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    Default 2015 What Did You Do Frugal Today Challenge

    Starting this one since the old one "disappeared and I happen to like this one even if it is the same old same old.

    Cricket can you sticky this one?
    Bank of America is THE godfather of Hell with Wells Fargo running neck and neck. When the world ends the only things that will be left are cockroaches, Walmart, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Not necessarily in that order. The order remains to be seen.

    Challenges
    Coupon/Sales Challenge Feb
    $8.00

    Grocery Challenge/Feb
    Goal $250.00
    Total $33.55

    Eat Out No More Feb
    Goal 20
    Accomp/8

    No Spend Challenge/Feb
    Goal 20
    Accomp 4

    Change Jar 2020
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    Christmas Fund 2020
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    I'll go first! Today we got a Husky diamond plate aluminum truck tool box for a mere $25. It's in excellent condition and it looks like a new one would cost approximately $300. We plan to use it for a storage box and bolt it to our dock for life jackets and other HydroBike accessories.

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    Today I gave my 19 yo son the opportunity to see the sun rise tomorrow. Saved me lawer fees, court costs, fines and funeral costs.... Does that count? If not, then I did nothing frugal today.
    2020 Goals:
    Pay off Ohio House - $621.02/$3,330.56
    Save for whole house generator - $0/$15,000 (Guess amount, no quote)
    Fully Fund all Retirement Accounts & HSA - $3,172.43/$43,000
    Save for fruit trees - $0/$1,000 (by December)
    Survive Outage - 6-12s for 3-6 months.....love the pay, hate the hours
    Save for pond....now a 2022 goal

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    LL-oh you'll miss him when he's gone. lol And I know right about now you'd like a trial run! lol

    Hit the church Rummage sale late.
    Got a small office fan and a pioneer DVD player for $5. each.
    garbage bag of felt for DD's craft business $4.
    and a love seat,3 chairs for $80.

    We got clearance ground sirloin last week so I made 7 burgers and 4 hot dogs at once to save propane. This is not a steak holiday. Opened a can of beans,had some Aldis cookies,a few chips and called it good.

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    FW - lol - yep and I told him the only reason I was going to let him live was because it was cheaper. He smiled because he knew it was true. Ya gotta love 'em!!

    But today's a new day and I'm driving back to Louisiana - just short of 1,000 miles. It will be an overnighter. When I drove up Thursday I slept in the vehicle and probably will again tonight....or later today as I've been up since 2 am. I know some people think I'm crazy for sleeping in the car but when I travel like this I only sleep a 3-4 hours at a time and cannot justify a hotel room. (In the past 9 months I have done this 9 times. At $75/night that's $675 savings.) I will be stopping at Aldi's to get water and snacks to reduce buying "road food". Plus I will pick a few other things because I don't have an Aldi's in Louisiana and don't know of any cheap places to buy food - yet. Keeping track of receipts because it's a tax deductible trip.

    I ordered a new laptop yesterday and went through swagbucks. earned 1400 points. About 7-8 keys are now failing so I have to restart the laptop once or twice to get all the keys to start working again. A family member works for a computer manufaturer and told me to order it off of QVC - it would be cheaper than they could get it for me.
    2020 Goals:
    Pay off Ohio House - $621.02/$3,330.56
    Save for whole house generator - $0/$15,000 (Guess amount, no quote)
    Fully Fund all Retirement Accounts & HSA - $3,172.43/$43,000
    Save for fruit trees - $0/$1,000 (by December)
    Survive Outage - 6-12s for 3-6 months.....love the pay, hate the hours
    Save for pond....now a 2022 goal

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    Yesterday was Saturday and $ Generals $5 off 25 and still needed milk, bread and cat food. Last thing I wanted to do was stop ANYWHERE on the way home but knew those 3 things alone would be about half the $25 so...

    Wandered around trying to find things to make up the rest of the 25 without just spending needlessly. Looked at $1 bags of chips at least twice and walked away both times. Went back to the cat food and there were 4 bags of the 3 lb 6 oz Friskies for $4.50 with $2 coupons off one on them. Cool. So that was $10 for 13 lb 2 oz . Ended up getting 2 lg canisters Coffee Mate for stockpile as that is on my need to stockpile list so got them to finish out the $25. Actually I ended up paying a couple dollars over the $20 but all things were needed and not just picked up for the sake of picking up so won't complain.

    Rode in to work once with hubs so no gas used that day however the reason was MY vehicle wouldn't start. Course it started right up for him that evening. Actually it WOULD start but wouldn't stay running. Did this once before and it ended up costing around $220 or $240. So...

    Rest is same old same old but even the same olds help save

    Full loads only in washer and dryer timed for shortest time possible

    Dishwasher still being ran once a week with full loads. I admit we use paper plates often here for non messy type food. Not every time but often. When I can pick up a big pkg for $2 or less I figure it pays for itself over time and less for me to deal with in the meantime. I'm tired when I get home and the less I have to deal with the better. Won't lie .

