Simply Saving Saturday - August 17

We had such a beautiful week this week!  On Monday we took the boys to the historic Wire Bridge on the Carrabassett River.  It is a suspension bridge that was originally built in the 1800's.  The boys love riding over it because you can feel it sway as you drive over it.  It's also a great place for one of their favorite activities: throwing and skipping rocks in the water.

Here's how we saved this week:

While I was looking over the coverage on our health insurance, I noticed that our insurance offers a Fitness Reimbursement of up to $150 per year to reimburse members for eligible gym memberships.  My husband buys a membership every year at the University Health & Fitness Center near his job and I immediately went online to apply.  We have been approved and will be receiving a reimbursement within 6 - 8 weeks!  We are thrilled with this unexpected savings!

The nice weather we've enjoyed this week has finally given the tomatoes a chance to ripen and we were able to pick a few from our garden this week.  Better late than never!

The boys received free toothbrushes and flossers from the dentist.

We didn't turn the air conditioner on this week.

I bought grapes for $.99/lb., potatoes for $.39/lb., ground beef for $1.99/lb. and boneless chicken for $1.89/lb.  I also used coupons and saved $13 for a few things that we needed and to stock up on a few things at their lowest price.

In my mailbox:  a free sample and check from Pinecone Research, Lysol rebate and a free magazine.

Our on-going savings:

**Wash laundry in cold water.

**Save eggshells for the garden.

**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.

**Follow a weekly meal plan.

**Earn Swag Bucks for Amazon gift cards that I use to buy gifts.

**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.

**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.

**Turn lights off when not being used.

**Use cash to buy groceries.

**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.

**Drive to town once a week for shopping and errands.  

**Buy less cereal and eat oatmeal and other homemade breakfasts several times a week.

**Reuse plastic and paper shopping bags for small trash and recycling.

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Jenn in Indiana said...

Sounds like you had a great week!

Vanessa M. said...

Besides catching a cold, I did have a great week. :)

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