I’m human, so I definitely go through periods of “frugal fatigue.” It’s during those periods that I get lazy about clipping coupons, and tend to make more impulse purchases than smart buys. I’m more at risk for emotional spending and eating out.
But this week wasn’t one of those weeks. I ended the week feeling good about the tasks I completed and the money I saved. And it’s times like this that I want to share with all of you, to hopefully inspire you to find ways you can save.
Here’s what got done last week:
Stained the deck. For those who know me, this was a big deal. We have a decent size deck that has needed to be stained for the past three years! We always seemed to find a reason not to get it done, but I knew that it needed to be done this year to protect the deck from the elements. I would have given anything to pay someone else to do this tedious task, but in the end, my husband and I completed the project over the course of a few days. We were able to take advantage of a rebate offer on stain through Home Depot, so we’ll be getting a $40 gift card back to help us tackle a few of our other home improvement projects. The deck looks great (as you can see in the above photos) and we’re happy to finally cross this project off our list (at least for a little while).
Had a leftovers night. I didn’t want to waste the hodgepodge of leftovers we had in our fridge, so instead of tossing them, we had a leftovers night. Family members got to choose from a smorgasbord of leftover dinners from earlier in the week, and I got to clean out the fridge and save money doing it.
Planned the week’s dinner menu and grocery shopping trip. I sat down with the Sunday sales circulars and figured out what were the best deals on items we needed. I clipped coupons and matched those up with the deals and made my shopping list. Then I planned the week’s dinner menus around what items we had in the freezer and pantry or were planning to buy during our shopping trip.
Fixed our satellite TV receiver for free. I know a lot of your dedicated cheapskates have cut the cord on cable and satellite, but my family just loves it all too much to let it go. We used to have three receivers, but decided to drop one in an effort to reduce our bill. Of course, being the cheapskate I am, I didn’t get rid of the old receiver, I just packed it away in the garage. So when one of our satellite receivers died this week, I was able to hook up the old receiver and activate it by calling customer service. That move saved us $20 (the cost of a replacement receiver), plus we were back to watching TV in just a few minutes instead of days.
Finished a library book. I love to read, but I don’t like to spend much on books. This week, I finished The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, which was a decent read. I’ll return that book to the library and pick up something new to read later this week.
It might not seem like much, but the frugal accomplishments you make each week do add up to savings.
What frugal accomplishments did you have this week?