Frackie's Road to Frugality


Earth Day Freebies and Sales!

I copied this from www.southernsavers.com .

I’ts Earth Day, which I guess is a special thing, but for us it means a lot of great deals!  This is going to take a plan, excuted perfectly you should have a blast and rack up.

First gather what you need before leaving:

  1. Empty Color or Black ink cartridge
  2. Clean & Empty Travel Coffee Mug
  3. (6) Empty Soda Bottles or Cans
  4. Empty or mostly used bottle of face wash

Since I don’t know the layout of your town this is my plan:

  • Drop ink cartridges by Walgreens for $1 color and black refills!
  • Head to Books A Million, fill my new Babies R Us Bag will books and get 20% off everything
    • Drink my free coffee
    • Contemplate where to plant my free seeds

If you have extra energy you can also:

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Free Energy-Saving Light Bulbs
April 19, 2010, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Couponing | Tags: , , , ,

I had to go back to Publix today for this deal. I grabbed one pack yesterday but thought it was such a good deal…hello, it’s free…so I printed my coupons to get 2 more boxes. These are the GE Energy Smart bulbs. So, this is a double, frugal wammy! Not only are they free but they will save me money in energy in the long run…oh, and you get a free Publix bag as well!

They are on sale at Publix right now for $4.99. FYI, Publix accepts competitor coupons. So here’s how I did it:

1) Target coupon: go to this website and print out $2 off coupon.  – http://coupons.target.com/mcp/pd.cfm?encp=Y7fCStzCZHbI9gCL3hGO92%2BxNGn9uLn8qYtFkQxBUVS5dm%2FTP6gz%2FymX8V0Zx%2BU4DIrrkgR9g8%2B6%0D%0AeN534LEbPQAb%2FvPPaixQNrSBfUv1M7W2uHsfuz38A8tbfsazpyNrsBBWZKnbDb4Zn%2Fz%2BTd6NFrSb%0D%0ApclKwnqLRYnXBQFFzhXuCCSGuMRJi1oyDf3lyr2Wvfh9URVwkqJ%2B1xoBSfJuEZ0MdlBh3TFKlGct%0D%0ATTLTjz%2FOzYQKZxtN%2FJEHaZVN53xC8qiiZiqSs6RAL4kqJxTakflcQND5%2BmpyUXYxD3BJDrPTytR1%0D%0AVvD7aJQOekjjqTiepHYccCzT2oCbKMLUHg%2BMMa%2Fm54I%2F7%2BPQZUxsNvFE3i%2BtYjPa%2BTbZ%2BmHLYxqe%0D%0AZ9DAc5lBmL9LND3ohVtUDEreHqSy2UZrxbNeZHAAwec%2F3QGw8nS0mjXo%2FlK8yx%2BSBfKe0WDDnu3O%0D%0Asrhou1yMy8kHi93Ea3fg9QRD8H9BQT1VDao%3D

2) Print out GE manufactor coupon for $2 off as well http://www.gelighting.com/na/home_lighting/coupons_offers/

3) Then print out target coupon for .99 off + a free Publix bag! http://sustainability.publix.com/get_into_a_green_routine/brighten_your_earth_day.php



My Publix Trip!
April 18, 2010, 7:49 pm
Filed under: Couponing, Publix | Tags: , , , ,

I am so excited about this trip because I saved a lot for what little groceries I had. I would have saved even more if I would have been keeping up with the Sunday coupons, but ever since I went home for the holidays I got out of my coupon groove. But, I’m getting back into it now. Here’s a picture of  $74.66 worth of groceries that I got for only $28.52!!!!!! That’s $46.14 in savings! Wooohooo! Check it out:

6 months ago I would have never thought that buying NAME brands could save me so much money. I used to always buy store brands and thought I was doing good. I am very proud of myself for this trip…it, honestly, was just a last minute trip because I needed coffee but I couldn’t pass up some of the deals and coupons I matched. I LOVE www.southernsavers.com and if you want to learn more about couponing, you should go there. She is great! She even does coupon workshops. Ok, I’m elated so I’m gonna go play with my daughter!



Reusable Swim Diapers
April 18, 2010, 12:51 am
Filed under: Cloth Diapers, Frugal living | Tags: , , , , ,

Summer is coming up and I have always been a beach/pool kind of gal. So, my daughter is also going to have to tag along, which I’m sure she won’t mind, but those disposable swim diapers are just so annoying. First off, the sizing doesn’t start till like 15lbs. Second, they sag when they get really wet. Third, they don’t contain the poop (if poop happens to happen). This is the reason why many public pools are mandating the use of non-disposable swim diapers.  And, lastly, they are just ugly. Oh wait, and also they are ridiculously expensive on top of all that! 

