1) On Tuesday we decided to have lazy tea instead of what we had planned so we used some naan breads from the freezer that I’d bought for 9p, a pathetic looking green pepper, the last of the leftover ham from our Sunday dinner and some pepperoni that Mr Frugal bought on his way home from work to make some cheap but very delicious pizzas.
Even the cheese was frugal as I’d bought a bag of pizza cheese a while ago and portioned it up to pizza sizes for the freezer. Miss Frugal isn’t a cheese fan usually but she does like pizza cheese and she loves the odd homemade pizza so I try to always have some in ready for her. Freezing grated cheese is really convenient and as long as you’d cooking it rather than eating it in a sandwich then you really can’t taste the difference.
2) We’re all huge Boro fans here in the Frugal house and in case you didn’t know, we’re very close to getting into the Premiership so when it came to the match at home on Tuesday night we were very tempted to go as a family. We’ve been to a few matches this season but the cost definitely adds up when all four of us want to go. We decided that we’d save money by staying at home and listening to the match on the radio as a family instead which save a fortune and meant that we were all warm and cosy at home and not out in the stadium in the cold. We had a great night spending some lovely time together as a family and although it went down to the last kick of the game practically, the result was amazing and had us all jumping up and down.
I hope they help me stay frugal by winning an automatic promotion place and not having to go to Wembley again for the play off final as I could do without that again. Last year, Mr Frugal sent me a photo of Master Frugal sat at Wembley after the match crying as his beloved Boro lost and I had to wait seven hours to give him a hug and explain that he’d just learnt the hard way what being a Boro fan was all about. 😉
3) I cleaned out my kitchen food cupboards this week and was amazed to discover some of the tins of food I had in there at the back. I always check the cupboards when I’m doing my weekly meal plan but lately, I’ve just been scanning the front of the cupboards rather than delve around in the back as they’ve been so full that it’s impossible to see what’s at the back without pulling everything out. I took two boxes of tins to the foodbank and sorted the rest out so I could easily see everything that’s in there. I think we could live for a month just on the tins in my cupboard thanks to my apparent stockpiling of tins obsession.
4) I got a renewal quote for Buddy’s pet insurance this week which was only a small amount more than I was paying already but even so, I decided to shop around and see if I could beat it. I managed to get if for £1.72 cheaper a month which I was really pleased with but as well as that, I also got cashback for taking out the policy. It even prompted me to write a post about cashback websites to remind you all of just how much you can save.
(A photo of my pet insurance policy would have just been plain boring so you can have some cute Buddy photos instead ;-))
5) I’m reviewing a Sim card at the moment which I’ll tell you all about at some point but I wanted to tell you a little bit about it today as it’s made me think about how much money we spend on our mobile phone contracts. This particular Sim card is £13.95 (which is with Life Mobile who run of the EE network) and gives you 4GB data, 5000 texts and 4000 minutes but there’s one which is great for kids which costs just £4.95 and gives you 600 texts, 500 minutes and 500gb data. This is ideal for Master Frugal who only uses his phone for emergencies and playing games on and is not only cheaper than the £10 a month I pay now, it’s also much better value for money. I’ve now cancelled his £10 a month contract and ordered the new Sim that I’ve mentioned above for him which has already saved me £5 a month as he can just pop the new Sim in his existing phone. I’m going to spend some time this weekend looking at all of our phone usage and seeing if there are ways that we can all save.
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
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