Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Frugal Things I Did Last Week

Ahh summer!  It's the most wonderful time of the year!  It's also the most expensive time of the year (well aside from December).  In an attempt to save more money this summer I'm going to resume the Frugal Things posts.  Here's what we did this past week to have fun and save money:

On Monday we stayed home all day and simply had the best time.  We played outside for hours, read stories together, and just really enjoyed being at home together.  I think it can be easy to think that in order to have a great summer we must be going somewhere each and every day.  Some of the best memories from my childhood involve days spent entirely at home.

We enjoyed a fantastic time at the zoo with friends.  I am so thankful for our zoo pass which we make good use out of.  We packed our own food and drinks.

The happy hubby and I finally flipped the mattress on our king bed.  When we purchased our mattress we made sure to buy one that could be "flipped" to extend the life of our mattress.

On Tuesday evening we had some dear friends over for dinner.  Not only does this save everyone money but I personally think it is just much more enjoyable.  (Especially if there are children involved.)

We enjoyed harvesting lettuce and a variety of mint.  I enjoy infusing my water with a variety of mints that I grow (mostly in containers).

I picked up a free cooler (with wheels).

I used 9.00 in Kroger money.  Since the machine occasionally gives me Kroger Bucks to spend on my next purchase I usually divide my groceries into 2 separate transactions.  (I also often purchase items where I need to be reimbursed.)  I only frequent Kroger about once per month so I found it annoying to have to return just to spend my Kroger Bucks.  This has been a great solution!

We were invited to a last minute cookout at a friend's house.  We took a large container of homemade pasta salad and juice rather than stopping at the store.  I also appliqued a bag with an initial for one of my son's friend's birthday.  I knew that the family loves to read and thought he might enjoy having his own personalized monster bag.

I planted another three rows in my garden with seeds.

We donated items to charity and received a receipt for tax purposes.

I made popsicles and cooked the majority of our meals (except for date night).

I picked up an inter library loan book from the library instead of just purchasing the book.  I'm really glad I didn't purchase the book because it ended up being a disappointment.

I roasted a chicken in the Crockpot which I used in a number of meals this week.

I am so thankful for such a fun, full week!  What did you do to save money and enjoy summertime?  

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