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) OK, I admit that I’m probably using this as my first thing more because I really really wanted to share my creation with you but let’s go with it anyway…
I went on a Spring flower arranging course last Saturday and specifically designed my whole arrangement so that I could use several pieces of the pink pussy willow because I have a dried arrangement in my kitchen that they would look great with.
My plan is to keep it in my arrangement as it is until the flowers start to die and then rehome it. I also used lots of foliage as the lady said that it would dry out lovely and I have some vases it will look fab in when I’ve finished with it here. I like to think it was money saving because I picked things that I could use again but like I said, I probably just wanted you to see my arrangement more than anything else.😂😂😂
2) I love taking photos, not necessarily even for Instagram or on the blog here but just for the enjoyment of taking a photograph and capturing something on camera. Honestly, the photo I’ve used above was one of at least fifty I took of that arrangement – every angle, every flower, ever colour – all captured on camera for no reason other than I wanted to.
And because of how many photos I take, I do often try new photo editing apps which I’ll download and sign up for using a free trial where one is available or I’ll set it up to may monthly so I can try it for a month and see if it’s worthwhile keeping. My favourite ever editing app is A colour Story which I’ve had for ages now but I’ve just realised that I never changed from monthly to yearly billing so I’ve been paying £4.49 a month instead of £25 a year which works out at more than double.
It’s ridiculously easy to check, cancel or amend any subscriptions you have with Apple if you want to check yours. Just open settings and there’s a box at the top which is your Apple Account info which, if you click on, will take you to some options where you’ll find subscriptions.
3) Did you see my post last Saturday about Airtime Rewards? I know I’m super late to the party with this one but it’s an amazing way to save some money off your mobile phone bill and at the moment there’s a reward on there for Morrisons where you’ll get a 10% cash reward when you spend over £30 in-store to redeem from your mobile phone bill.
I have the Tesco Clubcard Plus which saves me 10% in Tesco on two big shops a month which I’ve used for this month already (and saved double the £7.99 monthly fee for the Clubcard Plus as I usually do) so I’ve switched to Morrisons for the next two weeks to get the reward back on my phone bill. I spent £100 last week on my shop as I needed more than usual which has given me £10 off my bill just by spending what I was planning on spending anyway!
4) After a couple of weeks with a poorly knee which meant I barely managed to actually move never mind actually exercise or even stand long enough to cook, I’m pretty much back to normal. I’m about 80% there which means I’m still not good to do any exercise but I can stand and walk without too much pain at least.
So… I spent a couple of hours last weekend sorting out my freezer as pretty much everything we ate while I wasn’t mobile was a batch cooked meal or dippy egg and soldiers with the odd takeaway thrown in which means my freezer was looking very bare.
Both the gammon and the chicken were made from meat that I’d had in the fridge ready to cook something exciting with the week I hurt my knee. I’d planned to make meals with them but then just ended up popping them in the freezer instead and going with an easier option so I’m pleased that I’ve done something useful with them now.
5) This last one, I’m sharing for two reasons. The first reason is to genuinely tell you about the product itself because I’ve been using it for about six weeks now to try and help my dry skin and it’s honestly worked wonders. I spent ages in the skincare aisle of boots looking for something that was reasonably priced that would really help my dry but sensitive skin and this won the battle on the day.
It’s a big sized bottle and it’s now replaced my body lotion and all face creams that I’ve tried so for the price I paid I’ve got a great deal and when I went to restock this week, I bought it online for £9.80 which is amazing!
The second reason I’m sharing it is that I’m 99% certain that I didn’t pay £15 for my bottle when I first bought it from Boots and considering the price I’ve just paid for it on another website the £11 seems a bit high, never mind the £15 that it’s selling for if you don’t have an Advantage Card. I absolutely get and applaud giving loyal customers a discount but it feels a bit off for that discount to be the usual price and to charge extra to everyone else. So the moral here is that a good deal is not always what it seems!
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