Friday, December 6, 2019

Frugal Friday ~ December 6, 2019

“There is no dignity
quite so impressive,
and no independence
quite so important,
as living within your means.”
 ~ Calvin Coolidge

This week I worked four days and had Tuesday off. I used the day off to clean out a closet and work on Christmas presents such as hand warmers, key chains and felt food. 

Last Friday we spent the day with family before they went back to Florida. They treated us out to lunch at a local restaurant where I ordered my favorite, which is their patty melt. 

This week we snagged a free year of Disney as a reward from Verizon wireless. So far I've been catching up on some of my favorite Christmas movies. 

My daughter found a cat food deal from this week. She was able to order four giant bags of cat food for only $18.00 total. Pictured above is our cat Scrappy with the boxes. 

Verizon sent us a $20 Amazon gift card this week for our one year anniversary with them.

I earned a $15 gift card to Amazon from Swagbucks this week. I used it as part of a payment towards a Christmas present. I also clipped a coupon on the Amazon website and received $23 off the product I ordered.

The Joy of Cooking cookbook that I won recently came in the mail this week.

Bojangles sent me a coupon via email for a free cinnamon biscuit for December from their Barnyard Calendar. If you live near a Bojangles and want to sign up for their Barnyard Calendar, click here

Each month they will send you that month's calendar to print along with a coupon that is good for the entire month. Best of all, it's free to join.

One day this week I cut up this shirt to reuse the fabric on something else. It's a beautiful fall print fabric. I also saved the ten pearl buttons that came with the shirt. 

I also repaired the hem on a dress for my daughter, replaced a broken snap on one of her cloth pads, and repaired another cloth pad that is simply worn out. She loves it though and is unwilling to part with it, so Mom to the rescue. 

Her and I finished posting two lists of clothing items for sale to both eBay and Mercari. As a result her sales have gone up and she was able to cancel a $50 monthly fee for maintaining the lists. We put our noses to the grindstone to get them done, and  the payoff was worth it in the end. 

We cooked every meal from home this week as usual. All lunches and drinks consumed this week were also brought from home. 

We've had to have the heat on at home several times this week. We keep the heater on 60, so I know when it clicks on that it's pretty cold in the house. Any lower than that and it's too cold for me. 

My Dad has moved back to Tennessee for the winter. The land he is living on right now does not have a driveway and he needs to build one. He asked me if I knew someone who could help him and I mentioned the person who does our garbage for us as he did a lot of yard work for us this year. 

He and my Dad worked out a great bartering deal. Timmy is going to help Dad build the driveway at $15 per hour, but instead of cash Dad is going to have Timmy work towards a truck and 5th wheel camper my Dad was going to sell. 

It's a win-win situation as Dad gets the driveway he needs and Timmy gets a truck and camper that he wants. 

This week I needed to order a clothing item online, and ended up getting free shipping and 50% off my order, which was a $32 savings. 

How was your week?Any frugal wins you'd like to tell us about in the comment section? We would love to hear about them. 

~ Living within our Means ~
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  1. What a good week.
    Sounds like a fantastic barter that your Dad and Timmy made. Win - win.

  2. Hi Belinda, Merry Christmas. I have cats and was hoping you could share the cat food special your daughter found!! thanks

    1. Hello, my daughter found that deal on

      I don't think the deal is still up, but you can check. She follows her on Instagram to find these deals.

  3. Love the bartering system! That's fantastic. I sold an item on eBay, which was great, but other than that, it was standard stuff:
    -No eating out
    -Drove electric car & charged for free at work
    -Returned things I bought that I decided I didn't need

    1. Sounds like a real good week for you. I like that you can recharge your car for free at work, that's great.

  4. Thanks for the Bojangles info. Love your blog.

  5. It was not a frugal week-too much extra buys as my husband was sick. I guess I used up a lot of leftovers that might otherwise get scrapped.

    1. That is good, Sam. I love it when I can use up the leftovers.

  6. Patty melt is my favorite also! I knew we were soul sisters.

  7. Good for You!!! Savings all around you and Bailey.

    Is there rice in your hand warmers? -->>> off to YouTube .

