Friday, July 12, 2013

Frugal Doings

Earned $10 in Amazon gift cards through Swagbucks.

Selling items on Ebay, Craigslist and Amazon to bring in extra money (and declutter, too!). I've earned $155 so far in the past 3-4 weeks.

Used coupons matched with sales while grocery shopping. I have 60 cents off per gallon so far in fuel perks.

Other than necessary errands, on my days off I stay home. Reduces my gasoline consumption and saves me money.

With the exception of Saturday night, all meals have been prepared at home.

Trimmed my bangs myself. Saved $25 in a trim/haircut.

Cut the cable package back. I could not at this time bring myself to cut it out completely as it is about our only entertainment. We don't rent movies or go to theaters.

What frugal things are you doing?


Sandy said...

I sold my living room glass tables and chair and ottoman on craigslist and made over $200.00 Cooking more meals at home. Saving on gas, clothes and lunches because I retired last December. Plan on de-cluttering and selling all my work clothes at a garage sales and then donating what's left to the Salvation Army.

Sahara Sand MD said...

great news- can you tell us how you got into selling on amazon. is it difficult- can you sell used?

Sandy said...

Hi Tracy, Thanks for visiting me. Regarding my living room makeover, that's what I was going for peaceful and calm.

Chy said...

Cooking more meals from scratch. We rarely eat out but our at home meals have become "quick" meals that included lots of packaging. Going back to the basics. And if we do get to go out for a meal, we use gift cards, which we seem to get a lot of!

I work from home more now, which cuts down on gas.

Dh is taking his lunches now, instead of buying lunch each day at the local grocery store. He would buy a healthy lunch but one that we could have made from home. His office bought him a fridge for his office, so now he's using it and saving money!

Combined our house and car insurance. Saved 15%.

We've been donating items like crazy. I don't have time to list to sell items then send them by post, so we're donating instead. Feels good to have more room and it doesn't take much time. A bag here, a box there.

We shop at our local thrift store almost every week but only for things that are needed or items that will enhance our lives. We budget $20 a week but most weeks spend between nothing and less than $10.

We buy fresh, organic and on sale items but only what we really use. We never buy items just because they were on sale.

We save all year for our holidays and then while on holiday, we still stick to a decent budget.

Our furnace in the winter is kept low at night and when we are not home. We also dress warm so it doesn't have to be really high. We only light the rooms we use and we don't have long showers or waste water.

Finally, we also have kept our cable. For years, when our kids were young, it was our only source of entertainment for the two of us as they rarely watched. We've kept it but can readily afford it now, though we have a nice package but not top of the line.

You're doing a great job. Love your blog!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I got 3 books I've wanted with my Swagbucks! I don't know why more people don't do it. I also got some magazines from B&N with my Viggle GC's. Do you do Viggle? I think you have to have a smart phone or something else where you can install the Viggle app.

Went to the library and checked out 2 movies.

Been eating from the freezer since I need to empty it to defrost anyway.