*Eric received a coupon for a free pint of ice cream for giving a pint of blood in a recent drive
*A friend of mine took Naomi's two-year photos for free
*An on-going set of privileges we take advantage of is perks that come with Eric's employment at the college--entrance to athletic events, music and theatre performances, and use of the athletic facilities.
*Used a mailer coupon for a free box of pasta
*Lots of deals at the grocery store, combining sales, coupons, and deal offers like this and this: 10 Yopl*it cups for 29 cents each (reg. 65 cents each), bananas, throat drops, toilet paper, cheese crackers, toothbrushes
*Free box of cornbread mix
*Redeemed a coupon for a free piece of pizza (a huge one!), which served as Nathan's supper one night
*Eric and Natalie went on a date and used gift cards to pay for their supper and mini-shopping spree.
*Scored several fun goodies on the 75% off Valentine clearance--a few things to save for next year, and something for Natalie's upcoming birthday.
*Bought a purse at the thrift store for $3. The strap on mine (that I've had for more years than I can count) broke just seconds after I entered the store, so it was nice I was in such a convenient store to replace it! Incidentally, I am a BORING purse person. I pretty much always go for basic and black.
*Made pumpkin bars, whole wheat crackers (a bust), corn bread, and corn dog muffins.
*Eric took the older kids to a free ice skating/hockey night.
*Cooked two pounds of dried beans
*Redeemed an offer for a free drink (milk) when Nathan came along with me to a Chinese supper with friends. He shared my entree, so there was no extra cost, and I had enough left for lunch the next day.
*Earned a $5 gift card to our local bakery by reading 10 books during our library's winter adult reading challenge, and used part of it to treat the kids after a not-fun appointment
*Made Naomi's birthday cake for less than $2.
*Received a free bunch of bananas with a store coupon
*Used a Shutterfly code to order free prints
*Scored several BIG boxes of cereal for $1 each (reg. $3.99--75% off!), combining a sale and coupons
*Stocked up on alfredo sauce when it went on sale for less than $1/jar (We were almost out, and I think I got 8 jars--this is one of my favorite ways to "save"--trying not to pay full-price!)
*Found a brand new white polo shirt for Nathan on clearance for $4--this is for Eric's brother's upcoming wedding, and I was thrilled to find a new one at this price!
*Also for Nathan: he is very hard on socks, and last time I was at the dollar store, I noticed they had packs of socks (3 pairs) for $1. I bought a package and he really liked them. (He's also very picky about how socks fit, and I have to buy ones that are smaller than what packages indicate for his shoe size.) So I bought 3 more packs on my last trip, since we don't have a store nearby. These cost much less than the socks I had been buying, and seem to hold up OK. Plus, they fit better, so it's an all-around win.
*Got a free package of gum with coupons--will give this to Natalie for her upcoming birthday, as she's become very interested in chewing gum lately!
*Paid just 2 cents for a bottle of hydrogen peroxide using a coupon. The bottle in our cabinet was embarrassingly old, so I was glad to replace it for pennies.
*Paid just 50 cents for 4 cups of Yopl*ait, combining a sale, coupon, and Checkout 51
*Got a bottle of juice for 49 cents combining a sale and coupon--I look for good prices on this (target price is 99 cents, so I beat it!) because Natalie has to bring 100% apple juice to preschool once a month.
*Swapped with a friend--I watched her 4 children for several hours one afternoon, and she gave me some home-canned goodies and a promise of watching the kids while Eric and I go out to eat one night.
I'd love to hear about some of your recent frugal activities!