Five frugal things I’ve done this week:
1. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but Miss Frugal has a junior gym membership to our local gym which allows her to use all the facilities of the five leisure centres in the area. I initially dismissed the idea of a gym membership as too expensive but when I looked into it, it’s actually really good value for money. She used to go swimming at least once a week at £2.25 a time so swimming alone cost £9 a month whereas now, for just £6 more she goes to a gym session a couple of times a week and fits in extra swimming whenever she fancies it. Spending more isn’t always a bad thing if you’re getting good value for money.
2. Instead of throwing some slightly over-ripe bananas in the bin as I would have done in my pre-frugal days, I made banana muffins using my super easy muffin recipe.
3. Master Frugal has been desperate for a certain Xbox game for ages (at least three weeks) and has been saving some of his pocket money each week. He was still nowhere near what he needed (have you seen how much these games actually cost?!?!?!) but I thought I’d see what I could do to help him out. I checked our rewards card for Grainger Games and found a whopping £8 on there so I pointed out that if he took one or two of his old games back to trade in and we used the reward points then I would put the rest to it for him. We found the game pre-owned so I ended up having to put less than £10 towards a game that costs £45 new.
4. This week I switched to Morrisons own brand baked beans for two meals that I needed beans for and whilst I don’t think they tasted as nice as Heinz for if I was just having beans on toast, I couldn’t really tell the difference after I had used them in a chilli (we don’t like kidney beans) and Sausage, chorizo and bean casserole. Not much of a saving but they are less than half the price of Heinz and the pennies are better in my pocket.
5. I think you’ll be proud of me for this one (either that or you’ll think I’m stupid) but last week, I was offered a tumble drier for free. And I said No! I got rid of mine years ago because I used it way too much and although I have struggled occaisionally to get the washing dried, I’m usually OK. I was really pleased with myself because I know that if I’d said yes, even to use it as an emergency, I would just go back to using it all the time.
What have you done this week to save money?
Added – By popular demand 😉
Here’s the link to the muffin recipe – just chop and change what you add to it depending on what you have in….
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