Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Frugal Five

Five frugal activities from the past week:

  1. Went to the dollar theater to see a movie with friends. Tickets are $2 on weekdays and $2.50 on weekends. Much less than the regular theaters where tickets are around $10 each! You do have to wait a while for new  movies to get to the dollar theater but the savings is worth it in most cases! Non-frugal- we bought popcorn and a drink. Frugal- It was "Stimulus Tuesday" when most concessions are discounted. Unfortunately, our Sprite was missing the Sprite; it was only seltzer water. They were out of Sprite when we went back to replace it, so gave us a bottle of water and refunded our money for the drink. So in the end, we only spent about $6.50 for movie tickets, a bottle of water and a large bag of popcorn.
  2. Sam's Club has bags of small cucumbers that I really like. They're tiny and skinny and taste much better than the fat cucumbers normally found at the supermarket. The downside is that they go bad really quickly and I would end up throwing at least a quarter of the bag away! This month I was determined to not let that happen! I cut a bunch of them into a cucumber salad then a few days later added the rest to the salad bowl as well. Yeah for no waste!
  3. We've been needing a shower caddy to store shampoo bottles and such. We used to have one but it must've gotten yard saled or donated when we didn't need it at our last house. I really need to have a talk with the person who keeps decluttering around here! LOL! Anyways, we needed a shower caddy. I looked at Wal-mart last weekend and the least expensive option they had was $10. Umm...no! Especially considering that our last one came from a  yard sale for 50 cents! This week, I popped in to Dollar Tree for a few other things and noticed they had shower organizers for $1. It's a little smaller and perhaps not quite as sturdy but it does what we need it to do!
  4. Did an online survey(about 15 min.). These only pay $3 each but it all adds up. We add this money to our Christmas envelopes!
  5. Did some mending-- sewed a button on a pair of pants, fixed the handle on a tote bag and put a buttonhole and button in a shirt. More on that in a later post.

If you're interested in more frugal reading, The Cultivated Nest has a wonderful post with 21 Frugal Tips To Try This Year. Lots of good ideas to consider if you're looking for more ways to save money and live frugally!

What are your latest frugal accomplishments?


Rhonda said...

Hi Mary Ann, we like those little cukes too but they do go bad fast. I try to send some home with our son as he likes them too when I buy a big bag.

That person that declutters so much gets me in a bind every once in a while too :(

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Hi Mary Ann,

You did great! I wish we had a discounted movie theater close by. We would go more often. We go about 2 times a year and see the rest when they come out on dvd or Netflix streaming.

Thanks so much for the link to my post. I'm so glad that you found it so helpful that you shared it with your readers!

gail said...

i've never seen those little cukes, do they sell them other places than sam's club? i don't think we have a sam's club around here.

getting back into the frugal phase of life as hubbies income went down. really miss that overtime he was getting!