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.
Did you catch my Five Frugal Things I did when I was camping post on Monday? I was away camping last Friday so last week’s post was a bit late but if you missed it then go check it out if you have a few minutes. 😂
I’ve been back a week now though and it’s been a lovely week as I’ve been off work so have had lots of time to relax and catch up with loads of things that I’ve had on my to-do list for a while.
1) A couple of weeks ago, my trusty iPhone 11 started to lose battery a lot quicker than usual – so much so, that it was starting to run out before the end of my working day if I didn’t keep it on charge on my desk while I was working. I rely on my phone while working from home so I can’t have it running out of battery as quick as it was so I decided it was time for an upgrade.
I shopped around for the best deals before calling EE who I’m with currently and asked them if they could match the best deal that I’d found when I’d been looking around. I had a screenshot of the deal I’d seen and I was fully prepared to cancel my contract with EE if they couldn’t match it so I could be assertive when saying that if they couldn’t match it then I would cancel.
After a pretty lengthy call, they managed to get to the same price as I’d found with Sky with next-day delivery so I managed to save some money each month, get a better phone and not have to go to the hassle of changing providers. Win, win.
2) And what became of my old phone? Well, I sold it to Money Magpie for a considerable sum considering it showed battery health of around 50%!
I had initially just put it in my kitchen drawer as I didn’t think it was worth selling with a broken battery like it had but when I was doing some shopping in Asda I saw one of the new (I’ve never seen them before so presuming they’re new) Money Magpie SMARTDrop Kiosk which is basically a machine that you put your phone in and it scans it and gives you a price there and then. If you agree to the price you’re given then it keeps your phone and pays pretty much instantly.
Honestly, it’s a game changer this machine – I went home and got my old phone and within five minutes of clicking start on the machine, my phone was sold!
And by the time I got back to my car, the money was in my account!
3) I had a chat with Master Frugal about his gym membership and we decided to cancel it. I was really reluctant to have the chat as I don’t want him to feel like he’s having to give up things he enjoys because of my decision to separate from his Dad. Money is obviously tighter now but I’d rather I gave things up than he does so he doesn’t feel any impact in that way but he’s been going less and less so I decided to speak to him about it. He was so good and straight away said to cancel his membership and that he could do what he wants to do at home with some weights that he has. That’s £21 a month saved.
4) I’ve had a mountain of washing to do this week after a week away last week so I’ve been gradually working through it and drying everything on the line outside. My tumble drier has been unplugged now for a good year or so which is a good thing with the rising costs of electricity!
I love being able to dry washing on the line – not just because of the money it saves but because it also comes in feeling fresher than if I’d dried it in the tumble drier so for as long as I can, I’ll keep my drier unplugged. 😂
5) This afternoon, I dyed my hair myself using a hair dye that I bought on offer – two boxes for £10!
It’s so much cheaper than a visit to the hairdressers and I think it looks pretty good when it’s done although I do have to admit that for the first couple of days after I do it, it looks very orange. 😂
I know to expect the orange glow that follows me around for the few days after I dye my hair every time and I just look forward to the colour it quickly settles down to.
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