Thrifty Last Week (10/13/13)

I’m still finding new ways to save and be thrifty in addition to what we’re already doing.  But I’m finding that clearing out the physical clutter is helping clear out the mental and emotional clutter, as well.  I’m getting energized with each item that gets sold on eBay.

Here are some new things we intentionally did this week to save:

  • Got shipping boxes of various sizes from a neighbor before they got recycled.  Yay!
  • Took some time to figure out smallest packaging for some eBay items to ship.
  • Decided on more items to sell.  And listed them!
  • Went for the cheaper cut of chicken when I really wanted boneless, skinless breast.  It’s worth it to pay down debt.
  • Sorted through and organized coupons.  This has been an occasional thing, but I’m trying to do it monthly now.  Really helps at the store.
  • Bought a box of baking soda on sale for teeth polishing instead of white strips.
  • Spent less than $60 on groceries.  Crossed some unnecessary things off the list.
  • Price matched at Walmart, since I had to go there for something else.  Discovered they changed their policy!  Declined the non-matchable items.  (They no longer PM store brands.)
  • Meal planned through the day we leave at the end of the month.
  • Finally made a decision on health insurance so that, if things don’t improve at the federal level, I am prepared to switch to the right plan for us for January 1.  This required creating a spreadsheet with this year’s actual costs, and running what-if scenarios.  It’s going to be expensive, regardless.
  • Paid another medical bill.  One more to go, but it hasn’t arrived yet.
  • Found a FREE admission coupon for #2 to attend a Saturday movie with a friend.  He used his allowance money for concessions.
  • #2 participated in a library gaming event for FREE.

I’m gearing up for another week of thrifty adventures and Cheap Thrills.  Every penny counts, and I’m counting every penny!

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