After another whirlwind of a week, I’m back to tell you about five frugal things! As I looked back over my past few posts, I noticed a very strong leaning towards fruit, in particular, berries. Hence, today I will do my best to not mention berry picking as one of my frugal things.
(so instead enjoy this picture of a neighbour’s cherry tree I was able to pick the other day 😉 )
1. I bought nothing on Amazon Prime day
Tuesday was Amazon Prime day. Amazon Prime is a membership you buy through amazon to receive fast free shipping, Movies and TV shows to stream, books to read as well as access to additional deals on Amazon not available to non-prime members. Amazon Prime Day is a day filled with deeper discounts only available to Prime Members.
I am not a member.
There is a $79 yearly membership fee, so if you do a lot of online purchasing and need things shipped quickly and would use the media streaming, this may be a good option for you. For myself, it is not. I don’t do much shopping online, and we prefer to use Netflix as our video streaming service of choice.
They do have a promotion right now where you can try Amazon Prime for 30 days for free. If you don’t unsubscribe before those 30 days are up, you’ll be paying for the membership.
I suppose there might have been some deals that i could have taken advantage of, and signed up for the free membership and cancelled a few days later. However, I’m always more prone to purchase something that’s on sale, and since I do not need anything at the moment, I thought it best to stay away.
Because you never know you “need” something until you see it.
2. I added beans to my ground meat.
There is no question about it: meat is expensive. Usually I cook with deer meat harvested during hunting season, but our supply ran out about a month ago. Buying store meat is a bummer.
So, the other day when there was a sale on ground meat, I bought several pounds and put half of it into the freezer. I cooked the remaining meat with some onions and once cooked, I added black beans.
Since beans are cheap and beef is not, the beans help stretch out the meat. This also means that we have the privilege of eating taco-y type meals, and I don’t have any complaints when it comes to tacos.
3. We went to the beach
What’s a better frugal thing than going to the beach?!
I love living so close to a beautiful lake that we can play and swim in. Zero dollars and no chlorine required.
4. I used my travel mug.
My kids and i took a trip to my mom and dad’s place and when I go on a longer drive, I really like to drink tea. Even in the summertime.
So, instead of pulling through a drive-thru, I filled my travel mug at home with one of my favourite teas.
Easy, cheap, and takes less time than to buy. If only I remember. 😉
5. I borrowed a book
For a long time I’ve been wanting to read “A Man Called Ove” by Frederick Backman. I’ve had a hold on this book from the library, but I think I was about 56 people down the waiting list to read one of their copies.
So, when I came across this book while helping my mom organize some of her books, I asked to borrow it. I’m so excited to start reading a new book!
I’ll then be ready to watch the movie on Netflix afterwards.
How about you? Do you like watching movies based on books? Do you have a preference or reading or watching first? Let me know in the comments below and I will follow up on my preferences as well!
While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out Clare’s wonderful blog where she also shares Five Frugal things every week. Simple Measures at Home.