I meant to start doing a ‘Five Frugal things….’ post every week but last week wasn’t great for us as we were hit with a tummy bug that wiped us out but we’re on the mend now so here I am again to share with you all five frugal things that I’ve done this week.
Five frugal things I’ve done this week:
1. This is something I do every week but only realised what a habit it was when Master Frugal told me that he knew it was Sunday because the washing machine was on. Basically, I try to only wash on a Sunday and I do one white wash, one dark load and one colour load. By waiting until I have a full load of each, which we always do by Sunday, I save money because it’s always more efficient and therefore cheaper to do one full load than two or more smaller loads.
2. When we were ill we made sure that we bought all own brand medicines which saved us a small fortune. Our Doctor told us years ago not to waste money on named brands like calpol as the own brands had more or less the same ingredients in for a fraction of the cost. For example 100ml of Calpol sells for up to £3 with the sachets selling for even more but own brands are around £1.70 for 100ml and the sachets are much lower at just £1.80.
3. We bought a big block of cheese in the reduced section for 75p at our local supermarket. The kids grated it and divided it up into sandwich bags to go in the freezer. Frozen cheese is great for cooking with so we’ll use it up for cheese sauce and toppings for lasagne and cottage pie.
4. We’ve been eating very simple food this week which has saved us money. It’s not something we decided to do intentionally but we’ve been hit with a tummy bug so it’s been dippy egg and soldiers or soup most nights. It’s saved us money though so it’s on the list.
5. Miss Frugal likes to drink bottled water but I can’t see the point in it as it surely isn’t any better for her than tap water and it’s a lot more expensive. This week I filled up her empty bottles with tap water and popped them back in the fridge ad she’s none the wiser (unless she read this). I’m sure I’ve told you about this little trick before in the past – it saves money and she never notices the difference!
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