Five frugal things I’ve done this week:
1. We finally cancelled Sky TV! A few weeks ago Virgin Media installed the fibre optic broadband in our street finally and we got some quotes which would save us money as well as give us much better broadband but we’ve been waiting for the man to pop around to sort it. He came earlier in the week and we’re all good to go with an installation date of 11 July so we’ve cancelled Sky and BT finally.
I had a dreadful experience with Sky which led me to complain on Twitter but their Social team arranged for someone to call me and a lovely lady rang and couldn’t have been more apologetic. She ended up saying that we didn’t have to give the 31 days notice and she cleared our outstanding bill as a goodwill gesture which was brilliant. I understand that companies need to try and retain customers but this was ridiculous the way the man was with me although to their credit Sky did almost half my monthly bill to try and keep me as a customer so if you’re thinking of cancelling to save money then I would definitely recommend you give them a call. If it wasn’t for the fact that the broadband speed is terrible here and we really wanted the super fast broadband that Virgin offer then I would have been over the moon with the Sky offer. I’m really pleased with what we got offered by Virgin though so alls well that ends well.
2. I have two freezers – one in the house and one in the garage – and both of them were looking a bit empty so I decided to have a freezer shop to get them filled up. I popped to Iceland and was really impressed with the amount of food I got for my money! I love the fact that they even have a Greggs range in there which is on 3 packs for £4 at the minute so I got 4 chicken bakes and 4 sausage rolls for £4 and believe me, they taste exactly like the ones you buy in the shops (unless you forget about them and they get burnt *cough*). I also bought lots of their frozen fruit for smoothies as Miss Frugal is having a giant smoothie every morning for breakfast and is costing a fortune in fresh berries and mango!
3. Miss Frugal had two of her friends sleep over last Friday night and it turned out that they’re just as obsessed with American sweets as she is! The problem is that the only place that sells an American range here is Tesco and it’s so expensive. They were planning on going into town on the Saturday and were going to stop at Tesco to buy some of these sweets but I asked around and Googled and some lovely person on Facebook told me to try B&M which I did with great success!
The Lucky charms were 99p (£1.50 in Tesco, the M&Ms were 59p (£1.49 in Tesco I think) and the Jolly Ranchers and Flipz were 99p too. They all used their own money to buy their sweets but at least I know they’re paying as little as possible for them! There were loads of others too and even Birthday cake M&Ms but they didn’t make it home!
4. I needed a new mascara so I treated myself to a magazine which came with a free mascara this month. I’d tell you more about this one but the mascara seems to have been spirited away upstairs and the magazine has gone to look for it I think. It cost £3 I think and when I find them, I’ll have a magazine to read and some new mascara!
5. I made the girls a mocktail version of mojitos for their sleepover on Friday using mint from the garden and some limes I picked up from the reduced section for 29p. They went down very well and we had fun making them too.
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
I’ve been busy this week making a ‘Five Frugal Things’ Pinterest board and I’ll be pinning all of our frugal things photos on there. You can find it here if you want a quick peak….
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