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) I’ve done MORE overtime at work – this is turning into a regular on here but I’m trying to do as much as I can so my November pay is higher than normal as I have a big bill to pay (school ski trip) the day after payday.
2) We had some potatoes to use up so I made a cheesy potato bake by slicing them up as thinly as I could manage and then layering with some bacon, red onion and cheese. I added some garlic and lots of black pepper and poured over a little bit of melted butter and then popped it in the oven and hoped for the best.
It tasted amazing and was so tasty!
3) I still had some potatoes leftover so I made my version of a Spanish tortilla which basically involved the rest of the potatoes, some pathetic looking peppers
This lasted two of us for two days worth of packed lunches although to be fair, I could have done smaller portions and made it last even longer. I just don’t think it would have been as nice on day 3 so we decided to use it up over two days.
4) We seem to have accumulated a fair amount of those mini freebie hotel toiletries over the last year or so and for some reason, even though we always bring them home, they usually go straight into the cupboard under the sink. This week, I’ve sorted them out and we’ll use them before we buy anything else. I don’t know why this isn’t something we do automatically…
I’ve always brought these cute little toiletries home with me and I probably always will when they’re in my hotel room but I must admit that I do prefer the Travelodge/Premier Inn approach where they have dispensers so you don’t need to take your own but there’s no unnecessary waste.
5) This is a book that I bought for 50p from the charity bookstall which is permanently in place in our local Tesco. It’s a bit different from my normal reading as I’m more of a romance kind of reader and there’s not a sniff of that in this book. 😉
It was an absolute page-turner and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more books by Jane Fallon. I read it in just a couple of days and last night, I popped back to Tesco and put it back on the table so someone else could enjoy it too.
I do read a lot and although the library would be a fab option but they’ve closed the three nearest branches to me, including the large town library that I spent hours in when I was younger, which means that it’s no longer really an option for me. It’s such a shame as I loved the library from the time I was old enough to read. I used to live about a minute’s walk from a small branch and was in there that often that the librarian used to save books for me that she thought I’d enjoy. Such happy memories and I hate the fact that one branch is now a discount freezer shop, one is a hair salon and the main branch is now a gym.
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