Frugal Win 🎉 When I was broke I could only afford clothing from thrift stores. Now that I make alright money I STILL can't justify not shopping at thrift stores
Exceptions are for gifts, underwear, coats, shoes (depending on the shoe), or clothing that has an *extreme discount (usually on a clearance rack in an off season)*
When I was first living out on my own I couldn't afford new new clothing. The new clothes I got were gifted or using a gift card to get them. I realized the other day that now that I'm making alright money (a little over $20/h compared to the little under $9/h i was making when I first moved out of my parents') I'm STILL going to thrift shops when I need some "new" work clothes
At any thrift store I've been to you can always find clothes that still look new, or clothes that might even still have the original tags on them. Sweaters, tshirts, blouses, shorts, dresses, trousers, and jeans. Jeans are probably my favorite thing to find when thrifting because jeans are stupid expensive when new. $30, $40, $50 for new jeans? Jesus. Probably worth it because they do last a long time but when I know i can find a pair of jeans for under $10 at a thrift shop i can't justify paying over $20 for them at a department store
Just the other day at a couple different shops i got two "new" pairs of jeans and new work shirt and sweater for under $20. You can't find prices like that at other stores, or if you do it's through hunting through clearance racks and getting coupons. I remember once at some thrift shop i saw like 8 pairs of trousers that still had the original tags on them, BRAND NEW, probably for $5/piece, sadly they weren't my size so i couldn't get them. You could save even more money by learning how to do simple tailoring if you find something that's too big or small
Frugal Win 🎉 Social media is full of elaborate, costly van life builds. Anyone in a van may be frugal, but I'm too frugal to build mine like that, focusing on the FUNCTIONALITY of it rather than the looks... you know what? It's basic, but it's been perfectly awesome for six years now. Frugality for the win!
Frugal Win 🎉 Frugal living: Moving into a school converted into apartments! 600/month, all utilities includedgallery
My Prime membership renews in January and the cost is going up from $119 to $139. It does not seem like much but money is money.
I just made a quick spreadsheet and put in all of my Subscribe and save items and their cost. Did a little comparison on Walmart and found equivalent items for the same or cheaper. The stuff I can’t pick up in store can be bundled to take advantage of the free shipping on orders of $35 or more.
$140 a year does not seem like much but I just diverted the $12/month into our automatic savings account. Saving that money (with interest). instead of spending it feels like a win to me.
Taco Bell is the only place that you can still find sustaining food for under $5.
Frugal Win 🎉 The food pantry at my uni started giving out passes to the student meal center. They let me take this home!!!!
Frugal Win 🎉 Frugal Living Update: All Moved In With Space To Spare! (500 SQFT Schoolhouse Apartment, $600/Mo All In)gallery
Frugal Win 🎉 We seemed to be out of lotion, but instead of buying a new one i cut the top open and used a bag clip to keep it shut. So much lotion was still in the tube!
Frugal Win 🎉 Didn't want to waste money on a new bookmark when I accidentally turned in a library book with my old one in it. So I got creative with an old phone case and my favorite Pokémon card
Every year, my extended family and I (consisting of roughly 50 people) get together to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner. And every year, we always buy duck, ham, and turkey.
Now, no one in my family actually likes turkey. I'll admit we do not know how to prepare it-- several of my aunts and uncles have tried, but it typically just ends up being very dry and very tasteless. But we buy it anyways for the "tradition" and for the kids who don't like duck (though IMO, they taste very similar).
When my cousin headed to the store last night and saw that our usual sized turkey was looming in at $58 this year, we decided enough was enough. After two looong decades, this tradition has finally come to an end. No more turkey!
Instead, we'll be replacing it with two 5-lb chickens-- which we do know how to cook and was $18 total from our local supermarket! I couldn't be happier to eat good food this year. Maybe we should have done this sooner!
My plan was to switch to Netflix. I went to HBO's website yesterday and canceled my subscription. It sent me to a screen where they offered me 3 months at half price. So I'm going to remain with HBO Max for three more months.
My father donated his body to the local medical school. I just finished filling out a form to donate mine. They handle all the arrangements and expenses. When they're done with the body, they pay for the cremation, and give the family the ashes. They were incredibly professional and thoughtful with my father, even facilitating getting death certificates. I highly recommend this.
Frugal Win 🎉 We bought a bunch of bulk veggies from the local CSA. Carrots, potatoes, leeks, onions, garlic, shallots, apples, and squash. This is our new pantry set up in the basement. 5 gal food grade buckets with flour, sugar, rice, and salt.gallery
Traditionally, I have eaten out way too often, cooked at home way too infrequently, and thought eating leftovers was “gross”.
That was the old me.
Now that I’m nearly 4 months into my frugal journey, I’m cooking most meals, shopping for food bargains, and eating leftovers for days.
One of my biggest revelations was the abundance of free food. Now that my eyes are open to it, I’m seeing opportunities for free calories everywhere. Examples….
There always seems to be someone at work who made brownies, or some celebration where there are bagels in the break room. A group would order pizza for lunch, have a slice left over, and offer it to me. I’d often pass that stuff up. Not anymore. I’ve come home with entire pizzas lately from groups who ordered too many. If I arrive and find a free bagel breakfast, I’ll eat a bagel, toss what I had brought to eat in the fridge, and eat that the next day.
My sister in law had a party tonight. It was winding down and she texted, “Come on over, we have plenty of food!” I knew that she hates leftovers and would throw it away…so we went over. We ended up having a great dessert and taking home a giant bag of food.
Yesterday, I went to a work-related conference. There was a free breakfast and free lunch. I made sure to hit up both.
I am going to save thousands on food this year!
One of my little indulgences in life is happy, seasonal candles. But working from home I can go through one in a week or so. I recently picked up a candle warmer (not sure if links are allowed? You can get them at any chain store, etc.) and now my candles are lasting weeks, plus it feels a lot more safe with my ADHD brain lol. Hope this helps another candle lover out there :)
I saw this visiting my grandparents for thanksgiving but I have a hunch I’ll be using this at Stop & Shop where I live.