1) Honestly, excitement is at record levels in our house right now because this time next week Miss Frugal and I will be in New York! Top of my list of things to sort this week was our mobile phones as we’re both on monthly tariffs that are great value for money here in the UK but not so much for abroad and we really want to use them when we’re away to keep in touch with home. I had heard that Three were great for using your card abroad so I’ve had my phone unlocked and ordered a free sim from Three which I’ve topped up now and when I get to New York, I’ll swap over the Sim and because Three don’t charge extra for using your phone abroad I can use my phone while we’re away without paying a fortune.
2) I bought some reduced price strawberries, raspberries and watermelon last night so I set Miss Frugal to work chopping it all up along with some other fruit from our fruit bowl and some frozen fruits we had in the freezer.
We now have a lovely drawer filled with freezer bags of fruit ready for smoothies. I’ll share some of our favourite combinations in a seperate blog posts soon as we’ve got some definite favourites!
3) Remember my post, Create Every Day? I explained about how I’ve been trying to do something creative every day for no other reason other than it makes me happy and until now, I haven’t really shared many of my creations but I did want to share this one with you today.
The vase is a random ice cream sundae dish that I bought from the car boot sale for 30p but I brightened it up with some decoupage paper that I had left over from the Trimcraft Bloggers Day last month which is also where I made the origami flowers in the vase.
4) I shared some boot sale bargains on Sunday after a trip to our local car boot sale and one of which was a rusty metal tall candle stand which I was planning to turn into a little table for my cuppa when I’m sat on the settee. I also bought some brilliant paint while I was there and this week I’ve done a little mini makeover on the table.
The table cost me 50p and the paint was £2 so I’m really pleased with my bargain table which is the perfect height for me to pop my cup on when I’m sat on the settee with my Kindle. I still have about 90% of the paint left too so I’m looking at everything in the living room now trying to decide what’s next on my list!
5) Remember my kitchen fire from a few weeks ago? Well we finally got around to getting a new oven this week which might seem like a long time to be without an oven but we couldn’t decide which one we wanted – there were so super basic ones that were £119.00 and some extremely flash ones for upwards of £500 and we couldn’t choose whether to go basic, posh or somewhere in between. Our slow cooker and airfryer have been working overtime the last few weeks and I’ve really missed my oven so this week we just went to the shop and picked a middle of the range one that was in stock to take away the same day. The oven we chose came with a plug but the man in the shop was determined that we needed to have this fitted by a professional fitter at a cost of £90.00. We’d taken our existing oven out and it was literally plugged into the wall like any normal appliance.
The hob is hardwired but the oven wasn’t so we deliberately chose one with a plug on so we could do it ourselves. I’ll be honest, I was wavering when the man was so insistent but we said no and saved the £90. We un-boxed the new oven and it was literally a case of plugging it in and then slotting it in but I couldn’t settle after the horror stories that the man in Curry’s told us to try and get us to book the fitting so I ended up calling the electrician we use and asking him to come and check it – he did and only charged us £20 which was massively cheaper and to be fair, he really didn’t need to but I couldn’t settle without getting it checked.
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