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 bought bargain Orchids
Opening up this week’s five frugal things, I have some bargain orchids which I picked up reduced from £5 to £1.25.
They look super pretty and the pack says they’re guaranteed for 28 days (which is why they were reduced despite being in perfect condition) so I’m hoping they’ll be around for a little while.
And if you like the little pots I’ve popped them in, they were previous bargains from reduced plants from Tesco. If I remember rightly, the plants in them were all but dead so they were reduced to either 50p or 75p which was more than a bargain just for the little pots the dead plants were in.
2. I made something amazing with our Sunday Dinner leftovers!
Well, I think it was amazing, Mr Frugal thought it was ‘interesting’ and the kids thought it was downright weird! I made Yorkshire Pudding wraps for tea on Monday night using the leftovers from dinner the day before…
These wraps have been on my meal plan so many times now that if you follow my meal planning blog you’ll probably be sick of seeing them but I’ve never been able to make the Yorkshire Puddings soft enough to be able to roll them up. Our local freezer shop had ready-made Yorkshires in – 4 large ones for £1 so I bought them and just kept a close eye on them when they were in the oven. I took them out just before they got to the crispy stage so they were good to roll up.
I was pretty pleased with myself – a whole meal for four of us for just £1 using leftovers from the day before but I’m not sure they’ll be on the menu again for a while as the kids just couldn’t get their heads around it.
3. Got my ring fixed for FREE
Last year, Mr Frugal bought me a lovely ring for either our anniversary or for Christmas – I can’t remember which but I know we bought it from Monika Vinader on Black Friday so it could have been either. 😉 It’s a beautiful ring that I’ve worn every day since I got it but this week, I noticed that there was a teeny stone missing from it which isn’t a huge drama as you can barely tell but once I knew it was missing, my eyes are drawn to that little gap.
I could have just left it as the ring is almost a year old and it is just a tiny little stone but I reached out the company to see if there was anything they could do and can you believe they actually have a FIVE YEAR guarantee on the jewellery which I think is fantastic for a piece of jewellery!
The moral of that story is to always just ask a company nicely if something can be done when you have something that’s faulty or damaged in any way. Whether you have the receipt or not and no matter how long you’ve had it for, it’s worth asking the question.
4. I made some Winter Febreze
I found the new Winter / Christmas Zoflora range and couldn’t resist making some homemade Febreze using a few drops of that instead of fabric softener.
I just add a little bit of the Zoflora to a spray bottle of water and voila, homemade Febreze which makes me feel all warm and fluffy inside.
5. I made some DIY Beeswax wraps
I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of a post than I was of the DIY Beeswax wraps that I shared on Monday.
I loved making them and they turned out really well – they’re going to be so useful in the kitchen and I’ve already had messages from people who are planning to make them which is fantastic!
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