It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas so we’ve gone all festive for this week’s five frugal things post…
1) Master Frugal has asked us to buy him for Christmas is an Xbox game and whilst I have no problem buying it for him for Christmas, I did ask him if he had any old games that he didn’t play on anymore that I could take back to get it a bit cheaper. At this age, with only two presents on his wishlist, he knows he’s getting it so I don’t feel like I ruined a surprise of anything and the games he gave me to take back meant that I bought the game for just £8 which just means he gets what he wants and the savings mean he can have even more. 😉
2) I haven’t got our Christmas decorations out yet but I have been organising the new photo ledges that I bought from Ikea. It was a bit traumatic trying to get photos sorted that everyone liked but one thing that was easy to do was the quote picture that you can see in it.
(this is the worst photo ever I know but I’m writing about my photo traumas in the next week or so and I’ll take better photos then)
I basically just used Canva, selected an A4 sized template and used a nice font for the words (which I found by browsing Pinterest for a motivational quote) and then printed it out and popped it in a super cheap IKEA frame.
If you click on the image then you’ll go to the A4 print quality page.
3) I had my eye on something in Boots that I wanted to buy for Miss Frugal and I mentioned it to a friend at work who said she wanted to get the same for her daughter too. She also had something else to buy for her other daughter so we decided to club together and go for the 3 for 2 offer which meant I got the £30 gift (which shall not be named ;-)) for just £20.
4) We’ve been working our way through the list of family activity in my 20 free things to do together at Christmas post and last night, we hand delivered four Christmas cards to friends and family who live near us and had a lovely little catch up with each of them. We were only out for a couple of ours but it was lovely.
5) I love the smell of cinnamon at any time of year but it seems even more appropriate at Christmas but my homemade cinnamon stick decorations aren’t too cinnamon smelly as I made them last year and the year before last. Instead of making new ones just to have them smell nice, I used the dropper on my Christmas scented essential oil to drop 4 or 5 drops on the back of each of the decorations so they smell lovely again. I bought my Christmas essential oil at my little chemist for £2.25 and it’s amazing – kind of a mix of cinnamon/ginger/orange along with something else that I can’t identify and the bottle just has it as ‘Christmas’ scented.
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