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 popped into Boots to get some bits and bobs and found these big tubs of coconut oil reduced to £1.50 which is a total bargain – especially for this brand which is our favourite.
We use coconut oil loads in our house so I was over the moon with this bargain! We got home and made a batch of homemade whipped lemonade sugar scrub to celebrate.
Most Boots have a clearance section somewhere and sometimes you can get a fab bargain if you have a good look through it.
2) I know this is more luck than frugal but I picked tactically so I’m totally counting it!
While I was in Boots I saw the staff running a charity raffle for a local charity that’s quite close to my heart so I paid my pound and got to draw five tickets out. I did have a look at the prizes and saw that most of the things had pink tickets but some of the bigger prizes had yellow tickets and there were less yellow tickets in the box than there were pink.
So naturally, I picked out only yellow tickets from the tub and luckily, I won a Nina Ricci bag.
It’s pretty big so I’m going to keep it in the back of my car as a shopping bag.
3) I apologise in advance for this one but seeing as we’re a third of the way through the year now I thought I’d have a quick check in on my Christmas savings!
Currently, I have around £75 worth of Swagbucks (referral code here if you want to join yourself) which I’ve been saving since December and will cash in for Amazon vouchers in December to pay for as much of Christmas as I can. This is super handy as Master Frugal always asks for at least 1 or 2 Xbox games which are not cheap.
I also have £15 worth of Morrisons vouchers which I’ve set to not print out until I want them and they’ll continue to accumulate until December when I set them to print out. Honestly, my aim is to pay for our whole Christmas shop with vouchers but I don’t think we spend enough to be able to do that so I’ll just settle for whatever we can get. I’m using all the vouchers I can to get extra points without spending more.
I’m also at around £8 of Boots points which I’m trying hard to save for my Christmas shopping as I know Miss Frugal will want a perfume of some sort and she doesn’t have frugal tastes at all so it’s not likely to be a cheap bottle so if I can save up enough points to pay for it then that will be a huge bonus.
I’m hoping that by the time December rolls around, we’ll have a reasonable amount saved up to help us pay for Christmas.
4) Our house has a few random lights that need three-pin bulbs rather than normal two-pin bayonet bulbs which makes it difficult to replace the bulbs as we can’t seem to buy them anywhere but Amazon. Anyway, this week we had to buy some new bulbs and somehow we ordered a three pack of bulbs that are literally brighter than the sun.
The consequence of having bulbs that are this bright means that every single speck of dust in the rooms where these bulbs are is now glaringly obvious which means that I needed to have an unscheduled Spring clean.
I used some of my orange peel spray which is amazing for cleaning and always leaves a lovely smell behind. I’m all out now so I’m going to have to make a new batch this weekend. 😉
5) Did you see my meal plan over on Instagram earlier this week?
It’s a bit more interesting than it has been for a while as we bought some spice blends at a local foodie festival that we went to last weekend. I think it was four tubs for a £11 (I let Mr Frugal pay ;-)) and we got a Mediterranean mix, a greek mix, jerk spice and shawarma which if this week’s anything to go by will last us a good while. It’s so flavoursome that we can turn even the cheapest ingredients into a tasty meal.
This is our new favourite meal Instant Pot kind of paella three teaspoons of the Mediterranean spice mix takes it to a whole other level!
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