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.
I’m not going to lie, being frugal hasn’t been my top priority this last couple of weeks! Aside from my trip to New York with Miss Frugal and her friend, I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed with general life stuff recently and I have a lot to think about going into 2020. Right now though, I’m just trying to enjoy what’s left of 2019.
I do have a couple of things to share with you though so let’s get started and we’ll see if I get to five things…
1) This one is an unintentional one but I was so disorganised this year that I actually bought most of the food I needed for Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve which meant I got some amazing bargains! I got sprouts, carrots, parsnips, and potatoes for 20p a pack, a gammon joint for £4 and a huge beef joint for £6.
It’s not the way I’d choose to do it usually as I prefer the more organised approach but at least my lack of planning this year saved some money. #SilverLinings
2) I didn’t splash out on fancy cakes and desserts for Christmas Day knowing although looking at the table you might think we did. We had a pavlova made with a pack of raspberries bought for 39p on Christmas Eve, out usual Baileys cake which is just Angel Delight made with milk and Baileys poured into a ready-made sponge flan case, a trifle bought on Christmas Eve for £1.50 and a chocolate cake that Master Frugal made and I iced with some leftover Baileys Angel Delight.
3) I didn’t waste money on any ‘filler’ presents! I usually add in at least a few little random presents just to bulk out the present piles but this year I accepted that the piles of presents were never going to be as big as they were when the kids were little now that they want more expensive things. In fact, they both knew about all but one or two presents and picked most of them out themselves to make sure that they got what they wanted.
4) We’re being as creative as we can when it comes to using up our Christmas Day leftovers – so far we’ve had bubble and squeak with sliced beef and gammon sandwiches and today we have a cheeky brunch of gammon and egg planned before a late tea of turkey curry. I suspect we’ll still have some leftover tomorrow so I think we’ll probably have a ham and turkey pasta bake for tea tomorrow night and maybe beef and horseradish sandwiches for lunch which should see off the rest of the meat.
5) I’ve volunteered to do overtime at work on New Years Day which I’m sure I’ll hate on the day itself but it’ll be totally worth it when it comes to January payday.
Well, that was painful wasn’t it?
I promise I’ll be back on form next week!
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