Frugal Confessions Friday – Frugal Living

Hello Frugal Confessions Readers! How was your week?

Here is my frugal confession:

My friend Helen generously gave us her set of four patio chairs and ottomans for free! She has a small backyard/deck, and was dying to open up the space. We tried to pay her for them, but she would not accept. So instead, I treated her to breakfast, a visit, and some help with organizing her financial files. Once again, thank you so much Helen! They will get a lot of use and love. (Note: Photo has been removed because it is messing with my homepage!).

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

 

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  • My confession is I am still a cable customer! I use cable for basic TV and internet. It is part of my entertainment budget. I had a 2 year contract to keep my rate low, but that just expired. They tried to increase my rate by $20. I cut that in half and received enough credit to bring it down to just a few dollars. Not my best negotiation, but good enough for now.
    krantcents recently posted..Excellence is a Habit!

  • My confession is that I am taking up a fellow owner’s offer to stay in her condo for our annual association meeting – as ours is rented out during that time. She was very generous to offer and I appreciate that I won’t have to drive at night to get to lodging!
    Marie at Family Money Values recently posted..Prepare Your Child to Leave the Nest

    • FruGal

      Hello Marie,

      Not having to pay for a hotel room is great savings. Way to go!

  • My confession is I anted up for an iPhone 5. My 3GS is so slow at times. I’m justifying the price because in theory I’ll be more productive and efficient with my time!
    Buck Inspire recently posted..Microsoft Store, Surface Debut; Credit For Trying Or Too Little Too Late

    • FruGal

      Hi Buck!

      You can probably also take it as a tax deduction (at least partially?). Have fun with your new gadget;).

  • Michelle

    I am due in 4 weeks with our first child and I have been taking every oppertunity to save money on items when possible. I had a $10 off and a 20% off coupon for Kohls to use this past week. My husband and I went there and bought clothes for the baby. Some of them were 3 months sized and some where 6 and 12 month sizes. The best deal we got were on a pair of shorts (6 month–orginally $18) that were marked down to $0.97—plus with 20% off they were only $.78!!!!!!!!!!!

    • FruGal

      So exciting Michelle!

      Nice score on the baby clothes. I like how you are thinking ahead beyond the first few months. Also, I have heard from some people that their babies have skipped into larger clothing anyway.

      I hope you send me a photo!

  • I keep a list of the books that I read each year. I read for pleasure and for work. About three years ago I switched to mostly books from the public library. According to the list for 2012 (49 completed to date), I have saved between $343-$980 dollars this way! I figure paperbacks at average $7 apiece and hardbacks at $20 apiece (low I know) to get these figures. I don’t have the space to keep all the books and I can’t make the switch to e-books yet. Too invested in holding the physical book. The great thing about the library is that when I find an author that I really enjoy, I can reserve the balance of their career for my reading pleasure!

    • FruGal

      Impressive savings! Thank you for sharing with us–everyone knows libraries will save readers money, but I have never seen someone quantify just how much.

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