I have to give DH applause. He did really well not rogue shopping this week. He's grabbed a bit for lunch, but mostly at Kwik Trip where at least he's getting a banana with whatever hot food he grabbed. ( I cringe if I think about what he eats some days, but then I'm the one with the weight issue.) Pup needed dry dog food and we needed juice for him, but there weren't any of his "deals" this time. My daughter went to Sam's and Aldi and texted for me to give her my list. That filled a few holes without DH or I wandering and buying things we don't need. No stores, no mindless tossing into the cart. Overall, not much savings, but not much spending either so winner thrift week. Here's a couple highlights.
- DH was flustered at how much our house insurance went up considering we've not had a claim in forever. Of course it's due to the cost of building supplies going up, but the percent has been each year for multiple years. Not sure what we'll hear back, but he started the process to have the insurance guy look at all details. We've been good customers so I think he'll find us some relief.
- As I wrote Monday, paid tuition in full so avoided any fees.
- Saved time and gas, thanks to our daughter, by her getting the things we needed when she stopped.
- Used an Applebee's gift card for Sunday game food. I was perplexed that the bonus card didn't have a pin so couldn't be used online. We need to use by 2/28/22, so plenty of time for an easy dinner out. There's $23 balance on the gift card too. Yielded Monday lunch leftovers.
- Used my down time to sleep, but also do some surfing for tidbits to add to blog. I felt productive rather than just like a sloth.
- Used social media for good to salvage bland soup. Now I have a new trick if adding some acid. My soup was a steal at $3.75 for likely 6-10 servings, depending on size (10 cups). I feel for you that have people that don't like soup. I can't find anything so delicious for so little money. I ate same night, froze two containers of at least 2 servings, and sent same with DD1.
- Followed menu plan so far, and it does seem to be working. I'm using things that need using up and should have a low spend (for us) grocery month. I did switch and use macaroni instead of rice in last night's hotdish as DH is less a rice eater than me and will have Tuesday's rice as part of Fridays leftover night.
- I did do some shopping though. DH really needs new underwear. Kohl's had their Croft and Barrow Hanes dupes on clearance for $13.50, but I had both $10 in Kohl's cash expiring on Monday, 1/17 + email for 30% off. I got free shipping as well, resulting in 12 pairs coming later in the week for under $12. Fingers crossed he won't care about off brand but for those savings, he shouldn't.
Despite being "isolated" loosely, the week went fast. I could have been more productive and used my time better, but I figured best not to tempt fate or my fortune at not being really sick from Covid, by being overly active. I avoided taxing the health care providers and that's a good thing. How are you saving money this week? Have you done any online bundling to maximize buying for a need?