Sometimes you just have to take a few minutes from the daily slog of life and take time to appreciate the stuff that’s going right. Celebrating the frugal things that are helping me save money and are making my life simpler allow me to keep my eyes on my long term goals.
So here’s a sampling of the frugalness that’s making me happy right now:
Discovering a new-to-me thrift shop
My family and I took a little road trip to a town we seldom visit (even though it’s only a 40-minute drive). While we were there, we discovered an awesome little thrift shop in which I found several pairs of brand new and like-new jeans and khaki pants for my son and husband and some decor for our recently re-done bathroom, all for only $35! I love finding a great new source for inexpensive, name brand stuff, and the people were really nice there, too.
The quarter-mile stretch of road between my house and my parents’ house is lined with wild raspberry bushes. They’ve been producing beautiful red raspberries, and since my parents don’t care for them much, the berries are ours for the picking! Delicious berries at no cost, plus time spent with my family in the beautiful sunny outdoors? Yes, please!
My new Instant Pot
I have always had a bit of a soft spot for kitchen gadgets and gear, especially ones that promise to save me time and money. On Amazon Prime Day, I cashed in some credit card rewards points and got a fantastic deal on the 7-in-1 Instant Pot. I am thoroughly enjoying making delicious meals in a fraction of the time it would take with my slow cooker. I’m excited to try more recipes and features and I’m certain that this easy-to-use tool will help me save money on meals at home.
I love seeing all of the school supply deals show up in all the stores, because back-to-school sales aren’t just for kids! The sales are an opportunity for me to plan ahead for school projects, get organized around the house, and even shop for gifts for the holidays. So many possibilities! The back-to-school sales are also a reminder that a more consistent schedule is right around the corner for our family. I find that I tend to save more money when our routine remains pretty steady.
Books to read
I don’t know about you, but I’ve needed a break from all of the coverage of politics in the media and on Facebook. Thanks to my beloved public library, I’ve got books to read while I’m sitting out on the deck and magazines to browse on my iPad. I get free entertainment and the clutter goes back to the library when I’m done. Win-win!
Life is good when you can take time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life on a budget.
What frugal things are making you happy right now? Please share in the comments!
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