DD#2 wanted her guest bedroom to be upgraded this holiday season. The existing sheets and pillows I had were, according to her, “just too old (yellow and stained)”. So, I bought her 100% organic cotton sheets and two brand new pillows. She insisted on Target, so that’s where I bought her new sheets (the pillows came from Aldi’s houseware department). Original price of the queen-set sheets were $45. Note: I’ve never paid more than $20, but I understand times have changed. As soon as the set was delivered, I noticed on the Target.com website, the sheet set went on sale for $30.
A quick call to Target Customer Service and I got a reduction of $15 plus tax credited back to my charge card. SCORE!
We have a manual thermostat that we got for free 17 years ago when our house was built. It was a gift BUT you have to physically hand set the temperatures. It was difficult for me to remember to lower the heat at night and then raise it up in the morning. I had to get out of bed too many times at night when I would finally remember to lower the thermostat. We finally bought a new, modern, programmable, automatic thermostat, on sale, for only $24. DH installed it himself AND set the timer to 68F degrees from 5:30AM to 11:30PM and 63F degrees overnight. This will save us a lot of money on our heating bills.
Since DH could install and set/program the thermostat himself, we saved $300 on an installation fee. SCORE!
After 17 years of bathroom wear and tear, some of the grout around our tub had developed black mold. I never took a ‘before’ photo because I didn’t realize how well the transformation would go. It took DH several days to strip out the old grout, prepare the surface for new grout and then re-grout. Total materials purchased came to $74. If we were to hire someone to do this work, based on the number of hours it would have taken and a day rate of $80 per hour (and we all know it would have been much higher!) the cost for this would have been between $350 and $600. SCORE!
Stay frugal, my friend. Frugality is a never-ending challenge!