My Recent Frugal Accomplishments

Our new trampoline, in the process of being put together

So I've started this again, where I write up my frugal accomplishments, and save them until I feel like I actually have "enough" that it's "worthy" of a post. But you know what I decided? I'm not going to wait until I have an impressive enough list. I'm going to share my frugal accomplishments on a two week basis, no matter how many things are on the list, because what I am doing is enough.

So here's what I did that saved money these past two weeks.

  • Got free ice cream. I have this card at a local ice cream place that I take my kids to sometimes. Every certain amount of visits you get a free ice cream, and I utilized that on a recent day out with my daughter.
  • Traded bottles for cash. Locally we can get back the included cash deposit if we return certain bottles and cans to the store. I got some bottles and cans that other people were throwing out, and got back the deposit money from them.
  • Our new trampoline. I bought a trampoline from a discount site and put it together with my kids, no paying for professionals.
  • DIY plumbing. I unclogged a sink and a very stubborn shower drain myself, without needing to call the plumber.
  • DIY carpentry. I fixed a broken kitchen cabinet.
  • Free clothes and books. Got a bunch of stuff from the clothes and houseware share for free.
  • Discount clothes. Unfortunately Lee didn't manage to find clothes he liked that fit him at the clothes and houseware share, but he ended up finding and buying a bunch of things that were name brand at discount prices.
  • Free games. When I was in America I wanted to buy my kids a certain board game, but it was pricey there and asked on Facebook where the cheapest place to buy that game is. A friend said that she had the game and her kids no longer play it, so she's happy to give it to me. And when I went there, she ended up giving me not just that game but 4 other games her kids don't use anymore. My kids are thrilled with that one game so far; they have no idea about the rest of the games because I'm saving them for holiday gifts.
  • Discount passports. Passports locally are cheaper in the winter, and they're also cheaper if you pay for them online, so for our trip abroad next month I booked passport appointments soon and prepaid to get them for a fraction of the price.
  • Lowered my grocery budget. Lowered my grocery budget for this past month and managed to stick to it.
  • Single moms day out. Went on a discounted single moms day out to a spa.
  • Made homemade tomato sauce. I didn't even have all the right ingredients, so I combined a few random things I had to make it.
  • Made homemade pizza. Frugal and a fun activity for the kids at the same time.
  • Made homemade bread with the leftover pizza dough.
  • Repurposing food. Turned stale leftover bread into toast.
  • Foraged amaranth greens and sea beet.
  • Made a homemade version of my favorite restaurant food.
  • Stocked up on groceries from the scratch and dent store.
Not as long a list as some other times, but not too shabby either.

What things did you do recently to save money?

Penniless Parenting

Mommy, wife, writer, baker, chef, crafter, sewer, teacher, babysitter, cleaning lady, penny pincher, frugal gal


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  1. Kudos on your recent frugal achievements. I did great yesterday morning at Kroger. I managed to save 53% off my total bill by waiting to do a major stock up when I had a 13% off total order due to a Halloween thing they had going on. Now I'm stocked up for the winter and I even used some paper and E-coupons to boot!
    BTW, you can also use stale bread to make croutons for salads.

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