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) A cheeky pay increase
First up this week, we’ve had some good news financially – Mr Frugal has had a bit of a pay increase at work which is going to give us around £100 a month extra to play within our budget. That means that the £100 a month that we just committed to my work’s ShareSave scheme is covered without us having to think about it.
He had to work hard for it though as it meant studying and taking some exams which were pretty stressful but I’m so proud that he did it – especially now we can see the results in monetary terms. 😉
2) Bargain PVA Glue for my Christmas Projects
I bought some PVA glue reduced to 20p a bottle at the checkouts which I’m going to use to make some homemade mod podge glue and get started on my Christmas projects.
I’ll be making a few little mini hampers this year and hope to find some boxes of larger sweet tins to upcycle into containers like the one I made from an ice cream tub.
(It’s totally OK to start talking Christmas in October, right? I hope so because number 3 is Christmas-related too)
3) I’ve started planning Christmas hampers for the kids
I like to make the kids a hamper each for Christmas – Miss Frugal’s is normally a beauty hamper and Master Frugal gets a gamer’s hamper. From the start of October, I’ll buy something each week to go in the hamper so by the time Christmas comes around, they both have a good little hamper as one of their presents and I don’t feel like I’ve spent a fortune.
4) I used up leftovers and made a pie
I love our slow cooker mince and onion recipe and always make more than I need just so we can have leftovers – often just to go in the freezer for another time. This week, I defrosted a batch of it along with some ready-made shortcrust pastry that we bought from the reduced section (for 37p a pack) last month.
It literally took me 10 minutes to put the pie together and then I just left Mr Frugal in charge while it was in the oven and went and had a quick shower.
5) I made a batch of toilet fizzers
I love having a little batch of these toilet fizzers in a jar in each of our bathrooms because it’s so easy for any of us just to pop one in the toilet to keep it fresh and smelling nice.
I do still use bleach in the toilets but having some of these little fizzers reduce the number of times I need to use it.
What have you done this week to save money?
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