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.
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!
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.
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.
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?