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Frugal Fridays: The New Version of My Spending Diet

For much of this year, I’ve shared my journey of going from overspending to living on a budget (in case you missed the series, catch up on My Spending Diet here). The act of writing about my financial challenges, especially when it comes to budgeting for our food, has helped me save a lot and also think more frugally. In particular, the adjustment to using cash-only has been a great victory, since I think more about what I am buying and why … rather than just buying now and thinking later.

But after 13 weeks and about a month off, I am ready to take My Spending Diet to the next level. Enter Frugal Fridays.

What is Frugal Fridays? Like My Spending Diet, I will share how my spending was for the prior week — including the challenges and slip-ups. But this isn’t ust about me or my family; it’s about all of us. So I will also share tips, tricks and deals for the coming week too.

This Week’s Tips, Tricks and Deals

  • Reduce, reuse … Tired of trying to find just the right container for making big quantities of drinks like iced tea? Do what my husband does and buy one good, solid, premade tea and reuse the container (the one he uses is 58 oz.) for mixing and storage. All you need is a funnel to make filling easier.
  • Slurpee Day! Tap into that childhood glee this weekend at 7-11 by picking up a FREE Slurpee on Sunday, July 11. Get the detes of the offer here.
  • Love Starbucks? The company is running their Starbucks Treat Receipt promo again through October 4. If you buy a beverage in the AM and return after 2 p.m. with your receipt (same day only!), you can get any Grande iced drink for $2 (plus tax).

Have a great weekend!

Creamy Gorgonzola and Shrimp Pasta Recipe
Mustard Greens and Beet Greens Salad Recipe with Herb Vinaigrette
Mustard Greens and Beet Greens Salad Recipe with Herb Vinaigrette


Monday 12th of July 2010

Hi! Kayla here from the I would like to echo MutantSupermodel and tell you that your blog has lead to my family discussing a spending diet. I have been trying and trying to get my husband on board with the cash only for food and extra "fun" expenditures like eating out and renting movies. He has cautiously agreed after reading your "My Spending Diet" blog posts. Great job! Thank you! .-= Kayla´s last blog ..The Anatomy of a Grocery List- One Theory =-.


Friday 9th of July 2010

I just wanted you to know that it was your blog that inspired me to go on a spending diet of my own. I'm right in the midst of it and am grateful you've decided to go this route. I'm not blogging about it in as structured a fashion as you are, but more when the whim strikes. Thanks for this though. .-= MutantSupermodel´s last blog ..New Chores Random Thinkings =-.