It’s never easy to be frugal over the school holidays but I don’t think we’ve done too bad a job….
1) Miss Frugal has become a bit of an expert in pizza making lately and proudly managed to make us all one for tea this week with no help at all. It’s quite easy to make and is super tasty as well as being a pretty cheap family meal.
She uses a super simple recipe which is:
125g bread flour,
7g yeast packet
75ml warm water
All mixed together and kneaded for five minutes before rolling out to a thin base)
Served with some sweet potato fries and a salad (I say salad – it was really just lettuce and cucumber) and it was delicious!
2) We packed away Mr Frugal’s PC in the garage last weekend (sad day for him, not so much for me as I have my kitchen back) and in the process we discovered that a suitcase we thought was empty was actually full of holiday clothes for me. They’re a good few years old so there’s lots I won’t wear even if they fit me but some of them will be perfect now that I’ve lost a little weight – you never know, they might even be too big for me in two months time. 😉
I’ve sorted out the ones I like and packed them back away for now and the others have all been dropped off at the charity shop.
3) So far we haven’t been on any expensive days out and we’ve definitely spent less than we would usually spend when the kids are off school. There’s been a movie/pyjama day, an xBox and board games day, a trip to the museum and the woods day, a day out using our English Heritage card and one day when Miss Frugal had a friend sleep over that I did spend £12 on a trampoline session at the local trampoline park for Master Frugal. He had such a good time though that it was definitely money well spent and I think he enjoyed that it was just the two of us.
I chose the day that Miss Frugal had a sleepover as I knew she’d want to come if she was around but as it was, she was more than happy to stay with her friend while I took Master Frugal who’s been desperate to go for months now! It may not seem frugal but it was well timed and saved £12 and the rest of the week made up for it I think. 😉
4) The next stage of our DIY garage makeover is underway right now which is exciting me way more than it actually should. There’s a garden shed sat in there right now waiting to be built when Mr Frugal decides he’s in the right mood to build a shed. Once it’s built and in place in the back garden we’re going to put the bikes and scooters in there to make even more room in the garage.
We’ve also cleared some more of the bits we had in there this week by putting them on the front garden with a sign saying free on them. The next thing we need to think about is if we want the fridge freezer in the garage or if we should just get rid – we have a huge one in the house so we could do without it and that would make even more space for us.
5) I bought my travel insurance this week for when I go away with Miss Frugal in April and got a great price as well as £4 cashback by purchasing it through TopCashBack. It definitely pays to shop around as the price we’re paying including the cashback is about a third of what we were quoted elsewhere and it’s a great policy through the Post Office.
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
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