1. You’re going to laugh at me for my first frugal act of the week this week! Years ago, Mr Frugal and I used to buy each other expensive cards for Christmas and because I’m a hoarder I always used to save them. Anyway, one year I got them all out and noticed a theme – they all said something like ‘To the one I love’ or To Someone Special’, they all had a cute picture on the front and they all had practically the same message written inside. Oh yeah, and they all cost a small fortune!
So that year, we decided not to send each other a card but to simply swap cards from our collection of cards and that’s what we’ve done for the last few years.
Here’s this year’s re-used Christmas cards saying exactly the same thing as a card I bought now would say if I was buying one.
2. I bought a lettuce for 45p – a whole lettuce that needed chopping and washing. It only saved me about 60p on buying a bag of ready prepared lettuce but it’s still a saving. It’s always more expensive to buy ready prepared vegetables but it’s still tempting to do it on the basis of saving time and I always buy ready prepared onions because I hate chopping them. Things like lettuce and carrots don’t take long at all to prepare so I wouldn’t want to pay a premium on them for something I can do just as well at home.
3. I refrained from buying some expensive but beautiful smelling foot scrub when we were out shopping the other day but my feet really were aching so Miss Frugal disappeared into the kitchen for a while and came back with her own version!
I’ll share it with you over the weekend but here’s a bit of a sneak peak.
4. My hall, stairs and landing were in desperate need of a paint job so this week I bit the bullet and I now have lovely clean looking white walls. I went for white for a few reasons but mainly because it seemed like it would be easier to keep clean as I can just paint over any stubborn marks or grubby bits. It helped that the white paint was half the price of the colours and I like the idea that I can change it around a bit with accessories rather than a repaint. I then used the leftover paint to paint the downstairs bathroom rather than put the small amount that was left in the garage where it would no doubt dry up before we needed it again.
5. We like to have our tree standing on a table which keeps it up off the floor where the dog constantly knocks it and tries to play with the baubles. The problem is that the only table we had spare this year was an ugly black thing that we dug out of the garage so we bought a cheap paper Christmas tablecloth and got creative by effectively wrapping the table up with it- I think it looks really pretty and at just £1 it was a complete bargain!
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
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