Five Frugal Things Week of October 1st

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Contests and Banking

I like to enter contests for fun. While I don’t enter as much as I use to, I still fit some entries every day waiting in line or watching TV. This week I won a trip for two to the Sundance Film Festival! I had to get the affidavit and publicity release notarized within a few days. Luckily, my bank notarizes member’s documents for free. I was able to get an appointment by the deadline and my guest was able to scan in all the documents for free at work.

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Stocking Up Sale

Whenever I stop by the grocery store, I check the clearance meat section. There was a bunch of pork and beef already on sale and clearanced out 50% off. Turns out I clipped a personalized deal on the pork earlier in the week and forgot about it so only paid 98 cents a pound. It took a while but I vacuum sealed them when I got home and stacked them in the deep freeze. I only cook red meat during the weekends so even though this stock up cost me about $80, it should last me a few months. When it comes time to cook them, I toss them in a sous vide cooker for several hours so even the cheapest cuts come out delicious!

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Focus Group Fun

I participated in a focus group through User Research International on my day off. It only took two hours and I made $100. It was actually pretty fun and the interviewers said the feedback I gave was very useful. It put me in the same town as my favorite brewery so I enjoyed a new beer before finishing off errands.

Delaying Big Purchases

I held off ordering a textbook until after the first day of class. Found out I could get the online access code for $20 cheaper if I bought it straight from the manufacturer instead of the campus bookstore. Don’t get me wrong, it was still more than I would have liked to pay for a book I don’t get access to after the course but I still rather save on it.

Cashback on DIY

SO needed a zipper repaired on his favorite pair of jeans. He found a set of replacements on eBay so I reminded him to go through Ibotta to make sure he got cashback. Turned out that he had a bonus for $6 back after redeeming one mobile shopping offer.

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What frugal things were you able to do this week?

Enter to win trips to NYC and Sri Lanka!

Want to travel the world? Vita Coco Coconut Water and WayUp are partnering up to give away an all-expense-paid trip to New York City and Sri Lanka! You can enter by submitting a 30 second or less video or photo showing us why you’re (coco)nuts enough to be the “next plant manager”. Must be a U.S college student to apply.

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During the trip winners will:
– Visit Vita Coco headquarters to learn about how they get our coconut products from the trees, to the stores, and to consumers’ hands
– Have lunch with WayUp CEO, Liz Wessel
– Fly to Sri Lanka and learn about Vita Coco’s philanthropic efforts
– Enjoy a 3-day beach vacation

Winners will be judged based on passion, creativity, ability to travel, and desire to give back. The contest ends May 7th. Head on over to apply – good luck!

More about the sponsors 

Vita Coco Coconut Water is the country’s best-selling coconut water. WayUp is an online platform that connects students with part-time jobs and internships. Check out our article on some of their work from home positions here.

Save on Wedding Stationary with Anniversary Sale and Contest

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Did you know the average cost of a wedding is $26,444?!? I managed to keep costs down by winning my honeymoon and a bunch of my wedding supplies.

Right now Wedding Paper Diva’s is having a contest to win your wedding. Prize includes:

  • VIP trip to San Francisco
  • Glamour engagement photo and video shoot, including styling, makeup, and manicure
  • Be featured on our website, social media, and more
  • Advice from a celebrity wedding planner
  • Surprise fantasy date
  • Plus, up to $2,000 in wedding stationery!

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Plus right now they have an Anniversary Sale! Save 30% Off Your Order Plus 10 Free Thank You Cards with promo code 10YEARS
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