Every week I share five frugal things that I’ve done during that week just to show you that the small things you do all add up to a great frugal lifestyle where you can learn to live a fabulously frugal life.
1) Did I tell you that I’ve set up my Starling account to round my spending up to the nearest pound, double it and then move that amount over to my holiday savings account? I haven’t been using my card much at all lately thanks to the fact that most shops have been closed and it’s free food and drinks at my work but this last week, I have used it a little bit more than I have been and I’m currently 1% of my savings goal which sounds pathetic I know but it’s actually fantastic considering how little I’ve used my card for and how I’ve not even noticed the money being moved.
2) I just cashed in some more of my Swagbucks for another £10 Amazon gift card which I’ll apply to my Amazon account as soon as it comes through which usually takes less than a week. I did hit lucky as I was eligible for a relatively high reward survey and I also got some Swagbucks for a cheap trial of something I’ve been considering for a while. I can’t remember the name of it but it’s like a kit that comes with the herbs and spices you need to make three meals.
If you’re interested – here’s my refer a friend link for Swagbucks. I’ve shared it a few times I know but that’s because I earn Amazon vouchers so often from it that I do genuinely believe it’s worth your time. A little time and effort every week and you’ll have a little stash in time for Christmas if you want to save them.
It occurs to me that I talk about Christmas just about every week lately in these posts! That could well be because there’s not too much to look forward to right now with the state of the world as it is at the moment and because my mind like to plan and there’s not too much to plan but it’s not the only reason.
I also worry about what our financial situation is going to be like in six months time – we’re OK right now but I suspect that the financial crisis that’s going to follow the pandemic is going to be devastating for some families and I really want to do everything I can to keep us in a good place.
In my head, I’ve told myself that I’m focusing on saving for Christmas and holidays but that’s because I prefer to focus on the positive so to me, saving for Christmas is so much nicer than thinking that the money I’m putting aside might be needed for other things if money gets tight. Does that make sense to anyone but me?
3) This week, we’ve had an hour every night of driving lessons for Miss Frugal and she’s coming on really well without us having to pay out for driving lessons at the moment. I’m much less nervous than I thought driving about with her and she’s much more receptive to me telling her what she needs to do that I expected so I actually really enjoy our time in the car.
I even make her put her own petrol in now she’s a working woman
4) I’m still putting the OT in at work while I can and I know I include this pretty much every week in this post but it’s the main thing I’m doing at the moment to control my money situation. I enjoy my job so it’s not a hardship and up until this last week it’s not like I could have done much anyway if I wasn’t working.
5) Instead of a takeaway at the weekend, we went for a homemade Doner Kebab which tastes amazing, costs much less than an actual takeaway and has the added bonus of not leaving you feeling super full and bloated afterwards.
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