Frugal Accomplishments and More Free Goodies

Seems like I am writing nothing else here on this little blog of mine but the weekly updates on how I saved (or spent) money and what free stuff I got.

The last few weeks have been busy, the current NYC heatwave was not helping either. This past weekend we all were literally walking with our tongues out. Not a pretty sight.  The moment I got home from work I was literally passing out. I had absolutely zero desire to clean, dust or shop. Cooking and doing the dishes was turning into a task of the gods. Almost unattainable. Well, I still did it; and I was glad T. was the only person who was hearing all my cries and whines. Yep, I am definitely not handling the 90+ degree weather well.

Spotted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Spotted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

I feel good about settling at my new work. Although I am finding it quite boring to be honest, at times I literally feel like I wish it was super busy and crazy again. Funny how I left my previous work because it was too busy. I got mine; it is way too slow now! Believe me, it is almost as bad to be too bored than it is to be too busy. If one does not have much to do, she is fighting yawning all day long, each minute feeling more like an hour. I trust this is because of the ‘slow season’ as most people are traveling right now so I am hopeful it will change and feel more productive in the fall.

And as far as biggest frugal accomplishments last week?

1. I spent time with frugal friends only!

as simple as that  🙂 B. knows I am not buying ‘proseco’ or a glass of $18 worth of ‘rose’ just because it is a Sunday. She knows I am happy to ‘grab a coffee’ or a reasonably priced brunch every now and then but I am NOT spending a penny on alcohol. B. knows that when we ARE going out for brunch, I am only going to do it if it costs me less than $20. Dear ‘other friend’ who suggests that we eat at ‘The Plaza’, or somewhere fancy only, let me tell you ‘ain’t gonna happen’. For God’s sake, if it feels like too much pressure I’d rather start losing some friends than cave in and go bankrupt.

Blue Bottle Coffee is so good!

Blue Bottle Coffee is so good!

2. I keep cooking

Since June 20th, which is when I started my new job, I have been in a competition with myself on how long I can go without buying any lunches out. I purchased just one lunch so far, a silly sandwich for a whooping $14. It wasn’t even that good. Welcome to the Upper East Side in Manhattan.

The secret of this sauce is that T. cooks it basically all.day.long. 12 hours until the whole tomatoes fall apart and blend with the rest of the sauce.

The secret of this sauce is that T. cooks it basically all.day.long. 12 hours until the whole tomatoes fall apart and blend with the rest of the sauce.

I have been making turkey meatloaf, beef chilli and quinoa risotto. T. is cooking his ‘famous’ pasta sauce. I am also making oatmeal every Sunday night which feeds both my and T’s bellies at least until Wednesday.

3. Goodies from gift bags

Last weekend’s score includes 3 Estée Lauder  cosmetic bags as well as 3 3-packs of Estée Lauder super fancy schmancy nail polish. I can’t believe how generous the gift bags were, so awesome. I opened one nail polish package and will use myself and will give the other 2 as gifts.

Frugal accomplishments

Frugal accomplishments

My baby nails. This is literally the longest I can grow them before biting them all off.

4. And a few ther things
  • Found 5 cents on a street 😉 (money is money no matter how little, right?)
  • As of last week I’ve maxed out my Roth IRA for the year. Yes! So happy and proud of that.
  • I pushed grocery shopping as much as i could so we eat from the fridge before things go to waste. We are wasting probably less than 5% of what we buy.

How are YOU saving money?

 

4 comments

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      Thanks so much!
      Yes, the sauce always turns out so good but we are slightly bored with it now. I asked T. not to make it till the fall. We are both all ‘sauced out’!
      I had a peak at your blog as well and enjoyed it too. We seem to be around the same age and both focused on saving $$ and frugal living 🙂
      Thank you for a reminder to use the points on the Recycle Bank site – I completely forgot about it. I am browsing through the page now to see how I can use my points.
      Wishing you a great weekend. xo

  1. Becky says:

    I haven’t had much time for reading this summer, but I was delighted to spend a little time catching up with you. I also have been going through a heat wave here in Oregon, and I agree–it’s miserable when you are not used to it! Thank goodness for air conditioning.

    It sounds like the prices are pretty insane there for sandwiches. I would make my own, too. Good job doing all that cooking. I know it’s not always easy to keep it up.

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Becky.
      Not much reading has been done here either but I am hopeful that I will read more and get to my ‘sewing pile’ sometime this fall 😉
      So glad to see you, Rob and the girls settling at your new home. Love that you are choosing to go with the wooden floors – they always look best.
      It surely is a lot involved with making a ‘house’ a ‘home’ but of so well worth it.
      xo

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