Frugal Friday

by - November 22, 2019

Payday fell this week and unfortunately my check was short due to a clerical error. Normally I will pick up take out on payday, but not this time. I just came home and made dinner using items we had here. So, a frugal win on dinner anyway. 

Our local gas station changed rewards cards, so I needed to have my information switched over and it turned out to be more work than I thought it would. Several phone calls later it's now fixed and can be used to save money on gas again. This saves me 10¢ per gallon and adds up over time. 
This particular gas station has two reward cards. One is for Exxon and gives you points for each purchase while the second reward card lowers the price of gas by 10¢ per gallon. When I paid for the gas myself I paid $2.02 per gallon.

When I filled up my car this week I used my Exxon rewards card to use the free $8.75 worth of gas I had earned. We have found that the reward does not come off if you pay with a debit or credit card. So, to get around this issue we insert $1 into the pump and can then get all of our rewards. It might seem like a little bit of work, but I received $8.75 in free gas today, so I consider that worth the effort. 

This week we cooked all of our meals at home.
- Baked Potato Night, Broccoli
- Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Vegetable Stir Fry
- Chili Tacos, Lettuce & Tomatoes
Chicken Pot Pie
- White Chicken Enchiladas & Salad
- Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, apricots
- Smoked Sausage, Fried Potatoes, Corn

My Dad, an electrician, came down from Illinois and fixed one of our thermostats while he was here. This allowed one of the rooms upstairs to have heat again. Cost for the thermostat was $22, which was the only cost involved and saved us from calling a local electrician and being charged for labor. 

We used the free weatherstripping we received the other day and redid the weatherstripping on our back door. There was a draft coming in the door, which we used to solve by hanging a coat on the doorknob, but now it has been fixed. 
Last week I requested and received two free Sesame Street coloring books for fire safety. I'll be including these in a Christmas gift for two little girls this year. 

This week I perused the grocery store sale ads online and saved myself $1.00 for the cost of a newspaper to get them. 

Payday came this week, so all my bills were paid online, which saves me money spent on postage. 

How was your week?

~ Living within our Means ~
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