Every now and again (used to be weekly ;-), maybe it will be again) I share five frugal things that I’ve done during the previous 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) Security and feeling safe at home is really important to me, really important.
We recently changed our home insurance to Sky as they had an offer on where we got a free video doorbell and some other security gadgets like motion sensors and an indoor camera. We fitted the doorbell this week and now get notifications on our phone when someone walks through the gate and approaches the front door.
The difference it makes to how I feel when I’m in the house on my own is amazing and the fact it was free was even better.
I did do lots of research around what a good price for the insurance we wanted and the price with Sky was very much of a muchness with the best prices we were getting when shopping around – it was about £1.50 ish more but taking into account everything we got with the policy, we thought it was worth the extra amount over the course of a year.
2) And on the subject of security, we’ve been looking at security cameras for a while now but the prices have put us off. We decided to go for it last week though and felt that the peace of mind that a security camera would bring me was worth the money we’d pay.
As we were sat looking at options, we had a sudden idea to reach out to the company who fitted my security camera at my old house (which I still have access to) and ask if they could simply take that one down and refit it here. It turned out that they would take it down and refit it for us for £75 which was way less than we were looking at for any kind of new security camera that we were looking at.
The job was done yesterday so we now have a video doorbell, a security camera and peace of mind!
3) This is the worst food blogger photo ever!
Last night we had jacket potatoes for tea but I had a last minute request for mash for one of the kids so I also scooped the potato out of one of them and made a bit of mash. I just left the skins on the side with the intention of cleaning up after tea but I had a cheeky idea after I wasn’t able to eat all of my potato and ended up leaving the skins.
I put the leftover skins on a plate in the fridge overnight and for lunch today, I popped them in the oven with the last of the cheese that I grated last night and made some potato skins. I promise you – they might not look very nice but they tastes AMAZING!
4) I spotted some reduced price mushrooms when I went to the shops the other night which I served with some chips and gammon steaks that I got from our local butchers for tea. I saved a couple of them and made risotto with them the next night for tea.
I always have risotto rice in the cupboard so I just throw in a few herbs, some chilli flakes and the finely chopped mushrooms with some chicken stock (double the volume of stock to rice) and in no time at all, we had a lovely filling side dish to serve with the chicken breasts that I grilled for tea.
Risotto is a great way to use up leftovers on a budget – we often have it for tea on a Monday to use up Sunday dinner meat leftovers!
5) I went to the shop to buy some iron tablets for today and the packaging of a more expensive brand almost seduced me. It had all the words and benefits all over the front and really caught my eye but I did also check out the supermarket own brand one sitting two shelves below to see if how the ingredients compared. Lo and behold they had exactly the same amount of iron in them but with a difference of £4 in price. Guess which one I bought? 😁
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