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February 10th, 2013 at 07:10 am

I have already earned my five $5 Amazon gift cards on Swagbucks this month. I am now accumulating points towards a $25 Paypal deposit by the end of the month. I need to average about 110 Swagbucks per day to meet the goal.

I am adding $6.03 to the Christmas fund. This is the ATM rebate money and interest from our bank for the current month.

I will make a small grocery run today. I know we have enough things on hand for two evening meals. I just need to get some lunch items for the girls and my husband. I will make a bigger store run later in the week. I will pick up the Valentine's candy then. I also plan to make my cards for the girls and my husband. Unfortunately, I know he already bought me a card that cost $5. Ugh!

My sister gave me four, or maybe six, curtain panels that are a bright cheery stripe pattern. I will make one into a cover for her dog's bed. I will make button holes on the six tab tops, add the buttons I bought for less than $2, and it will actually close! It is a lot of fabric but would work well for napkins, or fabric bins. I will probably be sick of the pattern by the time I'm done using it! But she gave it to me for free so I hope to make the best of it.

I'm enjoying the free sample of cat litter, but I know that I wouldn't buy it if it came out on the market. Odor good, but messy. The sample means I haven't had to dig into the new bag I bought 10 days ago.

I finally used up a lotion, one conditioner, and two shampoo bottles. I'm working on another shampoo and a small body wash sample.

I spent $30 on jeans for my youngest daughter at Old Navy yesterday. We all get by on two pairs at a time. She has grown since the last pairs were purchased and one was about to get a hole in the knee. I would have liked to have waited until the end of the month because I think I may be earning a $20 reward! The only thing we buy there is her jeans at this point. And this may actually be the last set, since she is about ready for junior sizes and we have found their women's jeans aren't that great for my older daughter. If I get that reward, I may have to purchase another set, and then return them with my first receipt. Do you think that is acceptable?

Today we are making heart shaped sugar cookies. I splurged and bought the Wilton frosting that comes out like liquid by firms up soon after decorating. It was about $4. Maybe I could make that at home...I'm not a frosting expert. It will make for some fun on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

We did redeem our free Papa Murphy's pizza last night. Yummy!

Are you doing anything frugal today?

8 Responses to “Financial Tidbits”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    I've done the receipt switch; I think it's ok. Old Navy is a mixed bag, isn't it? I wear their jeans myself and so does DD, but so much of their stuff is too cheaply made. There is a similar big discounter in the UK called Primark. It's an Irish company and they seem to be ethically sourced--but sometimes the quality is just not there.

  2. scottish girl Says:

    As long as they are exactly the same pair of jeans I don't see the problem. Check the barcode on the receipt matches the number on the wash label (if it's the same in the US, I've got no idea)
    I know people who shop at Primark just for their holiday clothes. They don't always bring them back with them either cos they're so cheap and they know they can get them again next year.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Old Navy doesn't have much in the um... larger sizes. So consequently I haven't shopped there too much.

    Good for you with the SBs. If I ever get to the point where I have enough for two-three months worth of the five fives, then I might think about cashing in for other levels of cards. But I'm too inconsistent, and the best way to earn is with the surveys (which I've gotten more of recently, but still are pretty rare.)

  4. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Good job using up your shampoos

  5. Sian Says:

    i've made that frosting at home. just look up 'butercream frosting' because that's all it is. I've always liked the "baker store" frosting so i've made it a few times myself. =D

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Good job using the samples...gotta love the savings! Dare I say you are really cleaning up? :-)

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    One of the things I did to extend my daughter's jeans if they were about to get a hole was to get a big iron on patch that was a heart or a butterfly or something she liked from the fabric store and iron it on to the weak part of the fabric. Then it could be patched without looking like it was patched. If they are getting too small that won't help you this time, but maybe next.

  8. creditcardfree Says:

    @rob62521, indeed I am cleaning up!

    @LR, I used to patch plenty when the girls were much younger. My 12 year old is very picky and in this case, both pairs are nearly two inches too short. So the new was necessary. Only one pair was near getting a hole...she kept reminding me of the need for new jeans. We have the cash, so I jumped on getting them sooner than I preferred. I actually see many girls her age and up wearing jeans that have plenty of holes in them...it is the style now. Smile

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