Frugal Friday in August

12 Aug

Hola friends! Hope everyone has a fantastic week! I feel so out of the loop with catching up with everyone because of going back to work. I only worked three days but am completely beat. I like to attribute some of my tiredness to my parents who are emotionally draining me by the minute but I digress…..

They do have some good characteristics and habits , like getting two or three newspapers on Sundays. You all can only imagine how elated I get when I wake up, have my coffee and breakfast and get to clipping! I take full advantage of the coupons by clipping them, alphabetizing them and scouring the ads to see if any items are sale that week (that I can use) and have a coupon for.

I combed the ads for CVS and Walgreens and found sales on a few items that I had coupons for which resulted in amazing savings! The best deal I got was at CVS:

All of this for $13.16! I had a BOGO coupon for the Clean & Clear and Dove products. I normally don’t buy men’s products but the coupon was a his and hers kind of coupon and it was free so why not?
At Walgreens I got these two items for $6 plus I received $3 off to use on my next purchase sop I like to think that’s like getting it for $3 something.

After CVS I went to Fresh Market. For those who don’t have FM, it’s like a smaller Whole Foods but without the made to order foods. I rarely buy anything there since it can pretty pricey after two or three items. So the real reason I go?
Free coffee.

Oh yeah.
They have sample cups for you to try and they always have interesting flavors on hand along with organic half and half and raw sugar, The other weekend they have Georgia Pecan and I kinda wished that I had brought along my coffee tumbler to fill up. After I had a few sample cups of coffee, I walked through the chip aisle and saw they have BOGO sale on Kettle Brand chips. I quickly remembered that I had a $1 off coupon for Kettle Brand because I somehow have a photographic memory when it comes to my coupons (I do NOT forget savings) Do I need potato chips? Hell to the no but if I can get a flavorful bag for $1.15, I’m not going to pass that up.

I was sad they didn’t have my favorite flavor, Spicy Thai but picked up two other solid choices instead.
When not working, my mom and I have been checking out thrift stores a couple of times a week. I like to take her with me on Wednesdays since all the Good Wills in the area offer 25% off to seniors. So I shop, give her money, have her purchase and save some dough. I am not looking forward to getting older but discounts at thrift stores and cheap coffee at McDonalds make it seem a little better. At the Goodwill we went to last week, it was not only senior citizens day but I also saw this beautiful sign right when we walked in

The thrift store is the main place I get books and now thanks to reading a post about books over at The Lofty Appetite , I have another avenue to find books. I got three books for $1.23 when at Goodwill and although I could have stayed there for hours looking through the titles, I kept it at a minimum because sometimes I buy too many books and never get to reading them.

Speaking of McDonalds, they have been sending mad coupons as of late. They send us two pamphlets of coupons featuring not only BOGO coupons but also coupons for free coffee, smoothies and sodas.

I tried the pineapple mango smoothie and even though it was free, it was pretty nasty. It was entirely too sweet for me and I winced when taking the three sips that I did because I felt if something tasted that bad, it should get me drunk.


I used this coupon for a free coffee regardless of size, this afternoon at the McDonalds near my temporary work


I found it highly amusing that when ordering, the cashier asked me if it was for there or to go. I tilted my head and stared at her and answered/asked “To go?” Not only free coffee but free entertainment as well. I dig.

What I don’t dig is that I’ve been trying so hard to save any money I can on the daily including not going to Starbucks everyday like I used to. I lived within walking distance of a Starbucks for six years and now the closest one is a few miles away….and nowhere on the way to work. So I’ve been drinking this:

Gag. I’m a coffee snob and feel like anytime I take a sip of this stuff, hair is going to pop up on my chest. It’s a step above car dealership coffee though, when I drink that I react as if I’m taking a shot of hooch. I would love to know who this Maxwell fellow is and why he likes such crappy coffee in his house.

Where do you buy books? If you don’t buy, do you go to the library or borrow from friends or just don’t read literature other than my blog?

What are your tips for making good coffee at home?

21 Responses to “Frugal Friday in August”

  1. twobooswhoeat August 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    I am obsessed with Kettle chips. YUM!!! I need to look for books at the thrift store. I have so many I should donate too.

    The coffee at McDonalds isn’t half bad. I haven’t had it in awhile!

    • simplyshaka August 16, 2011 at 10:47 am #

      Their coffee is getting better now that they are trying to compete with Starbucks. Word on the street is that Burger King is trying to get into the coffee game as well. I didnt even know BK still existed!

