I’ve seen these lists around, so instead of one Lazy Frugal thing, today I’m going to share 5 Frugal things from this past week and we’ll see where we end up.
1. I bought some more discounted ripe bananas.
I know that many people (Mr. LF included) are particular about the ripeness of their bananas. For myself and my children, this is not the case. My kids will eat a banana almost until it’s almost completely brown.
(Don’t worry. I’m not feeding fermented bananas to my kids )
Because of our love of bananas, our willingness to eat them past peak ripeness, my love of saving money, and my desire to help prevent food waste, I buy discounted bags of ‘imperfect’ bananas. Sometimes they are the leftover single bananas, have a bruise and other times they are quite ripe and ready to be made into Lazy Banana Muffins.
2. A friend gave us their piano
This past week our friends who are moving graciously and generously gave us their piano. (We gave ours away too because being generous is a part of being frugal)
Our piano was working fine, but it wasn’t the highest quality. The last time we had it tuned, the piano tuner said that since it was a lower quality piano and over 50 years old, the wood was beginning to warp and would tune to itself pretty well, but overall wasn’t in tune playing with other instruments. Since Mr. LF plays guitar and I would love to play more with him, playing in tune with other instruments is pretty important and we were looking for a replacement.
The funny thing is that the piano we received is over 100 years old! It’s beautiful and the tone of it is fantastic! It still needs to be tuned and might need a few repairs down the road, but having a quality piano in need of repairs is better than a lesser quality piano that will only get worse as time marches on.
3. I bought clearance items at Bulk Barn.
Whenever I’m at a store, I try to keep an eye out for those orange tag sale and clearance items. Some items that are not “necessities” on my shopping list I will try only to buy when they are deeply discounted.
This week I saw boxes of organic black bean pasta on for $1.25 (normally over $5 a box)!
I normally don’t buy black bean pasta, but since it was on clearance I bought a couple boxes for some more interesting pasta choices and to have for the times we have people over who can’t eat regular noodles.
Also, I have a friend who has celiac disease and avoids many other grains, so I bought a *few* other boxes as an un-birthday present.
4. I used a coupon!
For my previous Bulk Barn purchase, I also had a $3 off any $10 purchase. So, in addition to my clearance item savings, I got an additional $3 off!
The $3 coupon is in their flyer, but on that day I had forgotten my flyer at home. The coupon is also available on their website. I had my iPhone with me, but since I don’t have any data on it and couldn’t find WiFi, I couldn’t use that option either.
At checkout, I decided to ask the employee if he had any store flyers available, and he did! Sometimes those odd requests end up saving some money… in this case, $3!
5. Mr LF and the kids planted seeds
Spring has been slow to come, but when it does come in full force, we’ll be ready to plant the garden. Gardens have a small start up cost with (usually) bountiful returns. Since I have the black thumb of the family, Mr. LF has taken over the gardening here. (I did buy the seeds. )
A few days back he got out the soil and pots and along with the kids planted the seeds!
This year we’re attempting:
- green beans
- Swiss chard
- pumpkins! (the kids and I are definitely more excited about this one)
There you have it! Five frugal things this week!
If you are following me on Instagram or Facebook (If you don’t, you should… it’s pretty fun over there) you would have seen another frugal thing from this past week where Mr. LF got himself an interesting tip from work.
Now it’s your turn! What frugal things did you do this week?