I hope it’s not just me who’s counting the days until January pay day!
1) This week I’ve taken my lunch to work every day which is an achievement in itself for me – especially when you consider that I was able to say the same last week too! It’s saves me a fortune and considering it takes me less than five minutes on a night to make then I really need to make sure that I keep it up. I’ve bought another little packed lunch box this week for my crispbreads and cheese triangles (my current favourite lunch) so now I have my sistema containers for soups and leftovers and this little beauty for when I want to take snacky things.
2) We haven’t let the weather (or our lack of fun money) keep us inside this week so on Sunday we all got well wrapped up and set off with our wellies on to visit one of our favourite places – Mount Grace Priory. Our English Heritage membership means that we don’t have to pay to get in so it would have been an ideal afternoon out except for the fact that when we got there we were told that the grounds were closed due to flooding! We were really disappointed but we decided to make our own fun in the deserted car park with a tennis ball we’d found on the walk up to the Priory. There really was just our car parked in the car park so we had a good 45 minutes in the rain and the wind playing together which just goes to show that you don’t need to pay for days out, you can make your own fun wherever you are!
3) I’m not normally an adventurous cook but this week I decided to make a chicken and kale curry using some leftover chicken and some kale that I bought for 15p from the reduced section. I didn’t want to use coconut milk as I’m on Slimming world at the moment so I just literally cooked the chicken and kale together in a hot pan and then added some tinned tomatoes and curry powder to the pan. I added a handful of frozen veg and just left it to simmer for a little while and the result was delicious.
It might not look much but it tasted delicious and cost hardly anything to make.
4) I sat down with the kids this week to talk about money with them which isn’t particularly unusual as we talk about anything and everything here but I wanted them to know that we didn’t have as much money as we usually had (which isn’t all that much ;-)) because of Christmas and because we’d paid the deposit on a couple of trips we’re planning this year. As always, they completely understand and have been good as gold about the fact that we’re on a tighter budget than usual. Sticking to a budget is much easier when you have buy in from everyone in the house so it’s better to be involve everyone as early as possible.
5) I bought some new towels from Asda in the sale – lovely big bath sheets reduced to £2 each! That’s not much more than the cost of a flanner is it? They’re lovely quality and not cheap looking (or feeling) at all.
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
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