There are more than 5 things here, so “recent frugal accomplishments”, rather than “5 Frugal Things” it is.
One is Google Opinion Rewards. This one has better payouts (sometimes as much as .50 for less than a minute of work); the surveys are sometimes only one or two questions. It pays you via points, redeemable for music, books, etc inside Google Play.
The other is Surveys On The Go. It pays gift cards.
(I don’t earn any referral commission for mentioning these.)
My daughter picked out a lovely trench coat from ThredUp for less than $20. It looked brand new. I also got 4 adorable Sunday dresses for the little girls for $24.
By the way, I’ve found that the returns process with ThredUp is effortless. I’ve had to return items three times now due to fit issues, or because something the girls ordered wasn’t to their liking.
All I do is print out the free return label, slap it on the box the stuff came in, and send it back. A few days later, the money is back on my card (or in my ThredUp account if I desire). Take THAT, eBay. I’ll never buy kid’s clothing on eBay again.
Speaking of my daughter (I think my frugal ways are rubbing off. Someday I’ll write a post about how I gently turned my daughter on to used clothing instead of overpriced, cheap quality retail.), I found this hair elastic, which get used for buns for ballet. Obviously it broke, and she simply knotted it. That’s my girl!
Ruby’s Rapunzel doll’s hair was a matted mess. I honestly thought it was beyond help, but after a quick Google search, I simply wetted the doll’s hair, rubbed in some conditioner, and she and I got to work.
Not perfect, but much, much better.
I’ve begun spot-cleaning my shirts (that don’t look or smell dirty now that it’s winter and I shiver all day instead of sweat) when something spills on them, instead of throwing them in the laundry hamper. Not only does this save money on laundering costs, it also makes them last longer. I’ve also been hanging my tops instead of putting them in the dryer.
It always pays to insist on a good customer experience!
You might get a $10 gift certificate for Almay, a free bag of diapers, or you might get a $10 credit for AmazonFresh. The latter came after the driver didn’t pick up the 14 cooler bags that were sitting on my front stoop (they are supposed to pick them up when they bring the new delivery). It was drizzling, and I suspect the driver just didn’t want to bother.
I sent a (polite!) email to Amazon customer service, and they replied with a $10 credit on my account. That’s 3 pounds of chicken breasts and 2 loaves of bread, people. Totally worth the minute it took to send that email.
Finally, our realtor sent an offer to the seller of the house we’re coveting, at $15K less than the listing price. If this offer is accepted, that will be the most frugal accomplishment of the year.
(Send happy thoughts? This is the ideal house for us. Hubs and I toured it at different times and weren’t really able to discuss things until later. When we talked, we agreed that as soon as we walked in the door, we just “had a feeling” that this was the house. We both felt at home. I told him that I had the same feeling when I met him – a good sign, no?)
I bought some cheap groceries at Bargain Hunt, namely a .30 box of organic crackers, two .50 boxes of organic oatmeal, gluten-free granola bars and other stuff.
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