It's another Thrifty Thursday and I'm using DH's birthday meal to marvel at how even splurges on treating people well can be a frugal activity. I did make DH a banana cream pie, but no, I did not make my own crust. I splurged on the thick hamburgers with bacon and cheddar from the butcher and his favorite tots. We made coleslaw, his favorite thing to have with burgers. I shopped at the local grocery too, the expensive one. All total, including some vegan items for my daughter, I estimate that the four of us were fed for under $24, plus loads of leftovers. I know I could have spent less had I bought the burgers on sale, or made homemade bean burgers instead of the Morningstar, skipped the real whipped cream, etc. It was still probably 1/2 what an equivalent meal out would cost. So there's my humble brag. Not counting the whipped cream, DH's pie was $2.40, or 30¢ a slice.
Other thrifty moves included the following.
- Part of the reason the pie was so cheap us I bought the pudding back in May at 4 for $1 at the discount grocery store. It was one of the exceptional deals but the store is just too far away to go to unless in the area already.
- DD1's boho chair was $19 less than when she first saw it, and less than any she saw in line. As Anne said, there were so many things for summer on clearance but I too am in a purging not accumulating mode.
- We treated ourselves to just cold drinks from the Aldi cooler instead of stopping for an ice tea or coffee.
- I made another batch of the blueberry muffins using the almond milk that I bought by mistake. (Sweetened version). I'm trying to use it up in baking.
- We car pooled to the ball game with family members sharing gas and parking costs.
- Stacked coupons, anniversary Kohl's cash, and a gift card to purchase 4 sets of towels for DD1, and three pairs of jeans plus a Tshirt for DD2. We earned another $8 in rewards money and $20 in Kohl's cash.
- I think when my daughter stopped her mail and used our address, it identified as a new home. We got a packet of coupons under a Welcome Wagon. Most we won't use, but one was for a free meal at Culver's. DH can use for lunch one day.
- I loaded receipts in Fetch and got a whole 25¢ in Ibotta. I played the MS Rewards trivia for points. I've been forgetful in that.
I guess we had lots of little splurges through the week but maximized our funds. We had some cool nights so the air wasn't needed, but steamy days were back. So far, were not feeling the pinch and are grateful we have the means.
Our local family service posted a list of the items most needed for back to school so I plan to pick up needed things on Saturday to drop off ahead of their school supply distribution held in another week. DD1 is going to an event that's making care packages, donating to a program that helps women get out of domestic abuse situations. I want to get items ( personal care items, hard candy, tooth brushes, combs, brushes) to give her to bring as well. Being thrifty is about making ends meet of course, but it's about being able to do a bit more for others too. I have kind readers that do so much of the same and more. So that's my little soap box on thrift. Have you had any good wins this past week?
|The whole pie.|