Frugal Confessions Friday – Frugal Living

by on August 16, 2013 · 9 comments

Hello Frugal Confessions Readers!

Here is my frugal confession of the week:

Last Saturday night, my husband Paul and I took some of my advice and had a wonderful $2.11 date at our local coffee shop. We had finished watching a movie together at around 7:30 p.m. and were feeling antsy. With a coupon I scored from my Recyclebank points for BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) on a beverage at this café, we drove the mile and a half and enjoyed a coffee and a yummy hibiscus mint tea. The shop closed after an hour, so we came home and instead of doing something to ruin the evening like turning on the television, we sat on our back patio and talked in the dark, underneath the stars. What a lovely evening!

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What is your confession of the week? I’d love to hear it!

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Bryce @ Save and Conquer

Mine went the other way and did not turn out very frugal. We made reservations for our family of three in Hawaii for this year’s Thanksgiving week. My wife said we should purchase plane tickets several months ago. I said we should wait until more toward the end of Summer. Bad call. The tickets would have been around $750 each had we bought earlier. The ones we finally bought, and there were hardly any seats left, were $1,058 each. That’s $924 total out the window for thinking airfare might get cheaper as we get out of the Summer.
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Amanda L Grossman

Ouch Bryce! I hate it when that happens with airline tickets. I think there are services where they alert you to price changes/fluctuations, but I always feel like, “how do I know it won’t go up even higher?”

Even so, I hope you and your family have a wonderful trip this year.
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Funny about Money

What a lovely evening!

Do I have a frugal confession? Hmmm…. Yesh.

After buying two new pairs of jeans so as to have a couple pairs of pants that won’t fall off my 20-pounds-lighter bod’, I realized that instead of trying to tighten other pairs of jeans and cutoffs at the waistband, there really was no reason not to simply sew an extra button or two on, far enough to the right of the existing (bradded on, non-removable) button to tighten them enough to hold ‘em up when the buttonhole is attached. So the idea was just to leave the old buttons on after sewing on the new ones.

Pretty ridiculous-looking, you say?

Well, potentially. But no one has seen me with a shirt tucked into the waistband in years. Even though I now CAN tuck in a shirt without looking like a potato sack tied in the middle, why not simply continue to schlep around the way I always have, at least until I can afford to buy smaller clothes?

Tried it out, and it works! As long as I continue to wear shirts “out,” no one will ever know that any given pair of shorts has two buttons or four buttons rather than the one button or two buttons it came with. :-D
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Amanda L Grossman

First of all, huge congratulations on losing so much weight!

Your way to save money while you go through sizes is very smart and practical. Thanks for sharing!
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cj

Nice date for the two of you, Amanda! Our dinner tonight was left over brown rice with seasoning, and some fresh strawberries, grapes and peaches that we picked up while grocery shopping. Yum, yum and cheapie deepie! Have a tasty one!

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Amanda L Grossman

Quite healthy, CJ! I hope you guys are enjoying your weekend.
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KK @ Student Debt Survivor

Sounds like a lovely evening. Sometimes the simple ones are the best.

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Marissa @ Finance Triggers

Agreed! A very romantic evening.
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Amanda L Grossman

Thanks you guys! Simple is oftentimes very good:).
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