Frugal Confessions Friday – Frugal Living

Hello Frugal Confessions Readers!

Here is my frugal confession of the week (more like “extra cash”) confession of the week:

Since we signed up to do the pilot program this past summer and allowed our energy provider to install two meters onto our A/C units, we received two $25 gift cards to Wal-Mart. For some reason, on top of the initial $50 in free gift cards, our retail energy provider decided to reward us with a check for $150!! They stated in the letter that this was another way to thank us (I’d say so).

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

7 comments… add one

  • Laura

    I have two confessions:

    1. I halved my grocery bill by using multiple coupons for individual items (got an email with coupons for my 10 most frequently purchased store brand products!) and $5 off $25 purchase.

    2. That same grocery store (Fresh and Easy) has a sale going on right now (as long as turkey’s last) that if you spend $30 on groceries, you get a free turkey!!!

    Happy weekend/Friday!

  • Laura

    I have two confessions:

    1. I halved my grocery bill by using multiple coupons for individual items (got an email with coupons for my 10 most frequently purchased store brand products!) and $5 off $25 purchase.

    2. That same grocery store (Fresh and Easy) has a sale going on right now (as long as turkeys last) that if you spend $30 on groceries, you get a free turkey!!!

    Happy weekend/Friday!

  • That is wonderful Laura! Thank you for sharing, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    Amanda L Grossman recently posted..ANTM Financial Lesson No. 2: Money Does Not Hold You Back from Your Passion

  • Very nice gifts for participating in a community energy study. Are they telling you about your AC use too? What do you think about shopping at Walmart? There are some people (My confession: I am one) that try not to shop there, because it may not be a good turn for your community in the long run.

  • FruGal

    Hi Dana!

    They did not share my AC use. As far as Walmart, I do not shop there hardly at all. I did write a post a year or so ago when they came out with their sale price match guarantee, and think that it is a good resource for saving money. As far as the social implications…yes, I am a little wary of them. I went to college in a community that successfully fought off a Walmart (Chestertown, MD), and I must say, the town was charming and beautiful without it. Then again, there really was no department/warehouse type store so periodically I had to drive about an hour away to get some items.

    I think overall my opinions are still forming, but have always leaned towards not shopping there. That certainly has not stopped me from using the free giftcards, though:).

  • Amanda: I understand the lure of the free card-especially when you didn’t have to go out of your way to get it. Like magic money. Hopefully the utility will share some data later to their customers so they can adjust AC use and possibly reduce their expenses. Here in the Pacific NW, AC is not standard in most houses and I only used it a few times in my car this summer. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • FruGal

      I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely as well!

      So hard to think of not having A/C in a house (from a Houstonian:)).

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