Frugal Happenings

Hello, Reader!  Here's what I've been up to:

*Received a check for $11 and change from the clothing consignment shop.

*Participated in a health survey and a blood draw for labs through work.  This will save me $300 off of my yearly health insurance premiums AND I was able to get the labs/ panel for free, which my nurse practitioner had been wanting me to do anyway.  Win win!

*Sold a stack of old Nancy Drew books ($20) and two metal magazine/record holders ($20) on Craigslist.

*Sold a pair of shoes on Ebay ($23).

*Calculated my work productivity and realized that in October I will finally, FINALLY rise to the next productivity level, meaning a boost in income.  For now anyway.

*Started a side business rather inexpensively.  It's not quite up off the ground yet, but I've only spent a few hundred dollars (business cards, fliers, website, et cetera) and there is a strong possibility of making thousands if all goes well.  We'll see.

*Discovered that I had ~$150 that I'd forgotten about from Upromise (referral link in sidebar) shopping and credit card rewards.  I already had another $150 set aside for gift shopping, so I had about $300 in total to begin working on Christmas shopping.  Got quite a bit purchased with that amount and stuck to my budget.

*Have been mostly eating food at home and packing work lunches.  A favorite lately has been potato burritos (Cut up potatoes into bite sized pieces.  Toss in cumin, onion powder, a bit of salt, and freshly ground pepper.  Cook on stove top in a bit of oil until soft.  Layer potato, aged cheddar, avocado, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime on a tortilla.  SO GOOD.).  Today I also made a batch of iced chai lattes and a homemade pizza.

*Started exercising three days per week with a video and kettle bells.  Very inexpensive to purchase and easy to complete at home, meaning I'm more likely to actually do it!

*Started physical therapy for my hip/ knees/ lower back.  Not frugal to start with, but I have a feeling this will save me tons of money in medical bills/ injuries in the future!!  Plus I will keep my book and handouts with the prescribed exercises and will be able to refer to them as needed, saving money on future PT costs.

*Decluttered my bookshelves again and have a large bag to take to the secondhand bookstore to see if I can get credit for some of them.

*Have been entertaining myself with books, Netflix, Instagram, music on my iPod, and favorite websites.  I am pretty easy to entertain and that saves money as well.

That's all for now!


Janel said…
Wow, you've been busy! Congratulations on your income boost!! Best wishes on your side business...making thousands sounds great to me!! Sorry about needing physical's never a frugal thing, but if it helps you in the long run, that's all you can hope for! Janel in NJ
Janel, thank you for all of the encouragement! Much appreciated! :) To be honest, I have been putting off PT for years and probably would be in a better state if I'd gone earlier...hindsight's 20/20, right? ;)
Linda said…
You have been busy in such a productive way! Thank you so much for sharing, and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)
Thank you, Linda!! :) And how nice to have a Canadian commenter!!
Danavee said…
I am SO CURIOUS about your side business!!!!!!!!!!! You'll have to tell me about it!!!!
Danavee- It is related to my day job and not particularly exciting, but I will message you!!
Frugal Scholar said…
I'm curious about your side biz also...can't wait to hear about it.
We eat burritos almost every day. We make about 40 at a time (bean and cheese) and freeze. Of course, we use the crockpot for the beans (outside, so the house doesn't smell).

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