What I Did This Week to Save Money 5/30

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Neighbor’s tree peony

Today is Memorial Day in the US, and it has been a weekend of extreme relaxation and general laziness!  I have been reading kids’ fiction while lounging on my front porch.  Finished The Lightning Thief and onto The City of Ember.  Both are very good and free via my library’s e-book loan option.

In the “Oh Yes I Did” money saving category I had two price adjustments this week.  One was the result of an expired sale price the store had neglected to remove from the shelving and the other was a price that was incorrect in their computer.  Each was around 1.50… enough of a discrepancy to make me seek out a refund.

It’s far too early for us to have food from our garden (other than rhubarb and chives!) but I loaded up on sale zucchini, peaches, pears and figs… all from .99 – 1.49/lb.

The long weekend of lounging left me unmotivated to shop, so we have had a lot of meals using items from the freezer.  Grilled chicken became quesadillas; Trader Joes veggie masala patties paired with a piece of naan, hummus, and spinach for a “Mediterranean plate.”  Tonight we are cooking out using meat from the freezer.

I hung my wash out… and am showing DD how to do it so she can help this summer.

A parent of a child in my daughter’s grade is taking up a group collection for end of the year teacher gifts.  I made a contribution using our “education expenses” budget category. This is really helpful because in middle school it is a challenge to thank all of the teachers and specialists.  Last year the collection raised enough to also give a gift to the aides, which is wonderful.  At our last home budget meeting we started increasing funding in the “education expenses” category so we will be ready for back to school in a few months.

Goals for the coming week… putting away winter boots and mittens. Clip coupons and check CVS ad.  Freeze rhubarb.  Get to Office Depot for sale on paper.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “What I Did This Week to Save Money 5/30

  1. Flo

    I made a big batch of chili, what we didn’t eat was made into 2 person servings and stuck in the freezer. Makes for an easy meal on a hot or busy day. We bought a new vacuum cleaner, our old one was on it’s last legs. I was amazed at how much dirt the old one hadn’t been getting. We have no idea how old it was as it came with the house. Now that I’m getting things sucked up, I’m hoping to scrub the living room rug next week, blech! We never buy expensive vacuum cleaners, we’ve had both and with owning a dog, it doesn’t seem to make any difference in how long they last.

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    1. Jen Post author

      I’ve been hoping to make some chili soon too… As you say, such an easy meal from the freezer. I got a new vacuum about 6 mo ago. My main motivation was the other one was inflaming my rotator cuff. It was either that or someone else would have to vacuum!! 😉

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