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.
1) Have you ever got to the front of the queue in somewhere like Boots and realised that you can’t find your Boots Advantage card? The lovely lady behind the till tells you she’ll validate your receipt so if you bring it back then they can still add the points on a late date but then you instantly forget about it so lose out on the points! Me too!
But last week I discovered an app that will store all of your loyalty cards in it so you just have to present that at the till instead of carrying the card itself which is perfect for me! The app I found is Stocard but there are others out there by the sounds of it so I have no idea why I’ve just found out about this amazing idea!
Now I just have to whip out my phone so, seeing as I always have that with me, I should never miss out on a loyalty point again!
2) I used some tired looking fruit and veg to make the most amazing Chilli, Mango and Lime Salsa earlier in the week.
It was a perfect accompaniment to some cajun chicken and rice that we were having and just shows that you really can make something Wow with just about anything!
3) I’ve bought some new ice cube trays this week as I had some red wine leftover from a catch-up night with a friend at the weekend. I’m not a huge red wine drinker myself but I do have a gorgeous recipe for bolognese which is much better with a little red wine added so I thought I would freeze the leftovers to add next time I’m making it.
I did also start thinking about what else I could freeze in my trays so if those ideas work then I’ll share them with you at some point.
4) Miss Frugal is going skiing at the end of this month and needed a new pair of wellies as she’s grown out of her old ones. All of her friends have Hunter wellies which seem to be around the £100 mark for a pair of wellies which is much, much more than I’m willing to pay. We have a rule in our house where we’ll pay for the essentials and she’ll top up from our pocket money and savings if she wants a designer name or a better brand.
That means that for a pair of wellies, I would be willing to pay £20 ish for her so she would top up the rest but an extra £80 was more than she wanted to pay which is good. 😉 We looked on Vestaire which is a site that sells designer goods secondhand. I like that the goods come out from the company after verifying their authenticity rather than straight from the seller and sometimes you get a good deal on there – especially if the item you’re interested in has the ‘Make an Offer’ option.
( This isn’t a sponsored or review post by the way)
So we found some Hunter wellies that she loved on sale for £61.50, put in a cheeky little bid of £45.00 and let the lady negotiate me up to £47.00. We split the cost between us and Miss Frugal so we each put £23.50 towards the cost of them (I paid the postage) which she was over the moon with.
Yes, she could have got a pair of wellies cheaper but she wanted a pair of Hunters and this way we managed to get a pair classed as ‘very good condition’ for less than half how much they would have been new.
5) I’m counting meal planning as one of this weeks five frugal things because I think I’ve aced it this week. All of the main ingredients for our meal plan were from food that we had in the freezer – most of it reduced price yellow stickered food or muscle food chicken. We managed to stick to it and for the midweek top up fruit and veg shop I sent Mr Frugal on his own with strict instructions to stick to the list which he did (if you don’t count the Dairy Milk bar he bought himself as a treat for going).
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