The Thrifty Three – Three Frugal Things I’m Doing Right Now – May 31/20

Putting money into a piggy bank as a result of your savings on food.

Ahhh, it’s a rainy day and one filled with some pretty aggressive thunderstorms. (Last night we had thunder so loud it woke us both up right out of our deep sleep!) There is nothing like a rainy day to do some writing…and therefore, here we are with another The Thrifty Three post! Please feel free to share what thrifty and frugal things you’re doing right now. It’ll inspire all of us to keep an eye on our wallets, especially with the economy how it is right now.

  1. Travelling online – Like pretty much everyone else still, we are definitely not doing any travelling right now. (Does our weekly jaunt to the grocery store count? Right, I thought not!) But, I’ve been satisfying that travel desire by visiting cool travel blogs and even vacation rental sites. I love looking at different locations, and seeing what kind of place you can rent. Just in case we ever do any actual travelling again! Obviously, this type of sofa travelling costs WAY less – as in nothing at all.
  2. Re-reading old books. I like to think of old books as being old friends. So what if I’ve read them before? Reading them again is like a good visit – since old friends are the best friends. By re-reading them, I’m saving money as I’m not buying many right now. So, zero dollars spent! (The last time I did order books, I used Book Outlet and got a handful of novels to read. I was very pleased with the whole experience!)
  3. No cost haircuts! So, I cut the Hub’s hair all the time, since it’s super simple and I just use a pair of good clippers to buzz it down. But my hair? Well, that’s a different story! My hair is rather long, and I like having some layering in it. But during this pandemic, I learned that a simple haircut can be as easy as putting my hair up into two ponytails and cutting! Really! Early on in the pandemic, when my hair was driving me nuts (mostly due to straggly and dry ends) I took matters into my own hands. I carefully parted my hair straight down the middle and made a ponytail on either side of my head. I made sure to brush out the hair again evenly, and then put another hair elastic about an inch above the ends of my hair on both sides. Then I cut! I took off about an inch, I’d estimate. It turned out pretty good, and it helped my hair feel a lot healthier again. I’m sure my hairdresser will let me know that it wasn’t perfect, but I was pleased with the results. (You can Google ‘ponytail haircutting technique’ to get other techniques, such as how to add layers to your hair. I wasn’t that brave!) I used very sharp kitchen shears, but Amazon has actual haircutting scissors back in stock now for around $13.00. Hair cutting and barber’s scissors were unavailable anywhere in April and much of May.

So, what have you guys been up to lately to save money? Are you in super frugal mode? Or, are you getting sick of this forced frugality? Tell us your Thrifty Three! 🙂

Buy a new journal online – Diary writing during #coronavirus

I’m really trying to take advantage of this sudden extra time on my hands at home by writing more regularly in my journal. Are you guys into writing journals? Even as a child, I often had one of those adorable little girl journals with pretty floral covers and a tiny little golden lock on the side, which you could only open with one of the wee little keys that came with it. I loved to unlock my journal and write out what was on my mind and heart that day!

So, today’s post is about gorgeous journals that you’d love to write your thoughts and feelings in. In an unprecedented time like we’re currently living through, the very act of writing down your thoughts can be very therapeutic. Already, just looking back and reading my older journal postings from when the coronavirus crisis first began has been very interesting indeed!

Some of our Favourite Finds – Journals on Amazon

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Best Deals on Journals on BookOutlet.ca

The range of beautiful journals available on sale at Bookoutlet is incredible! The other day I had a great time wandering through their virtual shelves, perusing all of the beautiful and colourful journals for sale. The prices are unbeatable! To find your next favourite journal on Bookoutlet, simply click the link below and search for ‘journals.’ (I’m trying to find a way to post individual products from there, and when I figure it out I promise I will!)

Buy your next journal at outlet prices on BookOutlet

Book Outlet Book Choices of the Week – Save up to 90% on New Books! Books during Coronavirus

I’m always curling up with a great book. In fact, for me the very best way to decompress is to start reading a new book! But, we’re all facing lower incomes during coronavirus…so, what is a book lover to do?

I’m stocking up on books from BookOutlet. Just look at just some of the amazing new books I found on their website today! There’s a great selection of non-fiction and novels to choose from. Plus, cookbooks galore, and tons of kids books at way better prices than a lot of other online book stores.

  • Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Notebook (Kids’ math book)
  • Art for Kids – Drawing by Kathryn Temple (With the kids home from school, this will give them a cool project to work on. Improving their drawing skills!)
  • Make Something Good Today by Erin and Ben Napier $9.76 CDN – 73% off! – From the stars of HGTV’s Home Town, a memoir of how to cherish family and friends and make something beautiful. (This seems especially sweet right now, as so many of us are not able to freely visit and hug our families and friends.)
  • Star Wars – I am a Wookiee by Geof Smith – $2.54 save 63% – This children’s book will get your little ones involved in the intergalactic world of Star Wars from a very early age!
  • 1 Page at a Time by Adam J. Kurtz – a Daily Creative Companion. Only $8.28 CDN (60% off)
  • And there are tons of cookbooks on sale too! Just search for popular terms like Keto, vegan, or gluten free to find literally hundreds of book titles.

Extra 15% off Books – Limited Time

As an extra incentive to load up on some reading material while you’re safely inside, BookOutlet is offering an additional 15% off books! No coupon required – 15% off their already low prices. (But will not apply to items on an additional sale.)

Buy Cheap Discount Books & Novels Online at BookOutlet.ca

Book Outlet Deals! Save 50 to 90% on New Books!

Save between 50 to 90% on 90,000 new books at Book Outlet! Find your favorite book and start reading! Book Outlet Canada is an incredible resource if, like me!! – you LOVE to read. Just look at a few of the titles I plan to pick up soon:

  • Survivors Club – the true story of a very young prisoner of Auschwitz by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
  • The Great Infuenza by John M. Barry
  • Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD
  • Art for Kids – Drawing by Kathryn Temple
  • Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with Recipe for Modern Teatime Treats by Martha Stewart
  • Taste of Home- 201 Recipes You’ll Make Forever

With literally thousands of books on sale at any given time, you are bound to find something to read and love today. Okay, I’m off to refresh my cup of coffee and enjoy a bit of read time…