5 Frugal Things

Much like a budget, a food journal or a gratitude journal, I believe that recording and acknowledging your frugal successes (and maybe some failures) is a necessity when you are embarking on a frugality adventure like myself. I first came across 5 Frugal Things on THE FRUGAL GIRL who came across it on THE NON-CONSUMERADVOCATE.COM and I’ve been hooked since.

I received an email letting me know that I made a sale on Half.com for $40. I had completely forgot that I listed an old textbook months ago just to see what it would bring. That was a nice surprise email 🙂

I coupled some coupons with rewards at Kohl’s and got the following items for less than $10 out of pocket:

These will be stocking stuffers for Mr. Daisy and Little Daisy next year.

I am really excited about this find! I’ve been looking for a wreath for the last two years, finally found one at the right price and in the right condition!

I’m not sure why this is sideways, but this is also something I’ve been on the lookout for!

I am finishing up entering items for the large children’s consignment sale coming up in our area. It’s a win-win situation; I get to purge our items while making a little cash and purchase secondhand summer clothing for Little Daisy.

I found some change while cleaning out my car, $2.55 worth!

I drank the free coffee at work, got some free laundry detergent with coupons at a drug store, and stayed under budget with groceries and spending money.

I have almost convinced Mr. Daisy to cut the cord with cable. We purchased a Roku with Christmas money and are definitely loving it. The only reason we are keeping cable currently is to be able to watch our beloved Cavs and Indians. (This might give away the area we’re in 🙂 ) Our cable price is relatively cheap, $60 through our local co-op. $60 for a few sports games, though? Not worth it. I’m researching other options like an NBA subscription, but they’ve blacked out the Cavs games. Go figure. Once I find a viable, cheaper option though, we will finally cut the cable cord!

Frugal Fail

I posted HERE about how my family alternates cooking dinner on Tuesdays. Well, this week was my Tuesday. I had planned to make baked spaghetti on Monday night, but it just didn’t happen. So, I swung through KFC after work to take to my grandpa’s. Not frugal.

But for a mom, there are times that convenience trumps frugality.

Tuesday was one of those times.

How frugal has your week been?


  1. Erik @ The Mastermind Within | 9th Mar 17

    I made sushi with friends on Saturday night! That’s about it, I went shopping at Target and loaded up on food, and I also went on Amazon and bought way too many books… Next week I’m doing a staycation… going to try and get through a bunch of books!

  2. Hannah | Eat, Drink, and Save Money | 9th Mar 17

    This is great! I love keeping track of my frugal things. How amazing that you got great deals on the wreath and ornament. This is why I NEVER buy holiday decor at full price. It’s such a sham!

    • Mrs. Daisy | 9th Mar 17

      I learned that from your blog 🙂 I remember reading that you always buy décor right after the actual holiday! I’m surprised that they brought some stuff back out in March, but I’m happy that they did!

  3. Katy | 9th Mar 17

    Your Kohl’s purchases are great! I am always stocking up on things after holiday sales! I hear ya on the sports packages!! We always get a subscription to MLB.TV. But luckily my husband doesn’t insist on subscriptions to other sports.

    • Mrs. Daisy | 10th Mar 17

      I will look into MLB.TV – thank you for the recommendation!

  4. TrayceeBee | 9th Mar 17

    Nice scores at Kohls! As for the TV, we wrestle with the cable bill too! I plan on paring down our subscription again in August (when my special $20/month rebate is up) to see what other channels/money I can shave off! And, don’t beat yourself up too badly about the “fail” because hey, life happens AND it’s far more important that you were able to spend time together with your family, right? =) Have a nice weekend!

    • Mrs. Daisy | 10th Mar 17

      Thank you! It keep me humble to acknowledge my fails and where I am coming up short. It reminds me that I always have something to learn or better myself at 🙂

  5. Adriana @MoneyJourney | 13th Mar 17

    Keeping track of what saved you money is a great idea! I always look for ways to save (and find ideas most of the time), but never thought of keeping a journal.

    Our weeks are usually extremely frugal, since we don’t have much time to shop. It’s the weekends that concern me. 😀 However, we’ve found ways to save in other “departments”, and that helps a lot! I get at least a couple of cold calls each week from telemarketers trying to sell me cable plans or phone plans & whatnot. But ever since we’ve managed to keep our monthly expenses to a minimum, we’ve learned it pays off to say “no” and just stick to what we need (our cable bill is about $100 each year, we get the basic channels and it’s more than enough!)

    • Mrs. Daisy | 13th Mar 17

      I try to make a note each day, even if it’s just mental, on what I did to be frugal that day. I also make sure that I note my fails, because it’s a never ending learning process. Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

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