Saturday, September 13, 2014

Last Weeks Frugal Accomplishments

*52 Week Savings Plan:  For the last two weeks I have not placed any money in this account.  I m loathe to give up but am considering just trying this again next year.  Balance $29.

*Christmas Jar of Change:  $4.30 will be added to the change jar for a new total of $147.52.

*Favorite Frugal Accomplishments:

-I went to the grocery store to pick up a few items and came out with more than anticipated.  Often times this would create a sense of regret but not today.  I managed to score three dozen free eggs, some highly discounted salmon, shrimp and cocktail sauce, and italian sausage, 35 lbs. of dog food for $9, and earned 30 bonus fuel points.

-Another trip to the grocery store found me purchasing Capri Sun and instant oatmeal in damaged boxes for .99 each.  I would not typically buy these items but for this price I believed that they would be enjoyed.  And they have been.  As I have been enjoying my homemade laundry detergent I had no intent on buying any at the store; however, I also purchased some highly discounted detergent that worked out to be a quarter of a cent per load.

-I received my quarter of a cow.  The freezer is full of roasts and steaks and ground beef and, best of all, the price came out to be less then $2 per pound.

-I filled up my gas tank using gas rewards.

-The air conditioner went off when the temperature began to drop.  When it got cold enough to consider turning the heat on I delayed as long as possible, promoting wearing layers in the house.

-My most favorite frugal accomplishment of the past two weeks has been to get to see Maceo's new performance twice for free.  Maceo is in the Midwest premiere of the stage production of Mary Poppins.  I ushered the preview which allowed me to see the production without cost.  Also, Maceo is given two complimentary tickets one of which I used to watch the opening night performance.  It was fantastic!!!

I am sure that I did other little things that were frugal but I failed to keep track of them.  The last two weeks have been a little crazy and the failures stand out to me more then the successes.  I have eaten out way too often - nearly every day for the last week.  I am afraid that I have a plethora of science experiments going on in the fridge.  I have used what seems to be a ton of gas.  We have been incredibly busy but I am afraid that I have failed to plan well.  That really does seem to be the key - thinking ahead, anticipating, planning.

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