My husband made his own pomade! And it went well, so this has also given him the confidence to try and make his own beard balm next. The only extra ingredients we needed to buy were the same price as just buying one container of the pomade, and the supplies we bought should make about 10 containers. ($10s of the ingredients being the ‘limiting reagent’, while the others should last longer). While it’s not an insane budget item- he probably replaced these two every 3 months or so- that’s still the equivalent monthly cost of a streaming service. So not nothing!
I actually did in store returns. This will sound stupid, but for a lot of years I was disorganized enough that if I bought something online and it didn’t fit… well, there weren’t great odds of it getting returned anyway. I rarely online shopped clothes, knowing this about myself. But for maternity clothing, you pretty much HAVE to shop online. (Or go to insanely expensive stores like Motherhood Maternity, and those are all a bit of a drive for me). So I promised myself with these online purchases, after try on I would actually do the returns. And I did! So that was $50 worth of clothing that I’ll be refunded for. (Mat jeans + mat shorts that didn’t fit).
Also, yesterday Husband and I went for some very cheap entertainment. Local grocery store was doing an event with a ton of vendors giving samples. We walked there and then wandered, tried tasty expensive local products, talked to producers, and entered into a raffle for a gift card. Only ended up spending $1.19 to buy a roll to sustain my pregnant starving self for the walk home.