Friday, December 22, 2023

Fourth Frugal Friday of December 2023


Welcome to Frugal Friday! 

My Frugal Week

Opinion Price sent me an email last week to do a short survey and in return they sent me a $15 Walmart gift card. I used it to buy a 22 pound bag of cat for for $18.68 and only had to pay $5.50 for it after the gift card.  

I received a check for $9.00 over the weekend for a class action lawsuit on fruit. For some reason, the mail was caught in the rain and soaking wet, so I had to let it dry out before I did a mobile deposit on it. Gone are the days when you have to go to the bank to deposit a check and I love that as it saves us gas money. 


Lucky me, I happened to be this week's winner of the Alive 96.9 Lunch Bunch Contest.  I won lunch boxes for up to six people at Firehouse Subs including chips and  cookie. They already mailed my certificate, which came in the mail on Wednesday. 

Thred Up ~ Free Clothes

In Bailey's line of work she often has clothes that she won't resell and every now and then, when she gets a boxful, she will send them to a company called Thred Up. She gets these clothes from various sources and sometimes even for free. For example, we always check out the free boxes at yard sales for clothes. 

She lets her balance on Thred Up grow until she has a substantial amount and rather than have them cut her a check, she cashes in her credits for gift cards because you can get more money getting a gift card verses a check. 

Last week she cashed in her credits and received $200 in Torrid gift cards. 

Torrid has been having a 40% off sale lately, so Bailey was able to get around $500 worth of new clothes using her gift cards. All this from sourcing free clothes and sending them to Thred Up who does all the work for you. 

If you're interested in joining Thred Up and use Bailey's referral link here, you can save 45% off your first order and get free shipping. 

I'm very modest when it comes to dress and prefer a higher neckline on my shirts. One of my new to me shirts had buttons near the neck, but the top three weren't opened. So, I took my seam ripper this week and opened those button holes and now all the buttons are buttoned. It was a small task, but made me more comfortable in my free shirt. 

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This will be a shorter version of my Frugal Friday post than you are used to reading. My Dad called me on Monday and asked me to take him to the emergency room. He has been in the NSICU since then, but is being transferred to the regular floor today. He has had a brain bleed/stroke and I'm not sure what the future holds for him. I’ve been quiet on your blogs this week and this is the reason why. 

Thank you for dropping by my frugal blog, you are always welcome here. 

We would love to hear all about your week in the comment section.

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  1. Hi Belinda, Very sorry to hear about your Dad. Take care of yourself while visiting the hospital. Merry Christmas to you and Bailey.

  2. So sorry to hear about your father. Sending healing thoughts!

  3. Oh I am so sorry about your Dad. That is so scary, but I think it is a good sign when he is out of ICU and on a regular floor today. Prayers for healing for him, and sending hugs to you.

  4. I am sorry about your dad. My dad is 86 and I hate getting those kind of phone calls. I've been reading your blog for a couple of years and really enjoy it. I hope your dad recovers quickly and you all have a happy Christmas. Nita in SC

  5. First, prayers for your dad and for complete healing.
    Lots of frugals and freebies for you both this week. Great deals.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas

  6. Belinda, I'm sorry that is going on with your dad. I think it is a good sign that he is being moved out of the ICU. He must have stabilized and improved enough. It sounds like you and Bailey have had a very frugal week! Best wishes to you and your family.

  7. I would have to have that blouse fixed, too! I hope your father gets better soon.

  8. Sending lots of good thoughts for your dad!

  9. Belinda I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I hope he has a complete recovery. Sky

  10. Sorry to hear about your dad! I hope he has a smooth recovery. Merry Christmas to your family! CD in Midwest

  11. Belinda, I am so sorry about your Dad. Sending you & Bailey hugs.

  12. I am sorry to hear about your Dad. Praying for you and him and what the future holds.

  13. You've really had a week of ups and downs. I am so sorry to hear about your father. I will keep you and Bailey in my prayers.

  14. So sorry to read about your Dad, Belinda. I will keep him in my prayers and light a candle for him in my prayer center tonight.

    You and Bailey had a great frugal week. Love how Bailey let things accumulate and then took a gift card.

    God bless.

  15. My prayers for your Dad and for you.

  16. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and thank you for your wonderful posts.
    It's always so much harder at this time of the year when sickness hits our family. Praying for you Belinda and your father.
    God bless

  17. Merry Christmas and prayers for your Dad. Congratulations on winning the food!


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