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 know I’ve been MIA lately and as much as I keep saying that I’m going to try and get my blogging back on track, lockdown life keeps getting in my way. I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before but aside from being a blogger, I also have a full-time job which has been keeping me super busy since the lockdown began.
I’ve been working longer hours over more days since lockdown began which hasn’t left much time for much else – that’s not a complaint in any way as I know how lucky I am right now but I am missing blogging so I’m excited for the lockdown to be over so life can get back to normal. Or at least settle down into whatever is going to be the ‘new normal’.
Money-saving hasn’t been my main focus in any way lately as it’s kind of been automatic with the way life is right now. No school and college transport or food costs, no days out, no driving lessons for Miss Frugal – in fact, we have pretty much no life outside of the house at all really so costs are naturally down.
Because of that, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to come up with five things that I’ve done this week to save money. Even going through my phone to look at my week’s photos didn’t give me many ideas and that’s where I usually get my inspiration from as I snap photos through the week usually to remind me of the things I’ve done that I want to include in this post
I did manage to think of five in the end though and even though it’s nothing groundbreaking, it’s still five things that saved me some money so we’ll call it a lockdown win!
1) I’m still going into work each day which has saved me money on food and drink thanks to the fact that my work are being fantastic and have made everything in the canteen free. That means that there’s no food and drink for me to pay for on the days I’m at work as breakfast, dinner, snacks and drinks are absolutely free.
2) I’m doing plenty of overtime at the minute and being super sensible with what I’m doing with the extra money. It was payday this week and I’ve paid some bills and put some money in my savings account – not a handbag or splurge purchase in sight.
3) I’ve been making the most of the kids boredom to get them to do some jobs for me around the house that have needed doing for a good while. I dug out some tins of white paint from the garage, bought them a roller each and set them to work painting. My downstairs hall has had a makeover, my ensuite is now a bright white and my main bathroom is next on the list.
I’m not going to mention the disaster that is my bedroom wall at this point!
4) Entertainment for us has been mainly walks on the beach, bike rides on a night (for the kids, not for me) and binge-watching the reality TV shows that we can watch on HAYU which seems to be an app kind of like Netflix but seems to be filled with really random reality shows that I would never normally enjoy. We have a free 30-day trial and I’m really enjoying some of the shows as they’re just easy watching and my brain needs that on a night right now. I have no idea how easy it’s going to be to cancel before I have to start paying for it so I wouldn’t recommend it to you all just yet but for now, I’m a fan. We’ve had lots of board game nights and I even taught the kids how to play Beetle if anyone remembers that from their childhood.
All good fun and absolutely free!
5) It’s been perfect outside drying weather so I’ve been putting a load in the washer before I go to work and one of the kids has been pegging it out for me when they get up. I then get home from work, bring it in and put it in a basket ready for whoever didn’t peg the washing out that day to sort it into piles and deliver it the owner’s bedroom. We’re like a well-oiled machine wearing lovely fresh line-dried clothes. 😉
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