    Working on making a "Needed for Stockpile" list. This is going to be VERY important soon and if I'm wrong (n and for once I hope I am ) then it will help with a longer term plan I'm trying to work out.

    Going back thru older posts on here to get more ideas. Reading Homesteadmamma's old post From riches to rags and back again.

    Entertainment is reading, computer, TV. Luckily I don't even WANT to really go anywhere.

    Watching electric, lights etc as much as possible. Also water. Our water bill is really not bad at all but for some reason it's been more the last 3 months than before that. Only by a very few $ .. 5 to 7 .. but that's OUR 5 to 7 that I prefer to keep and not give it to them.

    Using grocery bags for trash where I can to save on buying more "real" bags. Sounds petty but after looking at the price a couple weeks ago since I haven't bought any for probably 3 to 4 years ( stockpile and using the grocery bags ) I figure using them saves about 40 to 50 a year. Again, not a lot of money to most people but that's money I'm not handing to someone else.

    Doing as many errands as I can on the way home from work as most thing are directly on the way home.
    Bank of America is THE godfather of Hell with Wells Fargo running neck and neck. When the world ends the only things that will be left are cockroaches, Walmart, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Not necessarily in that order. The order remains to be seen.

    Challenges
    Coupon/Sales Challenge Feb
    $8.00

    Grocery Challenge/Feb
    Goal $250.00
    Total $33.55

    Eat Out No More Feb
    Goal 20
    Accomp/8

    No Spend Challenge/Feb
    Goal 20
    Accomp 4

    Change Jar 2020
    $

    Christmas Fund 2020
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    Forgot to mention we got the diamond plate truck box at a garage sale.

    We use grocery bags for trash a LOT, so you're not alone there. We went so far as to buy one of these when we redid the kitchen. We weren't sure we'd like it because we were using a bigger one, but we actually love it and wouldn't be without it now. If/when we leave this house, it's going along with us!

    We also use some tall kitchen bags in other trash holders, but it's not the wet stuff like the kitchen trash, so when it's time to haul trash, we dump the tall cans into a thirty-gallon black bag we use in the kitchen for dry trash, and reuse the bags in the tall cans to save a few pennies. Using a thirty-gallon bag in a trash can that would normally use a tall kitchen trash bag may seem like overkill, but it saves a tall kitchen bag and provides a cheaper bag for lightweight stuff. We always manage to fill at least two of them, the one in my tall sewing room trash and the one from the kitchen. For the icky, heavy stuff like cat litter, we use large contractor bags which are expensive but very reliable for stuff we really don't ever want to clean up after a cheaper bag breaks, so any time we can use the cheap black bags we do just to save a few pennies.

    We used a $5 off $25 coupon yesterday too, buying two new double shepherd's hooks for hanging plants. They were half price so two came to $30 and we got $5 off that which paid for the regal geranium.

    We've always used a rag box which really cuts down on using disposables like paper towels.

    We seldom buy groceries that aren't on sale.

    I've gotten really good over the years at repurposing things so I can reuse what we already have, or salvage something never intended for what I use it for, and save money by making do and often getting some really cool and unique things as a side benefit.

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    did a load of laundry and dried it without the dryer.

    Livin Large - I have also slept in the car on long road trips but never alone. I hope you are staying at well lit truck stops and not highway rest areas.

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    used my AARP CC for everything again to earn points.
    Took Dmom and DD out to lunch at the Chinese restaurant. For 4 combo plates (took a dinner to DH) w/ tip it was $40. I had a $26 points reward credit so out OOP cost was $14. for 4 lunches and there was,as always, enough for everyone to have another meal.

    DD hit the used book store and caught the buy 2 get 1 free sci-fi sale on paperbacks. Then she also found several in the free pile.

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    Was supposed to be a spend however the vets office was closed... holiday. Didn't even think. So other than wasted gas for the trip ( unscheduled nail trim ) haven't spent today. Luckily it's only about 10 to 12 minutes away so not bad.

    Have enough gas for back and forth to work for MAYBE 2 more days.

    Electric at a minimum considering it's about 90 degrees outside. Air on 77 with a fan blowing.

    Eating at home and using what's here. Fixed brownies for nibbling. Course having the oven on didn't help with the air... sigh

    Working on plan to try to pay off Bank of Hell before they pull more shi*(&
    Bank of America is THE godfather of Hell with Wells Fargo running neck and neck. When the world ends the only things that will be left are cockroaches, Walmart, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Not necessarily in that order. The order remains to be seen.

