Frugal Accomplishments and Ways I Saved Money

I spent most of the last week working offsite, mostly in meetings, taking minutes and making sure all goes smoothly during a 3 day retreat for 16 of my colleagues. Thus, no new posts last week, except the standing ‘Frugal Accomplishment’ one. I am going to catch up this week! My boss is traveling and currently in India so I am looking forward to being able to leave office @5pm sharp every day. That is a rare treat for me 🙂

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Traveling or not, I am doing best to keep money in my wallet. Let’s see how I did.

1. Work retreat

This past week several people from my organization (including myself) went on a work retreat. We spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Montauk in Long Island at a local boutique hotel, right on the water. Now, that was purely work retreat (and not vacation) which meant being in meetings 9am-6pm but still was a lot of fun. It also meant 3 days of eating delicious food on my company’s dime!

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Shall I even mention that I got lobster bisque and a steak for both dinners? The only money I spent during the entire stay was $5 that I gave to a shuttle driver as a tip for helping us with pick up from the train station and carrying my bag.

Oh, and look at this!

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I was thinking ahead and took some ziplock baggies with me ;). Leftover almonds, dried cranberries and cherries, chocolate chips mix and cookies safely made it to my apartment in Queens.

2. No grocery shopping

I figured since T. is away until Easter and I am away for 3 days on the above mentioned retreat I would suck it up and NOT do any grocery shopping.

From the moment I think I have nothing to eat, I still have enough in the fridge to eat for a week..  The only things I purchased were bananas and 2 avocados so I could continue to make my morning smoothies. I still had plenty of frozen fruit in my freezer. Other than that, I was making eggs in various forms, fried rice and pasta. I spent only $9.

No grocery shopping and yet my belly was full.

3. Fixing and mending

I fixed a few buttons (T.’s pants), sewed up a few holes (socks) and tighten up elastic (a skirt).

That’s all I can think about for now. I made no extra money last week but I posted several things on eBay so hopefully I will make some extra cash in the next couple of weeks. Saving money is one thing but trying to make more is just as amazing.

4. Always choosing free entertainment

With this amazing spring we are having right now in NYC, I am very happy to just be outside, walking around, enjoying warm breeze. That’s pretty much what I have been doing this weekend. I even made it to Manhattan on Saturday (which I rarely do since I am in the city every day for work), being in SoHo felt amazing. When the sun is shining, more people wear smiles 🙂

How was YOUR week?



  1. Kim says:

    That’s totally something I would do….bring baggies for leftovers!!!! I love reading how others are saving money. I always learn a new way to save money or just make do. I think that’s where I could do more….just make do. Thanks for the post!!

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