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frugal acts of kindness

March 16th, 2009 at 05:48 am

Saving log - $0
Spending log - $3.50 bagel & coffee + $25 groceries

I did a super long walk - from coffee to the Fremont Bridge, then over to 3rd Ave NW, and back up to 85th. It was about 7 miles. I timed the leg between the coffeeshop and the Fremont Bridge, because that's about 3.2 other words about 5K. The new trainer suggested that to spice things up and give me a goal, I should think about participating in a 5K. (Any advice, Laura?).

With jogging 10%/walking 90%, I made it to the Fremont Bridge in 55 minutes.

There was a PCC near the Fremont Bridge, so I brought my 10 remaining Clif bar coupons. They were also a bit thin on those, and had signs about the peanut recall. The flavors that they did have I liked, so I used all the coupons.

I told the checker how I got that many coupons - he thought it was a fine idea, and also told me that some of the smaller food companies will give you a coupon or two even if its just an email that says "hi, I like your products." Something to try - all I'd lose is time and a few electrons.

But the frugal acts of kindness were:

1. Out of the grocery store, I gave one of the Real Change vendors a couponed Clif bar. Didn't cost me anything but built up a tiny amount of karma.

2. On 3rd Ave NW, the wind came up, and dropped a bit. A garbage can tipped over and its lid was in the middle of the road. It took about 30 seconds to fetch the lid and re-unite it with the can.

1/2...After a little grocery shopping, I took the bus home the last ten blocks. At my stop home, two bus riders ran up and just caught the bus.

4 Responses to “frugal acts of kindness”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon to me! Exercising, saving money and good deeds. Nice!

  2. baselle Says:

    Tracey - actually that concept was started by thrifty ray, the commentor above. Just want to get the attribution right. Smile

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:


    Well, if you are thinking about doing a 5k, I would check out the Couch to 5k program. Then, once you can run at least 6 or 7 minutes at a time without stopping (and this can be at a pace just faster than a jog) I would check with your local running store to find out what 5k events may be coming up. You can also take a look at the website for nearby activities, although I don't like their search function very much.

    If by the time of the 5k you are still at the point of just running 5 or 6 minutes at a time - don't fret! Go ahead and go for it! You will find that there will almost *always* be someone behind you. Big Grin

    If you do decide to do it, I'd be happy to offer more tips. Smile

  4. baselle Says:

    I'll have to check it out then - I can slow jog about 10 -18 minutes without stopping. On the treadmill I can do about 5 or 6 minutes in a kind of run. A little more work, but I'm close. I noticed a lot of walking with a number of televised 5K "dashes".

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