I fell off the wagon for a bit, spending money left and right, coffee here, pad tai there, then another take out and some more coffee. This happens every time I break my routine. During the last three weeks, when I was making an attempt to get a new job, my days were all over the place. Thankfully T. played along and picked up the pieces, namely did the dishes, picked me up after work to shave 25 minutes off of my (subway) commute, practiced the interview questions with me and overall stayed peaceful and kind when I was taking my long days out on him. I honestly think I deserved to be put in a dog house at least a couple of times.
I am winding down a bit now. I requested a few books from my local library, and I am next one in the queue so I think I will have them ready for pick up on Saturday. While reading is one of my most favorite pastime activities, I don’t read much, due to my ever favorite excuse of not having enough time. I am actually still working on my 2016 Reading List. And I am not even half way through. I requested 5 books from the list, let’s see how I do.
While recently I spent more $$ than I planned, I also had a few frugal moments:
Scored $35(ish) store credit to my most favorite clothing store of all times – Crossroads!
I put aside a few pairs of shoes and two tops I was no longer wearing and T. took it to Crossroads for me. Almost everything sell and T. brought home a gift card with a whooping $35 on it. This will be turned into a couple of pairs of flats that I desperately need.
Turned a dress into a skirt
Voila! The dress had really worn out armpits so I would never wear it again. I was able to cut it in a way that I saved the waist belt and used it for the skirt. It was easy and I am super pleased how it turned out.
Prepared a package for sister
Nothing goes to waste in this household. I packed up a huge box for my sister, which I will ship on Saturday. Shipping almost 40 pounds will cost me around $30 and will take up to 6 weeks. For the last 3-4 months I have been ‘hunting’ for hand me down children’s clothing, toys and whatever else I thought she could use. I think I spend approximately $20 on some specific items she requested such as neosporin or a boogie spray for children’s little stuffed noses. Otherwise, I got everything else for free.
And a few other things
- A colleague at work gave me a brand new dress she got on clearance at H&M ($10). She got it on a lunch break and turns out it does not fit her (she did not have time to try it on). It fits me well. I offered to pay her but she refused
- I found a few coins
- I keep hand washing ‘dry-clean only’ items of clothing, saving approximately one million dollars annually
Overall, we are doing great here in our humble, Queens home. Some days are better than other, more frugal or not as much. You know, life happens, so we are adjusting. Just keeping on keeping on 🙂
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