Saturday, July 22, 2017

Third Frugal Week of July 2017

     

Last Friday we both went to Starbucks and got a free sample of Teavana's new teas. She got the Pineapple Black Tea and I got the Strawberry Green Tea.

On Friday we went to 13 yard sales and 2 church rummage sales. Three of the yard sales either decided not to set up or had already closed up for the day. 

One of the items I found 81 pencils for 75¢ total. One of the teachers on my Facebook page said to get someone to cut them in half for me, which I thought was a great idea. I can't have too many pencils for when I'm subbing. 


I took my kitchen fan apart and cleaned it with hot soapy water to get it good and clean. It cools so much better when it's cleaned well, which helps it cool more efficiently, which saves me money. 


Pictured above is the cell phone I bought new in January 2012 and blogged about here. This was a good phone for me helping me to earn money for over five years. 

I endured many comments from students about my phone and how I needed to upgrade. One of them even went so far this year as to call my phone a throwback phone. LOL

One of the hinges even broke on it this past winter and made it unable to stay open to use the keyboard, but I continued to use it as it still worked fine. 

This week I finally went with a smartphone, but did not have to pay any actual money for it. It is a iPhone 4, which my daughter was excited for me to finally get as she wants to Snapchat with me. LOL


I didn't pay any money for the phone, but traded for it at McKay's Used Books like we did when we needed one of those expensive graphing calculators

We bought ten board games at a yard sale the weekend before and traded them and received $51.95 in trade credit. The phone cost $49.95, so almost an even trade. 

I even worked out a deal with Verizon, so this phone won't cost me anymore than the cell phone I had before. That was the one thing that held me back from getting a smart phone for so long. I didn't want to pay more for it each month. 


We stopped by a new spice & tea store in Chattanooga and my daughter checked in on their Facebook page, which entitled her to one free item. She picked this Spiced Ham seasoning, which I think will go well in some of our 15 bean soup recipes. 

Today is Saturday and we are going to more yard sales. 

What are your plans for the weekend?

Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~

14 comments :

  1. Nice finds/deals.
    We'll be driving through Nebraska today to "Carhenge" and meeting a blog reader. Fun times! 8-)

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    1. Thank you, Sluggy. I hope you have a great time meeting up with one of your blog readers. :)

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  2. I have the iPhone 4 had it for at least 3years and still going

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    1. That is great to hear, Debbie. I hope mine lasts that long.

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  3. Absolutely LOVE your cell phone strategy!

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  4. My cousin lives in Charleston and love The Spice and Tea Exchange. Her favorite is the Italian Spice blend. I think the ham spice sounds wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Amy. We loved the Spice and Tea Exchange. It is such a fun little shop. :)

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  5. Good deal on the pencils and the phone! WOW - don't feel bad, I still use a flip phone and I am totally happy with it. I don't need a phone to do anything but call!

    Have a great weekend

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. I liked my cell phone as well even though it wouldn't stay open to use the keyboard. The students at school were relentless though about me not having an updated one though as they seem to have the latest and greatest phones. Glad I don't have to pay their cell phone bills. LOL

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  6. The teas look soooo good. Now I want some pineapple black tea. :) Girl, I have to admit that is an old phone, lol. You know flip phones are still popular. :) Goes to show you the kids are not up on trends. :) I am so teasing. :) I recently read over at Frugal Reddit that college kids are getting more flip phones and using their tablets for communication. They will use Google Voice and take advantage of WiFi hot spots to save money. I have an Alcatel One Touch Pro I got for $30. I use T-mobile's $3 a month plan for talk and text. I use WiFi hot spots when I am out or use my wi-fi at home for data. I don't know if Verizon has something like that. My husband pays $30 a month for 100 minutes of talk/text and unlimited data. I read on one of your blog posts you only have Verizon. That really sucks because you can't price shop around.

    Your DD is a smart frugalista. Love how she checked FB for a deal. I just went to Dollar Tree & WalMart this weekend. I spent Saturday binge watching Gotham. Shopping I was proud of myself. I bought some luxurious items and stayed under my budget.

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    1. Thank you, Aiyana. Yes, I know my phone was old. LOL You are such a tease! LOL It's a good idea for them to look for WiFi hotspots to save money. We've done that too like when we go to the library. You are a pro at saving money on yours! Way to go! I wish we could use more than Verizon here, but that is the only thing that works where we live since it is so rural. Maybe someday...sigh. GLad to hear you stayed under budget this weekend. I hope you had a good one. :)

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  7. You did great! I'm happy for you. Here's my frugal week at Harvest Lane Cottage.
    http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com/2017/07/a-thrifty-week-at-harvest-lane-cottage_21.html

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    1. Looks like a great week for you too, Laura. Thank you. :)

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