Saturday, May 25, 2013
Frugal deeds for the day: Got lots of chores done. My husband fixed 2 electrical problems, painted, mowed, etc. I power-washed the front entry/sidewalk - and then my husband tried to turn the outside faucet off - and the handle broke off? Emergency plumber? $160 - ouch. Oh well, I feel like we saved more than that doing all the DIY we did today. Then my daughter - after getting her hair done at the beauty school came home - and we hit the Guitar Center because she had a gift card from her uncle - and boy was he generous. Anyway, I found a 12 percent off $99 coupon and my daughter got Memorial Day sale special on the item she was looking for. She got $100 off the retail price with the coupon and discount. Then we went to Best Buy - with my $5 gift card that I got on Listia - she used it to buy a charger for her "free" Kindle Fire HD. Then we went to Earthfare - DD pulled up the mobile coupon for 10 grass fed beef burgers for $10 and my husband had enough Tomato Points for $10 - so we got all 10 for free - not even tax :) In the meantime, my daughter had dropped off some items at Plato's Closet for some quick cash - she got a few $ - and the items not bought will go to a charitable organization - I have an appointment for a pick-up in about 2 weeks - that should give us enough time to go through our stuff and decide what we want to donate. All meals cooked at home as I want to use up as much as I can out of our pantry, fridge, freezer.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Frugal deeds for the day: I met with a couple of friends and they treated me to lunch :) I in turn, was able to re-home 5 plants. Tomorrow, the realtor will stop by to do some preliminary work before we can list our house. My daughter and I will do some cleaning. So much to do, so little time.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Frugal deeds for the day: At lunch - I went to Home Depot to look for an inexpensive way to touch up my bathroom cabinets - I found a "pen" - hope it works as it was just over $6 with tax. Gave my daughter my Starbucks card and she got a free Venti Frappucino.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Frugal deeds for the day: We received a small windfall today - it will come in handy for all of the $ that went out the last couple of months. I also got a $5 Best Buy gift card that I won on Listia with credits - and I got a Stouffers blanket (it is really nice) with the Stouffer codes I won on Listia. I deposited the change that we got at the yardsale. A former co-worker is going to take my lemon and orange tree :) I feel like I am making progress.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Frugal deeds for the day: we sold some stuff at the yard sale and made some $. We had a nice lunch with my dad - home made by me. Although I made fresh pineapple/strawberry crepes - my dad brought over a nice German chocolate cake. Too tired to do much more today. My daughter and I did do some shopping. We went to Sephora and used some of our bonus points for 2 products - no money out. Then to Anthropologie where my daughter used the rest of her gift card. Then to Victoria 's Secret for 2 free pairs of underwear and 2 pair of yoga paints - after sale and coupon - came out to $10 a pair. My husband is at Home Depot with my discounted gift card to buy faucets for our bathroom sinks as we will have granite installed this week. Note to self: next time my home needs to be updated - do it sooner - rather than later so that I can enjoy the fruits of my labor - rather than just the new buyer. Hopefully my house will sell quickly. One around the block sold in 3 weeks.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Frugal deeds for the day: Tomorrow is the community yard sale - and the weather is not really cooperating - so, we have set up our wares in the garage. Our point is to get rid of things - hope they move quickly. Then, instead of eating out, I am making a nice meal for the family and my dad. I have a nice job offer - waiting for the paper work to catch-up. I will be in the same state as my husband. We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Woot on the stock market :)
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Frugal deeds for the day: It doesn't hurt to ask the grocer if you can still have the sale a day after it ends. Lobster tails were on sale for $5/each. Today, the price was $7.99 - I asked if I could get them for $5 - sure enough I could - and the lady behind me ask for a couple herself :) My daughter and I finally have been going to the community gym - part of our HOA fees. Today, while out and about running errands - I used my sticker card for a free large McCafe - not healthy, but sure yummy for a warm day - and free :)
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Frugal deeds for the day: Happy Mother's Day! My husband made breakfast - and I have agreed to go to a Chinese Buffet for lunch - w/10% off coupon :) Otherwise, I will spend the rest of the day painting and do other chores around the house to keep our maintenance/decorating bill low when we move. DH is going to the Dollar Tree to see if they have painter's tape and sand paper for a $1 a pack. If not, he will get them at Wal-Mart which is right next door. I took a vacation day tomorrow. Although the lady that writes estimates for the granite counter tops for the bathrooms won't be here until Friday morning - I will be checking out the 3 $29/sqft granite at the store. I just need to keep moving to make sure we get as much stuff that we can done DIY, before starting to fork out cash. But, I have a plan in place that is reasonable.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Frugal deeds for the day: I got my hair cut/styled, eye brows waxed and a French manicure at the beauty school. Then to Aldi - I picked up several things - but the .99 strawberries were the hit of the day. I just made crepes for dessert - used the recipe in my old Betty Crocker cookbook - and used whipped topping from Aldi also. I "won" a sticker filled card for a free McCafe at McDonalds, and a $5 Best Buy card on Listia. Then, I took a few broken pieces of jewelry to be repaired. I "won" some Mikimoto pearls - necklace was broken - but there were 31 pearls and 1 on the clasp - just in eye balling the pearls - the jeweler stated they were worth about $200. I am paying $38 to get them re-strung into a bracelet for my daughter. My husband bought me ruby earrings ages ago - he said he didn't pay more then $100 - one earring needed repair - cost $20 - she estimated the earring by itself was worth $300. My husband was shocked. I found a few more items to put into the yardsale.
Frugal deeds for the week: The rain is not cooperating - but the hedge trimming, house trimming work is suppose to start today. Since the work is being done/managed by a tenant in another house, my husband was will to pay a higher price - based on his reputation. However, the other bidder offered to paint the front door - and this one didn't - so, my husband is going to ask if he can throw that in. I am "off" from my day job today - so, I have an appointment at the beauty school to get my hair cut - $15 plus tip - and a free manicure since I booked in advance. Not too shabby for a pre-mother's day pampering. So, since we are probably moving - instead of eating out, I asked if we could just get some work done around the house - and have breakfast in bed :) This weekend, I will work on getting "stuff" together for the community yard sale next week and go from there. Lots of stuff to do. I have already started submitting change of address forms - those freebie postage stamps I get from being a "mail decoy" sure come in handy.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Frugal deeds for the day: To get ready for a move, I have cleaned out all recycled items out of my kitchen cabinet - like aluminum pie tins, butter tubs, etc. They are now all in the recycling bin. I have started cooking out the fridge/freezer/pantry in earnest. I sold a few items on ebay. I have slowly started filling out change of address forms. Freebie for the day: while at Books-a-Million - I received a sample of the their new Sea Salt Caramel Frappe - yum - and sample size was enough. So much to do, I just need to keeping putting one foot in front of the other. I realize I could always pay someone to do some of the things around the house - and we will hire professional help where needed - but being a frugal sort - I'd like to save myself a bit of $.