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) It’s Master Frugal’s 16th Birthday next week and one of the things he’s asked for is Fifa Points for his Xbox which I absolutely HATE paying for. It feels like the game itself is expensive enough and then you’re encouraged to spend even more money on the in-game purchases which just feels wrong to me.
Master Frugal doesn’t have a problem with it though and every Christmas and Birthday it’s at the top of his wishlist (who am I kidding, it’s the only thing he asks for half the time) so I give in but… I refuse to spend actual money on stupid Fifa points.
So this week I redeemed some of my earnings from the various survey sites that I use and withdrew the amount in Amazon vouchers where I bought an Xbox live gift card which he can then redeem for Fifa points on his Birthday!
(This isn’t his cake btw that’s this weekend’s job)
2) The other present that I’ve bought for him cost £50 but I found a 20% off discount code online thanks to the Honey Browser so I only paid £40 (I’ve written about that here if you want to know more about it) and for some reason, I got Honey Gold too which is cashback. I thought it was one or the other thing but I’m not going to argue as the email I got says I have pending cashback of approx. £3.06. Not enough to make me rich but £10 off and £3 cashback is better in my pocket than someone else’s, hey?
3) I promise this is my last sticky-backed plastic project for a while now (mainly because I’ve got none left now) but I found somewhere to use up the last of the two samples I bought. I have a cheap little storage table in the living room that I was going to get rid of as the tabletop part was stained and past fixing. I’m not sure if you can see from this photo…
It took me literally five minutes to do and it looks so much better!
And in case you’re wondering about the scruffy family rules sign – the kids made it years ago when I sent them upstairs and told them they couldn’t come back down until they could show me that they’d stopped fighting. They transformed a mini canvas with washi tape and sharpies and came down apologise and tell me that they’d made friends and worked together to make it.
I used to have it in my hall but it got splashed by rain one day which made the black run a bit but even with the smudges, I still love it and it’s one of my favourite things in the house!
4) Not all jam jars are equal. 😂
The Bonne Maman jam jars are super cute with a really pretty lid which makes them great to wash out and use for storage.
I have a couple with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows in for our little Winter hot chocolate station and I’ve just filled our latest empty jar with some leftover mini eggs that I’m planning to use in a few baking projects over the next couple of weeks.
It’s not the cheapest brand of jam but it’s probably the tastiest that I’ve ever bought and f you buy it from Tesco and use your Clubcard then it’s included in one of their deals for Clubcard members so I think it’s either £1 or £1.50 at the moment.
5) I’ve been quite tired this week so I’ve relied quite a bit on the freezer for meals which meant that not sticking to my meal plan didn’t cost me a fortune as it has in the past. I used up two portions of mince and veg one night, added some instant pot shredded chicken and tomato sauce to some pasta on another night, and we had chicken tikka soup last night so I’ve been able to have a super easy week.
Batch cooking and having a stock of meals in the freezer is perfect for times like this week when I just couldn’t find the energy or motivation to do proper cooking!
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