1) I’m so excited about this one – after living in our house for six years we are finally getting the bathroom flooring replaced! It’s needed doing for such a long time but I thought it would be much more expensive than it actually can be done for so we kept putting it off. You might have read my September goals post where I decided that one of my goals was to at least look into all of the things I wanted doing and this was the first thing. We popped along to a local store with the measurements of our three bathrooms (sounds way posher than it is – one’s a teeny space downstairs and ones an ensuite with a broken shower which is my next job) and found an off cut that matched exactly what I had in my head for under a hundred pound. It will do all three rooms and we’ve been quoted £50 to fit it so I’m absolutely over the moon.
The flooring we have in there now isn’t practical and gets dirty so easily as it’s white and light grey but the one I’ve picked is a dark wood effect which will look brilliant as I want all white walls in the bathrooms. I would never have even thought of looking at the off cut section if the man hadn’t suggested it as I thought ‘offcuts’ were small leftover bits and not big ones like I found. It worked out so much cheaper than ordering from the glossy sample books and meant I could do it now rather than have to save.
2) We’ve also decided to get a new settee because as much as we love ours, it’s just too big for our living room really. You can see from the photos below just how big it is (we’ve totally changed the colour scheme of the living room since this picture but we still have the same suite)…..
We’re not going to buy a new one though as they’re so expensive so I’ve been scouring the local selling Facebook groups this week for one and even though I haven’t found one yet, I know that we’ll be able to get a great one for so much less than we would pay new. I’m hoping we can then sell ours in the same way to make back some or all of the money we pay for the new one which is why I feel justified including a new settee purchase in a frugal post ;-). You’d be amazed at some of the great quality suites you can buy on these groups – people selling almost brand new for really good prices for all sorts of reasons.
3) I’ve done some batch cooking for the freezer this week in preparation for the week when I’m having my operation. I cooked a double batch of bolognaise when I made spag bol this week and made a lasagne with the remaining half and I’ve got a chicken curry bubbling away now that will make a couple of portions to pop in the freezer.
I apologise for the picture but Mr Frugal took it while I was at work and no matter how hard I try, I cannot teach him to take a nice photo!
4) Did you see my post on Tuesday about how to take advantage of cashback offers?
I managed to save a massive amount on my breakdown cover renewal this year by using a cashback website – £112 is way better in my pocket than someone elses!
5) This one is proper Nana-style frugal as it’s similar to what my Nana used to do when she used to spend ages opening presents so she could save the pretty wrapping paper to re-use. I bought a really pretty bag from Paperchase to put Miss Frugal’s main Birthday present in and but as I reached into our bureau for the sellotape to seal the bag I heard my Nana’s voice telling me not to waste such a pretty bag. So…..
I used little mini bulldog clips to seal it instead. Totally sad I know but my Nana would have been proud of that move. 😉
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
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