Friday, August 31, 2018

Frugal Friday ~ August 31, 2018

Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday we stayed and worked from home. The other three days this week I subbed, bringing my lunch & drinks with me each day. 

One item I sold on Ebay this week went for $107.50, which helped to pay some bills this week. In September I'll receive my first paycheck of the school year and things won't be so tight financially. 

On Monday I listed a few things on Ebay and cross posted multiple items on Mercari and Poshmark. I also cleaned several areas in the house. 

While folding laundry this week I went through all of my shirts and pants for work. I like to change them out from time to time and put the ones I've worn lately away for a while and pull out the ones I've had stored away . It makes me feel like I have new clothes to wear since it's been awhile since I've worn them.  

While I was cleaning out my dresser drawers, I took four shirts that are now too big for me and listed those on Ebay this week. 

We have finally figured out what was going on with our electric bill. We went from a high of 187 kilowatts per day down to an average of 74 kwh per day. 

You can see starting from August 9th, when we identified the problem, the daily kwh usage goes down each day as indicated by the green strips. 

Turns out lightening had probably run in through our electrical lines and caused the baseboard heaters downstairs to malfunction. 

We had to have an electrician/plumber come out and turn them off at the breaker box. And he was the plumber who installed our new kitchen faucet. The heaters downstairs are not fixed, but since we don't use that area of the house, it is not a problem right now. 

This has cut our electric bill in half and I suspect another reason the house was so hot this summer. 

On Thursday we went to Sears because they were offering a$10 off coupon on a $10 clothing purchase.  I was able to get this package of 6 pairs of much needed socks for $2.19. 

We also stopped at the Dollar General to use some $1.00 off Oral B coupons and picked up these 7 toothbrushes for free. 

And finally, on Thursday I bought gas using my new Exxon mobil rewards card, which has been collecting points all summer. Yesterday I cashed my points in and was able to get $15.56 in free gas. I love free gas! LOL

That's all the news I have to report this week. How was your week? I'd love to hear about it in the comment section. 

~ Living within our Means ~


  1. sounds like a productive and frugal week. Love FREE!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. You had a really frugal week. I didn't know that dollar stores accepted coupons. I learned something new. :)

    1. I'm glad, Nil. It's great to use them when they have the 50% off clearance sale as you can get some free things then too.

  3. Free gas! Awesome. Sounds like you had a great week. I'm glad you figured out your electric bill issue. Ours is always so high in summer and its so steamy outside. :( Hope you all have a great weekend.

    1. Thank you, Sarah.

      Yes, our bill is higher in the summer because it is so humid where we live and we run the a/c a lot to keep it out of the house.

      I hope you have a great weekend too.

  4. I "heart" free! 8-)
    That's strange about your electric bill but glad you figured out what was going on and the $$ won't be flying out of your pocket. One thing you didn't need, especially this Summer, was the heating on. Ugh

    1. Exactly Sluggy! We didn't even realize the heat was on down there. I just thought it was hot. Ugh.

      We love free here too! Can't beat it for sure. :)


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