    Challenges
    Coupon/Sales Challenge Feb
    $8.00

    Grocery Challenge/Feb
    Goal $250.00
    Total $33.55

    Eat Out No More Feb
    Goal 20
    Accomp/8

    No Spend Challenge/Feb
    Goal 20
    Accomp 4

    Change Jar 2020
    $

    Christmas Fund 2020
    $

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    I used a package of eight shelf supports I got for a quarter at a garage sale a couple weeks ago to install the two new shelves in the new/used media center we got at SA a couple months ago. Finally, that's done. Unfortunately, the shelves cost us $20 but I'm preferring to ignore that, and it's worth it anyway because they look nice. It still only cost us about $50 all told and it's way nicer and more useful than any of the ugly TV stands we've seen the past few years. Now we're debating if we want to move everything into it yet today. It's going to take a while. I'd like to get it done but our backs hurt already and that old analog TV we're using till it dies since the flat screen died weighs a ton. Then again, it would be great to see it all installed and everything done.

    I also used a plastic storage basket I got at GW Saturday for a dollar to install on a shelf in the media center, where an analog TV was originally intended to go. Remember those entertainment centers? With the doors over the TV that no one ever closed anyway? But that will be nice now to cover up all my Wii stuff, WW stuff, and the two shelves to hold the DVDs. The basket will be used to round up all my WW and Prevent papers and books (except cookbooks) so I can finally find them. The basket was one of the things I went back to GW for on Saturday, that I should have bought Friday, that led to us getting that great diamond plate box for our dock. I'll admit I was feeling badly about the extra gallon of gas to go fetch the GW stuff, but not anymore! Not when I've waited years to score one of those boxes. But I digress, a specialty.

    I also rounded up a fancy-looking plastic fridge tray I salvaged for free a while back, that fits nicely in the media center to be used as a drawer. We'll put all the owners manuals, extra remotes, and miscellaneous that always seems to accumulate in that to tame that clutter.

    And of course I salvaged a free piece of paneling at our local waste transfer station to fill up the big giant hole in the backer, which was all open to provide venting for the old analog TV that used to be in this cabinet. Nobody sees it anyway so the fact the paneling doesn't match won't matter. It's closed up now to keep dust out and keep things from falling out the back of the cabinet.

    It's finally starting to come together!

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    Stopped at S.A. near a fair we were going to because the rain hit so hard they closed the fair!
    I got 2 lg. bookcases at $19.99/25% off=$14.99 and a sugar container (diner style)$1.99
    Also got a NIB Gemco set of oil/salt and pepper and grated cheese containers for $4.99 It matches the new drinking glasses w/ the lines around them.
    Their books stank so they got passed over. I have to go back and get the bookcases tomorrow. I could have gotten 33% off but we went back to the fair and DD was w/ us. (Dh was all lets stand them sides ways and save 8% more.)
    I passed and saved DD's life lol.

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    Used some odds and ends of nails and screws to put the backer on the media center, and installed a third shelf since there was some shelving left over from the two other shelves and we might as well use it. I was informed we still own VHS tapes that need storage and the shelf will work well for those. But as far as I know, it's completely done now and we can put it in place and move into it. Maybe tomorrow. I sure hope we like it. We like the color and style.

    We're having planned over stuffed flank steak for supper with planned over salad. Tasty!

    Husby made granola cookies which are extremely tempting and delicious, using up some older shortening, 49-cent spice chips from GW, and granola cereal bought for .88 a box which is now a problem because he didn't eat it over winter like he planned, so now it's cluttering up my freezer and taking space I need for my WW stuff. If I wasn't so cheap I'd throw it all out for the critters, but unfortunately I refuse to waste it. Maybe I'll put a box of it in the dog food later this week.

    The roofer has promised to fix our brand new still-leaking roof at no charge, so I guess that's sort of frugal.

    Using up some potatoes for supper that are starting to sprout.

    Sending leftovers to work with Husby for his lunch tomorrow, like most days.

    Oh, wow, totally off topic but freaky accident near here today. It's just on the news. Car hits deer, deer is launched into windshield of an oncoming car, where it goes through the windshield and kills the front seat passenger. I don't know why these things still shock me. I've heard so many weird critter/car stories over the years.

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    made a spice cake w/ choc. frosting and I added raisins. About $5. plus the bake?
    Cheapest I see a clearance cake is $8.

    Organised and washed up new clothes so I can see what I have and not buy anything else (unless I lose more weight)

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    2 loads of wash in cold water and hung outside to dry. Same old, same old

    Made a homemade potato salad. The potatoes, green pepper was a freebie.
    Eggs from my chickens.

    Got a few groceries. Minimum. Trying to use up things around here first.

    Sorting out things to put up on craigslist. Did 3 ads today.

    Planted some horseradish plants the other day. Free from the son.
    Also some chives. Finally got all our hostas in the ground that I found
    last year on a craigslist ad.

    Still keeping my electric log book.

    Nothing real exciting. Just doing what I have to do

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