I scored this adorable beach pillow and a sign that said "This Way to the Beach" probably as little gifts for my MIL for Mother's Day next year for the new lake cabin. Again, showing my frugality, together the two came to $1.60. then there were fun little trinkets for the summer, including these glasses that I could not pass by! Added to the glow stick necklaces I bought at 90% off, cheap fun for 4th of July 2017. I bought a gift for DD1 for her birthday-something novel I think she will like, and some summer glass charms I'll throw in my SIL's birthday gifts later this fall. I don't need glass charms as my glasses are so mismatched it doesn't matter!
On my next at bat, I clicked a link to a frugal blog I never read before and learned Walgreen's had a free 8"by10" promo, but it expired yesterday. Slightly bummed out as I wanted to get the photo DD1 cleaned up for me of our family in our nicer dinner wear on the cruise, printed in that size to replace the one from our last full family trip, nine years ago. I thought to Google Walgreen free photo, and what do you know, a new promo code FREE4FALL got me the same offer! After ordering that, I though I should have ordered a smaller version for MIL, my desk at work, and for each of the kids, and found a promo FORTY4FALL that gave me an additional 40% of that. You can only do one promo code per order, but placing two separate, I was able to use both, spending a whole $3.95 on what would have been $15.14, a $74% savings. (I'm picturing Sluggy beaming with pride at what she has taught me.)
I went three for three when I turned my attention towards using up food, and preventing food waster. A batch of muffins that used a $0.40 jiffy corn bread mix, 1 egg, and two expired pots of strawberry banana yogurt turned into 12, "weird, but still good" according to DD2, muffins. Three free tomatoes about to go bad, too soft to slice well for sandwiches, worked great with a can of $ .59 three bean salad, 1/2 can of olives, two string cheese sticks cut in little discs, and the remaining couple ounces in a bottle of Italian dressing, for a tasty salad. I finished the remaining third of a box of elbow macaroni. The final cost had to be under $2,00, and we will have with sandwiches for lunch, plus I'll get at least two lunches out of it this week.
I go in waves when I feel like I am mastering my budget. This weekend is giving me a thrill. Its a reminder that anyone can whip out their credit card and throw good money at stuff they want, whether that is clothing, gifts, house decor, or meals, but creative people can achieve the same results, and not jeopardize their household budgets and future security. Any great success out there?