Saturday, May 9, 2015

Quick 5 Frugal Things

Things I do to save from the top of my head-

Navy Shower.  I turn the water off when I soap up, when I brush my teeth, and when I shave.

Air Dry.  I open my dishwasher to air dry my dishes.  Anything on the top rack gets a quick shake off.

Use Less- A smidge of toothpaste, half the amount of detergent, conditioner mostly on the ends of hair, etc.

Pick Up Pennies- And anything else usable you find on the ground.  It all adds up.  I've gotten some cute jewelry and hair clips for my daughter.  Just wash and air dry.

Eat Your Pantry- It's already paid for.  Save the cost of gas, your time, and make extras for the next meal.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Use It Up- Frankenstein Your Make Up

So, awhile ago I watched this tutorial on youtube on how to DIY your own blush color.

And last week my Ipsy* bag contained a blush compact that was completely crumbled to bits.
Ipsy is great about sending replacements for anything damaged so I did contact them for a new
blush.  But, being the cheapo that I am, I did not want to throw out that broken blush.

Today is my first day alone in over a month.  Hubs started his new job today and the kids are away at school.  I hunted down my rubbing alcohol and started digging through my make up stash.
 I combined a mostly used up powder compact, two tiny blush samples that I never use, and that powdery mess of blush.  I ended up with two compacts full of new blush.  It was a bit messy but I got the hang of it.  While I was at it, I whipped up two light purple eye shadows from three mostly used up shades.  I used double-sided tape to put them back into their cases.

I'm already thinking about combining a too dark bronzer with some face powder that I don't use.  And perhaps some lip gloss from a tube of almost gone lipstick and a lip balm.

Ipsy is a beauty subscription service that will send you 5 samples (some full size) every month for $10.  Each package comes in a cute little make up bag and each month has a theme.  I personally find it worth the money because I like trying new things and the quality of what I get is sometimes better than store brand stuff.  I've found some new favorites this way.  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Frugal vs. Not Frugal

Frugal- I ate leftovers for lunch.
Not Frugal- Those leftovers came from an expensive night out at a nice Italian restaurant.

Frugal- I've been driving the same car for 8 years.
Not Frugal- I just had to spend thousands of dollars on it for repairs.  Almost as much as the car is worth.  (Not an easy decision)

Frugal- My date night out dinner with my husband was marked down shakes from the convenience store on our way to see Bo Burnham.
Not Frugal- Bo Burnham tickets in good seats.

Not Frugal- Paying a babysitter $10 an hour for our date night.
Frugal- It was less expensive and better care than the drop off daycare we used to use.

That's all I've got for now.  What's your frugal vs. not frugal?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Five Frugal Things

Katy of The Non-Consumer Advocate hopefully won't mind me borrowing her famous blog post title.

My husband is on a job hunt again as his last contract position was done away with.  We are doing ok and not in the woods financially.  Thank God for being debt free!  But, I'm trying to get back into a more frugal day to day state of mind.

*I'm continuing to try to use up what we have instead of buying new stuff.  I've been going through travel and sample sized bottles of lotions and potions like crazy.  I just used up the last of my pumpkin cinnamon body wash and I will not buy any more until I am completely out.  By this fall I will be ready to put that on a birthday list.

*I've been a free food magnet lately.  My local salvage store has been having a box of free dented cans.  I'm helping myself to the max of ten each time.  The last thrift store I went into was giving out free bags of huge granny smith apples.  They weren't pretty and some of them were almost black with spots but once peeled they taste fine.  I made a small batch of chunky applesauce with them tonight and it was awesome.   I'll probably chop up some more tomorrow and make muffins.

*The same store where I bagged some free apples (bah!)  had a quarter sale on VHS.  I scored three tapes for cheap entertainment on the weekend.  We've also been enjoying the library for free reading material.  My husband borrows books on IT to brush up on his marketable skills and I get free novels and movies.

*Spring is finally here.  That means yard work and getting a garden together.  This year I'm going to try to have a small patch in my backyard so I can grow radish, beans, and other things.  My daughter is asking me if she can help too!  I scored a bunch of clearance seeds at the MFA for a nickle apiece.

