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Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments: Week of February 1-7
I have a really hard time buying clothes for myself. Part of the problem is that I am a mom, and I have not fully embraced my post c-section body. Another part is that at 6′ tall, and a size 18/20, clothes just aren’t readily available at a “frugal” price point. However, I refuse to buy cheap clothes that fall apart or don’t fit properly. I love Lane Bryant, and if money was no object, I’d probably own one of everything in the store, 2 of everything in the t-shirt department. Their clothing fits me, its higher quality, and it lasts going through the washer a million or so times before I’m ready to replace it. Its the only place I’ll purchase bras, but at almost $40 each, I usually wait for a sale or until I have a gift card. Sunday night, the stars aligned with the perfect sale – 50% off of everything! I ordered new bras from Lane Bryant, and purchased 3 for the cost of 1 thanks to some sale items and that promo code.
At ShopRite, I was able to get 2 bottles of FREE Arm & Hammer laundry detergent (this week’s sale). Here is the deal if you want to score some free detergent as well:
Buy 2 bottles of Arm & Hammer detergent at $1.99 each
Use SuperCoupon from the circular making 1 bottle 99¢
Use the ecoupon to save 98¢ WYB 2 items
Use (2) $1/1 printable coupons
Total Out of Pocket –> FREE
When we can get freebies, we always like to pick them up. If we can’t use them, then we share with our family and friends, or donate them to the local food pantry.
My husband wanted soda for at work instead of using the vending machine. ShopRite has Dr Pepper on sale this week three 12-packs for $10. This is a little more than I normally like to spend on soda, however, when you purchase three of the 12-packs, you get a free 8-pack of Powerade! We like to have Powerade on hand for the summer months when there is a lot of yard work to be done in the heat, because sometimes you need more than just water. These are now on the pantry shelves until much later.
I also did a lot of comparison shopping at Aldi today. I made my grocery list up with the items I was planning to purchase at ShopRite, including the sale prices, or price after using a coupon. Then, while I shopped Aldi, if the item was less expensive there, I picked it up! Items that were cheaper at Aldi – 2lb bags of powdered sugar, chopped pecans, evaporated milk, whole bean coffee, tea bags, bananas, cream cheese, and string cheese. I’m betting there were a few more items, but my list fell out of my pocket into a puddle when we got home, so I need to redo my notes the next time I shop at Aldi.
We managed to eat at home every single night this past week! HUGE WIN! We did stray from the menu plan, but not much, and we had a few convenience meals on hand. For Sunday’s dinner which was supposed to be take-out, we opted for prepared pizzas from Aldi instead. I fed all 5 of us for less than $10, where a single night of take out is usually around $35!
I have begun composting the gardens. Over the last week, we added all of our coffee grounds, egg shells, banana peels, and shrimp shells to the rhubarb garden. I have 4 rhubarb plants in a single bed, and since they are a perennial, they need to be fed! I prefer using compost, or adding items that will compost in place, instead of pricey fertilizers whenever possible.
What did you do last week to save money?