  2. Kace August 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    “If it tastes that bad it should get me drunk.” -Fact.

  3. terri August 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    lol. you. crack. me. up. free entertainment at mcd’s. amusing!
    i sometimes add cinnamon to my coffee grounds when making plain old maxwell or folgers….just put it right in the coffee pot when you put the coffee in!
    and books. i am officially a hoarder. i buy most of them from goodwill….for like 1.40…and i am seriously addicted. i have a ton that are just waiting to be read…but i cant stop! i am addicted. and i buy a lot from amazon, used. always a deal there!

    • simplyshaka August 16, 2011 at 10:47 am #

      Definitely trying the cinnamon tip–thanks!!

  4. Shannon August 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    Eww you poor thing, I should send you coffee.

    I’ve never thought of buying books at goodwill, thanks for the idea! I usually get my books from the library (a perk of the library system in MA is that they will get a book from another library and have it for me to pick up at mine), yard sales or book sales if I stumble on them.

    I always remember when I have coupons for things too, I love saving money on food… well actually, anything.

    • simplyshaka August 15, 2011 at 8:05 am #

      My library does that as well and its a godsend! I am so cheap I go to B&N, write down the names of books I want then request them from my library. Its great!

  5. MelissaNibbles August 13, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Maxwell’s is the WORST! I buy a local coffee that’s only $4.99 at this crappy store we have called Trucchi’s. It’s the best coffee though!

    Men’s products work better than women’s. For me anyway.

  6. diana@mymarblerye August 13, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    i loveeee browsing through the library now that I live in a BIG TOWN. It’s free and selection is fantastic. BTW when I was growing up we all sat around on Sunday mornings with the papers/ads in hand while eating breakfast in silence. I actually really miss it.

    • simplyshaka August 16, 2011 at 10:45 am #

      Hahaha, I have the visual of you all sitting around reading and it being awkwardly silent!

  7. Amy @ Second City Randomness August 13, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Maxwell’s is awful. A step down from Folgers, even. I’m not even that big of a coffee snob, but I sneak Dunkin’ Donuts from my office for a reason!

  8. Christina August 13, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    I am a straight up library girl, or my mom sends me books after she buys them. I might actually have to buy a Kindle because she almost exclusively buys electronic now and her personal library is ridiculous!

    Also, on the coffee…Buy good coffee, (I loove Starbucks Espresso Roast) and either have them grind it at the store if you are going to run through it pretty fast, or buy a grinder and grind it fresh everyday. Makes all the difference in the world! And it saves money!!

    • simplyshaka August 16, 2011 at 10:44 am #

      I completely forgot about grinding my own coffee beans. I used to have one and it worked wonders and the coffee tasted amazing as well. I am definitely splurging for good, quality coffee next time around. I *may* have went off on my mom this morning about the crappy coffee.

  9. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic August 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    I love those Nivea lipbalms. And Kettle brand potato chips 🙂

    • simplyshaka August 16, 2011 at 10:46 am #

      The colored one is great-it’s the perfect tint of red for my lips!

  10. leashieloo August 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    I usually get books at the library or borrow from friends. But if a book is reallyyy good then I will get it used on Amazon or Half.

  11. Carly August 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    You are so good at finding deals! I generally buy books at Barnes and Noble or Amazon. I know I should go to the library to save money, but I like having lots of books on my bookshelf! 🙂

  12. Ashleigh August 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    I am so jealous your parents get multiple papers! it’s my new favorite thing to clip coupons. I have been saving tons of money!

  13. loftyappetite August 16, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Thanks for the shout out! Great post! I am also coupon crazy. love clipping coupons online and from the paper, and CVS deals are def the best! Their sale items always end up getting additional cash for later too, always a double deal! I’ve read “the Boy next door” it’s definitely total chick lit, but it was fun to read because it was all via text and emails.
    Have you ever heard of I’m working on a post about it, but I thought i’d give you a heads up because it’s seriously amazing! It gathers coupons from all online and mail in coupons in one spot. I never go to the mall or buy anything online without it!

  14. Katie @ Legally Fit August 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    lol- we were at Fresh Market the other day and I was so psyched for the free sample- and they were out! Almond amaretto too, dangit! Love the idea of filling it up your mug, haha.

    I love Sunday mornings with the paper, ads and coupons- awesome savings girl!

    • simplyshaka August 17, 2011 at 9:58 am #

      Mmmm almond amaretoo sounds fabulous now! Maybe they will have that the next time I go with my tumbler? 🙂

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