Tread Lightly, Retire Early has been one of my inspirations for doing the Friday Frugal Five. I’ve been at a bit of a loss for inspiration on what to write about next, so recapping my money wins for the week is a quick way for me to stay engaged with both the blog and my financial accountability.
- Mrs. Groovy pointed out in a post this week that she gets excited when the library notifies her that a new book is checked out and waiting for her. I am the same way! My library has a great selection of e-books, so I just put a few on hold at a time, then patiently wait until one is available to check out. Typically a new one will be available by the time I’m done reading my current book. I finally got a book this week that had been on my holds list for a couple months.
- I gave away almost all of my maternity clothes to a friend last year, but I kept one black sweater. I’m actually wearing it today! It doesn’t look like a maternity sweater at all, which is why I kept it. Also, I don’t thrift shop very often, but I did buy a few things that way when I was pregnant. This sweater was purchased secondhand for $8.
- I only went out to lunch one day this week and it was a pre-planned lunch with a work friend I don’t catch up with enough. The other four days I packed lunch from home. I had the same meal THREE times – a leftover black bean soup that I made on Sunday. Luckily it was delicious, and I also mixed it up by bringing a few different snacks/sides to go with the soup.
- That black bean soup I just mentioned? It was made with a $1.29 bag of dry black beans, an onion, and some carrots/celery/spices I already had at home. Cheap, filling, and nutritious.
- The cold snap we had this week made me realize the parts of my wardrobe that are lacking. A specific example would be my lack of thick, warm socks. Since I’m doing the Uber Frugal Month Challenge, I did not immediately go buy new socks. I made do by doubling up on my thin socks.
What financial wins did you have this week, small or large?