1) This first one is a total cheat as I did it ages ago but I never told you so I’m going to tell you about it today. When I found out I was going to need an operation I bought a three months pre-paid prescription certificate because I had a good few weeks to wait to see the specialist, then there was the wait for the operation itself and then the recovery period. After speaking to the Doctor, I knew there was a good chance I would need a few different prescriptions so I went for it and splashed out just short of £30 for three months. In that time, I think I’ve had 7 or 8 different tablets and creams on prescriptions which would have cost me about double the cost of the certificate. The reason I’m thinking about it now is that it’s just about to expire and I’m not renewing it as I expect I’ll be back to work within the next month (fingers crossed) so I hope I’ll have no further need for it.
2) Master Frugal came home on Tuesday telling me that the school had only just told them that they needed to take cakes into school the following day which is even later notice than usual. I didn’t have enough eggs or sugar in and I really didn’t fancy a walk to the shops (I’m not driving at the moment after my op) where I’d probably buy more than just eggs and sugar. I popped next door with some of the sweets left over from Halloween and ‘swapped’ them for the three eggs I needed and used some brown sugar instead of normal sugar and voila – chocolate fudge caramel cupcakes.
I love having fab neighbours like we do and I definitely think that the world would be a better place if everyone got along with their neighbours as well as we do.
3) Still on the subject of the cakes, I then had to find a way for Master Frugal to transport them into school without my trusty cupcake carrier, which I bought from the pound shop and loved until someone left it at school never to be seen again. I got all resourceful here and sent Mr Frugal to Tesco for some boxes to craft into some sort of cupcake carrier and I think he did well with his choice.
He came home with two shallow but long boxes from the fruit squash section (I think they’re Tesco own make fruit squash boxes) and we popped the cakes in the one and used the other as a lid. Who needs to buy a cupcake carrier?
4) Last weekend we wanted to get out and about but I’m not up to going far at the moment so we just had a quick drive to Whitby and walked around the Abbey using our English Heritage Membership cards. Walking about is great for me and something the Dr recommends so somewhere nice to walk that’s just a short drive away is perfect. I made a big flask of hot chocolate before we went and we sat on one of the picnic benches wrapped up in scarves and big coats and drank it rather than pay £10+ to buy warm drinks from the Abbey.
5) Last week I made our Family Christmas Traditions Alternative Advent Calendar which cost me £1 and is going to make sure that December is filled with Christmas family time which is what it should be about and this week I’ve been making a few homemade gifts for some special friends. I can’t tell you what they are just yet but I think they’re pretty special, more for the meaning behind them at Christmas which can be a difficult time for some people for various reasons. I’ll share them with you once these lovely ladies have opened them but for now, I just wanted to share that something that I’m making that will cost less than £5 will mean more than anything I can buy for any amount – or at least I think so.
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