1) The kids broke up for school this week and I haven’t felt the need to fill the days with trips out or activities that I think they’ll enjoy. Instead we’ve spent absolutely no money and had a chilled out start to the holidays with a couple of evening trips to the beach, an afternoon fruit picking and a picnic at Richmond Castle thanks to our English Heritage membership.
2) Talking of fruit picking, I made some delicious strawberry muffins with the leftover strawberries which I shared with you all yesterday. Muffins are a great way to use up any leftover fruit that you have and I have a great recipe here that you can adapt to all sorts of flavours if you have something other than strawberries or raspberries to use up.
3) We have a very rickety old bench in our back garden that’s a bit too wobbly to sit on it comfortably but I do love the idea of having a bench so I was reluctant to get rid of it. I’ve managed to make it a lot steadier by hammering some nails into the vital bits and it’s possible to site on it without feeling seasick now which is a vast improvement. It’s not a professional job by any means but once i’ve painted it up to match my table and chairs, it’s going to look great.
4) Master Frugal’s friends have been playing in our street a lot over the last week which I love as I like knowing exactly where he is, what he’s doing and who he’s doing it with. I’ve been making ice lollies in our ice pop moulds every night this week so they can all have one the next day which has cost me pennies as I’ve just been using squash for the most part and has kept them hydrated in the heat.
5) The boys wanted to have a water fight one night this week which I have no issue with at all but I do hate water bombs as they leave little bits of burst balloons everywhere which annoys me and can’t be good for wildlife. We have a couple of water pistols but not enough for the 8 boys that were playing so I took matters into my own hands and made everyone a makeshift water pistol using plastic bottles, a hammer and a nail.
I might blog about it next week in more detail with some photos but basically you just hammer the nail through the lid to make a small hole and voila, a homemade water pistol. They played for about two hours before they started to get bored so they were well worth the five minutes it took to make them all!
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
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