Frugal Happenings

Inspired today by a post at the Nonconsumer Advocate.

* Recently increased my retirement savings to 12%.

* Went to Aldi Saturday morning- the person next to me left and did not put away their cart.  I was scandalized! For those who don't shop Aldi, you deposit a quarter to "rent" a cart and get it back when you return your cart to the stall.  I returned their cart and got the quarter.

* Printed off a coupon to save on admission for an Antique Fair this weekend.  I'm just looking, probably not buying!  Excited to see how others set up and what merchandise is out there.

* Have had a case of the "wants" lately.  Parlayed that into some Christmas shopping.  Managed to save $15 on a product (gift) that is never discounted.

* Did not buy multiple coats that I wanted.  I have plenty of coats.

* Jumped through hoops for stupid Sallie Mae again to get my interest rates SUPER low.  ~31K of my student loan debt is now at .10% interest.  Yes, you read that right.  A tenth of a percent interest!!!

* Discovered yesterday that by taking an online health risk assessment through work I will get paid $75.  Done and done!

* Went to a benefits fair at work today.  Got the usual freebies (pen, chapstick, notepad, mini flashlight) but also four different types of tea to sample.  Also did some math on an accident insurance plan that I would normally not buy but I'm pretty sure they would end up paying me $40 yearly to take it (low premium rates + $100 back per dental/ vision exam up to two times per year).

* Submitted an invoice to my side gig- will get a check next week.

* Received a check from the antique mall where I have my booth.

* Received a $20 check from a beer rebate. I live in a state where you don't actually have to buy the beer to get money back, so I basically got paid to buy groceries.


Danavee said…
OHHHH! You ALWAYS RETURN THE CARTS THERE!!!!!!!!!! I feel your excitement!!!

YES, thank you!!! I have never seen a loose cart at Aldi before!! ;)
Shelly Niemeyer said…
I like to give my cart to the next person. They usually try to hand me a quarter, but I decline. It's just a quarter and I never cease to be amazed at how happy people are over it.
Frugal Scholar said…
I'm going to have to do a post like this. It's amazing how all the tiny frugalities add up--I've been doing it longer (because I'm older) and am absolutely amazed.
Frugal Scholar said…
I'm going to have to do a post like this. I'm always amazed at how all the little, seemingly inconsequential frugalities add up.
Frugal Scholar, please do!!! I love reading about other people's frugal activities. :)

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