Five frugal things I’ve done this week:
1. I’m very excited because my new (to me) writing bureau that I bought off our local Facebook selling group has just been delivered and I LOVE it. I’ve wanted one for so long but rarely see them in my price range anywhere so when I saw this one still up for sale after a few days for £65 I thought it was worth putting a cheeky offer in. £50 and it was mine and the lovely man even offered to deliver it for me for no extra charge. I was planning to paint it in a creamy white but now it’s here, I’m not so sure.
2. I keep hearing about how B&Q are selling tester pots of Valspar paint for £1 – this paint is ideal for furniture projects according to someone I work with who is a bit of an expert and the tester pots are much larger than normal at just under 250ml and you can have any colour mixed from the hundreds available. The poor man behind the counter was looking a bit fed up at all the requests and said he’d been at it all day ‘thanks to the bloody internet’ but I just smiled nicely and bought the maximum I could buy which was three pots. Mr Frugal bought another three so I have six pots ready for my future projects – mostly in neutral shades but I did get some bright colours as I had plans to paint up a boring shelving unit for Miss Frugal.
Here’s the unit that I ended up painting for Miss Frugal, it’s a really poor picture but it’s pink on the outside and aqua on the inside.
3. I now have an actual spreadsheet with what’s in the freezer in the garage and when I do my meal plan, I’ll get Mr Frugal to bring everything in from outside to put in the freezer in the house so it’s all to hand. So I did a HUGE freezer shop (from Iceland which was great value I thought) and have enough food in the both freezers to feed an army.
4. I’ve opened an account for Miss Frugal and started paying her pocket money directly in to her account which has a debit card attached to it. It’s a special internet account but I’ll go into more detail about the actual account another time if we get away with it. I think at her age, she would benefit from a bit more control of her own money and so far she’s doing well, although it’s only been a week. 😉
5. I’ve taken my lunch to work every day this week AND stuck to our meal plan completely AND managed to be creative with packed lunches when the kids had friends around and ate half the packed lunch things. A quick batch of packed lunch cake and I was sorted!
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
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