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I Caved on Day 5

Yesterday was full of a lot of awesome things and I dropped some cash for it.  I don’t regret any of it because I went on adventures and caught up with people that I haven’t seen in awhile.

I went out to lunch with a friend that got me this job and then my boss ended up with an extra ticket to a Pig Iron fundraiser that ended up being a wonderful offbeat cabaret.

Day 3 – 5 Frugal Things

  1. So far today I have found 12 cents on the ground and there’s still one more walk to be had!  Walking for most of my urban commute and walking my dog at least 3 times a day gives me a lot of time watching the ground in front of me and I have a burger bank filling with found money.  I found a $10 bill a few weeks ago!!
  2. My boss went out to Chinese and understands my love of food AND free stuff and brought me back leftovers.  It was some really flat noodle and noodles that had the consistency of worms but was flavorful!  I have’t bought lunch at work all week because I’m swapping meals with my dogwalker and she gifted me with a particularly hefty ziploc bag of turkey chilli.
  3. I am a Starbucks nut – I haven’t had Starbucks once this week (yet) even though I have a free one on my app!  I’ve been making my own coffee and either bringing it in or just trying REALLY HARD to drink less.
  4. I was supposed to do a sidegig today but it was rainy and gross and my dog comes along so I was able to move it to tomorrow – I’ll work while my dog plays with his dog then come home and try to find parking.  I don’t mind the work I just hate the hassle of the ONLY downfall of my neighborhood….parking is a bitch.
  5. Swagbucks appears to be down for maintenance….so I’m running Perk instead.  Always have a backup.

It was a stressful day and I was bummed so here’s my 5 Frugal Things about it:

  1. I still had iced coffee from last night and I somehow made that one jar last all day!  I drank water all day instead of coffee or soda….totally not normal but let’s see if I can make it 2 days!
  2. I did actually walk to the Starbucks after a particularly stressful morning…stopped at the steps…and just walked around the block and went back to work.  I didn’t need the boost or to waste my free beverage….so I didn’t and I went back home!
  3. It would appear that I forgot to take my crockpot out of the fridge and actually cook my baked potato soup for dinner and food for the rest of the week.  I can’t do it tomorrow because I will be gone for over 12 hours and that will kill it!  Luckily I was able to make myself an egg sandwich (with a glass of wine) and still have enough turkey chili at work for another meal so I am prepared.
  4. I’m very excited to have a pop tart and glass of milk for dessert. Cheap pop tarts are delicious pop tarts.
  5. I didn’t buy a lear jet….or anything for that matter.

I seem to always unravel mid-month so I plan to go really strong for these first 2 weeks and will not spend money (does not include bills/utilities) until Wednesday, February 17 when I am having dinner with friends and kicking off a vacation.

So here are 5 Frugal Things today:

  1. Today someone gave me two free tickets to see Funnyman at the Arden at the dn of the month – so pumped!  I love live theatre but it is so expensive these days.
  2. My dogwalker and I exchange meals mid-week to fight leftover fatigue.  Last week she threw a bag of chili in my freezer and I took it to work for lunch today…well it thawed to what seemed like 3 times the amount so I think it will tide me over for 2-3 more lunches!  SCORE!  I’ll be thanking her with baked potato soup that will be going in the crockpot tomorrow
  3. I wrapped up a $15 Swagbucks Amazon giftcard yesterday so I started from almost 0 today – would really like to at least hit my basic goals every day but it entirely depends on whats going on.
  4. I have a free Starbucks drink on my app and I’m going to see how long before I use it – I made a large jar today and have some leftover iced coffee for tomorrow!
  5. Currently my favorite bottle of wine cost $10.  I don’t need that fancy shit.
  1. I got all of my final items to be snowed in today – had a 20% off + $1 off coupon for CVS, hit the liquor store, picked up dry cleaning, etc!
  2. I am going to strive to take advantage of the local library 3 blocks away from me this year – I started by borrowing Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin
  3. I’m going to spend most of tomorrow cooking, cleaning, and doing handwash in the house.  If house work on a Saturday seems impossible I have plenty of arts and crafts here that can occupy my time.  Also my dog.
  4. I couldn’t find sidewalk salt…but luckily my neighbor did and needed someone to shovel!  I love tradesies.
  5. I made some amazing cookies out of random pantry items:
    2c quick oats
    1c flour
    1tsp baking power
    1/2c white sugar
    1/2c brown sugar
    1c butter
    1/2 smashed banana
    1-2tbsp peanut butter
    some type of chocolate (I used the crumbs from a chocolate covered pretzel bag)
    I also threw some walnuts in there

Today’s Frugal 5:

  1. For $5.70 total (mostly tip) I got a free large pineapple pizza delivered to my house.  I have food for dinner tonight and tomorrow.
  2. Prepping the crockpot for mexican chicken so I can eat nachos through the weekend…or mexican pizza!  I have enough back up food to not be concerned about the coming winter storm!  Winter is coming…
  3. I have plenty of arts and crafts to work on through the storm this weekend and am happy to use up the cable I pay for.  I know cable is the first thing all blogs say to cut….but with the amount of time I spend at home I feel that I am justified in my negotiated rates.
  4. Had to take Wally to the vet today expecting to throw a boatload down…turns out all they did was one shot so it was a $25 visit – when you keep up on health it turns out to be less expensive!
  5. I’m going to spend this weekend doing some handwash to get me through to wherever I end up next weekend.  So far I’ve saved up $50 in Lowes giftcards to pay for the appliances I will eventually have to get.  Thanks Swagbucks, Perk, and Shopkick!


