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) Last night we popped into M&S right before closing as we were at the retail park to get lizard food. We picked up a couple of packs of chips and 2 of the packs of Mexican style chicken which we had for tea.
I had a tin of refried beans already in so along with some random tomatoes and cucumber it was actually a pretty nice tea for us for not much more than a pound in total. 😉
2) My bank has finally started doing that thing where they round your debit card spend up to the nearest pound and move it to a separate savings account.
I have no idea how much that will save for us but I’ll be interested to find out!
3) This is something I do often but I’m not sure that I’ve mentioned it in a good while so I thought I’d call it out!
I always try and bulk out my slow cooker meals to make them go further and last weekend was a really good example as I made a slow cooker chicken curry with a cupful of lentils in it which makes it go further without changing the taste of the dish.
I think you can tell by looking at it that it has lentils in but you can’t taste the difference so nobody is any the wiser here.
Slow cooker meals are perfect for lentils as they cook over a long enough time that you don’t need to faff about soaking them beforehand.
4) I had some leftover mash and gammon from last Sunday’s dinner so I decided to make some little fritters with it (inspired by a conversation with Jen who was making a fishy version). I’ll probably share the recipe on Meal Planning Made Easy over the weekend but basically, they were just some mash, shredded gammon and cheese squished into balls, flattened and fried.
They’re an amazing way to use up leftovers and to turn a small amount of food into another meal. This would have been amazing with some rocket and other salad bits.
5) I dug out the retention certificate for my Private reg this week as well as I got an email from NewReg.co.uk which reminded me about it. It’s basically been sitting waiting to go on a car for a good while but I’ve never got around to actually sorting it out and at one point I even listed it for sale which I think I’m going to do again now to make some extra money.
I won’t tell you the full plate but it starts CAS 5 which is perfect for me and it was a total bargain as Mr Frugal bought it for me for Christmas years ago for £125 on eBay of all places. I put it on my car at the time which was an old banger of a Corsa and the car was actually stolen and dumped within a week of putting it on. I then put it on my next car but that car had a traumatic end too as it was crashed into while it was parked outside my house. After that, I kind of felt it was unlucky and decided not to bother with it anymore so it’s been sitting there forever – at first, it cost something like £25 a year to kee it on retention but then I paid a one-off fee so I could keep it for 10 years. I’m thinking now might be a good time to try and sell it on.
Mr Frugal has a private plate that I bought him for a big Birthday and his cost about double what he paid for mine but he was over the moon with it and it’s such a good one that I think will only increase in value because of what it is – Again, I won’t say what it is on here but it’s perfect for him.
I’ve been reading on private number plates as an investment but I think that’s a bit hit and miss as you need there to be enough demand for the one you buy to make it increase in value. I’ve already had offers on Mr Frugal’s for more than we paid for it but he’s not willing to let it go just yet. 😉
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