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Uber Frugal Month and Spending

July 22nd, 2017 at 02:26 pm

I finally feel caught up after having guests for nine days. The home is cleaner, I paid bills, I took time for myself to relax as well as spent time with a friend.

I have not made any new progress with my list of items to use up. I estimate I used up half the list. But with guests the menu changed and more food was purchased that did not necessarily correspond with what needs to be used up. I probably should make a new list of food to focus on using before the month ends. I did my final grocery shop for the month yesterday. The grocery portion was $106.91. That should cover meals for three of us the rest of the month. My husband will be home next weekend, and he will also eat a few meals with us. In fact, I may give a few food items to him to specifically eat up!

And despite UFM, I've done some recent spending. We were on our very last three rolls of toilet paper (for three bathrooms), so I was motivated to stock up. I ended up buying four packages of 36 count Scott toilet paper for $23.99 each from Boxed.com.

I became aware that Boxed was offering American Express cardholders a $25 credit when spending $75 or more. I did two transactions, one was $75, the other $80, and received $50 in credits. I purchased four packages of 36 count toilet paper, two packages of 96 count menstrual pads, two packages of 5 count Degree deodorant, a large jar of pasta sauce and a three count package of 3 subject notebooks. All for $105.

Other spending last two days included cat litter, wet cat food, a rental textbook for the fall semester, and one way airline ticket. Not all frugal, but needed.

My best frugal action yesterday was line drying my clothing, and drinking water all day. Today, I will drink water, eat leftovers from last nights dinner, and rent a Redbox movie with a free credit I have.

How is your Uber Frugal Month going? Mine has been challenging, but I'm enjoying being focused on using up food and avoiding waste.

3 Responses to “Uber Frugal Month and Spending”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    You've done well; it's hard to be frugal with guests. Nice to have a chance to step back, exhale, and regroup.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I think you have done well. I sometimes think when I consider "frugal" I think of no spending, but then sometimes you have to buy stuff, so finding the best deal means being frugal.

    I haven't been uber frugal, but I haven't been super spendy either.

  3. Myfinancekits Says:

    Being frugal is a great habit. It does not mean being cheap as some may see it. You are simply making most of the resources you have. It is the combination of efficiency with effectiveness. I would rather be frugal than piling up debts for myself.
    Generally, I will say I am frugal and it is actually helping my finance.

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