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.
I’m back after a break last week (I shared my reason for that here if you fancy a good laugh at my expense) although I’ll be honest, I haven’t really been out and about too much after my ‘accident’ and have spent a lot of the last fortnight resting my leg so there’s not too many exciting things to share in today’s post!
1) First up, I want to give you a sneak peek of a top I bought from our local charity shop. It’s literally me in a top…
It’s pink, it’s flowery and it’s all floaty with nice big sleeves! I absolutely love it and the fact that I paid £2.25 for it from the Age UK shop makes me love it that little bit more. It’s kind of my Saturday morning tradition now to have a quick drive to the next town and look around the two charity shops there because I know the quality of clothes overall that I’ll find there is better than in any other areas near where I live.
I’ve said this loads of times but I have a one in, one out policy so if I buy something, I’ll usually take something from my wardrobe that I haven’t worn in a good while and pop that on Vinted otherwise, I’ll end up needing a room full of wardrobes.
It’s getting harder now because I’ve got to a point where I love most things in my wardrobe right now which is a good thing, isn’t it? But I did find one thing I could part with – a dress I’ve worn once (after buying it from Vinted for a couple of pounds) and haven’t worn again. I listed that back on Vinted and managed to sell that for £4 so I’m pleased with that swap. 😇
2) I’ve never been more grateful for a freezer full of batch cooked meals and sauces as I have over the last couple of weeks as it was difficult to even stand at one point. From memory, we’ve had a lasagne, a cottage pie, beef stew and chilli from the freezer along with a couple of meals using my homemade tomato sauce.
It’s just been so easy to grab something out of the freezer and pop it in the oven rather than have to cook something nice because otherwise, I would have definitely reached for the takeaway menus more than I have done. I have ordered take away a couple of times though when I genuinely just wanted to not move but I got Miss Frugal to order for me using her student discount so at least that’s something.
3) And if there haven’t been enough dodgy knee references in this post, I’m going with another one for this next one too! I’ve been using a reasonable amount of deep heat which was something the doctor said would help once the initial medication that I got to reduce the swelling had run out.
After the first one that I bought, I looked around for a good deal as I had a feeling I’d be buying in bulk for a while and I managed to find it in Boots for buy one get one half price.
I did consider getting it online but I didn’t want to risk running out so I got Master Frugal to pop into Boots in town and gave him my Advantage Card to take in with him which he was mortified about.
4) I fancied a snack this week but didn’t have anything in as I hadn’t been and done a big shop (managing to work the dodgy knee into this one too 😂 ) so I opened a tip of chickpeas and made some Actifry Peri Peri Crispy Chickpeas using a tin of chickpeas we had in the cupboard and a jar of Peri Peri spice that went out of date last year sometime.
I think I’m going to try making them again in the oven or even just without the paddle in the Actifry as the movement while they were cooked didn’t really work for them as it seperated the super-thin skin on the chickpeas which was a bit odd – aside from that, they tasted AMAZING and were ridiculously easy and healthy to make using nothing that we didn’t alreay have in!
5) We renewed our season tickets this month which is very early when the current season hasn’t even ended but it’s so much cheaper to do in advance using the earlybird discount for current season ticket holders. This will be Master Frugal’s last season as an under-18 so the last season where it’s going to be as cheap as it is so I’m taking full advantage.
He gets so much enjoyment from the matches that it’s absolutely worth it but getting 20% off as an earlybird saving just makes it even better!
Come over and join our fab Facebook group – Spend Less, Live Better! We’ve hit 35,000 members in the group now so it’s a great place to be and I’ve got Miss Frugal in there helping me out now.
As always, we’d love you to join in with us by sharing anything you’ve done that’s been thrifty or frugal from your week – whether it’s an Instagram picture (#5frugalthings), a blog post or even a video. Just add your link to the Frugal Friday linky at the bottom of this post.
You’re more than welcome to copy and paste the badge above but it would be even better if you could let your readers know that you’re linking up with the five frugal things linky by adding a little line to the bottom of your post like this one:
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 or BlogLovin and I’d love to see you over on my Facebook page and on Instagram. If you’re interested, you can find out more about me here and while I’ve got your attention, if you’re wondering why some of my posts lately are a little bit less frugal then have a read of this post. 😉
Do your future self a favour – Pin this post for later!