My sister and I think these earrings are adorable and they are only $2.91 including shipping from Amazon.com. Click on the link to check them out!
I’m really excited about this new deal from Swagbucks.com. If you sign up to try NextIssue, an Ap that lets you read unlimited current magazines you, and read one within 24 hours you earn enough Swagbucks for a free $15 giftcard of your choice. This will bring my Swagbucks total high enough for me to redeem FREE $25 on PayPal. That’s FREE money!!!!!!!!!!
I’m actually having fun using this Ap and will be going out of town in the next couple of weeks and can use it on my phone which is neat. Don’t forget to cancel before the month is up or you will be charged but it’s not expensive. The special terms are that this must be your first sign up and that it may take 30 days to receive your Swagbucks.
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This is a neat little offer for Bank of America customers. If you are a Bank of America customer then you probably already know about their free BankAmeriDeals® aka free cash back if you use your debit card at certain stores/retailers. I personally have gotten cash back a few times as a surprise since I forget which deals are ongoing which is always nice if happen to end up shopping at one of the places anyways.
However, the free $2 back for redeeming any deal is great if you are going to be shopping at one of the places offering free 10% back anyways. Right now the deals showing up on my online banking include Jo-Ann Fabrics, Starbucks, Panera, Wawa and more. I personally may go to Jo-Ann Fabrics with a 40% off coupon to look for something that will cost less than $2 (they have a dollar section) and then know I will be getting it back for FREE! Even if I end up getting two $1 stocking stuffers for Christmas I’ll be happy.
I bought the Black Ambiance brand, pea coat, winter coat for $5.99 (in the picture on the left) and an H&M brand, black, pea coat, trench coat, rain coat for $5.99 (in the picture on the right). I really needed a longer black winter coat and have kept my eyes open looking for one at a thrift shop. I’m not surprised that I would end up finding one during the summer in Florida when it’s so hot people don’t think that that they will ever feel cold again. I had actually looked into buying one of these this winter at Macy’s but they were $50 to $200 on sale. I had also previously looked for a similar trench coat at H&M and they were always $50 to $100. I’m really excited about these deals even though I probably won’t be able to wear them until winter.
Thrift Shopping Tip- Look for items out of season and you will have better luck finding a great deal. Most people aren’t looking for a heavy winter jacket in 95 degree weather and people are likely to get rid of summer clothes in the middle of winter. Stock up and you will be able to enjoy your new items when the seasons change.
Thrift Shopping Tip- If you are stocking up for the next season, it’s usually better to buy classic pieces versus trendy. A classic, well made cable knit sweater will still look stylish in your wardrobe for years to come. My former roommate gave me a blue cable knit sweater she didn’t want almost 7 years ago and I still get compliments on it.
B works at a hospital and has to wear business dress clothes. I was excited to find this designer Oscar de la Renta Tie for only $1 at a local Hospice thrift shop for him to wear to work.
Thrift Shopping Tip- Look for secondhand designer labels for the same price as secondhand chain store items. This can sometimes be an indicator of quality and more expensive materials.
I have been really sick but one of my doctor’s appointments was near a couple thrift shops we rarely get to go through so I shuffled my way to some bargains.
In the picture above I got-
– A pair of comfort plus black dress heels that I’m sure I will be grateful for on days when I’m teaching and tired $5.99
– Another pair of black dress heels to wear while teaching $5.99
– The absolutely adorable pair of purple dress heels with buttons on them $5.99
– A pair of grey pinstripe dress pants that fit me and don’t even need to be hemmed $3.59
– A small wooden jewelry box that I will probably paint $3
– The red towel holder $2.50 that I will definitely paint (these are a great idea for renters who need a temporary towel holder without drilling into the walls)
– Express long shorts $3.59
– Sun Dress new with tags, I will be bringing this dress on our California vacation this summer because it is a non-wrinkling material $5.99
– Black Boots $5.99, although I won’t get much use out of these during the summer in Florida I would not find these here during the winter for that cheap so I’m buying them for when it gets cold
– Tan flowered patterned collapsible tote, great for storage and it will fold flat when not in use $2
– These two ugly end tables that have good bones for my brother’s new apartment were only $9.99 each, check back for before and after photos because these are going to look great when cleaned and painted!
I’m really surprised by this offer from Swagbucks for Magazines from Magazine Outlet for $2 each for a year or more subscription and you get 50 Swagbucks each magazine you buy (up to 4). Most tempting to me is All You Magazine that often comes with high value coupons or coupons for free items! The catch is you have to remember to cancel the subscription or be automatically charged for a renewal at a much higher price I’m assuming. However, if you have a magazine you love enough it might be worth remembering to cancel. They also had A LOT of other great titles to choose from.
