Some awesome things I learned recently

Here are a few things I learned lately that might excite your wallet :)

Lemme know if you try any of them – especially #2!

It won’t be weird at all if I stare at you while you sleep, right?!


#1. PATCHING THINGS UP IS BECOMING TRENDY AGAIN! It’s being dubbed “visible mending“, and been taken up by those protesting “fast fashion” and disposable culture, as well as those of us who are just plain thrifty!

“Showing off your patches, visible menders say, draws attention to the way a garment’s life span has been extended. It also subverts the notion, long held, that mended clothes are worn by the poor, while the height of luxury is buying a new wardrobe every season.” – NY Times

No more making fun of my jeans now :)

favorite ripped jeans

#2. PEOPLE HAVE FOUND A WAY TO MAKE MONEY IN THEIR SLEEP! If you’re on Twitch or TikTok – whatever those are – here’s your big chance… ;)

The newest trend in Twitch streaming is literally sleeping. That’s it. Over the past few weeks, streamers have been training their cameras on their mattresses as they doze off. In the intervening hours, viewers use Twitch’s donation function to gift them small quantities of money—$2 dollars, $5 there. A couple of streamers cutely refer to them as “slumber parties.” – Wired

Further reading on this:

Twitch Streamers Make Thousands Literally by Just Sleeping via Wired
How to Make Money in Your Sleep via NY Times.

#3. THERE’S AN APP THAT TELLS YOU WHERE YOU CAN FIND THE CHEAPEST MEDS. (And how CRAZY the differences can be depending on where you pick it up!)

We found that frequently the price of the same pills can be double or triple at one store what another store just miles away charges. In some cases, the highest price was more than six times the lowest price listed on GoodRx… For instance, the cheapest place to buy a one-month supply of atorvastatin near HuffPost’s Washington office was $6 at a Harris Teeter grocery store and the most expensive was $45.37 at both Walgreens and Rite Aid. – HuffPost

Here’s the app –>

And then here’s a deep dive on it –> This App Saves Money On Prescriptions via HuffPost

#4. PANERA BREAD NOW OFFERS UNLIMITED COFFEE FOR ONLY $9/MO!! Which admittedly was a helluva lot more exciting BEFORE the corona lockdown, but still – a good thing to know for when things resume again :)

Here’s how it works: You sign up for a Panera Coffee subscription for $8.99 per month (plus tax). You have to be a member of the MyPanera rewards program to sign up, but that program is free. You show up whenever you want. (Fine print: You can only show up every two hours.) You can order one hot coffee, iced coffee, or hot tea each visit. That’s it. In addition, Panera now lets you pour your own almond milk at the coffee station for free, eliminating the upcharge for it. – Lifehacker

To learn more or sign up –>

#5. THEY MAKE CONTAINERS THAT LOOK LIKE FRUIT TO SAVE LEFTOVERS! Which had me spending $5/piece because they’re so darn cute!

fruit saving containersAmazon –> Hutzler Food Savers (affiliate link)

BONUS PERK: No more Saran Wrap or plastic baggies needed anymore so better for the environment too! Which is what led me to these when I realized I was going through an awfully large amount lately!

Now time to make some freshly squeezed lemon water, mmm…
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  1. MK March 18, 2020 at 7:02 AM

    Not too long ago, I was darning, excuse me, “visibly mending” a sock. My son sat down next to me & wanted to know what I was doing. Then his wife joined us & wanted to know what I was doing. They understood I was sewing up a hole in a sock but had never heard it called darning. They admitted they would just throw the sock away. It also turned into a history lesson as I was using a darning egg. My mom always used a darning egg & I grew up thinking that’s just how things were done – you mend, not toss.

    1. J. Money March 18, 2020 at 11:58 AM

      The good ol’ days!!

      We might just be going back to it all too, eek…

  2. Haley March 18, 2020 at 7:50 AM

    I have that onion keeper and really like it. I’ve had it for several years and it’s held up too, maybe it was a Christmas gift from 2017 or 2018, I’m not sure.

    1. J. Money March 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM

      GREAT idea for a xmas gift!!

      I’m looking forward to the lemon one the most… So cute and compact, yet mega functional!

  3. Paul March 18, 2020 at 7:59 AM

    How would Panera really even know if you refilled your coffee… Isn’t that the reason they have a self service coffee station area? Or are they saying you can only get 1 new cup every 2 hours? Asking for a friend ;)

    1. J. Money March 18, 2020 at 12:02 PM

      Hah! Good point! I doubt anyone would be paying attention enough to even notice it :)

  4. stephanie t March 18, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    YAY! Finally, all those hours spent visibly mending are the new fashion statement! Which, for the first time in my life makes me fashionable. Hahaha.
    I also have a couple of those containers, but mine are for onion and avocado. Definitely better on the environment.
    Thanks J$$$. I’ve learned something new today. :-)

    1. J. Money March 18, 2020 at 12:02 PM


      You go with your bad mending self!

  5. Debt Free in RVA March 18, 2020 at 2:56 PM

    So, personal plug for GoodRX. I have literally saved hundreds of dollars using it!! like a lot of Americans we have a High Deductible health plan. That means we pay a lot out of pocket.

    I go to CVS and they charge me $ 200 for a 30 day supply of some drugs. I then use GoodRX, and Kroger Pharmacy will only charge me $ 15 (no joke!!!). It is insane that the cost will vary so much, but it does.

    My advice to all of you – USE GOODRX.

    1. J. Money March 19, 2020 at 8:39 AM

      Isn’t that just so wild???!

      Love it when apps like this expose stuff for the greater good…

  6. Aisha March 22, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Those containers are so cute! Would look great wherever you store them. I was speaking from an aesthetic point of view but the environmental point is great too!

    1. J. Money March 23, 2020 at 2:46 PM

      I can’t tell you how happy it makes me opening the fridge every time and seeing it there :) Even when I don’t need to use it, lol…