1. I don't normally feel moved to complain to a home office regarding unsatisfactory conditions at a restaurant. In fact, I have done so only once before in my life; now twice. After visiting a well-respected family restaurant chain on our vacation, I emailed through their website with a concern. In my snail-mailbox yesterday was a letter of apology and a gift card for dinner-for-two at one of their locations near us. The formal letter of apology was a pleasant surprise, and restores my faith in the company's commitment to customer service.
2. I worked a half day on Wednesday. On Thursday the same branch phoned me and booked two more days for next month.
3. I used another token at Sonic for a free medium soft drink. On the receipt it showed a $0.00 charge and had a survey request at the bottom. The survey requests only come up occassionally, and normally I just ignore them, but this time I called in and completed the survey, so now I have a future free large soft drink to look forward to.
4. I called and booked an appointment to get my eyes checked before the end of the year, so I can get it done before we have to start meeting deductibles in the new year again.
5. I've tallied up the gas/lodging/food bills for the trip. They came in at 2/3 of what I had budgeted and socked away in savings for it. Granted there were some expenses that didn't get tallied like spending money, etc., but definitely not enough to break the budget.
Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Sunday: Sunday dinner at Kasey's
Monday: bagel and cream cheese
Tuesday: *fried chicken
Wednesday: late lunch, skipped dinner
Thursday: goulash and garlic bread
Friday: pork chops, mashed potatoes/gravy, broccoli
(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)