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?
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. 🙂
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.
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?