Frugal Accomplishments and Ways I Saved Money

Frugal Accomplishments and Ways I Saved Money

1. Donated clothing

May not necessarily be seen as frugal on my side, but definitely a part of being a non-consumer. I truly hope that whatever I donate to our local ‘clothing drives’ gets used up. I always care that whatever I donate is freshly washed, folded, perfectly wearable. No holes, no stains, no missing buttons. Before I donate, I always ask amongst friends if they would like to grab the pieces, or know of someone who would need / want them. At this time no one wanted anything so the entire bag made its way to the donation center.

2. Broadway Show for Free

While I am looking for another job, I still take an advantage of all the perks that the present one provides. This past week we received an abundance of complimentary Broadway show tickets. They usually come on a very short notice (as in for the same evening performance) but then, if I already have plans with a friend, I just invite her to it. This time most of our office expressed interest so it was a bit of a social outing as well. The show was great. I don’t think I would have ever afforded to see all these shows if I had to actually pay for them.

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3. Ate a free lunch

at work on Monday. It was sushi too, which is absolutely my most favorite food. Oh joy 🙂

The rest of the lunches last week were homemade. Food out is my biggest ‘personal’ expense but I am definitely making some serious progress and don’t spend anywhere close to what I was used to. On top of a free lunch, I also nibbled on free pretzels, nuts and drank free (pretty bad) office coffee. I surely made up for it with a couple of  pricey lattes over the weekend but hey, I am not perfect. The late pictured above was actually free thanks to @CoffeedNYC. Thanks you guys for all the ‘free coffee’ cards that you gave away a couple of weeks ago. xx

4. Did some sewing

Ok, the sewing ‘pile’ as I like to call it, is officially GONE!

I fixed all the buttons, holes and last but not least, last night, while watching ‘Purple Rain’ I darned T’s pants’ bottom. These are casual pants so he does not mind the big ‘darn’ on them. Lots of life left in them. I have to say I absolutely LOVE my sewing machine 🙂

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What do you think? 🙂

5. And a few other things
  • I was given this lovely blue baby sweater for my youngest niece. While it says 4T it is much smaller and will probably fit a 2 year old (rather than a 4 year old). I will gift it to my friend whose baby girl will be turning 2 yo sometime this fall.

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  • I got some nice fabric on clearance for 99 cents per yard. I am planning on sewing a summer (easy!) dress sometime in the next 2 weeks.
  • I sold 2 things on EBay for a total of $54. I am leaving all this money in my PayPaul account so I can purchase my next VitaCost order for ‘free’!

How are YOU saving money?



  1. TerriCheney says:

    You know I don’t think a treat of latte when you’ve saved all week is a frugal fail. It’s an affordable reward for doing so many things to save money all week long and if that’s what gives you pleasure then by all means, plan for it and look forward to it and when you know you’ve splurged enough in the week, then skip it. It’s how I stay on the mark with my frugal accomplishments…

  2. Kathy says:

    Marina, You are a darn good darner💐😋 Nice work with the zigzag.Sewing is a worderful talent to have. Tell us about your sewing machine sometime

  3. Kara says:

    I get free tickets to events occasionally too! I’m seeing a play for free this weekend. I could never afford the ticket normally, so it’s a great bonus to my side hustle.

  4. Becky says:

    That is awesome that you get to go to occasional shows! Every job has its perks, my dad always used to say. We lived on a fruit and nut farm, so we obviously had all of the fruit and nuts we ever wanted–still do because some family members still grow them. My children have had thousands of dollars worth of free piano lessons because I am a piano teacher. I’m glad your job gets you fun stuff like shows, lunch and Ebates rebates!

    I love to sew. I’m sure you will find it more enjoyable the more you do it!

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