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) Monday night’s tea was one of those meals that’s basically a throw it all in the dish, add some sauce and hope for the best kind of meal.
Miss Frugal made her first solo Sunday dinner for me on Mother’s Day as a treat and she over-estimated massively the number of potatoes we needed which meant that we had a bowl of boiled potatoes in the fridge to be used up on Monday. I crushed them slightly with the back of a spoon and added some tomatoes, a pathetic looking Spring Onion, some sliced courgettes, some rice and some chicken meatballs from the freezer.
I drizzled them with a bit of olive oil, squeezed half a lime in that I had and for some extra random-ness, I poured over some Nandos Peri-Peri sauce.
I know it doesn’t look great but it tasted AMAZING as well as being a brilliant way to use up some leftovers!
2) And talking of leftovers, Tuesday night’s tea was egg fried rice using leftover chicken. It’s another one that doesn’t look particularly appetising but honestly, don’t judge it by its appearance! 😂
I heat the chicken in the pan first, add in cooked rice (two frozen rice sachets usually), four eggs and then some dark soy sauce and it’s ready in less than 10 minutes!
3) I keep coming across posts on Facebook where people in my community have done great things to help people in need and it really made me want to do something so I had a think about ways that I could donate to charity or help out without spending money (I’m pretty sure there’s a whole other blog post in there somewhere). I came up with a few…
First thing – I had a huge wardrobe clear out last weekend and dropped off a black sack of clothes at the local clothing bank which I don’t usually use as I like to donate to a specific charity shop in town usually but it’s closed at the moment and selfishly once I’d sorted the clothes, I didn’t want to wait to donate them.
I also did a quick shop for the local food bank with lots of things that they need but also 10 of the Cadbury Easter eggs that are reduced to 75p in Morrisons. Someone told me off when I said I’d bought selection boxes for the food bank but I bought them as extra to the shop I was doing so honestly if you don’t think it’s a good idea, I’m not that worried. 😂
Then I took a pile of books to the charity book table in Morrisons and left them there for people to buy. There’s a box there and you’re supposed to just leave 50p when you take a book so my little donation isn’t going to change the world but the little things add up, don’t they?
So you don’t need to spend a fortune to help your community – the food shop didn’t cost me much at all and the other two didn’t cost a penny and actually gave me space back in the house.
4) I’ve spent a lot of time over this last week teaching Miss Frugal to drive and she’s doing a fantastic job – we’re just driving around town but doing it daily so when restrictions start to lift and she can finally have actual lessons then she’s going to need hardly any before putting in for her test.
It was confidence that held me back when I was learning and I hope that spending the time with her has given her more confidence that she would have had if she’d just had an hour a week behind the wheel with an instructor.
My sneaky plan is that the more time I spend with her in the car, the fewer hours she’ll need with an instructor at £25 an hour!
5) Did I tell you about these bad boys?
They’re proper little storage containers for my soups rather than me using all kinds of random dishes, jugs and bowls. I redeemed some of my Swagbucks points for Amazon vouchers (I know, I’m supposed to save them all for Christmas but £15 won’t be missed) and used those to pay for them,
They’re just what I need for when I make soup and they’re great for fridge, freezer and microwave and are the perfect size for a good portion!
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