Five frugal things I’ve done this week:
1. Remember the Valspar paint tester pots that I told you about last week? Well I bought one pot in aqua and another in a bubblegum pink shade and gave an old bookshelf a makeover. It now stands at the end of Miss Frugal’s bed and gives her a bit of extra storage. I’m really pleased with it actually and even though it’s not the best photo ever I hope you can see how pretty the colours are together. 😉
2. I don’t know about you but I like to use microfibre cloths for dusting and wiping around the house – they’re perfect for most jobs and then you can just throw them in the washing machine when you’re done and they come out looking good as new. Anyway, last week I put a wash on with the kids swimming kits and towels in and I thought I might as well was the microfibre cloths at the same time. All well and good but when I sat down on the settee afterwards I noticed a layer of dust about an inch thick on the top of the TV cabinet – made more noticeable because of the handprint that Master Frugal had left on there. I tried to ignore it for a while but I couldn’t so, in the absence of any cloths I either had to use toilet roll (which felt wasteful) or revert back to something that my Mum and Nana always used to use – an old pair of (clean) pants. Don’t judge me but I dusted my TV cabinet with a pair of Mr Frugal’s old holey pants. 😉
3. I love using dried chilli in my cooking to add a bit of a kick to food so when I ran out, it went straight on the shopping list. Wandering around Tesco I realised that I could buy them in the ethnic foods section as well as in the herbs and spices aisle – for a 75g pack in the ethnic foods section it was just 75p whereas in the regular aisle it was just over half the weight of that for £1.09. So the one in the ethnic foods section cost me less and I got more! I had a look and they also sell coriander, turmeric and cumin in larger packs for less money.
4. I’ve taught Miss Frugal how to sew up a hole in her trousers – nothing too technical but she came downstairs to announce that she needed a new pair of trousers for school as hers had split (whilst riding her bike). I’m trying to teach her to mend and make do rather than just bin it and buy new.
5. We’re all full of cold this week so we haven’t really been feeling up to doing much but we have a good few lazy afternoons lazing on the settee doing nothing. I’ve been making hot lemon and honey to help the kids and it’s been really good for them – soothing their sore throats, easing their coughs and in general just making them feel a bit better. If I’m honest, I’m more of a Lemsip Max kind of girl as I HATE being ill and they always seem to make me feel better for a couple of hours but I have joined the kids a few times with their lemon and honey drink and it’s definitely helped.
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
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