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 again. 😉
1. I know it’s been a while but I’m pretty sure that I told you that my car was written off following a bit of drama, right? Well the fact that I no longer have a car on finance is now reflecting on my credit file which is currently a delightful 999 score. I considered buying myself a new car (on finance again) but I’ve decided to keep the one that I was using whilst my insurance claim was being considered (which took 8 weeks due to the circumstances) which means I’m currently driving a 2005 Ford Fiesta and loving it.
I’m not sure if I love it because I enjoy driving it or because it cost me practically nothing or because someone spent time replacing the engine and doing any jobs that needed doing on it for me. I think it’s a combination of all three to be honest but the fact is that I have a car that gets me from A-B and I’m saving a fortune every month so could that be any more moneysaving.
2) Which brings me to my next point about the cost of petrol! We’ve discovered a petrol station about twenty minutes drive from us where the petrol is around 10p a litre cheaper!!! I know, right?
So, once every couple of weeks we head over to that petrol station with one car and two twenty litre jerry cans and fill the car up with diesel and the two petrol cans up with petrol which goes into my little Fiesta when we get back.
It is 20 minutes away so we do try and combine it with something else that we’re doing in that area rather than make a special trip but it’s saving us a fair amount on fuel compared to the prices in our town.
And one of the big metal jerry cans we got cost us a whole £4 from the car boot sale which was brilliant as we’d been looking on Amazon in the couple of days before and they were around £35 for similar.
3) I found some Panasonic batteries in our local B&M which were £1 for six so I thought I’d give them a try – at that price you can’t go too far wrong, can you? They were OK but we go through a lot of batteries (we have a Wii with four remotes that eat them) so it felt like I was forever changing batteries and buying these cheap six packs from B&M so a couple of weeks ago, we popped to Asda and bought a new battery charger and 8 AA batteries which was obviously more expensive than buying the cheap batteries but we’re probably not far from making that money back already. 😉
I went back in this last week and they had an offer on for their packs of rechargeable batteries so I bought another 8 and I’m currently in the process of switching anything in the house over to rechargeable batteries when their current batteries run out.
4) I hate spam emails but there are some companies who it’s worth signing up to their mailing lists because you really do get some good offers. The Toby carvery is one of those companies – since I signed up to them when I was booking a table, I’ve had loads of vouchers from them offering discounts. The latest ones have been 25% off breakfast and 50% off a mid week carvery. A mid week roast is under £4 when using the 50% off voucher and you get a good amount! Honestly, it’s worth it to me at full price so going with a voucher is even better. This week, we had a lovely meal out that cost us around £15 including refillable drinks and honestly, excluding the drinks, I couldn’t have cooked that much food at home for that price.
5) I know it’s been a while but I’ve definitely told you about the honey browser extension in the past. I LOVE it as it pops up whenever I do any shopping online and lets me know if there are any cheeky discount codes floating about that could save me some money. This week it popped up when I was buying a dress in the sale on Simply Be and got me 20% off which was amazing as the dress was already super reasonably priced.
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