Now it's time for another favorite frugal activity.  The kids are put to bed.  The dishes are done and it's time to cuddle with my husband and catch up on some Netflix.   We finally finished the last season of Orange is the New Black last night.  We high-fived afterwards because we never finish any show.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Frugal Bugle

Not much going on today.  I haven't left the house because I have a cold.

Here's a brief list of my frugal doings-

I made bran muffins using off brand cereal from the Dollar Tree and some apple sauce that was languishing in my pantry.  Adding cinnamon makes it yummy and my kids will eat it up.
This recipe. 

I didn't go anywhere.  (because of said cold)

Yesterday my tiny baby princess turned 12.  12!!!!!  I gave her some spending money to buy decor for her room and we splurged on a pair of Aztec print jeggings from Kohl's using a 30% off coupon.  We got them for $10.  

I'm planning a Spring Break trip for the kids and myself.  To offset the cost of our hotel and activities, I'm putting a few no spend days in the calendar.   I'm also looking for deals and coupons for the things we might want to do.  I reserved a hotel that has a pool, serves breakfast, and has a refrigerator so we can have snacks if we don't feel like going out. 

I'm making dinner at home for the three people who will be here tonight.  It's probably just going to be mac and cheese with broccoli since I don't feel great. 

Our fridge is almost empty so I'm going to sit down tonight and make a list and look for coupons for what we need.  I have grocery circulars so I can price match at Walmart if I want to. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sick Kitty

The orange boy on the right will be 19 this year.  He's been with me since my first year out of college.  He's cuddly and lazy and has always been very mellow.  He's basically my favorite cat ever.  He hadn't been getting up and running to the food bowl with his sister when I fed them lately and yesterday his face was swollen on one side.  Anyway, he's at the vet today and will have surgery to remove any and all rotten teeth.  Poor thing.  I briefly debated spending the money on him because of his age.  But, he's my love and I want him to have a quality life for as long as he can.  I'll just have to tighten the belt in other areas. 

My daughter has to have some baby teeth pulled also to make room for her adult teeth.  I'm wondering who's dental work will cost more. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Frugal OOTD- And some penny pinching beauty ideas.

With the exception of my undergarments (which I bought on sale), all my clothes and even my earrings came from thrift stores or the clearance rack.  I scored some Catherine's jeans on the $1 rack on Tuesday.  They fit great! 

Energie black and white sweater hoodie 2.99
Merona ribbed black tank top 1.99
Catherine's Jeans 1.00 (normally $60)
Black beaded dangle earrings (new on card) 1.00
Socks  Free after coupon
Converse One Star Gray tennis shoes 4.99 Target clearance

Now let's talk about the beauty regimen-

My Olay face wash was bought at a salvage store for 2.99.  Olay really is the only thing that does not break me out. 

My homemade soap was from the clearance/ugly bin at a soap maker's stall at a flea market for $1.99.  Not 100% frugal but I love it and I supported a small business.

Today was not a hair washing day.  I wash my hair every other day.  I also take navy showers to save water and heating.  I would have used products that my MIL gave me when she cleared out her stockpile of free after purchase items. 

I used some expensive Coola moisturizer from Birchbox that I had previously loved.  I earned points to buy socks for men in my family but I won't buy this again.  The cucumber smell is overwhelming. 

My deodorant came from Big Lots for $1.99.  I'm trying get away from aluminum deodorants so I'm using this Arm & Hammer Essentials.  

My body lotion was scraped together from three mostly empty hotel samples.  I've been adding a tiny bit of water to the almost empty bottle and shaking it to get at all the product.  I'm using stuff up from my collection too.  The recycling bin has been getting a work out.

My Cartier perfume was a free sample.

My makeup (and brushes) came from free samples with purchase from Lancome and Clinique,  Sephora Birthday Gift, Dollar Tree, and my favorite Clinique powder was bought during a free bag with purchase sale.   I only buy from Clinique and Lancome when they are having their free makeup bag with purchase.  Since I am trying to use up my stockpile, I haven't bought any in a few months.

I love to have nice things.  I love to wear make up and jewelry.  I don't always love spending a ton of money to do so.