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Saturday Frugality

Saturday was an epic win in the Frugal Frog playbook. We had fun. And we made memories, as well as money.

Chase came with me to babysit the twinnies and while it was a tiring 6 hours, it was also so much fun!

If this picture does not turn your heart to a puddle of goo, nothing on this earth will.

While I struggle with feeling “underemployed” as I only teach part-time and nanny all of the other hours, spending time with these little girls makes my heart smile. Just watching them explore the world is incredible. And, although it is hard work, it is so stinking rewarding. (Not to mention that it is awesome prep for the babies to come in the not-so-distant future. Dude, if God only gives me one baby at a time instead of twins, I will be GOLDEN!).

Sorry for the tangent. Back to Frugality and Fun.

After getting home from the babies house, we went to the library and got free movies and magazines. When we arrived back home Chase promptly fell asleep on the couch (He is such a baby-watching amateur. I am going to kick his butt in parenting).

Since we had such a fiscally beneficial morning, we decided to celebrate and go out to dinner. This is the first time we have gone out to a sit-down dinner in three weeks, which is pretty major for us!

Our destination of choice was:

This is one of Chase’s favorite places on earth. He could eat chips and salsa All. Day. Long.Ā  I love their salsa, but I cannot eat their chips (not Paleo). Consequently, I decided to improvise:

Yep, I brought my own baggie of carrots.

By the way, if you have never tried carrots and salsa, you are missing a blessing. It is an awesome combo! This was, arguably, one of the best decisions of my life.

I did not take a picture of our meals because we have a rule that Mexican food must be eaten PIPING hot. There was no time for lolly-gagging and picture taking. Just imagine a a skillet with onions, chicken, and steak. The. End.

We decided to be all Frugally Frog at the end of the meal and join the Habaneros Club.

Basically, all we had to do was sign up FOR FREE and Don Pablos will give us FREE food and money. Just for getting the card, we get the free dip sampler on our next visit. Um, yes please!

I am all about free rewards club. While some people complain about not wanting junk mail, Chase opened a Yahoo e-mail account purely for any and all rewards club mailings. It is a perfect way to not clog your “for real” account.

After our hot date, we went home and had a DVR date. It was lovely. Our meal and entertainment only set us back a total of $34. I chock that up to a Frugal Frog Win!

Are you a fan of Reward Clubs? What are some of your favorite?

(We love Subway’s rewards program and I have “Savings Cards” for every single grocery store and drug store on the planet. And, obviously, the Habaneros Card is our new fave.)

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About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

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  1. I love all types of savings cards! The ones I use the most are for my grocery store & Petco. I also utilize my Target card every now & then… you save 5% every time you use it!

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  2. Carrots and salsa? I’m gonna have to trust you on that and give it a try!

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  3. I love my grocery store discount card. Everytime I spend $50 I accumulate 10 cents off every gallon of gas. So I wait and wait and when my tank is empty I fill her up for sometimes $1.50 per gallon. Its awesome and I refuse to grocery shop anywhere else because of it!
    Mmmmm your dinner sounds delicious, as all Mexican food is. I think its great you brought carrots, I’d never be so brave though! (And I love chips too much hehe)

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  4. I rarely ever participate in the chips and salsa action when I’m at a Mexican restaurant (because I don’t like tomatoes), but I believe you about the carrots!

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  5. I do carrots and salsa all.the.time! Mmmm! Perfect low-cal snack!
    Opening an e-mail account for stuff like that is the SMARTEST thing I’ve heard in ages! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of that! Soooo smart!

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  6. I do love rewards cards! My bf has this little rule that he has to save a certain percentage of his total cost using his rewards card every time he shops at our local grocery store. I get chastised for never saving enough money šŸ˜‰

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  7. Wow. I’m so curious on the carrots & salsa now. I love both. I’m always eating carrots & hummus, but that sounds great too.

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  8. We always sign up for discount-type cards and coupons. I figure the worst that happens is that it’s a deal we don’t want, and I just delete the e-mail/recycle the direct mail. And sometimes you end up with a great deal.

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  9. Salsa and carrots is a wonderful idea! I also like to put salsa on my salads šŸ™‚

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  10. Carrots and salsa?! Sounds weird, but possibly amazing! Gotta try it šŸ™‚

    I’m totally setting up a separate email account for savings!

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  11. Our favorite Reward Club is BEST BUY!!! They provide good updates to your account and make getting the reward coupon a cinch! They just email it to you and you click, print and GO! I like EAZZZY so it gives me more time to enjoy life.

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