Tuesday Frugal Things

I'm experimenting with cash-back apps on my phone. I've been using Checkout 51 for a couple weeks now, and I just added Snap, SavingStar and Ibotta. They're all apps where you add deals, buy the products at the store, scan the barcode of the item and upload your receipt. It'll be a few weeks before I've amassed enough rebates to get a payout, but I think if I use them for things I'd buy anyhow, it should save me some money in the long run. SavingStar has some sort of freebie every weekend, too. This weekend it's a Hershey's bar. 

I used Target's Cartwheel app for the first time, too. I've looked at it before, but been overwhelmed by the choices. Then one of my coworkers told me she just scans everything in her cart to see if any of it happens to have a discount in Cartwheel. I tried that today and found two things that were 5% off, which saved me a couple bucks. 

Eric fixed an electrical problem in the house with a $24 tool. When I was vacuuming in the basement, the power went out (but no fuse was blown) for three outlets, a closet, the outdoor light in the backyard and everything in the mudroom. The tool allowed Eric to test for power anywhere along any wire, so he was able to locate the problem without the help of an electrician. 

The $50 pork butt became pulled pork yesterday and it's really good. 

Pizza sauce simmering on the stove. 

Pizza sauce simmering on the stove. 

I made a triple batch of pizza sauce and froze the extra, so it won't take so long to make pizzas in the future. We also froze 1/3 of the dough this time. 

I ordered new windshield wipers from Amazon instead of buying them at AutoZone, thereby saving about $10. Also, I opted out of Prime 2-day shipping in favor of $1 toward a media purchase. I think I've got $4 to spend now. 

I also got my free annual physical today, all costs paid by insurance. I'm trying to take advantage of all the free exams, even if I don't need them, like the eye exam. I don't wear glasses or contacts. I went last year because one of my eyes was often turning red, but it turned out to be caused by a medication I take. And it was easily fixed with some gel eye drops.