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.
1) Did you see Monday’s black cherry cobbler recipe?
Master Frugal didn’t fancy his portion as he has his eye on some of the Percy Pig ice-cream we had in the freezer (yes, that’s really a thing) so I had plenty left over to pop in the freezer. We could have had it for pudding two nights running, which was tempting, but I popped half in the freezer so we have some ready-made next time we fancy it. I generally would get it out the night before and heat it back up in the oven to serve when I freeze it.
2) Sunday’s to-do list included making some homemade cleaning products so we started with some of our DIY Orange Peel spray which won’t be ready for a little while as the orange peel needs to infuse into the liquid before we’re good to go with that one.
3) Next up on my Sunday to-do list, I tried to make some of my homemade toilet fizzers but they went badly wrong as I clearly used too much liquid – they ended up looking something like this…
I didn’t have enough citric acid to have another go so I’m guessing I can’t really class that little activity as being frugal, can I? I did go on to make some lavender linen spray though because I managed to pick up some bargain bedding and I wanted to prolong that new bed feeling as long as I could. The bedding was reduced by about 75% and is lovely hotel quality style thread count fabric but I only paid £5 for the fitted bed sheets and £9 for the double bed set.
4) Last Sunday when I popped to the shop, the reduced section was practically overflowing. I got two packs of king prawns reduced from £3.75 each down to 75p and a couple of cartons of egg fried rice reduced to 44p. I made a super simple prawn curry to serve for tea for three of us using two packs of prawns and two cartons of the rice just by adding a jar of tikka curry sauce that I had in the cupboard.
It wasn’t anything flash and I didn’t add any extras in at all so it was a basic curry but it was just what we needed – quick, easy and super tasty!
5) I’m still doing as much overtime as I can at work while it’s available and I’ll continue to do that for as long as I can while I try and build up some savings. I’ll be honest, most of what I’ve earned so far was spent on a car for Miss Frugal this week which is annoying on one hand but on another, I know how lucky we are as we managed to get a good deal on a great little car for her that I know will be just what she needs.
We bought her a cute little Vauxhall Adam which is an amazing car for a first car if you ask me and not necessarily something I would have chosen as a first car but my Dad always used to say to both kids that he would buy them their first car and when he was poorly, he used to tell them that he’d left them money aside for when he died so they could have a car off him even if he wasn’t around. We didn’t put money aside for cars when he died as we paid most off the mortgage but it was always my plan to make sure they each got a nice first car – despite my personal belief that your first car should be a bit of a banger.
Anyway, the overtime I’ve done so far has been brilliant so I’m going to do as much as I can over the next couple of weeks. Once they take the overtime off at work then I’ll have lots of extra time so I might even get back into blogging properly again. 😌
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