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Our $5 Entertainment & More Spending

August 6th, 2017 at 05:42 am

I mentioned this is the last weekend before our college daughter returns to the university. On Friday evening, we played the Wii U as a family, games of Mario Kart, bowling, tennis and baseball. All free, and good for some laughs. While we were playing I pointed out their doll house in the corner and asked if it was time to let it go. Which prompted my older daughter to mention that she always wished we had purchased lighting for it. It is wired for it. So we decided to make a trip on Saturday to Hobby Lobby to purchase one doll house lamp. I used the 40% off coupon and paid $5.13. You should have seen them after it came on last night! So excited to see it light up the room!! And now they think they want to see it with more lights. Not sure if that is worth it or not, but it has been a project of many years in the making, so it is interesting to see it come together. Just not sure how much use it will ever get considering they are age 20 and 17!!

I purchased my sister, a kindergarten teacher, some gifts for her classroom. Tissues, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer (which the kids call hanitizer). I don't live near her, so I stocked up at Walmart.com and took advantage of free shipping after spending $35. Total after tax was $37.80. I did add two packages of ramen noodles just to reach the $35 threshold. Smile

I also purchased some gift cards at http://geta.raise.com/cfinn yesterday. I bought a $10 Starbucks gift card for $9.88. Yep, not a big discount, but I wanted to buy one for my sister, so she can get herself a treat or two during the beginning days of the school year. I also bought a Dunkin Donuts gift card for my daughter to treat herself at school. It is worth $5, and I paid $4.95. Again not a big savings. But both cards were delivered within minutes to my email address for printing. The final gift card I purchased were for Chili's restaurant because that is where we were going to dinner! I purchased $50 worth for $41.56. We proceeded to spend $10.95 beyond our $50 gift cards and my husband tipped $12. The savings was $8.44. I'll take it.

I did use our Southwest credit card so will get 1% back in miles. And I used a savings portal I'm a member of to get another 1-2% back (it varied by retailer). I need to make a point to use gift cards more often and get these savings!

Do you use discounted gift cards to increase your savings?

5 Responses to “Our $5 Entertainment & More Spending”

  1. Carol Says:

    Sweet memories with the doll house. It makes a nice bridge for them from childhood to adulthood. I know you are a minimalist, but isn't it something you'd keep for grandkids?

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    @Carol, It is something we could keep. Just not sure how far off grandkids are? How long do I really want to keep 'just in case'. It will be considered before we do finally let go.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Bless you for helping out your teacher sister. As a former teacher, anyone who donated useful things was an angel. I worked in high poverty schools my whole career and very few parents had the money to buy things so when people donated, it meant a lot to me as well as to my pocketbook.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Thank you rob for your kind words. She does teach at a lower poverty school with parents that cannot always donate or volunteer. If I lived closer I'd volunteer in her classroom, too. She is always very appreciative of the items I donate. I did offer to purchase other needs, but she said these items would be great!

  5. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Aww I love the lighting. That is so FUN.

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