I have a wedding to go to tomorrow. I made an appointment to get both a manicure and a pedicure. Price for both, with tip would come to $45. I usually always get at least one pedicure ($27) at the beginning of summer. This year, I don’t know what it is, but I just didn’t want to spend the money. I have a foliating foot scrub by Dr. Scholl’s, which does a very good job of softening up the rough patches around my heels and toe nails. I clipped my toe and hand nails myself. I filed all 20 digits. I used the foot scrub and voila’ I had a good base to apply my own nail polish. Does it look professional? No, but that $45 is still in my wallet and that’s all I care about.
I’ve been wanting a pair of Sketchers Walking shoes for two seasons now. I have a few appointments in NYC and I think these walkers will give me the professional look I need PLUS be comfortable on my poor, aching feet. I’ve been watching the prices & these shoes go for around $69 (plus tax). I went to DSW & found this pair for $62, a savings of $7. Plus, I got 2 sign-on bonuses as a new customer for $15 off my next purchase (hubby needs new hiking boots). After I purchased these shoes, I stopped into Marshall’s which was right next door to DSW. Guess what? Marshall’s was having a Sketcher’s close out sale! The same shoes were $34.95. SCORE!
My home office needed some serious upgrading. The carpeting had buckled (after 17 years of use) and the room was loaded with clutter. I got rid of the clutter, cleared out the shelves and cabinets, tossed any un-necessary furniture. I went to Lumber Liquidators and got a great price on new flooring. My budget was no more than $1.89 a sq ft. I got this great deal on brand-new, trendy, designer-engineered flooring for only $1.49 a sq ft. at a total of $280. I hired our carpenter with my husband acting as his helper (thus saving the cost of a 2nd worker) and paid $250 for the professional installation.
Needless to say, I love, love, love my new office. I re-located a leather chair out of my living room and set up a comfy reading corner in my new office without spending another dime. I also used an outdoor rug I had purchased last year for my deck and placed it in my office instead. Again, I didn’t spend another dime! (our deck is going to be stained & painted this year so there was no use for the outdoor rug there).
Lastly, are my kitchen replacement appliances. I had a hard time with this. I know all the rage in kitchen appliances are the new stainless steel ones. But my experience with these stainless steel appliances has not been a positive one. They need constant, constant cleaning, which at my point in life, I have better things to do with my time. I researched these stainless steel appliances and in some instances, when comparing the stainless to the other white or black appliances, the quality and features were all the same. The only difference was the price. The stainless steel appliances were oftentimes priced 25% to 40% higher for no apparent reason except appearances. Being the frugal person that I am, I just couldn’t justify spending more money just to give in to a trend, which given its fifteen to seventeen year timeline might be nearing its fashionable end.
So, I opted to replace my dishwasher, refrigerator and stove with all new, white appliances from Frigidaire. These aren’t those older white models with those bumpy coverings that made them smudge-proof. Nope. These are the new, white appliances with a smoother, sleeker, shinier exterior, which personally, I think is going to be the next trend in kitchen appliances. Only time will tell.
All my new appliances were on sale at Lowe’s and I bought them using their 18 month no-interest loan (I don’t consider this debt. $79 for 18 months). The dishwasher was $279 (marked down from $359). The stove was $449 (marked down from $549). The refrigerator was $599 (marked down from $799, a BIG savings on this item!) Plus, I got a free ice maker valued at $49. Total for all appliances came to $1,327. If I had purchased the equivalent appliances in stainless steel, without the sale, the total would have come to $2,529.
Needless to say, I love, love, love my new, updated, more-modern kitchen. The stove is easy to use, has a great big window for me to see everything inside while its cooking. The 20.4 cu. in. refrigerator is huge and so much easier to access than my old side-by-side. AND everything is staying nice and clean. I wipe everything down once at night, after dinner and it stays that way! PLUS, when I think about all the money I saved by being frugal and more realistic, my new kitchen makes me very, very happy.
It’s all about the wallet baby. It’s all about the wallet.