  1. My boo and I had a pizza date at home this weekend – we went and spent about $30 on fixins and $1.75 on pizza dough at the bakery at the end of my block.  We snacked and made roasted garlic and pizzas together!  I have PLENTY of leftovers to make another pizza or two to get me through the end of the week.
  2. It’s A DAY OFF!!!  I’m at home with my dog watch TV and working on some really old craft projects I should really complete.  If I’m home I’m not spending money!
  3. I’m earning giftcards on Swagbucks, Perk, and InboxDollars while watching TV and crafting.  I want to buy a new fridge, washer, and dryer so I’ve been earning Lowes giftcards and I’m up to $50!
  4. Speaking of not having a washer or dryer….today I’ll do a load of handwash in my clean tub to tide me through next weekend!  I plan to get these things by the spring but it has been quite the game working around not having a washer and dryer at home.  At least I’m saving on my expenses!
  5. I’ve saved over $100 using Digit this year – I plan to use it to put a huge chunk down on this student loan this year!

Today’s 5 Frugal Things!

  1. I got a grande beverage at Starbucks using gift cards I have earned.  I know it’s a small step and I shame myself constantly for not being able to drop the habit.
  2. I have spent a LOT of money on groceries this month in hopes I can get them to last me for at least the next two months (and quarterly for some of it) as I basically came here with one box of spices and a can of beans I needed to reup my pantry staples.  I used iBotta, Shopkick, and coupons for a BJs run.  Almost $300 later I have plenty of my personal pantry staples to get me through the winter.  The most important things to note are all the beans and 4lbs of bacon.
  3. My coworker knows my love of coupons and shares in a bit of my frugalness.  She brought me two free pizza coupons!  I’m going to take her some coupons I’ve pulled out of the circulars for the last two weeks.
  4. It’s a little chilly in my home….so I have added layers.  The temperature is just enough to make sure nothing freezes and not make me miserable.  Wally and i just snuggle about it and he doesn’t seem uncomfortable.
  5. My dogwalker and I have been doing food swaps to save ourselves from meal fatigue (both two ladies living alone and just can’t seem to get portions for one down) so I left her with a bag of pork and apples from my crockpot and she left me a bag of fresh hummus and even left me a little something she knew I could use….160114-180953…a garlic roaster!  To go with the BJ’s-sized bag of garlic I purchased.

Almost 2016 – Big Things!!

Well I’ve been a bit MIA for the past month…..because I just bought and moved into a house.  All of my months of spend fasts and staying in finally paid off and I am now typing from my very own home.  In Philadelphia, the rent has skyrocketed in the last year and for the responsible individual it is actually cheaper to just get a mortgage than to try to rent.

I haven’t had internet for most of the month so I feel very behind on a lot of my earning sites….but I was able to unpack most of my important things so it’s a trade off!  All that’s left to unpack are books and art work.  I should probably get some furniture soon.  I need a couch which I plan to buy new and I need a table and chairs…but that I plan to obtain the free way.  Right now I have a card table and a few different chairs so I’m making do.  I’ve also fashioned a pillow/blanket fort in my living room in front of the TV.

My giftcard earnings have switched from Amazon and Starbucks to Pier1 and Lowes.  Who am I?  Is this what 29 looks like?  I’m hoarding up gift cards so I can go on a big awesome shopping spree in February.  I took some vacation days in February and I want to go to Delaware to ball out for my home.  By then I bet I can earn another $100 or so – especially if I’m a hermit through January.


Spend fast, anyone?

Frugal as Fuck: 12/6

  1. Today I went to the save a lot and got 4 cans of what I need to make a crockpot of mexican chicken tomorrow – that’s all I got!
  2. I’m starting to get all those lovely birthday coupons!!!!  I can’t wait to sort them all out.
  3. Just listed two high-price items on ebay – trying to get things sold before I move and it’s prime time for christmas shopping!
  4. Use Shopkick and ReceiptHog today to try earning rewards – going for a Starbucks giftcard from these to feed my habit in the new year!
  5. I’m excited to spend most of this week quiet indoors so I can earn on Swagbucks and not spend money!  I may invite some friends over from mexican chicken crockpot and crafting :)

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