Note that there are some new blogs, one of them almost brand new. Trying not to remove any, but I have removed a few that were well over a month old for now as well as one from a Covid denier. I'm thinking about making a second, non-retirement blog list on the other side. We'll see.
Some weeks there is more spending than others here at the Frugal Retiree Apartment. This week and last were of "I spent here and I saved there" types. In general, I tell myself that since I'm not the social butterfly or or the traveler of the former times, I can loosen up. Or I have till recently.
Of course, now that I've gotten vaccine two, I see the possibilities of movement (and the accompanying spending) opening up. More slowly than surely, and later than sooner, but still, it's time to start thinking about those expenses. And of course apartment spending. I brought none of the outdoor furniture down south, and I need one and maybe two club chairs on the patio, plus decor and so on. And spring is here.
So in the future I'll want to make a couple more trade offs and consider if there are any of my clients looking for research work to be done.
On current spending front, however.
1. Foodwise, there has been no ordering of prepared meals since before the Great Texas Freeze. Not that I won't do so again. It's been cold enough that the slow cooker soups have kept me happy. I expect to get on that limited bandwagon next week. After I've emptied out the freezer so full that I can't use the ice maker. Buying packages of chops, chicken breasts/tenders/ and steaks and such and dividing them up is helping with the cooking options. That plus alot of ready to go sides.
2. One the creative side, I purchased the previously mentioned fabric collection and am ready to start on my cut and sew improv wall hanging (planning with those matching pencil colors, also purchased not so long ago) On the other hand, I now have said unfinished old quilt under my needles, and a bathroom matching wash cloth ON my needles with previously purchased yarn from my stash, making my use what you already have quotient fairly high. I expect finishes soon.
3. I forgot to cancel the pre-order of the new CJ Box Joe Picket mystery and decided to keep it. I do this about once a month, last month it was a JA Jance book. But the rest of my reading has been library, Kindle Unlimited, or Amazon Prime Reads. I finished everything watchable on Acorn and let that subscription and the one to CBS access die off (The Stand and Clarice were both painful to watch). I'm finishing everything worthwhile on PBS Masterpiece and then will let that go as well. Right now I'm watching Though Shalt Not Kill and bingeing through the four seasons. Let's just say I have yet to run out of things to watch or read.
4. I avoided using any of those $10 off 10 or $25 off $25 coupons I have gotten in the mail, knowing in each case I would end up spending more than the $10 or the $25 and that I would have needed to pay shipping or gotten into my car. I also avoided going to either Christopher and Banks or the Macy's near me both of which are going out of business. I will need clothes, but warm weather clothes rather than the winter ones on sale, unfortunately.
5. My health insurance has a rewards program for doing things like getting shots, screenings, filling out an online health assessment and other good stuff. I got a gift card worth $100 in the mail to purchase over the counter products online. I'll get a blood pressure monitor if they have one. If not as queen of the dry skin crowd I'll purchase Aquaphor and whatever other options they have and fill in with first aid products. I also got another check reimbursement for my Medicar B for this month.
6. Late this afternoon I'm heading to my daughter's house to take advantage of her very expensive, very new and very large top loaders (so deep I can't reach the bottom) to wash everything including my bedding. I'll probably break down and get takeout on the way home, spending all my paid laundry savings on food. She just accidentally butt dialed me while she was dealing with a patient (I could hear the "one, two, three of the lifting count in the background). Hilarious.
My quilt is calling me....