup
*Dried the rest of our basil leaves
*Diced and froze 14 2-cup portions of apples to use in muffins throughout the winter
*Attended a nearby county fair on half-price admission day
I'd love to hear about your recent frugal activities!