Five frugal things I’ve done this week:
1. Contrary to popular belief, I’m planning on making more than just mojitos with the mint in my new little herb garden (actually mojitos was my plan but Miss Frugal had other ideas). So this week, we’ve made mint lemonade which I’ll be sharing with you at some point over the next week and after that was a success we even made blueberry version. It tasted delicious – even more so because we made it with our own mint!
2. The kids and Mr Frugal headed off to Wembley on Monday to watch their beloved Boro play in the Championship play off. They were gone from 5am until 12.30am the next day which could have been a very expensive day what with two 45 minute service station stops and a few hours to spare in London. We were super organised and packed packed lunches each for breakfast, lunch and tea with snacks in between so what could have been a really expensive day actually only cost £6.00 for three drinks at the service station on the way home. My lovely Dad paid for the coach for them and we booked the cheapest seats in the stadium (actually the back row at the top) so the day was so much cheaper than it could have been.
3. Miss Frugal really wanted to go to Chiquitos for a meal this week but our half term budget wasn’t going to stretch to that so we had a homemade Chiquitos instead. We had nachos with salsa and guacamole, spicy prawns and a mozzarella ball torn up with some slices of chorizo. Not the cheapest meal we’ve ever had but it was massively cheaper than Chiquitos – in fact as we had lots of it in already it probably cost around £6 as opposed to about £60 at Chiquitos!
4. As I have a rare week off with the kids, I wanted to fit in as much as possible this week but on a tight budget – I worked out at the start of the week how much I wanted spend on our ‘fun budget’ and withdrew it all out of the bank to keep in my purse. The kids knew that when that when it was gone, it was gone so if the wanted to go to soft play or have milkshakes at the diner in town (which they did) then that would be less to spend on another day. Using cash makes it so much easier to stick to a budget because you know exactly how much you have left!
5. The kids have been desperate to go to the new rock climbing centre that’s opened up near to us but it’s so expensive and I’ve been reluctant to book it because I’m not sure that the kids will actually enjoy it when they get there. I’ve been umming and aahing about it for a while now but today an offer on Groupon which is better than two for the price of one – in fact it’s just cost me less for them both for an hour and a half than it would have cost me for one for just 45 minutes. It’s always worth keeping an eye on sites like Groupon – some of the offers aren’t really offers at all but every now and again you find a complete bargain!
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
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