All's quiet on the Frugal Miser front. I wrapped up back-to-back meeting jobs last week and have worked a spattering of mystery shopping jobs, but this week is really slow. I've been taking advantage of shopping deals with all the extra time I've had.
I bought a Living Social for Dealflicks, which offers select showtimes at Carmike (Muvico) at a discount. We paid $12 for two tickets and two popcorns and saw Nightcrawlers. Then they offered popcorn and the opening night ticket to Dumb and Dumber 2 for $2. I also bought two tickets to see Journey next March for $20 each, which is a steal since there aren't any other fees like when you buy tickets on Live Nation. My partner is half Filipino so seeing Journey is a treat since the lead singer is from the Philippines.
I've been stocking up on restaurant gift cards since the holiday deals are fairly aggressive this year. I used a credit card that gives me 3% back to buy gift cards at Olive Garden. They come with a $10 bonus card for every $50 gift card you buy, plus Shell Fuel Rewards is offering a $.20/gallon discount for every $100 you spend at Olive Garden this quarter. I'm also planning to buy a $100 gift card at BJ's to receive four Pilsner glasses. I did that last year and the glasses are really nice.
Finally, I've been couponing the last couple of weeks to receive a number of free deals. CVS and Walgreens have both offered free stuff, including toothpaste, laundry detergent, candy, gum, pain medicine and more. Then I picked up two bonused Publix mystery shops and combined my shopping with coupons for heavily discounted food including pasta, canned vegetables and 100% juice drinks.
We are leaving for Miami on the 12th. I am shopping a high-end hotel that night and we leave for our cruise the following day. Those 7 days at sea will give me the chance to think about and plan for my 2015 goals.