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) Lunches this week have been homemade soup and freezer burritos!
If you missed my Freezer Burritos post a couple of week’s ago – have a look here to see how I do a bit of a batch cook session and make a big batch of these burritos to freeze.
Soup wise, I made a small batch of pea and mint soup in the soupmaker on Monday which is basically just chicken stock, frozen peas and some mint leaves and yesterday, I made some spicy sweet potato and butternut squash soup which is my absolute favourite soup!
2) I’ve finished buying everything I need for one of the Christmas hampers I’m putting together this week and even though I can’t show you everything on here, I thought I’d mention it anyway. 😇. I’ve been buying something each week for the last couple of months for this particular hamper which is a pamper hamper for Miss Frugal.
Since the kids were little, we’ve always given them a gift on Christmas Eve and it’s usually been something that would keep them occupied so for Miss Frugal, it’s often something along the lines of a pamper hamper and for Mr Frugal it’s often a gaming hamper which includes an Xbox game that’s on his list. (We give Master Frugal a game because I don’t want him playing on it all day long so we give him it the day before. 😂 )
So, the Pamper hamper box is done – now on to the next one!
3) Sneak peak… I’ve been making some homemade fudge and I think you’re going to love the recipe I have coming up for peanut butter fudge almost as much as everyone seems to love my ever popular Nutella Fudge recipe.
I made it with extra crunchy peanut butter which I think worked out relly well as it’s got a teeny bit of crunch which really compliments the fudge-iness (new word)
I’ll be sharing the recipe over the weekend so do pop back…
4) I made a cheeky overpayment on my mortgage yesterday. Nothing too fancy, just an extra £20 which, according to the MSE overpayment calculator will reduce my mortgage by the £20 I’ve paid and an additional £24 in interest over the course of my mortgage if I was to keep it for the rest of the term.
Clearly not a huge amount but all these extra little bits add up and if I was to over pay £20 a month on top of what I already overpay for the next twelve months then that would be an extra £240 off the mortgage with my payments and an extra £288 saved in interest – just in a year!
5) We picked a big bag of blackberries a couple of weeks ago with the intention of making a fresh batch of our Autumn crumble tarts but I ended up freezing most of them as time just got away from me. One they’ve been frozen, blackberries (in my opinion anyway) are best used up in smoothies or to make blackberry vinegar so last weekend, I started a batch of my blackberry vinegar.
It’s currently still in the first stage of the blackberries instilling the vinegar (is that the right word? – they’re basically soaking in there) so I’ll do the next bit over the weekend.
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