A No Spend Challenge update! This summer we’re saving for a down payment on a home, so I’ve been documenting black-belt frugal tactics.
The back-to-school deals are aplenty this week. I headed to OfficeMax to take advantage (because an important principle of frugality is planning ahead) of penny deals. My younger girls go through crayons like water, so I stock up when those are cheap. I got 3 12-packs of pencils for .01 each, 3 boxes of crayons for .25 each, $1 kid scissors and splurged on a 5-pack of pens for $3. Because I can NEVER find a pen around here.
My “make it do” fix of stain-remover-for-laundry-detergent ran out, so I bought 6 jugs of laundry detergent. They were BOGO, and I had $7 in coupons, so I paid $12 out of pocket. Then I redeemed a $4 cash back reward from SavingStar. (See, sometimes these cash back apps are worth it.) This means I got 6 jugs of laundry detergent for $8.
Since .10 or less per load is considered a “stock up” price for laundry detergent and I got 189 loads for $8, or .04 a load, this was a great deal.
Every summer we take advantage of the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program. You download the form, fill it out when your child reads books, and take it to B&N to redeem for a free book. We got 3 free books this time.
I started a small investment account with Stash. It’s an app that allows you to start investing with only $5. And if you use this link, they give you that $5 for signing up. Nowadays, there is NO excuse for not investing folks!
I joined Kindle Unlimited a couple of weeks ago and downloaded (FREE) several ebooks I have been wanting to read. Amazon is still offering this promotion: Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial
I also joined Audible and got a free $10 Amazon gift certificate for doing so. I then set a reminder in my Google calendar to cancel before the 3 month trial period is up. I don’t love audio books because my house is rarely quiet enough to hear audio very well, but I plan on downloading a couple of kid’s books for the little ones to listen to during quiet time or before bed. Click here to take advantage of this offer.
Baby needed a new pair of shoes. I headed to the consignment shop and got two pairs for $9 (one pair of PediPeds, these are $30+ new), as well as a Sheriff Woody doll that the little girls had been asking for for months, for $5. I used my frequent shopper punch card and got 20% off the lot.
Oops. That was more than 5 frugal things. 🙂
(This is a post in a series on my No Spend Challenge. Read more here.)