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) I was off work last week and I spent some time going through my monthly subscriptions to see what I could do without and I managed to get rid of a few blog-related ones which I’d previously decided I couldn’t live without for one reason or another. I got rid of the company who hosted my ebook for people to download. I just changed the format of it so it can now be downloaded for free here on the site instead of on this site which saved me $9.99 a month and took me barely any time to change the format of the book itself. I also cancelled a social media scheduler that I was paying $14.99 a month for but no longer used as I really only had it as it was something Miss Frugal could do to help me as a little earner when she was desperate to earn some extra money. That was $25 a month saved on blog stuff.
Then I looked at my Apple Subscriptions and got rid of a couple of paid-for apps that I’ve signed up to lately, convinced they were going to transform my life in one way or another. These apps came to £18.00 a month – one was £10 and helped with my day job but the other two were photography related and although I do use them every now and again, I can live without them easily enough (I think).
2) These little beauties are made using leftover Sunday dinner and readymade puff pastry that I picked up in the reduced section at Tesco a couple of weeks ago. I popped it in the freezer when I bought it and on Sunday night, I got it out and defrosted it in the fridge overnight.
They were super easy to make – I cut the pastry into strips and mashed the mince in with the leftover potatoes and veg, then I dolloped some of the meat and potato mix onto the pastry and folded it over. I used a fork to make the fancy edges and then gave it an egg wash before popping them into the oven.
I even popped each pasty into a paper bag and they were like Greggs meat and potato pasties!
3) I always save my Tesco Clubcard vouchers and when I have enough, I always redeem them for vouchers to use in a cute little pub/restaurant type place about half an hour from where we live. It’s not a super expensive place but it does cost more than most places we’d usually visit and we only started going there when we discovered we could use our vouchers there. We only go there when we have vouchers to use for the bill which means we usually only go two or three times a year.
In case you didn’t already know, when you redeem your points to use in one of the Tesco reward partners you get triple the value which means that if I have £25 of Clubcard points then I get £75 worth of vouchers to spend on food at the place where we go which is more than enough to have a proper treat meal where we can order pretty much what we want each without thinking about the bill.
Anyway, I have no idea when we’re going to be able to visit next so I’ve used some of the vouchers that have been building up to pay for Miss Frugal’s RAC membership for the next year. You get triple the points so for the £25 I had to use, I got £75 of RAC credit which meant for a year’s breakdown cover for her, I only had to pay £15.
Pretty impressive if you ask me!
Also, in case you’re wondering, she hasn’t passed her test yet as all lessons and tests are obviously suspended but she does have a car that I bought her last year and I have been spending time with her passing on my own impeccable driving skills to her. 😂. I bought her a little Vauxhall Adam which is 7 years old so with the amount of driving we’re doing, she definitely needs breakdown cover just in case.
4) How cute is this?
I am loving washi tape at the moment as I can literally change up my walls in two minutes just by whipping up something to match my mood and printing it out. This is one of my Spring Printables which I’ll be sharing with you in the next week or so but I couldn’t resist printing one out myself and sticking him up on the wall above my desk!
Honestly, two minutes and I’ve got some cuteness on my walls that makes me smile and cost nothing!
5) I was sat innocently at my desk on Monday when I got a notification on my phone from my Nectar app asking me to play a game to win some extra points. Turns out all I had to do was open the app and tap the welcome screen to get a points boost of 500 points.
That works out to £2.50 which isn’t bad at all for what took me literally ten seconds from getting the notification to getting the points! The moral of this story is turn on your notifications so you don’t miss out on things like this! 😂
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