January came and went (well, almost). To me, it was a long month, on one hand, and a super quick one on the other. I am literally counting days till spring already so I do not mind that the weeks are literally flying by.
My sister is giving birth on Tuesday so we are all on pins and needles. After three girls, finally a baby boy is joining the family. Everyone is thrilled and cannot wait to meet the little guy next week. And me? Well, since I am a few thousands miles away, I am extra thankful for WhatsApp and Skype!
I am still going through a bit of a ‘down’ time but trying to lift my spirits with small things that give me pleasure. Whether it is a bubble bath, hot cocoa, yoga (to the tunes of YouTube) or re-organizing my fabric stash again – I am doing all I can to get myself out of this winter rut. I am also trying to be a bit more social, although all I want to be doing is literally cover myself head to toe with a blanket and veg out on my couch watching Gordon Ramsey. I do have a bit or crush on him though so I guess that’s fine, right? 😉
Money wise, I am not sure if I did well by all the frugal standards. I surely have been trying to literally buy nothing (except groceries) but had some not so frugal expenses regardless.
Hey, for example –
I spilled a mug of coffee on my pillow. Like a full size mug, full of coffee. In the morning, 2 seconds before we had to rush out for work. Throwing it into a washing machine was not an option, since we don’t have a washing machine. I put it in a bathtub instead but had no time to put more than a couple of gallons of water for it to soak in. When I actually washed it 2 days later it looked pretty bad. On today’s trip to Costco I just grabbed 2-pack of pillows for $14.99. They are so nice and fluffy, I think it was truly meant to be. The stained pillow was 10 years old and I hated it anyway. Hmmm… was that frugal? I sure could be using the stained pillow and put a cover on but the new set really makes me happy. I got a great price and the old shabby pillows needed replacing anyway, I literally squeezed life out of them.
After a month of the ‘Non-spend January‘ I think I actually had a regular frugal month but it was definitely NOT a ‘non-spend’ month.
I did well in a usual frugal way though:
- I did some hand laundry and ironed myself, even though the tags say ‘dry clean only’
- I returned a few things to Trader Joe’s
- Had free lunch at work on Monday and chose sushi – my absolute favorite food on this planet
- I worked late twice this week. Like 9am – 10:30pm. Ugh. Not pleasant but my boss pays for dinner and UBER back home if one works past 8pm. I took advantage of both on both days.
How did YOU do?
Wishing all my frugal friends a great week. xx