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) A couple of years ago, I shared some ‘No Trick or Treating’ posters for those of you who aren’t keen on trick or treating for whatever reason and I know I always wheel them out in one form or another at this time of year but this year, sadly, I’m sharing them as I’ve printed them out for my own front door.
I originally made them for people who had younger children so didn’t want the door going every couple of minutes when they were trying to get them off to sleep or for people who had nervous pets or were even nervous themselves but this year, I’ve made them for our own front door as I don’t know the best way to give out candy safely and it makes me a bit nervous.
I know I’m being overly cautious and probably a little paranoid and even as I’m typing this, I feel like I might have possibly over thought this so I may reconsider but for now, I have the poster ready to go. I do have some bags of individually wrapped Haribo so I might just give that out to the little ones who come around early and then put the poster up a little later.
Who knows what the right thing to do is but if you want to print your own no trick or treating poster, I have a selection here.
2) Did you see my Apple Pie Spice mix earlier in the week?
It’s super versatile but I’ve been using it to make overnight oats for my breakfast each day and I’m loving it! I add a healthy amount of it to 40g of porridge oats and a vanilla Muller Light Yoghurt and it’s just perfect!
3) Did I tell you I’d ordered a trial of a Simply Cook box? I ordered it a little while back when I saw it on Swagbucks as an extra a points offer and I can’t remember if I told you or not but this week, I’ve been cooking some of the meals so if I haven’t told you already then I’m telling you now. 😂
Basically, these Simply Cook boxes are made up of 4 kits to help you cook 4 meals with each kit containing 3 flavour pots that contain everything you need to flavour your dish – curry pastes, garnishes, seasonings, marinades, wine reductions and stocks etc.
I like the idea behind the kit and I like the fact that the price of my trial box was just £3 and I got some bonus Swagbucks too.
I know I mention Swagbucks all the time but I’ve earned lots of Amazon vouchers over the years with Swagbucks and have a reasonable amount saved in there ready for my Christmas shopping. Go sign up with my refer a friend link if you want to try it out for yourself.
I don’t think you need to go via Swagbucks to get a trial price if you can’t be bothered with Swagbucks so just google ‘simply cook trial offer’ if you want to trial the box – however, you do it don’t forget to cancel your trial (unless you love it that much) or you’ll be charged £9.99 for your next box.
4) I had to go for an eye test last weekend so I went through my work’s eye care scheme and managed to get that for free which was a good little saving upfront. I had a choice of opticians to go through so I did some research with the ones I could go to using the eye care scheme and found one who had a buy one pair, get one pair free offer running and obviously booked that one. 😇
As I expected, I do need glasses for things like driving and watching TV so I bought one normal pair and got a pair of sunglasses with the second pair – both absolutely lovely and even better, I think I can claim some of the cost back through work.
I believe that employers are required to pay for at least your eye tests if part of your job requires using a computer or a laptop screen on a daily basis so it’s definitely worth investigating. My work are brilliant with things like this but if yours aren’t then you might have to push a little bit but if they’re not on board then point them in this direction for some guidance from Unison.
I pick my glasses up tomorrow and I’m actually a little bit excited.
5) I’ve been wanting to do something a bit different with my hair for ages now so last month I had it cut pretty short – well short compared to usual anyway. I still wanted to change things up even more but I really didn’t want to pay a fortune to get my hair down when I feel so meh about it right now.
But when I popped into town for my eyes test, I popped into Boots for some Batiste (dry shampoo is my favourite invention ever) and my eyes wandered to the hair dyes. I saw a Loreal one called Rose Gold and couldn’t resist buying it and within an hour, this was me…
It’s not this pink in most lights but when it’s natural light, the rose really shines through and I’m really happy with it – it was just the boost I needed and considering it was only £6.99 for the dye AND I used some of my Boots Advantage points to pay then I’m super pleased with my new bargain hair. Way cheaper than my local salon where the prices range from £45 – £65 depending on who does it for you.
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