Merry Christmas Eve everyone! No matter what you celebrate, I hope this time of year brings you lots of joy, happiness, and time to spend with family and friends.
It is important to me to show my readers that I not only preach frugal decadence, but that I also passionately live it. On Fridays I take the opportunity to show everyone that we live a frugal lifestyle by posting a frugal confession. This confession consists of an example of how our household has saved money, snagged a deal, earned some extra cash, or otherwise lived the frugal decadent lifestyle over the last week. I invite readers to share their own frugal confessions and it generally turns into a love fest of frugality.
Below are my favorite frugal confessions and other posts that highlight specific ways in which our household has saved money or earned extra cash over the last year. Join in by leaving a comment of your favorite ways you have saved money or earned extra cash, and we all just may learn something. Enjoy!
- Savings of $1281 on Thanksgiving Airfare: By opening up a Southwest credit card, we only had to pay $20 in airport security fees and $99 in an annual fee to fly to a family Thanksgiving in Michigan. Hurrah!
- Taking a Defensive Driving Course Mandated by my Job and Scoring an 18% Discount on our Car Insurance: Can’t beat an 18% discount for a class I had to take anyway.
- Attacking the Cost of Doing Laundry in Our Household: P.S., the homemade laundry detergent that I made for approximately $8 in August is still in use. We have enough to last probably until mid-2013.
Earned Extra Cash
- Receiving $50 in Wal-mart Gift Cards and $150 for an A/C Study: This one was awesome. We had to fill out one quick survey, and the rest of the work was done for us.
- Using Price Protection Credit Card Program to get a Refund of $21: If you have a credit card, check to see if it has a price protection program.
- Liquidating Our Electronic Graveyard: Not only did we clear out some clutter from a closet, but we were paid to do so!
Snagged a Deal
- Scoring 6 Cans of Pumpkin for $3.00 in an After-Holiday Sale: We use a lot of pureed pumpkin in our household, and these cans (plus a few extra I went back for) lasted us for all of 2012. We used them to make pumpkin shakes, pumpkin rolls, and creamy pumpkin soup to name a few recipes.
- Our $21.64 Reading Chair from Goodwill: This chair is beautiful! I found it while donating some of my clothes.
- Scoring 29 Used Books for $39 at JCC Used Book Sale: Each year the JCC in Southwest Houston has a used book sale and we always score big time (we both read a lot). Check your local library or community centers for something similar.
P.S. Be sure to check out my new “Your Free Refill” page on my website for great, free resources!