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) Did you see my Butternut Squash Carbonara post on Monday?
It’s super good for you as the sauce is made from butternut squash (as if you couldn’t guess that from the name of it) and tastes amazing but they’re not the only reasons I love it so much! I love how well it keeps after I’ve made a batch of it. I made a big batch of it and used some for the tagliatelle version that I shared in this week’s post which left me with enough to split into three little tubs ready to use when I needed it. The portions are enough for a one-person serving and just need to be reheated with a little of the water that the pasta cooks in and I have a healthy and filling lunch in 15 minutes from start to finish.
One of this weeks’ batch went straight into the freezer as I can only eat so much of the same thing in a week but the other went into the fridge and I used it yesterday to make a super quick lunch. Having something on hand to make my lunch really does make it easier to make better food decisions when it comes to being healthy and saving money so this is perfect!
2) I know I usually save my bargain buys for my monthly pre-loved bargain posts but I’m so pleased with these trousers that I didn’t want to wait. 😂 The picture doesn’t do them justice at all on my legs but I promised I’d start showing clothes that I buy on me rather than on hangers so…
They’re a pair of M&S wide leg trousers, brand new with tags in the short length that I need for my little legs! They’re such a comfy fit and are brilliant quality as you’d expect from M&S and I actually like them that much that I would have been happy with them at full price in M&S. I definitely would have been happy paying the £5.50 that they were selling for on Vinted when I found them but I’m over the moon that the cheeky offer that I put in for £4 was accepted. They’re an even sweeter deal when I paid for them with money I made from selling a pair of shoes that I haven’t worn in over a year.
(As always, excuse the mess in my spare room – it’s a dumping ground right now)
3) Monty was poorly this week! He had an ear infection that was really bothering him which is awful to see as he was just so confused about why hie ear was hurting – his sad eyes just make me want to cry!
I took him to the vets as soon as I could see there was a problem and the bill came to £103 which was substantial considering he was in there for about 15 minutes and came out with the smallest little bottle of ear drops ever but I was happy to pay it to make him better.
I didn’t have to even think about how expensive it would be before I made the appointment because I have my emergency fund to pay for unexpected bills and also had it been worse, I have pet insurance that I could have used. It’s being prepared for the unxpected that makes me feel a little easier about the increased costs of living right now.
(Here’s my post on how I prepare for the worst)
4) As I was uploading the photo of poor Monty lying on my bed snuggled into me, I realised that you can see my socks on the pillow. They were out because it was a bit cold but rather than put the heating on, I went for socks and a jumper first to see if that warmed me up. It did so I was snuggly without the cost of the heating.
And if you’re wondering why the socks are perfectly laid flat, it’s because when I roll them into a ball, Buddy seems to think they’re fair game for stealing and claiming as his but when they’re laid flat he pays no attention at all to them. Weird, hey?
5) And last but not least for this week, I made a cake. Not a fancy or flash cake but a cake that just uses the same old recipe that I memorised when I was about seven from my Nana teaching me how to bake from her very tatty and battered Be-Ro cookbook.
It made me think about the recipes I’ve cooked with my two over the years which started me thinking that Miss Frugal might like some of our favourite recipes writing down now that she’s moved out so I’ve made and printed out some recipe cards to write down some family favourites for both her and Master Frugal for when they need them.
You can print your own out if you like the idea – Mam’s Kitchen Recipe Card
So far I have Victoria Sponge and Yorkshire Puds for each of them!
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