Saturday, April 25, 2015

My Frugal Week

Frugal things we did this week include...

Rescued a laundry basket from the garbage, just had to duct tape it to fix it using the technique I blogged about here

- Bought six bottles of BBQ Sauce, which were 99¢, but had $1.00 coupons attached, so free to me. 

- Bought my daughter's prom ticket at the reduced rate instead of waiting until the price goes up later. Savings was $10.00. I did the same thing with her yearbook this year. I bought hers at the reduced rate in the fall instead of waiting until spring when the price was higher. 

- Took off our own garbage as usual, which cost us nothing. I would love to delegate this to an outside service, but they are very hard to find here and I would end up paying for this service as well.   So, for now, I will continue to do this myself for free. 

- I started the work week with no days to work, but by the end of the week I had worked every day. I count my blessings for this and many other things. 

- I was gifted with multiple boxes of gluten free macaroni and cheese, which we will try and then decide if we like or not. If we don't like this, I will donate to the food pantry. I was also given one bag of onions, and one container of butter. 


How was your week?

Belinda
Live simply by not spending money you don't have.
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011 - 2015.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Free Rabies Vaccines

Big Kitty, napping

Mozzie & Big Kitty (napping again)

The Animal Care Center in Ooltewah was giving free rabies vaccines to animals on Wednesday, so we took Big Kitty & Mozzie to get their free shots. This was a savings of $12 each, so we saved $24 on our visit today. 



We found out about the clinic during Spring Break from a flyer on the bulletin board at the Samaritan Center. It always pays to check out the local bulletin boards in your area.  And you can even Google, "free rabies vaccines" and may come up with a free clinic in your area. 

Belinda

Live simply by not spending money you don't have.
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011 - 2015.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Neat Find


My daughter and I just happened to be at the right place at the right time today. We were driving by and just happened to see a local store employee tossing out these beautiful Easter flowers. These are flowers with the bulbs attached, which can be planted and will come back year after year. There were also two Hyacinths, which are my favorite flower. I smell them every time I go in the grocery store at this time of year. I'm so tickled over this find.  :) 

Belinda
Live simply by not spending money you don't have.
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011 - 2015.

The Samaritan Center Thrift Store



One of the places we visited on Spring Break was The Samaritan Center in Ooltewah. They have recently done a big remodel there and this is what you see when you first walk in now. The left side is the Thrift store, where prices are a little higher than the Clearance center on the right side. 

I love the Clearance center! Clothes are only 50¢ each there and one day they had a 50% off sale from that, so 25¢ each. I bought several things including forks. Somehow a lot of our forks have went missing, so I bought about a dozen and now we have plenty. I also bought several dishes for less than 50¢ each. The prices in the clearance section are really low. 

If you are interested, they can be found online here: 

The Samaritan Center

Or, on Facebook here:

The Samaritan Center on Facebook

Happy Thrifting!

Belinda
Live simply by not spending money you don't have.
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011 - 2015.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Credit Card?

This will be a quick blog post today as we are on Spring Break this week. 

My daughter has an awards program coming up at school and we've been looking for an outfit for her to wear to the event. We ended up at the mall yesterday and did find an appropriate outfit for her. While she was trying the outfit on, the sales person was already trying to get me to open up a charge account with them. I politely declined her offer and told her we would be paying cash for our purchase.  

While she was ringing our purchase up at the cash register she again asked us if we wanted to open a charge account with them and I politely declined again and told her we were paying cash today. She was determined to get us to open a credit card with them, but I stood firm. Credit cards can be a useful tool, but they can also get a lot of people into trouble financially if they are not used with discipline. 

Belinda
Live simply by not spending money you don't have.
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011 - 2015.