1) Last weekend I took Miss Frugal clothes shopping for our holidays and got some great deals on Summer clothes in New Look. She was over the moon when she came out with two pairs of shorts, a pair of flip flops for the beach, two pairs of sunglasses and a pretty top for £11! The shorts had been reduced from £14 to £2 a pair and the sunglasses were reduced from about £7 to 5op which made them huge bargains and just shows that buying clothes out of season can save you a fortune.
2) Miss Frugal was given a lovely bag this week from a friend of a friend who no longer wanted it but as much as she loved it, it was quite dirty so she decided not to use it as her school bag as she had planned to when she first saw it. It was a lovely bag and certainly hadn’t been cheap when it was new so I waited until she’d gone to be and then got out my microfibre cloth, some stardrops and some nail varnish remover and gave it a good old scrub. When she got up in the morning it was sat waiting for her looking as good as new ready for her to use as a school bag.
3) Mr Frugal and I have been arguing on and off throughout January (and probably most of December too) as he wanted an Xbox One. I think it’s a waste of money as we already have one in the house but he says not as Master Frugal is usually playing on his with his friends at the times that he wants to play on it which means he never gets to play on it. He also argued that since our DVD player died last year and we haven’t replaced it, he can’t watch any of his DVDs and that if we were going to buy a new DVD player then we might as well pay the extra and get an Xbox One (that’s man logic for you). Anyway, January pay rolled around and he got more than he usually gets as he gets a lump sum twice a year for being a first aider so he started on again about treating himself.
If I’m honest there are about a hundred other things that the money could have gone towards but he works hard and he obviously really wanted this so I agreed that we could look around and see what prices we’d be paying. Some of the packages were ridiculously priced at just shy of £400 but we managed to find a second hand version, unboxed for £200. Add to that the fact that Master Frugal donated some of his old games to take back to trade in and using a credit note from where we’d taken back an old Xbox a while ago, we ended up paying about £160 for it which is a good deal even if I think the whole thing is a waste of money.
4) Last night we had friends around for tea so I decided to make homemade pizza and use up everything I could from the fridge – the pizza dough cost pennies and the toppings were all from the fridge and the cupboard apart from the ricotta cheese that I used which was reduced to 37p. We had sliced mushrooms, gammon leftovers, a tin of pineapple and they were delicious! I’ll share my recipe in the next few days but here’s a sneak peak of it before it went in the oven:
5) My tap in the bathroom is leaking but rather than contact a plumber, I’ve youtubed it and I *think* I can fix it myself with just one small part from Amazon. I’ve ordered the part and will let you know how I get on next week but I’m hopeful that I can get it fixed and save the astronomical price that a plumber would no doubt charge me.
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
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