Last week, we went on vacation. Vacations and frugal don’t often go together, but when you are staying with family its a whole lot easier. We stayed with my in laws, and all of our day trips were things in their neck of the woods. We visited Stokes and High Point with the older children, while my mother in law has some quality time with our youngest. Steve & I even got a date afternoon out. All in all, it was a perfectly relaxing 5 days away.
In addition to saving while we were on vacation, here are last week’s other frugal accomplishments:
Specca Farms is now open for strawberry picking! While $2.50/lb is more expensive than what you’d spend at some stores, I think it was well worth it for these oh so tasty berries. Plus, it was a great way to spend a morning our with my children and some friends.
In our garden, we have been harvesting green onions, radishes, and lettuce. We have even gotten a few strawberries! We had more veggies ready for harvest than we could possibly eat at once, so I chose to sell our abundance to friends & neighbors. That money has been put back into our garden with the purchase of several new blueberry bushes.
I bought replacement serving bowls at Holley Ross Pottery. The bowls are 50% off of retail, and I was replacing ones I had broken while pregnant (I am a klutz when pregnant). If you like Fiestaware, and are ever in the Poconos area, you really need to check them out. Holley Ross carries all of the standard Fiesta pieces at huge discounts. Most items are seconds, and have very small glaze flaws or the logo stamp is off center. Nothing that effects the use of the item, just its appearance. A large majority of our dishes have come from Holley Ross.
We ate dinner at home every night! I picked up burgers and hot dogs, and on the nights that I didn’t feel like cooking real food, we had burgers & dogs on the grill. It is a perfect go to meal this time of year.
On the cool days we had the house opened up. Not using the air conditioner will save us a lot of money in the long run. We do have separate window units in the second floor bedrooms and they get turned on for the children on the evenings where it is just too unbearable upstairs. Using the AC units intermittently keeps us all comfortable, but doesn’t break the bank.
I watched several shows on Hulu
The children watched shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime
Received the auto-shipment of my daughter’s vitamins from Amazon (saving $2/container)
Used ECB and coupons to get 4 packs of diapers, a gallon of milk, and a bottle of soda for under $7, and then received $10 in ECB to use on my next trip.
Ordered a free Square reader (referral link) so I can take credit cards when I’m selling my excess produce in the future.
My mother in law gave me all of her unwanted gardening supplies, including plants, pots, soil, and starter greenhouses.
I helped my mother get ready to move. We listed several items on online yard sale sites. She gave me some garden tools that were my fathers, as well as all of the BBQ tools since she no longer has a grill.
I found my son’s yoga DVD from school that I swore we had lost and were going to have to pay to replace. Now we won’t have that fine at the end of the school year.
Completed my internet reimbursement form with Commonwealth Connections Academy. I’ll receive a Visa gift card at the end of June.