Greetings, Dear Ones!
As suspected, with all the heavy rains and flooding this year, we are noticing price increases in some areas and a lot of empty shelves in others.
As time goes on my husband and I continue to look for new ways to spend less and save more, and, while we are making progress in both, there are still so many things that we could be doing differently and I think we have some major decisions to make that could greatly affect all.
In the interim though, here are a few of the things that we've been doing or have happened lately to make a difference...
- A few weeks ago our microwave blew up (and, when I say, "blew up"...I mean it...literally...the thing blew up and was arcing...when it got done there was a hole burned in the side of the metal plate). 😳
The next time John and I were in town we went in to the store fully intending to buy a replacement. In the aisle, with a new microwave in our cart, we both said, "Wait!"
We discussed how often we really used a microwave and decided that we really didn't need it. We put the thing back on the shelf and said, "Forget it!"
It's been a few weeks now and, to be honest...at first we found a few things to be a bit inconvenient, but, over time and with a little forethought, all of those things have worked themselves out and we really haven't missed it at all.
Savings - $50.00 plus the cost of electricity
- I've been participating in the adult reading program at the local library. I haven't checked out a single book (most of the books I read have to be ordered online, are received as gifts, or are found by accident at sales or on book tables)...BUT...anything you read counts. You just keep track of your time while reading and for every two hours read you get a coupon for a free treat (drink, fries, or cone) at McDonald's in Lamar. These come in handy when John and I are out and about running errands. Thus far we've used 5 of 12 coupons earned.
Savings - $5.00 plus tax
|Coupons For Free Treats At McDonald's|
- I found two books recently...one on a book table at the local library for 25¢ - Homemade Memories - Making Memories That Matter by Marita Littauer and the other online at Thrift Books - The Gift of Christmas Past - A Return to Victorian Traditions by Sunny O' Neil for $4.09.
Savings - $18.93 over the next cheapest prices found online
- John got new glasses and surprisingly, his new insurance paid 100% of the total cost. (Bravo! I always have to pay full price for mine; insurance doesn't pay a thing!) 😎
Savings - $237.00
- Using Kickback Points that have accumulated over the past year or so, we got a free tank of gas at Pete's Phillip's 66 in Lamar.
Savings - $24.00
- Bought six jars of Polaner All Fruit (four cherry and two blueberry) on markdown at Walmart for $1.24 each (usually $1.98 per jar)
Savings - $4.44
|Polaner All Fruit|
- Bought six one-pound packages of 93/7 turkey burger for $2.68 per package (usually $4.32 per package)
Savings - $9.84
|93/7 All Natural Ground Turkey|
Some of the savings mentioned in this post amounted to mere pennies, but just on these few items mentioned we've saved a total of $349.21. 😲 Little savings here and there really do add up to big savings! 😄
In what ways are you and your family saving money at this time?
Until next time...
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