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) Does something count as being thrifty if it happened by accident? I’m going with yes and sharing this one with you anyway… 😂. I bought a top from Vinted months ago which I loved – it’s the cream one in the middle of the photo below. The fabric around the bottom and the neck is a lovely thin lightweight material and the rest of it is a find woollen knit and it’s definitely one of my favourite tops aside from the colour which, because it’s a really thin top anyway, is almost see-through when it comes to being able to see my bra underneath it so I usually wore it with a thin vest top underneath.
I was planning on having a go at dying it a brighter colour after my recent adventures with fabric dye in the hope that a darker colour would reduce the amount of bra you can see but I was really reluctant to just in case I messed it up with the two completely different types of fabric.
Last Monday, I was working from home and rushing to put a wash on in my break between calls and I very carelessly gathered this top-up in the pink wash that I was putting on so it ended up in the wash with them. It shouldn’t have really made too much of a difference because everything in the wash was old and had been washed loads of times before so even when I noticed a couple of minutes in, I didn’t worry that much about it as I presumed that nothing in there would run.
So imagine my face when I pulled the wash out later that day and found that my top was not a really cute shade of pink! Perfectly dyed with no patchiness and a colour I doubt I could ever have achieved with dye as it’s just the perfect shade of pink for me. I love it and with a pink bra underneath it’s dark enough that I don’t need to wear a top under it now.
2) The top wasn’t the only thing that I dyed this week – I also dyed my hair using a home hair dye that I bought on offer.
It’s the same colour that I always use which is the Nice n Easy in Golden Auburn and every now and again, it’s on offer at 2 for £12 so I picked up two last month when I saw it on offer in Boots.
I see people spending £50 plus to get their hair dyed so I feel like my £6 hair dye is a complete bargain!
3) I’ve made myself a little tracker to keep myself motivated for something I need to save for! It’s attached to my clipboard on my desk and I’m hoping it gives me that bit of extra motivation over the next few months. If I colour in all my little piggies then I’ll be pretty close to my first goal of the year so the quicker they’re all coloured in, the quicker I can move onto my next goal.
Ignore the fact that it has dollar signs and not pound signs, I wasn’t planning on sharing it and this little piggy was the easiest to make into a tracker. 😂 You can print out the above if you want to use it for yourself – just click on the image and it will take you to the PDF.
4) I love a good candle, especially on a cold Winter’s Day when I’m working from home. I love the feel of having them lit when it’s miserable outside and I love the scents that fill the house when you get a good one but you could literally spend a fortune if you’re burning the likes of Yankee Candles so I’ve started to shop in the air freshener aisle for my candles recently.
You’ll get some lovely candles that are specifically designed to smell lovely as they burn so they have a slightly more intense smell but they cost a lot less. This one was reduced to 87p and is a linen fresh scent that is strong enough that you can smell it all throughout the upstairs of the house but without being overpowering.
There’s often reductions in the air freshener aisles on candles too as the scents are often season-specific so when I bought this one last weekend, there were loads of Christmas scented candles reduced so if I’d fancied apple, cinnamon or mulled wine scents then I would have been able to stock up on those quite cheaply but I fancied something fresher so I went for the fresh smells.
5) I was sorting some things out in Miss Frugal’s old room and came across all of her old GCSE revision guides so I popped them on Facebook marketplace and got £10 for the lot which was easy money as I sold them as a job lot super cheap. They’d literally been shoved in a pile underneath the bed and we’d never use them again so I was happy to pass them on for someone else to use.
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