(I saw this idea at Purposely Frugal.)
Frugal: Mending straps on two summer dresses so they would fit my little girls this summer.
Not so frugal: Buying every single item in last month’s Stitch Fix package. I gave the brown dress to my 17 yo daughter as an early birthday gift– it was the perfect length for her. Then I swallowed hard and cut 4 inches off the too-short-for-me blue ‘dress’– it is now an adorable summer blouse for me.
Frugal: Asking my daughters to make flour tortillas instead of running to the store. Bonus = they had fun.
Not so frugal: Taking my kids out to lunch the other day.
Frugal: Choosing lunch at Costco instead of Panda Express
Not so frugal: spending $49 on a swimsuit when a daughter (who’s worn hand-me-down suits for years) fell in love with the perfect swimsuit at Costco. (Psst: Diviine Modestee swimwear is being featured at Costco this summer! Cute, cute stuff!)
Frugal: Running errands in the tiny car this week even though it was hot and it has no A/C.
Frugal (or dumb?): Buying a $500 swamp cooler for our house this summer instead of recharging the leaky A/C for $1000, or getting a new unit for $5000. The swamp cooler worked FABULOUS in 90-degree weather– turns out it can easily make the house 20 degrees cooler than the outdoors. However, this week when the temperatures soared to nearly 110, it was 90 in the house. Yikes. Not loving that at all. My hubby keeps telling me how low the power bill will be, with no A/C running. But I’m lobbying hard to fix the A/C, just for those above-95 degree days…
How about you? Give me one frugal (and, if you want, one not-so-frugal) thing you’ve done in the last week or so.