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This is the summary for a couple weeks. I’ve been extremely, extremely sick and unable to work my part time job at the restaurant. Fortunately my main job teaching is done for the summer but I really haven’t been able to do much lately.
I have saved a lot of money in the past two weeks because for one of them I was unable to get out of bed and for the other I’ve barely been able to leave the house. Unfortunately, any money I may have saved has gone to medical expenses and missing work has been another unexpected financial blow. This only reinforces the fact that having an emergency fund to help get through times like this is vital and being frugal helps too, of course, because the less money you spend equals the less money you need. I’m really grateful for the help of my family and B during this illness and hopefully it will be over soon. I am also grateful for medical insurance because otherwise my finances would be in much worse shape without it.
Extra Income Update-
I didn’t earn a lot of extra money in the past couple weeks while being sick but figured I’d mention it anyways.
– I earned enough Swagbucks for a free $10 gift card of my choice. I love Swagbucks and have earned quite a lot gift cards in the past few years. If you want to join you can do it by clicking on my referral button below and help me out Earned- $10
– I sold $20 worth of clothes to Plato’s Closet, I also discovered another store like Plato’s Closet but for women called Style Repeat, the clothes that they didn’t take will either be sold on ebay or at our yard sale in August Earned- $20
– I bought some Sperry’s at Goodwill and I am going to try to sell them on eBay as well as some of the clothes that Plato’s Closet didn’t want, I am going to restart my eBay business as soon as I am feeling better, I have very slowly started getting the inventory I already have organized
How I saved-
– I was able to return a couple of over the counter medical items that I didn’t end up needing and that was $11 back in my pocket. Saved- $11
– I exchanged about $7 worth of stuff from dollar tree that I didn’t end up needing for $7 worth of groceries. Saved- $7
– I had some coupons for CVS and in one trip got a 6 pack of Cliff bars, a luna bar and a travel size CVS brand Advil all for free. Saved- $11
Can you see the bored look on the cat’s face? Yeah, it didn’t work.
– I bought a small decorative fountain at Goodwill for $13 (see above) because I have been looking for a pet water fountain for our cat. I thought this fountain might work since it was only plastic and glass. This was definitely a frugal failure. However I turned it around when I exchanged the fountain at Goodwill for a dress skirt, a sweater, a clear glass Pyrex bowl (a move in gift for my brother because who doesn’t need a big glass kitchen bowl) and a set of three vintage Pyrex bowls. Saved- $12
– A local thrift shop gives away day old bread for small donation so for .50 cents each I got two packs of bagels and some kind of pastry. Saved- $7
– I bought crutches for a friend who hurt herself for $5. Saved her at least- $18
– We watched a movie we had been wanting to see at home for free instead of going to the movies. Out local movie theater isn’t cheap. Saved – $30
– Found a new dress with the tags on it for our trip to CA later this summer for $5.99 Saved – $9
– Although it has cost me a lot more to miss work, I have saved about $20 a shift in gas and tolls (I’m trying to look on the bright side)
– Bought what medical supplies I could at the dollar store rather than a drug store. Saved – $9
– I made my own all natural, chemical free dish soap from a bar of soap (see above). This didn’t save a lot of money but it’s a great use for extra bars of soap. I’ll write a post about this soon. Saved – $4
– We bought an entire watermelon for $5 and cut it up ourselves instead of buying it pre-cut Saved – $4
– We went out to eat for a family member’s Bday and went to a really awesome local family owned restaurant, this didn’t actually save us money although they are very affordable but we did support a local family owned restaurant (many of which have gone out of business in the area we lived in). Afterwards, we made our new favorite recipe a No Bake Peanut Butter Pie recipe instead of a cake. I’ll post the recipe soon! You will love it!
What frugal things have you done this week?
When I flip through our junk mail I always keep my eyes open for $10 off Coupons that don’t require a minimum purchase because it’s like getting a FREE $10 gift card. Recently we have received 2 FREE $10 off Coupons from the new Academy Sports + Outdoors store (see above) that opened around the corner from where we live. I almost didn’t stop by the first time because I wasn’t familiar with the store but I’m so glad that I did.
We were able to score 2 beach chairs and 2 beach chair clip on umbrellas (see below) for $1 each after the 2 free $10 coupons! We have already taken the chairs to the beach a few times and I’m excited to now have the umbrellas to go with them because it’s very hot here in Florida! The chairs and umbrellas usually sell for $6 each! I love getting things we will use for so cheap!