Frugal Update and Some Splurges Too

Hello my friends, it is with pride and joy that I am announcing that my ‘readership’ grew to 26 subscribers!

What? I’ve had 26 people voluntarily sign up to get my newest posts updates delivered straight to their inbox ย ๐Ÿ™‚ Please note that none of the 26 readers are my family or friends. I still have not told anyone I know that I have this little blog of mine.

Anyway, work has been a bit boring and slow this past week, but it surely is paying the bills and securing my retirement. I do appreciate it. While I am settling in (it’s been 9 weeks already) I am still open to other opportunities. I met with my headhunter last week and he thinks he can get me a couple of interviews in the next few days.

Professional napper

Shall I consider this as my interview outfit? * I do not own this image.

Lately I have been not as focused on saving money as I have been on NOT spending it. Since we still don’t follow any budgets, I am coming to terms with the fact that as long as we are spending frugally and 90% on our needs, we shall be in a good shape. The 10% of ‘wants’ is very much needed to keep us happy and motivated. For me that’s a cup of latte or an easy and inexpensive brunch out with a friend on a weekend. I don’t need new clothing or expensive cosmetics or spa treatments but I do need some ‘girl time’ over my cup of coffee. โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

As for a frugal update, here we go!

1. Clearance rack

is absolutely awesome at my local Duane Reade. All this baby stuff is being added to the package I am preparing for my sister. She is pregnant with her 4th and I am helping as much as I can. Add to it 7 pairs of good quality socks and 2 pairs of stockings, aloe vera and Aveno sunscreen and you will not believe all I paid was $11.56. I did redeem $5 in points too. I am absolutely thrilled with this shopping trip.

Frugal accomplishments

2. More Schoola goodies

Big thanks to everyone who used my affiliate link to sign up for Schoola. All of the clothing pictured is my 2 nieces’ back to school clothing and I paid less than $5 for it. As you can imagine, my sister is taken aback and so very grateful. With another little one on the way she is counting every penny. This is such a huge relief for her and I feel so good about being able to help. This surely is a win-win situation ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are still shopping for school clothing and are not signed up for Schoola, you can do it here. The 50% coupon code for the first time shoppers (WSW00090-SM) does not expire till August 31st so you can still get a super sweet deal!

Frugal accomplishments

$5? I’ll take it!

3. Freebies in the mail

Wheneverย there is a promotion for something to try out I surely do sign up for it. Then I forget about it. 6-8 weeks later? Goodies time ๐Ÿ™‚ Small things like that make me happy.

Frugal accomplishments.

4. More frugal ways
  • I am going to bore you and say that, yet again, I cooked all the meals at home. The only issue that I had was that we had the same meal three days in a row. I am planning same dish for this week as well. I am afraid that T., who is super easygoing, may start complaining soon. My cooking imagination is just not turned on at the moment; I am hoping I will make more effort in the fall when standing by the oven does not hurt as much as it does now.
  • I fixed T.’s pants’ pocket. He almost took it to a tailor and I am pretty sure it would be around $10.
  • I am staying content with free entertainment – free kindle books, reading my favorite blogs and binge-watching Master Chef ๐Ÿ™‚

How are YOU saving money?



    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      You are always cracking me up, Kathy ๐Ÿ™‚
      Well, the problem is I still need to do the hours 9-6 or 8-7 if I add the commute. :/
      But praise the Lord, I have the weekends off. Possibly I should look into a part time job on the weekends. Not a bad idea. Xo

  1. Renee says:

    Your fellow Queens neighbor here. My Duande Reade on Kissena is not as cheap as yours! ๐Ÿค” I was wondering your recipes for your brown bagged lunch. Love your oatmeal post–would love ideas for lunch prep. Thanks! -Renee

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      Hi Renee, nice to hear from you. I am in Maspeth and the Duane Reade is great here. It has half an isle devoted just for clearance.
      I am going to do a post about my brown bag lunches either later today or tomorrow so be on a lookout. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. The Frugal Shrink says:

    Nice job as always! I’m working on another frugal post- it’s neat to see how the small things REALLY add up over time! Thanks for the Schoola link- I bought multiple good pieces of clothing for just $3.

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      Glad you got a good deal on Schoola as well ๐Ÿ™‚ that’s the beauty of sharing all these frugal accomplishments via Internet – passing along deals one would never know about otherwise.

  3. Renee says:

    I love Maspeth! We eat at Good Eats diner and my husband and I manage to share a $13 entree. They are happy to let you share. Also, I buy items from “On the Road Again” for our babies. Check them out on Yelp. The owner pays cash for baby items on the spot (we on certain days). I love your blog–thank you for being so personable. I can’t wait to read the entry on your brown bagged lunch ideas. -Renee

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      OMG. I am basically a few blocks away. I am sure you know the ‘New Poland Deli’ literally next door to the Good Eats Diner. You shall try a few slices of ‘szynka babuni’ which is called grandma’s ham in English. Best on the same day that you buy. So good for a sandwich ๐Ÿ™‚ This is also where I get my ‘Polish’ pierogis.
      I know ‘On the Road Again’ of course! I stop by there sometimes to get toys for my nieces.
      Are you in Kissena or Rego Park? (Since it seems we shop at the same Payless store at the Rego Park Mall as well as far as I remember ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Renee says:

    I will try the Polish pierogis on Sunday. We moved to Kew Gardens HIlls (11367 zip code) to save on rent and to be able to park our cars and not pay someone to park in their driveway like in Regp Park. Yes, we still shop at the Rego Center–I LOVE shopping at Aldi’s–especially when we are watching our pennies.
    After reading your reply back to my Maspeth comment, I drove over to the Duane Reade in Maspeth and I fell in love with their clearance aisle. I had to have them adjust the prices for a couple of items–but they graciously did it for me. Thanks for the tip! Smiles, Renee

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      I can relate to having free parking – priceless. And right in front of the house share rental that we have.
      So glad you got some good deals at my local Duane Reade. The clearance section is ever changing so I go once or twice a month and always get so many good deals!.

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