This is a special edition of 5 frugal things because it’s coming to you live (ish) from the beach where Miss Frugal and I are currently sunning ourselves on holiday….
Holidays are certainly not moneysaving but there are lots of ways to book, pay and plan your holiday before you go that will save you some money so I thought today I’d just share with you some of the ways that we’ve saved money on our holiday.
(I’m not even going to count the shopping around that I did to make sure we had the best deals for the holiday itself, for our travel insurance and for our foreign currency.)
1) We didn’t fall for the travel size con! A 25ml mini Colgate toothpaste that’s branded as travel size works out at £5.20 per 100ml whereas if I buy a full size 75ml tube of the same brand it costs £1.39 per 100ml which is a huge difference and really, what does it matter if you have a full size as opposed to a travel size – it’s not exactly going to take you over your baggage allowance is it?
2) We didn’t pre-book our seats together on the plane because we know we’re going to get to the airport early (all being well) and I’m pretty sure there’ll be enough seats for us to be sat together. Even just in front of each other or across the aisle will be OK with us and we’d rather have the £40 to spend on holiday.
3) We looked into using our phones abroad before we travel to make sure we know we’re not going to be hit with huge charges while we’re there. We’re both with EE at the moment and we have a deal where we can have unlimited phones and texts and 100mb of internet a day for £4 which isn’t cheap but it does mean that I can call home as often as I want and can sat on the phone with Master Frugal for as long as I want if he’s missing me (although it’ll more likely the other way around).
4) I have a good little First Aid box with us which is made up of everything we could possibly need and then some. We’ve had a few instances in the past where we’ve spent a fortune on visiting a doctor or a chemist for something we could have bought easily back in the UK.
5) We bought our suntan lotion on offer and started buying holiday clothes in the January sales when we got some brilliant bargains as they were out of season.
(Disclaimer: This post may not be live and I may possibly have scheduled it before we left but it sounds much more glamorous if I say I’m writing it from the beach so let’s go with that!)
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
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