I’m not going to lie, it’s been difficult to be anything but thrifty this week as I’ve spent most of it in bed recovering from my operation last week but I think I’ve got enough to get to five…. Maybe. 😉
1) Mr Frugal has been wanting to pre-order a game for his PS4 for the last few months and I’ve been putting him and trying to delay it as I HATE that games are so expensive. It’s not even like we could shop around for this one as the one he’s after is a pre-order online with Playstation and you get loads of extras by pre-ordering. Grrrrrr!
I managed to save a little by buying Playstation Network vouchers from a site called CD Keys where they were cost £23.49 for a £25 voucher. Not awesome but considering it was £50 that was a £3 saving so as much as it stuck in my throat to buy them, they were still cheaper than buying them directly from Playstation!
2) While I’ve been poorly, Mr Frugal has been using my car which he hates as it’s much more compact and girly than his manly Mitsubishi. It’s much cheaper to run though so it makes more sense to use that one if only one’s going to be used.
3) Master Frugal had to make a model of a cell this week for his science homework and they were challenged to do something a bit different. I would usually help with these things and try and encourage the kids to be as creative as possible as the ‘fun’ homework doesn’t come along often enough but this week, I really couldn’t get too into it. I did manage to help a bit though with ideas and together, we sat on the bed and googled cells to see which type he wanted to make. He chose a white blood cell and used one of those goldfish cocktail bowl from the pound shop (what? Doesn’t everyone have one of these in their cupboard) as a base. He stuck on some cotton wool and went and got the old jelly belly liquorice air freshener from his Dad’s car to use as the nucleus of the cell….
We used things that we had in the house to make ours so it cost nothing at all whereas some of the children were taking in some brilliant pieces of work that parents had clearly spent money on according to Master Frugal. Ultimately, it’s each to their own but the fact that the teacher singled him out for praise in his class shows that you don’t need to buy things to make something worth making.
4) I haven’t eaten much this week so I didn’t really think it through when I invited Jen round for lunch yesterday. She was promised lunch in exchange for a visit to cheer me up and even though she offered to go buy lunch for us, I was sure we could make something yummy. So with me hobbling around in my pyjamas and her in full on mother hen mode, we (by we, I mean she) rustled up a thrifty lunch of root vegetable soup. It took 2o minutes to cook in the soup maker and made 4 portions – all for about 50p.
We had a bowl each and then two portions went in the fridge for lunches for the rest of the week!
5) I downloaded what seems like a hundred free books for my Kindle over the weekend in anticipation of a week doing nothing much other than reading in bed. There are loads of ways to get free books for your Kindle and I haven’t done it in a while so it was all completely different titles to the last time I did it. I read really quickly and even when I’m just reading for an hour on a night before bed I can get through a book in a few days so I was expecting to get through a lot this week. It didn’t turn out that way though as reading just makes me sleepy at the moment but at least I have a load of books on there now ready for me.
I barely made it to five there but I got there in the end so that concludes the woe is me edition of five frugal things I’ve done this week! 😉
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
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