This may come as a surprise to you (although more than likely not) but I’m not always a shining example of frugal-ness. 😉
I spend so much time on here sharing ways to save money and ideas on how to be frugal and rarely share much of the non-frugal side of my life so I thought I’d start a monthly post to share some of the slightly non-frugal things I’ve done! I hope it shows you that no-one’s perfect
Frugal Fail #1 – Last month’s Shopping Spends
I know it was the Summer holidays but oh my goodness, I overspent massively on last month’s shopping budget. I stuck to meal planning for the most part so that wasn’t the drama, it was more the snacks and extras that I bought that pushed me over the edge. 😉 This month, we are absolutely trying to get better but I’m finding it quite hard if I’m honest.
Frugal Fail #2 – Hotel Car Parking
We had a lovely few days away in Liverpool made even better by the fact that we found a lovely little hotel to stay in which was right in the city centre and really reasonably priced. There was no car parking at the hotel though so they recommend a multi-story car park five minutes walk away which costs a small fortune unless you get them to validate your ticket which reduced the price by about a third.
Guess who forgot to get their ticket validated? I was tempted to walk back to the hotel but I had a blister from all the walking we’d done and just wanted to get in the car and sit down. Mr not-so-Frugal had no intention of walking back instead of me and decided he’d rather just pay the extra which meant that parking cost us about £20!!!
Frugal Fail #3 – Forgot about washing in the machine
I set the timer on my washing machine before I went to work so I perfectly timed my washing to be ready to get out when I got home and I planned to get it straight out on the line as the sunshine was forecast. Unfortunately, I ended up working overtime last Friday and somehow forgot about it until Sunday afternoon (I know, but it was a busy weekend in my defence) which meant that it smelled awful when I did get it out. My poor little Eco-Egg couldn’t get rid of the smell (even using some essential oils in the wash) after I re-washed it so I had to buy some more washing detergent to get rid of the smell and wash it a THIRD time.
Frugal Fail #4 – Wasn’t very clever switching food around in meal plan
Sometimes, even when I’m sticking to our meal plan, I switch the meals around a little bit for random reasons – usually, it’s because I’m late home from work and need a quicker meal to cook or we just don’t fancy what we have planned. So I switched our meals about and somehow ended up with two main ingredients that needed using up in the same day! I had chicken that needed using up and also beef strips that I was planning to make beef teriyaki with and I only realised at tea time on the day.
I know I could have frozen either one of them but then I’d have to get them out and defrost them which is a faff so I ended up turning the chicken into Instant Pot Shredded Chicken which I then used the next day in Quesadillas but I was so annoyed that I’d messed up as it could have been a waste with other ingredients.
Frugal Fail #5 – Forgot to cancel something I’d signed up to get a free trial
I’m really annoyed about this! I signed up for a free trial for something to get some Swagbucks and I forgot to cancel it – even though I’d put it in my calendar so I wouldn’t forget! I’ve cancelled it now but I still got charged £5.49 because I forgot!
There’s nothing unforgivable there again this month (or at least I don’t think there is) so I hope we can still be friends. 😉
Don’t miss out on future posts like this – receive updates directly to your inbox by email by adding your email address here and hitting subscribe. You can also follow me on Twitter, BlogLovin or Networked Blogs and I’d love to see you over on my Facebook page and on Instagram. You can find out more about me here.
Why not pin my ‘September’s Frugal Fails’ for later?