    Bartering with Timmy seems like a good deal for both.

    As usual, you and Bailey curbed expenses. :):):)

    Free Disney should be entertaining AND free.

    Blessed through the years to have learned many, many ways to stretch the pennies.
    -memphis metro

    1. Thank you, Anna. Yes, there is rice in the hand warmers. Easy peasy to make too. We are all definitely blessed to have learned so many ways to stretch those pennies over the years.

  8. What a frugal week. I always enjoy reading about your frugal activities.

    I found two turtleneck sweaters at a thrift store for $3/each. I needed several sweaters because the ones I have are pretty old now.

    I’ve set my heater at 70 F. LOL. That’s the lowest I can tolerate and even then I wear socks and sweaters.

    Have a great weekend, Belinda.

    1. Thank you, Nil. Great deal on the turtleneck sweaters. Thos ewill keep you nice and warm this winter.

      I understand setting the heater to 70, we had it set on 73 at school yesterday and it felt good. At 60 I have lots of blankets on, LOL

      I hope you have a great weekend too, Nil.

  9. Thank you for all the great listings of the free books you have been finding. I snagged a few of them.

    Returned a Black Friday item that did not work out and used it for items I needed this week at Dollar Tree. That was a nice trade off.

    Amazon sent me an e-mail offering me Kindle Unlimited for three months for 99 cents. It is for everyone- current customers and new. I snagged that up.

    Black Friday my WalMart is small and not heavily shopped. Every year the manager marks down the Black Friday specials even lower. He doesn't want them cluttering up the floor and he tells all the customers just take it, lol. He marks down items 50% off the Black Friday prices. This year DH & I were able to get a brand new 4K TV, Sound Bar, Keurig & a few misc. household items for around $300. The TV and sound bar alone would have cost us over $700. We were so thrilled and grateful. We went in this year to get a Roku, Keurig and the household items. So essentially we got the TV & Soundbar free.

    Rest of the week stayed home and normal frugal things. Staying out of stores the rest of the holiday season.

    1. Great deal on the Kindle Unlimited for 3 months, Safyne. I love that your Walmart manager marks down the Black Friday specials even lower. That is wonderful for you to be able to snag those goodies. What great deals you got on the TV and soundbar for free, basically.

      I'm staying out of the stores too. They are just too crowded for me. I can order anything I want online these days, so that is what I plan on doing. I hop you have a blessed holiday season.

  10. You had a great week! I wish we had a bojangles by us the biscuit sounds wonderful!

  11. Hi Belinda! I wanted to share w/ you about two free Kindle Books: 1: Cookies, Cakes & Pies by Wilma J Sossaman, and 2: 50 Christmas Candy Recipes-Fudge, Brittle, Toffee, Truffles, Bark, Caramels & Clusters by Pamela Kazmierczak Enjoy!

    1. Oh, how neat, Barb. Thank you so much for sharing those with us. I'm off to check them out. :)

  12. What an awesome gift idea with the hand warmers! You had an awesome week it sounds like! Love reading your post. :)

    1. Thank you, Sarah. It was a fun week too. I hope you have a good week coming up. :)

  13. You always have great frugal things to share, Belinda.

    I love hearing the story about your Dad bartering with someone for the driveway work. It's such a great thing that will benefit both of them.

    The hand warmers are such a nice idea. Reading through the comments I see they have rice in them. I've heard of these (and a bed warmer too I think) but have never made them. Thanks for showing us yours.

    We turn our heat down to 58 when we go to bed but I keep it on 62 during the day until around 4:00 when we start inching it up as the sun goes down.
    We end up at 64 or 65 which is pretty comfortable for us.

    62 during the day does feel chilly but we wear layers - I would be pretty cold at 60 so good for you for dealing with that temp.

    If I'm sitting crocheting or knitting I definitely need a blanket lol (although the crochet or knitting project fills that need often so thats nice.)

    Take care

    1. Thank you, Debra.

      I definitely use a blanket at the 60 degree temperature too. It's pretty chilly at that point. I made cherry pit bed warmers before too as the cherry pits retain the heat so well. I hope you have a great weekend.:)


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