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Frugal start to the new year!

January 3rd, 2018 at 03:46 pm

First of all, Happy New Year friends!

I have started the new year out with a few small frugal choices. First, my cell phone case broke- so I put one in my Amazon shopping cart for $19.99 and then pondered if that was something I really needed to do....

I pulled out the super glue and glued the broken pieces back together...which worked, but also created poky edges that were irritating my hand each time I used my phone. That wouldnt work... So I found a sander disk and sanded on the poky parts until they were pretty smooth- and finally, I pulled out some nail polish (couldnt find any clear, so I made do with red!) and polished over the repair to smooth things out- and viola! my cell phone case is back in business. Savings: $19.99

Then, I used an old bag of red beans from the cupboard, a ham hock from Christmas, and a can of Rotel- put all in my crockpot and let it simmer all day. I am now on my 4th day of very cheap meals.

And finally, my face scrub had run out. Nothing else would squeeze from the tube. Just as I was getting ready to toss it I thought back to my Tightwad Gazette reading days and decided to cut the tube in half and low and behold- there were at least 4-5 good uses left in the bottom. Between uses, I just put one end over the other and it creates enough of a seal to keep it from drying out- stretching my scrub an extra week or two!

This has got me thinking of other ways I have been not-so-consciously wasting money. My brain is now looking for ways to stretch and save a little. Homemade snowflakes, if you will.

Adoption is going slow but steady. The boys are happy and healthy and doing well. 2018 is looking to be a very good year so far!

4 Responses to “Frugal start to the new year!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Very frugal! I have been known to open a tube to get more product out, too.

  2. snafu Says:

    We've been suddenly become recipients for left over fridge foods from snowbird neighbours in our condo complex who fly to warmer places when it gets seriously cold. I'm trying out plan-over, lots of experiments. Have you followed online Frugalwoods Uber frugal practices?

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I love how you fixed your case!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    That's a great job on that phone case and then your frugal meals. Glad you could a few more uses of the face scrub. Bravo!

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