1) I’ve had soup for lunch every day this week and thanks to some supermarket bargains, it’s cost me less than a pound for the whole week’s worth of lunches. I bought a pack of veg soup mix reduced from £1.25 to 45p on Monday morning which did Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for me and on Wednesday night I bought some reduced sweet potatoes which I popped in the soup maker with some butternut squash from the freezer and voila, Thursday and Friday’s lunches sorted. I don’t get bored of soup as it’s delicious in the soup maker and it’s so simple to make with hardly any preparation or cleaning up to do afterwards.
2) I made my own surface cleaner this week using some vinegar, water and essential oils mixed in a plastic spray bottle and I loved it. I love that it’s a natural cleaner that leaves an amazing smell behind and I’ve used it to clean all the doors, skirting boards and the banisters this week (I say I’ve used it, I mean the kids have used it but I supervised so that’s the same thing, right?).
I don’t use it in the bathrooms or the kitchen even though it does a great job, I just prefer to use cleaners in those areas that are specially designed to get rid of harmful bacteria and germs.
3) We’ve been in need of a new settee for ages as the leather was starting to wear away on ours in a few parts and although it was comfortable, our old corner settee was huge and kind of took over the room. I wanted the best of worlds worlds though as I really didn’t want to spend a fortune but at the same time, I wanted something nice and stylish. On Wednesday night my friend popped round to see me and she happened to check Facebook and see that someone was selling a lovely settee and chair that was just what I wanted. She pointed it out to me and I knew straight away that I loved it although I also knew that Mr Frugal wouldn’t be too keen on the chair. I wasn’t up to going to have a look at it so I based my decision on the quality of the furniture by the fact that the lady had Orla Kiely wallpaper up (which I love) and if she had great taste in wallpaper then the settee and chair were bound to be in great condition.
Within 5 minutes, my lovely friend had an offer accepted on the settee for me and she was on the phone arranging a delivery for the next morning with a man with a van we’d found on Facebook. The next morning, Mr Frugal and a lovely man went and collected it and put it exactly where I wanted it leaving me with nothing to do other than sit on it and enjoy how lovely it was.
(Word to the wise – it’s obviously always best to go and see furniture before you buy it obviously. ;-))
4) Did you see what I did with my Sunday Dinner leftover veg earlier this week? I used the roasted sweet potato, red onion and butternut squash to make a waffle for lunch the next day and it was so tasty.
5) I bought something last week in the Black Friday madness that I regretted almost as soon as I’s paid for it. I know, I’m hanging my head in shame as I did say I’d got a few good deals and that I wasn’t going to buy anything else but it was a great deal and it was for such a limited time that I went for it. I thought about it and although it really was a brilliant deal, I realised that I probably wouldn’t use it and it was more the idea of the saving that had made me do it. I emailed the company and explained and they very kindly cancelled my order and refunded my money.
It really was a case of a deal only being a deal if it’s something you would have bought anyway and I’m annoyed with myself that I fell for it. I’m just lucky that the company were so understanding when I said I’d changed my mind.
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