I’m not sure if I can class this week as a frugal week if I’m honest as I’ve had so much on that I don’t think I’ve had the chance to be particularly thrifty….
1) I went out for a meal to Pizza Express on Wednesday night with my lovely team at work which you might think would have been an expensive night out but actually, we used buy one get one free vouchers for the pizzas (just Google pizza express vouchers and see what comes up) and I drank water rather than buying a drink. To be fair, the water was more of an accident as I had a slightly sore throat so I asked for a glass of water when we ordered with the intention of ordering a coke or something after I’d had that with a paracetamol. Instead of a glass, they brought a huge jug of iced water which was lovely so I just carried on drinking that.
I had a calzone and it was lovely but nowhere near as nice as our homemade calzones!
2) I have a freezer drawer filled with packs of 5p bread buns thanks to a late night trip to Tesco this week. I use them for Master Frugal’s packed lunch each day so I have about a month’s worth for 20p! While we’re on the subject of frozen bread buns, did you know you can cut them in half while they still frozen, make the sandwich on a morning and by lunchtime, it will be defrosted and ready to eat?
3) We had another family day out using our English Heritage membership card when we visited Middleham castle on Sunday.
We’ve really got our money’s worth from this membership since we bought it last August considering we paid £90 ish for it (monthly it’s less than £8) and we’ve used it at least 12 times so far that I can think of off the top of my head. We plan to use it more over the coming months and we have at least one further afield trip planned already to the Summer Holidays using it – we’re off to Stonehenge!
4) I’ve had a bit of a batch cooking session this week after I bought some meat from an online shop called Muscle Foods. I’ll tell you more about Muscle Foods in the next couple of weeks but basically I kept seeing them pop up in my Facebook feed and hearing people (in real life and online) say how good they were so when a good deal came up, I went for it and I’m pleased I did as it’s great quality judging by what I’ve tried so far. I got 10 chicken breasts as part of the deal so I made up a couple of garlic and lemon chicken dump bags ready for mid-week meals.
I also made some mince and onions in the slow cooker ready for pies or just to get out and so with some potatoes for a quick tea.
5) I made a gorgeous batch of leek and potato soup in my soup maker which did my tea one night and lunch for me for the next two days. It’s my favourite out of all of my soup recipes that I’ve tried since I got my soup maker and believe me, I’ve tried a fair few of them!
It’s so cheap to make and is delicious – especially with some leftover slow cooker gammon shredded into it. I’m sure I’ve shared my recipe with you for this before but I can’t find it anywhere so I’ll take one for the team and make it again next week so I can share the recipe with you. That’s just the sort of person I am.;-)
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
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