Frugal Accomplishments and Ways I Saved Money

What a week of abundance. Abundance and frugality. Frugality wise – without even trying to be honest. Working too much and pulling some late hours really discourages one from shopping, even for essentials. As I proudly announced last week, I have finally signed up for ‘You Need a Budget’ and really like it so far. I am still learning my way around it and trying to figure out how I shall budget for some of the categories considering T.’s irregular income. We kinda never know when and how much he’ll get paid. I will most likely purchase the program after the 34 day trial expires. I am serious about budgeting this time and I feel if I pay for the YNAB ($60 for a lifetime subscription) I have a better chance of sticking to it. What do you think? Worth it?

Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments and Ways I Saved Money

This week was frugal and we did not spend a lot of money (not counting all the $$ that we paid to IRS):

1. Fixed some socks

6 or 7 of my pairs had ‘holy’ toes but otherwise were in excellent condition. You should see me pulling them out of my bag while riding the M train to work. Haha. Surrounded by some fancy crowds, everyone with iPhones in their hands I felt like a crazy lady a little bit. Yes, you’re seeing it right, just darning my socks here.

2. Freebie book(s)

Arianna is a good friend of my boss and most of her books made their way to our office for everyone to grab. I requested 70 for our staff but not everyone was interested. I grabbed my copy and then another two as I already knew there will be plenty of leftovers and the books will probably end up being donated. I am keeping one for me and the other two will make a great gift. Thinking ahead will save me some money throughout the year. 🙂

Frugal Accomplishments

3. Free Concert

This is a work perk that I really appreciate. The MoMa annual pass, complimentary tickets to Broadway shows, tickets to concerts.

Just see below! Yes! These landed in my lap at a very short notice on Friday. T. and I literally had a couple of hours to go back home, eat, change and go back to the city. The concert was completely sold out. The tickets, although they show a price on them, were absolutely free for us. What a treat.

Frugal Accomplishments

4. Other random things
  • I got another $10 added into my Ebates account. I got some more flowers as a gift (on behalf of my boss so $0 out of my pocket).
  • The PG Girl and I went out for a latte to @Coffeed Cafe in Long Island City and everyone who got a drink received a coupon for a free coffee on their next visit. How cool is that? Totally unexpected too. I am keeping it for the next weekend.
  • I made all work lunches at home, again. By Thursday I was so bored with what I brought that I almost went out to get something else but managed to suck it up and I did not buy anything. I definitely need to look into making some more interesting meals. My current repertoire is super boring.

How are YOU saving money?



  1. Katasha @ broke girl rehab. says:

    I’m on my last week using YNAB and I’m pretty sure I’ll purchase it too – it’s so useful!

    I know what you mean about getting bored with lunches, because I’ve certainly felt that way but for some reason chicken or fish + quinoa + salad has been working for me for a while, so I’ve been saving money on lunch!

    Awesome money saving!

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      Thanks Katasha 🙂 yes, I too decided that I will purchase YNAB. The $60 upfront seems a little steep but since it is a one time only fee I will swallow it ;).
      I have been rotating 2 meals for lunches lately (pasta with chopped chicken breast, some veggies and tomato sauce and broccoli & cauliflower soup) I got cauliflower on sale 2 weeks ago and struggling to use it up. I am still going strong but after this week I will not look at another cauliflower for a year. Ha.

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