Randomly, I post five frugal things I accomplished in the previous week. Both for public accountability and also because I enjoy reading these types of posts for frugal inspiration!
ALDI had LED bulbs last week (thanks for the tip Frugal Girl – I might have missed them otherwise). I picked up several and put two to use immediately. They have a lovely warm light – I’ve heard bad things about the quality of light from LED bulbs, but these are perfect.
I have decided to attack our electricity bill (update: I got an energy audit). After hearing about the Kill-a-Watt device, I allllmmooost bought one at Amazon. But then I remembered that some libraries offer these to their patrons. Lo and behold, my library has several available! So not only did I not have to pay for one, but borrowing it for free will help me lower my energy usage. Expect an update on this later!
I am a big fan of Don Aslett’s books, and decided I needed his Make Your House Do the Housework on my shelves before we buy a house. The man is a genius for teaching you how to clean quickly. And better yet, how to avoid cleaning. I snagged a copy free from PaperBackSwap. Read more: I want a cleaner house this year and clean with pretty things.
Speaking of which, lately I’m having better experiences with BookMooch. I recently listed a few of my books on BookMooch that hadn’t “moved” on PBS, and two of them were requested within minutes. I wonder if people are moving to BookMooch since PBS began charging a service fee?
Hung several loads of laundry and biked to WalMart a few times last week with my cycling buddy.
Note to self: double-bag gallons of milk. #themoreyouknow
I switched my phone to TING wireless a couple of weeks ago and so far am happy with the service. Funny story: when hubby called Verizon to ask them to unlock the network on my phone, they told him my phone wasn’t compatible with TING.
Umm… Verizon lied.
TING shipped me a new SIM card, I plugged it into my phone, and after changing a few settings in the phone’s guts, I had service. Their customer service is awesome. When I ran into issues I called them and got an actual PERSON who helped me. He emailed me a couple of times to make sure everything was ok, and basically held my hand through the process of switching over. (By the way, if you use this link to switch to TING, you’ll get a $25 credit on your first month.)
Done anything fabulously frugal lately?
p.s. As a reminder, if you’ve ever purchased my “Slash your Grocery Budget and Eat a Whole Foods Diet with ALDI” ebook from Amazon, please make sure you’ve got the newest version, just updated a few days ago. (If you got it from an Ultimate Bundle, email me instead for the new version.)
Go to “Your Account” (make sure you’re logged in at Amazon), then under “Digital Management”, click on “Manage your content and devices”. Then click on “Settings”. Scroll down to “Automatic Book Update” and make sure the slider is ON. There you go!
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