Last week was very frugal and full of blessings. Keeping a summary of each week’s frugal accomplishments surely pushes me to think extra hard of how I can manage my finances better and what else I can do to save money (or make extra money!).
My last week’s frugal accomplishments are:
1. Made (almost) all meals at home.
We did the usual. This means morning coffee brewed at home (Trader Joe’s coffee is proving to be one of the favorites), home cooked dinners and leftovers for lunches. Packed snacks to take to work as well. The only splurge was brunch with The PG Girl and her mom. The PG Girl’s mom came to visit from Poland so we wanted to treat her to a meal out on Sunday. Great meal and great time so it was worth it.
2. Made $3,200 (on top of my regular paycheck)
I still can’t get over this one. I make $3,200 by trading stocks. Both T. and I invested some money in stocks and he traded them a few days ago. My portion of the funds turned into $3,200 profit! This is the first time ever that I made money without putting in actual hours. Let me tell you, it feels amazing and is one of the reasons why I am living frugally. Saving $$ and being able to invest at least $50.000 by end of this year is my main focus right now.
3. Had amazing time with friends (absolutely free)
Went away for Friday evening and most of Saturday to see friends upstate, NY. Wonderful people, great conversation, juicy steaks and lots of time outdoors just relaxing and enjoying absolutely glorious weather.
4. Got a few fees reversed
Chase Bank likes to occasionally sneak a $25 service fee or two on you so make sure to be checking your accounts. I called them and got that reversed. In addition, my local library never received the books that I returned by dropping them off at the outside shoot, trying to charge me a whooping $38. After I called and swore I did return them (which I did), they kindly took the charge off of my account.
5. Free gift boxes and ribbons
My office often receives gift boxes, fruit baskets, chocolates and other treats. Once all goods are devoured, all the wrapping lands in trash. Unless I grab it first, that it! This week I scored some super cute boxes and ribbons. I put these away in the ‘gift wrapping’ section of my pantry. When I need it, it is there. Free.
6. (Almost) free laundry detergent
Oh, how much I love you Dear CVS. You and all the Extra Bucks that you are generously giving away. I combined ‘Beauty Bucks’ with a sale on Arms and Hammer laundry detergent and paid $1.07 for 2 big jugs. (They normally would cost $7.99 each). Being a reader of pretty much all money saving blogs out there, there was a time I considered making my own laundry detergent, but really, when I am able to get a deal like that, I don’s see myself making it from scratch. Ever.
How frugal were YOU last week?