So, why not get adorable, reusable ones! I found these at our PX, but you can get them at a lot of  baby stores right now. This brand is iPlay and I hear great things about them. At $6.99 each I will definitely get my moneys worth. I bought 2 so when we go somewhere I will bring the extra just in case she does poop. And, also, these have an absorbant layer for pee if you are out of the water. Alot of other ones don’t have this and the pee leaks everywhere. So, for the car ride to the beach or pool, you should be safe! When you are in the water you don’t have to worry about the pee cause it magically disappears! hehe

Ok, enough talk…here they are:



Tomatoes, Eggplants, & Cucumbers
April 15, 2010, 12:48 am
Filed under: Gardening | Tags: , , , , , ,

After nearly a month of chewing on whether or not to tear up my plot of land for making a vegetable garden, I have decided not to do it. My heart is sad (haha) but I, truly, do need to chose my battles and this is one that I will pass up for now. With my husband being deployed and it being just me and the little one, I don’t think it is worthwhile to do a raised bed veggie garden. So, until next year, I will settle for my little container garden corner.

I decided to just plant tomatoes, eggplants, and cucumbers. I cheated and bought them already sprouted. I went to our local compost pile today and, boy, was that stuff beautiful. It was the richest, darkest dirt I had ever seen! The best part about it…it was free! I forgot my gloves but that’s what bare hands are for, right?! I filled up my pots right there with my bare hands. I don’t even want to know what was in that compost. So, now I got my little corner on our deck that is dedicated to my vegetables. It costed me $20 for the pots, plants, and tomato wire. Not bad! We’ll see how much vegetables it actually gives me!

In the meantime (till I can make my own big garden), I am signed up for a local CSA group where you get fresh-off-the-farm ORGANIC vegetables and fruit delivered to a location near you! I’m so excited about this. I am so frustrated with the vegetables and fruit from the grocery store. Either they are way overpriced or they turn bad within a day. So, through a local farm I will have 3 different vegetables and 3 different fruits delivered twice a month for only…drumroll please…$18 a box! This is the petite box package because it’s only me and my 1 yr old I’m feeding, but when my husband gets back it will be $10 more. You can go to this website to find a place near you that has a co-op… http://www.localharvest.org/

Another thing I did today that slashed out a huge expense was I washed my own car! My husband would be very proud of me. I usually spend $25 to go to the local car wash but instead I drove into one of those do-it-yourselves one and it only costed me $7! Much better.



Homemade Cleaners
April 11, 2010, 2:39 pm
Filed under: Homemade Remedies | Tags: , , ,

This is my next avenue of frugality! I have already started with a few homemade recipes: all purpose cleaner and toilet bowl cleaner. I didn’t realize that vinegar and baking soda can clean just about anything! I ran out of our all-purpose commercial cleaner and I decided, ok, I’m gonna try to see how it works and make my own. It was so easy to make. I used the old spray bottle and put 1/4 cup of baking soda in it and 3/4 of white vinegar. Then filled the rest up with water. Next time I’ll do the water first because of the foaming reaction I got! But, it has worked just as good as the store bought chemical one. I just use it around the kitchen mainly.

I also had a dirty toilet and realized I was out of toilet bowl cleaner. What a perfect opportunity to experiment!!! So, I poured 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar into the basin and let it sit for a few minutes. Then I scrubbed it and …perfection! Worked BETTER than my old toilet bowl cleaner! Wow, why haven’t I ever done this stuff before. Here is a website where I got my new recipes from and printed them out and put them on my fridge. I can’t wait to folish my floors with baby oil and use olive oil to clean my husbands boots! And just think of all the money you can save on cleaning supplies!!!

$$$cha-ching$$$

http://www.eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm

UPDATE: 4/13/10: I used a gallon of warm water, 1 cup of vinegar, and a few drops of baby oil to clean my linolium kitchen floor and am sooooooo surprised at how shiny and clean it turned out. I always have trouble with this floor because it is a high traffic area and, wow, the vinegar did wonders for it!



What about the poop?
April 10, 2010, 2:07 pm
Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: , , ,

I think this is the most common question a cloth diapering momma gets to answer. Poop is poop. It doesn’t matter if you have to deal with poop in disposables or cloth diapers. Yes, there is an extra step you have to take with a baby in cloth diapers. I wish I would of started cloth diapering when Arianna was still exclusively breastfed because it’s much easier. All you have to do is change the diaper and throw the poop and all into a dry pail. Breastfed poo just disinegrates in water so you don’t even have to worry about rinsing it at all.

But, with toddler poop it’s a little different. You have a few options. You can get a hose that attaches to your toilet and can easily rinse the poop off, buy a liner (looks like a fabric softener sheet) that catches the poop and then just gets thrown in the toilet, or you can just shake and dip it off. The later option is what I am currently doing. I find it relatively easy because “most” the time toddler poop is solid and comes right off…especially with our bumGenius’. But, sometimes you do have to shake and dunk. So far, this is working and I haven’t had any stains in 2 weeks. See, not too hard, especially when I remember the money I’m saving!

$$$cha-ching$$$