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    It just recently occurred to me that I haven't bought any clothes yet this year, which is a record of sorts for me, although the minimalists in the group may shake their heads in disbelief. I've also had 2 extra WFH/snow days in the past 2 weeks, so that saved me bus/train fare.
    We really need to invest in some home improvements this year, so we're trying to keep a tighter rein on non-essential spending.

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    Well here's an un-frugal for you. We had come in well within budget on groceries yesterday, but today we needed to run out for carrots and celery for the chicken stew DH is making. Well carrots and celery and just a few other things somehow added up to $25! I reviewed the receipt and the bag of grapes I bought for healthy snacking were almost $9 - yikes! On the plus side, we have convinced ourselves that these are the most delicious grapes EVER, and we are committed to not wasting a single one.

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    Went to the grand opening of the new Joann fabric store (they moved from outside of the mall to inside the mall). Got batting (40% off) and flannel fabric (60% off) for a quilt I am making for my niece. I was going to have to buy this stuff anyway so the timing was perfect. Did NOT buy anything else in spite off all the other great sales. Didn't even look!

    After that we went to the China Buffet in the mall and had lunch for both of us for $8.40. This is an all you can eat place but we always get it to go because 1) we don't want to eat ALL we can eat and come home over full and 2) we usually pay less for 2 moderate size meals (sold by the pound) than it costs for one all you can eat meal consumed inside the restaurant. That $8.40 also included a drink we shared. Restuarant meals are often so huge, we find we can often split one and both feel quite full.

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    Cheap supper- rice, small can of green chilies, leftover chicken , sour cream, half and half and a cup of grated cheese...yummy, comforting food. I made the rice in the microwave, added the chilies, chicken, sour cream and half and half, heated for 3 minutes in the microwave, added cheese and did 3 minutes at 70% . Easy, cheap, one corning ware 2 qt. dish.

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    I hit my February goal for groceries (I have $25 left to spend at the farmer's market on thursday). It's a very generous goal because dh feels that food is one of the areas one should splurge and it includes organic wherever possible and alcohol, but I'm very pleased with the cuts I've made.

    I quit soda/juice/flavored water i'm now drinking only coffee (that actually comes out of our "entertainment budget" even though we make it at home) water, goat milk, and a little tea.

    i'm focusing on cooking from scratch and seasonal vegetables and using everything I buy, and I'm (mostly) avoiding things like candy and snack food - dh won't give up chips completely.

    i've also done this while cooking dh breakfast every day (no more mcmuffins), packing dh lunch an average of 4 days a week (the other days lunch is on the company), and cutting back a little on dinners out/take out (used to be once a week, now 2x a month.)

    I'm going to see if I can cut it another 10% in March.

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    Hi All

    This month has been full of frugals sorry I have not been on to post them (some health issues have been distracting me) and a few big
    NOT frugals like a new Tablet and a Gym membership but, I feel these are tangibles, like things that
    improve my life....I am happy with them and the many frugals make them possible...lol

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    Frugal here was both frugal and non-frugal--nonfrugal because who really needs crystal but I found a bunch of crystal at Goodwill for 99 cents a piece and now have 8 matching champagne glasses (yay!) and 8 wine/small matching water glasses and about 6 more that don't match but are really pretty. Also found a tin container of the kind I collect for my ribbons and thread (so they match) and a nifty German lebkuchen tin for my postcard collection. Those were 1.99 a piece.

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    Well, once again I'm scratching for pennies while the dollars fly... so be it. On the penny front - I put new elastic in a pair of work pants, so they are back in the rotation. Found a 4-cup coffee pot in the basement, which is tiding us over until I can pick up a new 12 cup one my sister had stashed in her garage. Our old 12-cup machine has been dying for the past few weeks, despite cleaning w/vinegar and much cajoling. I was ready to bite the bullet and buy new, but Dsis was shifting stuff around and uncovered one that she had brought back from Mom's. Dsis lives alone and says she will never need a 12 cup pot. We, OTOH, make multiple pots per day. I'll take the 4 cup to my room at work. It won't save any money, but it may help my sanity quite a bit! DD and I are still taking coffee and lunch to work almost every day. I have several luncheon meeting a month, and always try to bring home part of my meal. Working on the things we need to do to offset our health ins costs at work - I have all of my items completed, DH still has to do a few things and I need to enter them into the computer for him. It's a PIA, but significant savings, so it's worth it. That's about it from here!

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    I am making cat toys for our local shelter and was going to buy some fleece on sale. Then I thought, the cats dont mind used and I wonder whether any of our thrift stores have any fleece blankets or such. SCORE. Two large pieces of unused fleece as if it came from the retail store. Priced 3.99 and 2.99 or about 20% of retail. When I got to the cash register, it was a green tag that was 1/2 price. So I can make around 300-400 toys with what I have and about $4 in fleece.

    Then I was telling the shelter on Facebook and someone got in touch with me and I may have 5 yards coming for the project. It was meant to be.

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    Woo Hoo! Found a mid calf length down coat from the Company Store at the thrift store today on the clearance rack. Needs washing, a tiny repair at one pocket edge and a button sewn on. Price: 50 cents!

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