For the last two weeks my mind just has not been where I wanted it to be. May it be the Holidays and missing my family back in Poland or longing for something it’s hard for me to describe. I am missing more spirituality in my life, more meaning in my days, having something more besides 10 hour work days, commute and cooking. Add to it cold, gloomy weather and a finger infection and I found myself in a bit of a black hole.
Basically all I wanted these past several days is coming back home, turning on ‘Chopped’ or ‘Forensic Files’, sneaking under a blanket and vegging out. Oh yes, hot cocoa in hand, too.
The black hole symptoms got almost entirely wiped out when I landed at LAX this past Tuesday night though. The sun and nature surely have a way of brining one’s spirits up.
Seems like most of my updates lately are just the ‘frugal accomplishments’ so here it goes again. While I am impatiently awaiting for work’s end year bonus (still not sure how much I am getting, but of course any amount will be SO nice), I continue to do best to get most of the $$ I spend.
1. I saved on prescription
I am also happy to report that my last check up showed no progress on endometriosis and T. and I will finally start trying for a little one. I received a prescription for prenatal supplements and was quoted $65 for a monthly supply 😳 The pharmacist advised that whatever I was prescribed can be easily replaced with regular, over the counter, parental supplements plus some extra folic acid. I am glad I asked! CVS ran a buy 1 get 1 free promotion so two month supply cost me a fraction of what I would have had to pay.
2. Yay for free books
I love books 📚 do Holiday work parties with free books as favors are my kind of parties. 🙂
I surely wish I got over the excuse of not having enough time to read. I will, one of these days.
3. And gift baskets too
I loved when a gift basket full of Polish goodies arrived at work. Pure coincidence? Luck? There were not many takers so I snugged most of it into my desk drawer. I also sent my dad a photo of the basket through WhatsApp. He was very pleased to see that all these familiar to him goodies made their way from Poland to New York City 😂
4. Saved wrapping papers and ribbons
Do you do Secret Santa at work? Look what I got! I was thrilled, someone must have really listed to me when I mentioned I am a beginner sewer. Well, I spent the same amount of $$ as what I got in return so nothing frugal here but of course I saved all the ribbons and fancy wrapping papers. Not just mine. My gift wrappings ‘stash’ is growing nicely.
5. I shopped wisely
Black skinny pants / leggings are my favorite work clothes choice. Not too casual and not too fancy. The 2 pairs I own have been serving me well but I knew I needed another pair soon. Voilà, Crossroads Trading came to my rescue. I got beautiful Maje brand pans still with brand new tag. Holly molly $18.50 for a pair that retails for $350? I’ll take it! Amazing quality and they fit me like a dream.
That’s it, that’s a whole update from last week. I hope everyone is having amazing Holiday Season, full of family and friends time.
I know you all are staying frugal and shop wisely as well. Let’s start 2017 with no Christmas debt! Xx