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) I made a little pledge to myself at the start of the year that any money I spend on clothes will be money that I’ve made from selling clothes and so far, I’m well on track with the added bonus of having some lovely new (to me) clothes and a decluttered wardrobe.
I’ve sold lots on Vinted this year but equally bought a reasonable amount from there as well as my local charity shops and haven’t spent more than I’ve made selling yet which is fab! It’s not just my own clothes that I’ve sold though – Master Frugal gave me a jacket to sell and I’ve bought a couple of things specifically to sell when I’ve been hunting in the charity shops for bargains so they’ve done well for me. I wouldn’t have been able to buy the things I’ve bought without dipping into my bank account if it hadn’t been for these little extras!
2) Who here has Amazon Prime?
I know lots of people do for the next day delivery which is ridiculously handy and has saved me so many times but do you know the extra benefits that you get with it? You get your one-day delivery, Prime Video, Amazon Music, Prime Reading and so much more that I use all the time personally but this week, Master Frugal used Amazon Gaming to download a free pack for his Xbox Fifa game and he was over the moon with the content he got for free.
So if you do have Amazon Prime, make sure you know what you actually get as a Prime Member and make sure you make the most of them. If you pay for Apple Music for example but you have Prime then you could be paying for something you really don’t need to be paying for.
And if you don’t have Prime and you fancy giving it a go then check out the Amazon 30 day free trial! (Aff link)
3) I know I say this a few times throughout the year but I try and save my Boots Advntage points for Christmas every year to pay for a nice bottle of perfume for Miss Frugal as one of her Christmas presents. These little vouchers turn up once every couple of months and are great for boosting my points when I do spend in there.
I don’t use them all as I’m not a big spender in Boots but I do buy something from in there regularly which are good value so I try and buy them all at once where I can to get the extra points for a spend of a certain value. Right now, I have a triple points offer on for March which I loaded to my card from the app, the skincare range I buy (the Boots brand which I shared a couple of weeks ago is on triple points in my app and there’s 350 points if I spend £35 on top of these vouchers I just got through the post so I can boost my points total this month.
4) If I say condensed milk to you then I bet the first (and potentially only) brand that comes into your head is Carnation, right? A 397g can of Carnation Condensed milk will set you back in excess of £1.50 but I can pretty much guarantee that if you bought Tesco’s own brand Condensed milk you won’t be able to tell the difference in any area other than in your bank balance.
It cost 89p which is so much cheaper than the Carnation brand! I’m sure other supermarkets will have their own versions but I only buy carnation milk when I make fudge which isn’t too often so this is the only tin I’ve bought in ages!
5) I’ve re-setup my Holiday saving space in my Starling Bank account app. 😂
I used to have it set so that every transaction I made using my Starling debit card rounded up to the nearest pound, doubled that amount and then moved over to my savings space where it sat until holiday time came around but obviously that’s not happened for a while now!
I’m hoping that a holiday will be possible soon though so I’ve set it back up and started to see it grow – you can tell I’ve not bought anything since I set it up yesterday though, can’t you?
This is literally a 10p spend which was on Vinted and even that was only because they use it to verify your account when adding a new bank account and I was adding this one. It rounded my 10p up by 90p and doubled it to £1.80. The 2p was already in there from last time so must have been interest or something.
I love saving this way as you just don’t notice the money coming out but your little savings pot creeps up to a nice little amount over time!
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