As you might have noticed, I was MIA from the blog last week.
No trips to England this time around, just a quiet week at home living the frugal life.
On any given day, you might have spotted me:
*exercising at the gym, utilizing my not-so-frugal membership, which I have justified as a long-term investment in avoiding later medical expenses.
*feeling comforted after reading these interviews with the three all-grown-up daughters of Amy Dacyczyn (pronounced decision) of 1990s "Tightwad Gazette" fame. I say comforted because it turns out the girls were not scarred for life by their mom's penny-pinching ways aside from a little teen angst over uncool jeans.
*price comparing a certain pair of "must-have" shoes for my teen-age daughter, then ordering them online, using ebates.com for an additional discount, and saving $12.20. That's a double play in my book since she gets to be cool and I still get to save money.
*swapping coupons with a great group of money savvy women at the Southeast Regional Library in Garner.
*eating strawberries from my favorite strawberry patch, Buckwheat Farm in Apex.
*organizing, discarding, donating and selling miscellaneous items that we no longer want, need or use on a regular basis. I wound up with one large bag ready for donation and $307 to show for my efforts. I've written before about how I've sold our clutter to make money, but this time I tried something new, selling items on "Buy, Sell, Trade" groups on Facebook. Kind of like an online yard sale. I highly recommend it.
*reading The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler, my book club's latest pick, which I borrowed from the public library, my favorite bookstore.
*sharing Mother's Day honors with my 79-year-old mom over a homemade brunch. My husband and daughter did the cooking and the cleaning, and skipped the long lines and restaurant tab.
What have you been up to lately in the frugality department?