Frugal Accomplishments and Ways I Made Money

Another blur of a week; I literally just raced through it. Monday, Friday, weekend. Phew. Although I am not so sure this is a good thing to run through the week barely realizing what really happened, except work.

Well, it is what it is, although I need to say that T.’s and my conversations more and more often consist of talking about moving the hell outta here. Just today, when I was talking with a friend, we both agreed that it must be a New York thing. The constant rush, the stress, the feeling of always having to work and the fear of being replaceable (work wise). Don’t get me wrong, I am so very grateful to have a job that I do enjoy, job that provides stability and safety (and the ever priceless health insurance) but I do feel more often than not, that I rarely do anything else… Even today, Sunday, when The PG girl and I met at the Grumpy Cafe in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, after having coffee and catching up for a moment, both of us pulled out a laptop to review priorities and update agendas for tomorrow’s meetings. While at it, I also answered around 40 emails that piled up since Friday night. You know, to have a fresh start on a Monday morning.

Oh the dreams of eventually settling in the suburbs in a tiny home with a garden 🙂 I know it is coming, that’s why I am saving as much as I can while at the above mentioned job. We are hoping 2, 3 years max and we will be able to relocate to more affordable and a bit more peaceful area. While saving, I am trying to stick to the 80/20 rule and enjoy some living along the way (such as getting a professional haircut yesterday). I am also always on a lookout for best deals, free things that I can reuse or resell or simply not missing any opportunity to get $ into my pocket.

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1. Amazon gift card

This was an absolute surprise! I have been using Open Table to make bookings for lunch or dinner whenever I schedule my bosses meetings. Whenever he actually uses the booking I make, Open Table adds 100 points to my account. The points then get turned into ‘Restaurant cash’. I did not care for any of that for the last 2 years since most of the restaurants would not honor it. And then, just last week, when I clicked on the points, it showed me an option to convert the points into Amazon gift card. I almost fell off the chair 🙂 Holly guacamollie. I converted 4,000 points.

That’s $20 baby, $20 d.o.l.l.a.r.s!

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2. Swagbucks turned into $25 Amazon Gift card

I usually wait till I get enough swagbucks to get the $25 paypal card but it had been taking so incredibly long for me to acquire the points that when I reached 2,200 I just snagged that $25 Amazon credit.

3. Wipes for a year

Once I got the $45 in my Amazon account (See #1 and #2 above) I couldn’t help but look for deals, finding a great one on Huggies One & Done 552 count baby wipes. Now, I don’t have babies (but fingers crossed this will change), but I still use the wipes, I just like to use them instead of toilet paper. Is this tmi? Ahem. When you check out through Subscribe & Save and clip the $4 e-coupon at check out, the price shall come up to $9.08. Plus free shipping.  Whoa! 1 cent per wipe – now, that’s a great deal! Once I receive the wipes, I will cancel the Subscribe & Save delivery so one delivery is all I get.

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4. More $$

through Ebates. Not much but hey, money is money. I got almost $3 added to my account. Slow and steady, my friends, slow and steady.

5. GoGo Apple sauce 4/$1

Don’t these retail for a ridiculous $1.49 a piece? Well, at least in my area I am pretty sure they do. When I saw this deal I purchased 40 pouches. For $10 I will have a full month (2 per day) of snacks to add to my lunch.

Who said baby food is just for babies? 😉  Hmm.. delicious.

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6. Free MoMa for Family 5x$25 passes

While I am literally ‘MoMa’ed out’ I am happily using my free pass card to treat family and friends. Last weekend, T’s aunt and her 2 girlfriends came to visit from Virginia. Just the girls trip to NYC 😉 Since my pass is for 5 people, it worked out great, since none of us had to pay. Not to mention we could skip all the lines. What a treat. The exhibits were awesome and we had a great time. $125 stayed in the wallet.

How are YOU saving money?



  1. TerriC says:

    Don’t you just love it when someone catches on that things can be made more worthwhile for folks if they’ll add some sort of cash/gift card option? Like you’ve I’be been cashing in Swagbucks for ‘lower cost’ cards. Right now it’s Lowes cards where I will finish buying the upgraded blinds I’ve been slowly installing in my windows here at the house.
    BTW trying to remember to click on your ads to help boost your adsense. I don’t visit often but I’ll do my best to remember to do this for you and all other bloggers using adsense.

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      Thanks Terri. Yes, absolutely agree. It was nice to ‘cash out’ for the Amazon card at a lower points price. I think getting that extra 300 points would have taken me another 6 months. Ha!
      On another note, after I cashed out $45 in gift card for Amazon, as per above, and after spending the $9 on the wipes I received an email from Amazon with the order of an iPhone cover for $28. Turned out that my husband used my account and used the rest of my gift card credit just for that. Only to txt me later ‘hey, I saw we had some credit on Amazon so I got myself a phone cover for free.

      Ugh 🙁 great.

  2. Peggy Ann in CT says:

    Two thoughts…
    1) What are the ingredients for that yummy looking salad and dressing? I am drooling over it.
    2) Sometimes you think that the grass is always greener elsewhere. I am a Queens girl, born and raised. I thought that I would never leave New York but that changed when I had a child. I now live in suburban CT and I feel I rarely do anything else. Get the girls to school, go to work, pick them up from school, pick up from play practice, take to scouts, go to the library, go to the grocery store, do the laundry and more laundry. I miss my single days when my best friend and I would go to the theatre or museums (we joined the Whitney). I rarely if ever get back to NYC. Would I change my life? NO! But the stresses change as your family grows. Enjoy MOMA and coffee with your gal pal. In a few years you will be talking about the good old days. Wishing you love and happiness in wherever your path leads you.

  3. SimpleIsGood4U says:

    Dear Peggy Ann, thank you for stopping by and your very thoughtful comment (again) Oh, yes, the greener grass.. I know… I do have that image in my mind’s eye that one day it will be less stress, less rush, less ‘boss’. As of right now it does seem to me that I will be happier when I am in a quieter area, more air to breathe, more green to look at, morning coffee on a porch. And one of the biggest dreams? Washer & dryer so I can do the laundry in my own home. No more trips to a laundromat. No more weirdos at 11pm washing their sneakers in the same washing machine where I am about to wash my bedding :/
    But I see your point and I am sure the laundry and then more of it probably gets old very quickly. Just like you say, it’s just the source of stress that’s changing.

    I definitely need to work more on the here and now happiness and appreciation.

    If you ever do make it to NYC, MoMa pass for a day for 5 people is on me. And I mean it. 😉 just let me know.

    The ‘salad’ you see in the photo is my recent invention to use up the last tortilla wrap. I heated it up (up to a crunchy), spread some creme Fraiche on it, scrambled egg, some greens, cherry tomatoes and voilà! T. Is away for two weeks so I am trying to eat up all I have without doing another grocery shopping.

    • Peggy Ann in CT says:

      I too need to work on here and now happiness and appreciation. My husband has been out of work for many months now which has been extremely stressful. But we are making do. My girls are still fed, and have clean clothes to wear. (Having the laundry in your home is a HUGE blessing). And although I haven’t had much luck with the CT soil, I am dreaming of planting a garden again this year. Spring is in the air and bringing new growth. And every day is a fresh start to reinvent yourself. Thank you for the museum offer and the recipe. I appreciate your kindness and very much enjoy your blog site.

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      Dear Ms13 – Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate your sweet comment. I am trying harder this year to keep the optimistic attitude more than I used to. I am so glad it shows..
      Thank you for the warning re: the baby applesauce pouches. I cut one open just now and nothing to report. Seems like I got the good batch 🙂

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