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.
Before I start though, as always feel that I should say that being frugal to me is about getting the best value for our money – it’s not about doing without for us or about not having nice things. We all have different financial situations and we’re all frugal for different reasons. 😉
1) Did you see my post yesterday where I shared our monthly budget review? I managed to shave a few pounds off our monthly outgoings by reviewing everything that’s come in and gone out of our bank account for the last three months.
It can be a total eye-opener when you add up how much you spend in certain places – my work canteen for example. Even though I thought I’d been quite good, I know that there have been times when I’ve forgotten my dinner or not had a snack with me so I’ve popped into the canteen to buy something quick and easy and it’s clearly added up. I didn’t really notice until I added it all up though but it’s really made me more aware now and I’ll be super careful to take my dinner in now. 😉
2) I got a voucher for Pizza Express for my Birthday from some of my friends and this week, I finally got around to using it. I wanted to take the kids out too though and the voucher wasn’t quite enough to cover all four of us.
I used some of our Tesco vouchers to pay for the rest so we had a lovely free meal out.
My pizza was WAY too spicy so I only managed a couple of slices but Miss Frugal could only eat half of her pasta dish so I finished that off and took my pizza to go in a box. When I got home, I took the masses of chilli off my pizza and sliced it up to take to work the next day for lunch.
I should count that as two, shouldn’t I? A free meal and leftovers for lunch, 😉
4) I may not have the most perfectly presented dogs but I’m at the stage now where I can clip them and their nails without making them look like they have some sort of disease that causes their hair to fall out in patches.
We initially invested in some clippers as Monty was a nervous puppy who only wanted me to cut him and at first, he looked like he’d been dragged through a hedge backwards to the point where it was a family joke how scruffy he looked.
A couple of attempts later and he actually looks cute when I cut him these days so and this week, I cut him and because Buddy was due a cut and was looking interested in the clippers, I cut him for the first time too.
He doesn’t look as good as Monty does but he looks OK and reasonably presentable.
5) This week we bought our season tickets for next season which seems ridiculous considering that next season doesn’t even start until August!
We bought them this early so we could get the early bird price which is a fair amount cheaper than the full price one. We get the kids tickets for £130 for the season which is such good value when you consider how much enjoyment they get from going to the matches. We get an adult ticket too which isn’t as cheap but still, cheaper using the early bird prices than the full prices that anyone will pay from next week onwards.
Our tickets are in a really good spot in what some people would class as ‘the posh stand’ which is what we wanted as a lot of the fans in our area are older and whilst there is language, it’s not as bad as in the other stands which is a comfort to me when they’re at a local derby match where tensions can run high.
We save up through the year so we have money spare at this time of year so we don’t miss the early bird deadline.
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