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.
I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last posted on here. I’ve gone from posting pretty much daily (which I did for a good five years or so) to just posting a couple of times a week, then a couple of times a month and now it’s been a good few months since I’ve even opened my laptop.
Honestly, I do miss blogging but I’ve just had so much going on that it’s just way down my priorities list right now. I promise I’m not going anywhere and that I have an extremely long list of posts that I’ve thought of over the last six months or so that I plan to work on at some point but for now, I thought it was time to do one of my five frugal things post because they have always been my favourite posts to write and I’ve been doing a few things this week to make some money which I thought you might be interested in.
1) I’m planning a car boot sale this weekend so I’ve spent about half an hour every day this week getting ready for it so by the time Sunday rolls around, the only thing stopping me from making a small fortune will be the weather so keep your fingers crossed for me that the sun is shining and the car boot sale gods are shining down on me.
2) Years ago, we had an English Heritage membership which we paid around £10 a month for. It meant that we could visit any English Heritage property around the country and at the time, we really got our money’s worth as we have a couple of properties near us that we just used to visit like some people would visit their local park. As my two got older, we visited less and less which meant it was no longer value for money for us so we cancelled it. This photo was taken at one of our favourite places, Mount Grace Priory back in 2015.
Fast forward a few years and I’m back doing days out like this so we’ve actually just done something similar with a monthly membership for National Trust. It works out at £11.20 for 2 adults and 2 children which is tremendous value for money considering we visit at least one property a month, more often than not it’s more which makes it even better value.
In the last month, we’ve been to Fountains Abbey (family ticket £49.50 + £9 car parking) and Cragside (family ticket £60.50) which is a saving of over £100.
It’s not just the saving though, I don’t think we’d have visited these places if we’d have been paying in full which would be a huge shame as we would have really missed out. Both places were great days out with lots to do for the whole family and we’ve made some great memories in places we’d never have been without our membership.
This was Fountains Abbey last weekend…
As a side note, we ended up buying the pass after getting the free National Trust vouchers that I shared with you in one of my few posts on here so far this year. We used our free passes and realised how much fun we could have if we could visit more often.
3) I have my Facebook Marketplace access back!
I was banned a couple of years ago for uploading genuine Pandora rings to sell – I was mystified as I could show they were genuine but any reviews of my access that I requested came back in minutes to say the decision had been reviewed and the decision remained the same. I even offered to post them the rings so they could see for themselves but they were having none of it. In the end, I asked them to review it so many times that I got a notification that they wouldn’t review it again so I gave up and Miss Frugal had to help me out when I wanted to sell something on there which wasn’t an easy experience. 😉
For some bizarre reason, I got a notification this week to say that my access had been restored. No idea why but I’m not complaining at all… I had things uploaded to sell within the hour.
4) I haven’t been using Vinted very much lately to buy or sell clothes but this last week, I’ve pulled together a black sack filled with clothes and started to upload them ready to sell. I’ve made £30 so far which I’m pretty pleased with as we’re away camping in July so my FB Marketplace and Vinted profits are actually for holiday spends. If you’re interested in how to sell on Vinted then this post is perfect for you. Last time I had a full on selling weekend using Vinted I had real success so even though I’m listing more gradually than I did that time, I’m still hoping for a nice little profit before my holidays.
5) Bet you’d forgotten that I have three other blogs other than this one. 😉
I pay £23.99 a month for website hosting for the the three of them which is a waste of money as I clearly don’t have time to post on this blog which is my main one never mind the three others that I have. This week, I paused the hosting for those three other blogs for a couple of months which is saving me £23.99 each month and gives me chance to take the posts from those blogs and pop them on here. Once I’ve done that, I’ll cancel them completely and maybe sell the domain names as they’re all quite good domain names.
It makes me sad but I need to admit that as much as I want to be blogging across all blogs, I just can’t do it.
I also cancelled my SEO tool as that’s not been used in a year which has saved me another £14.99 a month and another plug in that I used on my blogs that cost me £50 a year. They’re all things I kept paying as I was determined that I was going to start blogging regularly again. I am hoping to but genuinely it’s for fun so I don’t need or care about SEO or any fancy stuff on here.
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