Weekly $$ Saving Recap

My trip to Poland is approaching and both my dad and I are literally counting days. I cannot wait to see him and hug him! This is going to be the shortest trip, while in the past I would have gone for 2-3 weeks, this time it will only be 8 days since I only saved up a few days off since starting a new job earlier this year. I am trying to stay extra frugal and conscious of where my money is going since, even though I got the flights super cheap, the trip is costing me quite a bit. I am the most favorite aunt too so I am bringing a suitcase full of gifts for my nieces 🙂 Stay assured, I am trying to get good quality for the lowest price I can.

My weekly recap of how I saved money last week:

1. Dry-what?

Last week I took my time (3 hours on a gorgeous Saturday) and pre-treated, HAND-washed and ironed several pieces of clothing most people would usually take to a dry cleaner’s. Doing it myself saved around $100 (IF I ever were to take it to the dry cleaners)

2. Hemmed 3 pairs of pants

My Brother  sewing machine has already paid for itself. Before I purchased it almost 2 years ago I was torn for a couple of months if it would be worth my investment. Well, let me tell you, I love it. I don’t sew a whole lot but enough to save $10 or $15 here and there. It also makes me feel very accomplished and proud once I DO sew or fix something.

Frugal accomplishments

Looks perfect 🙂

3. Cooked in batches

To save on time and take a break from doing the dishes (no dishwasher here) which truly seems like a never ending activity.

  • Made a huge batch of beef chili for dinner and froze 3 containers for future dinners.
  • Made a pot of quinoa portobello risotto which will last for 3+ meals for the two of us.
4. Outsmarted friends

Over the last weekend I spent only $8 for entertainment. And I met with two friends on two separate occasions. To avoid ‘brunch’ expenses I made plans with them at 3pm. Hello? I am not hungry, coffee it is. 🙂 While most of my friends are aware of me ‘watching the budget’ I am still trying to work ‘around them’ and not bring up saving money as one of my biggest priorities. I just make plans for when I know there will be a lot less pressure to spend $$

Community gardening in GreenPoint, Brooklyn. Right in Franklin Street super close where I used to live before moving to a Maspeth.

Community gardening in GreenPoint, Brooklyn. Right in Franklin Street super close where I used to live before moving to a Maspeth.

5. Made scones

from a 99 cent discounted Stonewell Kitchen scone mix. I really like Stonewall Kitchen brand so when I saw what is a usually a $8.99 mix for 99 cents I got 3 boxes.

They came out really good.

They came out really good.

6. Received free money
  • I finally got my $10 off coupon for Home Goods / TJMAxx. I have their credit card and get $10 back every $200 I spend (it took me a year and a half). I already spent the coupon on a three pack of underwear for my dad
  • I also was able to cash out Receipt Hog Coins (phone app) for $10 Amazon code. I will spend it on a three pack of Crayola watercolors and paint brushes for my nieces (their gift request). I have Prime shipping (through work) so I will break even!

Any great deal YOU are getting? X

 

3 comments

  1. Mary says:

    Hand washing clothes, especially dry clean only clothes can save a lot of money. I can’t believe it took 3 hours, I guess that sounds right but Wow 3 hours is a lot of time. I like the idea of meeting my girlfriends at 3pm instead of brunch time. Brunch has broken my budget many times, this is a good solution.

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      I think it would have taken much less time if I had a better iron. Once of those heavier ones that actually press well. Mine was $14 and I know why 🙁 I may need to invest in a good one rather sooner than later!

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