I’ve been a but absent this week as we’ve all had a cold (again!) which has led to a tired and slightly grumpy family. We’ve not done too bad though….
Five frugal things I’ve done this week:
1. If you’re a regular here then you might have seen the seasonal bucket lists that I write every few months – a regular entry on there has been to clean out my garage but as it was so full of junk, we knew it was going to be a nightmare to clear it out. We found out that the council will collect junk quite cheaply – 6 items for a £18 but when we looked at what we had we realised that the cost was going to mount up VERY quickly. Also, you had to list exactly what you wanted collecting in advance which was near impossible considering we couldn’t even get to the back of the garage. So, we got a price from a local ‘man with a van’ who does junk removals and then halved it, and asked on one of our local Facebook selling groups if anyone could beat it – the result? A quote for £40 from a lovely man who came and took two van loads to the local council tip for us!
2. We got a letter from school this week commending Miss Frugal’s outstanding behaviour and telling us that she’s exceeded a certain number of points in rewards system and that they were sending a letter to show how proud they were of her. The last line of the letter suggested that we also find a way to ‘treat’ her to show how proud we are too! Excuse me? Anyway, despite her asking for an iPhone 6 (a tad ambitious I think), I managed to bargain her down to a pamper night and a sleepover. A free treat!
3. I’ve finished my mini living room makeover which I’ll share more about in the next few days but everything I got was on offer or a complete bargain. Here’s a sneak peak of my new picture – what you can’t see is that the frame is a kind of distressed metal and the wording is on canvas, tied together with rope:
4. I re-did my monthly budget (using my planner) and actually remembered to bank a cheque that I’ve had in my purse for weeks. It was for less than £10 and I always forgot to pay it in when I was passing the bank. It didn’t seem worth making a special trip for it considering I’d have to pay to park so it’s just been sitting there gathering dust in my purse until I finally paid it in this week.
5. I made curly kale crisps with a reduced pack of curly kale that cost me a whole 9p. They were super easy to make and delicious to munch on while we watched a film earlier in the week. All you do is remove all the woody bits (I’m sure you know what I mean if you’ve ever bought curly kale), toss them in some olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt (or normal) and bake them at 180 for around 10 to 15 minutes. You want them to be crispy and a little brown at the edge.
What have you done this week to save money?
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