Friday’s Frugal Five – A Holiday and a Birthday

Friday’s Frugal Five – A Holiday and a Birthday

With the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, my birthday yesterday, and my husband currently between jobs, I decided to take this week off work.  Here’s what we’ve been up to, and how we’ve kept it frugal:

  1. Last Friday we drove 2 1/2 hours to my mom’s house.  She lives on a farm in the country, so we never spend much money when we visit; there just isn’t much to spend money on!  Despite the very HOT weather, I went for one long gravel road run on Saturday morning.  In the afternoons our daughter played under the trees in the shade and blew bubbles, splashed in the kiddie pool, and played in a sandbox.  Mr. FIREDup also enjoyed taking outdoor photos during our visit.  Unfortunately my daughter and I have both been battling colds, but other than that it was a really nice time.  We came back home on Tuesday morning.
  2. Since it was already a short week, we took advantage of one of our daycare’s policies.  If your child is out the full week, they only charge half price tuition.  Given how much our daycare costs, this was a nice little amount we were able to save this week, and we also got to spend the whole week with our daughter.
  3. Yesterday was my birthday!  We didn’t do anything too exciting.  We did go out to lunch and used a BOGO (buy one get one free) coupon for Philly cheese steak sandwiches, so our total bill for the three of us was only $10.95.  Then we stopped by the Starbucks two doors down and I took advantage of my free birthday drink coupon.  I decided to try out the Nitro cold brew with sweet cream.  It was pretty tasty, and since I wouldn’t buy it that often given the price point, it was a nice treat.
  4. Yesterday also marked our daughter’s first library visit.  Where we live has both a city library system and a suburban library system.  I’ve been using the city library system for the last several years, mostly to check out e-books.  It’s been several years since I used our suburban library system, so Mr. FIREDup and I both signed up for new cards and checked some books out for our daughter.  I also picked up a booklet that outlined all the programs going on in the library.  I was absolutely blown away by the number of things they have to offer.  There are summer reading programs for small kids, school age kids, AND adults, in addition to tons of free programming for both kids and adults (including several entrepreneurial related topics).
  5. I took advantage of a couple of gift cards this week too.  My mother-in-law sent me a gift card for my birthday that I used to offset the cost of a couple of new items for my wardrobe.  We recently got a new dishwasher, and as a part of the deal they were running at the time, they were offering a rebate for the installation cost.  We got the rebate in the mail recently and I used it to pay for a lunch that we purchased while we were out exploring the city this morning with our daughter.

How is your summer starting off?  What fun, frugal things have you found to do so far?

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