*Scored a free can of black beans via a coupon offer
*Purchased a whole ham on sale to chop up and use as pizza topping, in potato soup, scrambled eggs, etc.
*Natalie's preschool has an ongoing fundraiser in which you purchase gift cards to local grocery stores through them, and they receive a small portion of the purchase price. Now, this doesn't save us money, but I mention it because I would much rather participate in something like this than a fundraiser that asks me to purchase wrapping paper, cookie dough, etc.
*Received a book from PaperBackSwap
*Put orange peels in vinegar to make a batch of cleaning solution--I use it on our floors.
*Used a free shipping code and clicked through Ebates when I needed to make a recent on-line purchase.
*Eric purchased a couple of 100-piece puzzles for a quarter each at the thrift store--they were a big hit!(Here is a pic of Nathan with a 500-piece puzzle he recently completed--almost entirely on his own! This one was a $1 at a thrift store a couple years ago.)
*Took advantage when my favorite local home decor store was having a rare half-off sale. I got some gifts, and a little "A" sign I'd had my eye on. (You can see it in my recent Valentine post.) It was $7.99 when I went this fall. I didn't want to spend that much on it, and am so glad I waited. It had apparently already been marked down to $3.99, so with the 50% discount, I got it for just $2. Woo-hoo!
*Milk does not regularly go on sale here, so when it does, I stock up. A couple of weeks ago I was able to get 3 gallons for less than $2 each using store coupons. The normal price here for 1% is about $3.65.
*We got two coupons for free McD sandwiches from the newspaper, so Eric picked them up one night when he was coming back to town from reffing a basketball game. There was a big fiasco with his order, and an employee did not handle it appropriately. Eric called the manager after he got home, and the manager said he would send a coupon for the trouble. (E told him it wasn't necessary, especially since his order didn't cost any money to begin with--he just wanted to make them aware of what happened.) But a coupon just came in the mail for a free extra value meal, so that was a nice gesture!
*A friend gave me some crackers and pudding cups that her kids didn't like.
*I received a fun goodie bag when I attended IF: Local.
*At our recent MOPS Spa Day, I won a door prize--a coupon for a free large pizza! Every woman received a coffee drink and chocolate from a local grocery store. Nice!
*Received two packages of cookies in the mail for review via the BzzAgent program.
*Ground wheat flour, made hummus, and cooked a batch of dried black beans.
*Made homemade waffles and biscuits.
*Scored a free box of pasta with a mailer coupon
*Got 4 boxes of cereal for less than $4 total, combining a sale and two B1G1 coupons
*Redeemed two coupons for free ice cream on our Valentine date
*Received a free sample of facial moisturizer in the mail
*Gave haircuts to Eric and Nathan
*Made banana zucchini bread and popcorn snack bars (didn't love these, though)
I was also very inspired by these posts from The Prudent Homemaker on lowering electricity usage (MSM had one on a similar topic at the same time) and looking for creative ways to continue cutting costs.
I'd love to hear about your recent frugal activities!