*Stopped by a local thrift store when they were having a very rare store-wide 50% off sale. Found several goodies at half price: snow pants for Natalie, some small lidded glass bowls, pajamas for Nathan, a candle, a carbon monoxide detector (we have two but were recently encouraged to put one on the third floor of our old home), and a silver bowl. $7.50 for all--hooray!
*Eric signed up for a free trial of A-zon Prime. We've taken advantage of the shipping a couple times, and also watched some shows/movies on the instant video section.
*I think I forgot to mention last time that I bought some dried elderberries and local raw honey to make some elderberry syrup. (Thanks to Katie D. and Kristin for the recipe and tips!) I don't love the taste, but I do think it's effective, and making it myself was a big savings over buying it.
*Took advantage of lots of bonus codes and offers with KFR points.
*Redeemed a code for free photo cards.
*Bought a summer pair of pj's for Natalie for just $1 on the Wmart clearance rack
*Scored a couple boxes sugar free muffin mix at the grocery store. I'd never seen this before but they had a cart full of them with a "free" sign! I also got some free taco seasoning and a chocolate egg using Saving *.
*Other grocery deals: free ground beef with rebate, cereal for 98 cents/box, soup for about 65 cents a can by stacking coupons, pre-made guacamole for just 50 cents--a huge score! I love avocados, but the sale price per fruit is 99 cents, so they are a special treat.
*Made hummus, syrup, apple pear crisp, pumpkin spice cake, and cinnamon bread (I love baked goods, but now I *have* to keep track of how much I consume--waahhh!)
*Attended a free exercise class
*Brought my rings in for their (free) annual cleaning--love seeing them sparkle!
*Received a free sample of facial scrub in the mail.
*The girls and I attended a carnival on campus, and scored several fun goodies (popcorn, pancakes, balloons, and a notepad). We also had coupons for a couple free games, which came in handy, as we blew through the tickets I bought very quickly. One of the things they wanted was matching rainbow face paint!
*Participated in a book and DVD swap with some other local moms. I brought the maximum 10 books, but wasn't very excited about any of the other titles. I did find some books I think the kids will like, and I grabbed a couple for gifts. The best part was that a mom with older kids had cleaned out their DVD collection. She brought 2 dozen, and wanted none in return, so each participant got to select 2 "free" DVD's on top of what we'd brought to swap. I was very pleased with the selection, and have one I think each kid in particular will enjoy. I cleaned them and tested them yesterday to make sure they work fine, and I plan to wrap them up for our road trip to CO in December. Fun!
*My sister-in-law gave me one of her extra pairs of (super-cute) yoga pants.
*I took Natalie to a costume party at a local grocery store. She got to paint a mini pumpkin, decorate a pumpkin cookie, and trick-or-treat around the store with a bag they gave her, partially filled with crayons and coloring pages. When we walked in, I was handed a coupon booklet that included a coupon for a free pound of bananas. Woo-hoo! I needed to get groceries anyway, and this certainly made it more fun! (Not a great pic, but here's a glimpse, at least.)
*Eric stopped by the garden and saw that there were more raspberries, so he and Naomi picked a couple cups' worth. We mix them in yogurt for breakfast.
*After hearing for awhile about ThredUp, I finally decided to check it out when Monica sent me a referral email with a $10 credit. I picked out a very cute gray cardigan, something I've been wanting, and only paid $2.98 for shipping. (Here's my referral link if you want to check them out. The selection is way bigger than I expected, and I thought most prices were quite reasonable. If you order through this link, you start with $10 credit like I did (so could be a free item like my sweater), and I'll earn $10 for referring you.)
*I was so glad I checked my receipt IN the store the other day (something I rarely do), because I noticed I was charged twice for the last item in my cart. It was kind of a pain to get the refund but I'm glad I caught the error before leaving the store. If this happens to me fairly regularly, I can only imagine that it's a common mistake.
I'd love to hear about your recent frugal activities!