This was a great week for free food for us. Between the rehearsal dinner, the wedding reception, being treated to a meal out with friends, and food brought and shared by my mother-in-law and my uncle from the funeral, there were several meals that we didn’t have to cook or provide food for. It was a real blessing to our food budget! I also officially started Christmas shopping this week, actively searching out little deals here and there. And after several weeks of not being able to do any thrifting, I was finally able to go today and scored some great stuff.
Here are my frugal accomplishments for the week:
Used my $10 Amazon credit to buy six pair of mustache earrings, two scarves and five stylus pens – these will be stocking stuffers and gifts for my children to give their friends. I still have $2.49 credit left to use.
After the wedding, we brought home a beautiful round cut of wood to use as a plate stand or base in decorating, both flower girl baskets, lots of crayons tied with ribbon and a travel size bar of soap. The wood went into my hospitality drawer, the flower girl baskets have been repurposed to hold a thankfulness project I will share with you soon, and the crayons and soap went to the Operation Christmas Child stockpile box.
Started a compost pile on the backside of our raised bed garden. Ross also weeded the garden and cleared it out for cold weather.
Blessed with spaghetti, sweet tea, a large bag of rolls, apple fritters, boiled eggs, a fruit cream pie, barbeque, sandwich buns, slaw, chips and a chocolate cake. This provided two dinners, a lunch, and several snacks and desserts.
Made garlic toast from the Texas toast I bought at the bread store last week and put it in the freezer.
Using a Swagbucks offer and a coupon code, I ordered a gift box from Citrus Lane, which I received this week. I earned 1000 Swagbucks for signing up to have a box delivered and the coupon code cut the price in half. So for $12.50, I received a cool little nightlight, a copy of Ladybug magazine, a harmonica and a small bag of organic potato crisps. Plus the 1000 Swagbucks earned me the $10 Amazon credit mentioned above.
Made apple dapple cake from the apples we were gifted last week.
Went thrifting and bought three books for $1 each (two for Christmas gifts for the kids and one for school), four glass dessert dishes for $0.50 each, a quart size mason jar for $0.79, a stand for my new beverage server for $1.49, four black dish tubs for $0.59 each to use for storage in my pantry, and an orange and white Saks Fifth Avenue purse for $1.99.
What did you do this week to make or save money?