Tuesday Frugal Things

I don't have too much to share this week, but here's what I've got:

  • We went to visit my brother and his family in Columbia, about two hours away. It's a frugal weekend trip because it's not to far away, we can stay at their house, and they are good about sharing expenses. One evening they had pizza delivered and the next we made fish cakes with fish my brother had in his freezer. It was nice to not have to eat every meal out. We did have breakfast at a diner one morning. 
  • We packed PB&J's for the trip to my brothers. Those, along with a small cooler of canned soda, kept us from spending money during the drive. 
  • Eric found a pair of good jeans at my favorite thrift store, Savers. Savers is the only thrift store I know of where clothing is organized by size, clean and easy to shop. 
  • I washed my own car. I wouldn't even put that on this list except I know how many of my friends take theirs somewhere else to have it washed. The only reason I don't wash mine more often is because we live on the street in a city and don't have a driveway, so I took advantage of a nice day and my brother's driveway and gave mine a badly needed scrubbing. 
  • Does finding money count? We found $75 in the house that neither of us remembers having or leaving where we found it. Our plan is to save the found money. But I won't lie, it's a little disconcerting to find money where you're pretty sure there was no money. 
Nothing says "middle Missouri" quite like a diner in the middle of nowhere. 

Nothing says "middle Missouri" quite like a diner in the middle of nowhere. 

Speaking of "found" money, last week I got a check from a bank in California for my supposed tax refund of $7600. The only problems were that 1) I hadn't filed yet and 2) I owe money. So we filled out the appropriate paperwork and I'm mailing everything in with my paper tax return. We'll be keeping a close eye on our credit reports, too. I guess if there is a frugal thing in this story, it's that we don't use our taxes as a savings account. I want that end-of-year number to be as close to zero as possible. I'd be super bummed if we were planning to get money back.