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) Ah, back to my favourite way to start one of these weekly posts!
These little beauties were reduced to 49p a bunch so I bought two and look how beautiful they look after a drink of water and the sunshine through my kitchen window! Fresh flowers, especially reduced fresh flowers really brighten up a room and are guaranteed to boost your mood!
2) This one makes me a bit sad but I’m really trying to declutter and get rid of everything that I no longer need, want or use.
I decided to part with a Tiffany ring that I have as it’s just too chunky. It’s a bit on the large side anyway so add that to the chunkiness of the ring itself then it just isn’t a ring I reach for and when I do, I take it off partway through the day.
I bought it second-hand from Vestiaire a while ago and actually sold it for a little more than I paid for it as I wanted to try and get what I paid back so, including the fee that Vestiaire charge for selling, I actually got back about £2 less than I’d paid for it so I’m happy with that.
3) I don’t have a huge amount of storage in my kitchen so my food cupboard can get super full as I have two teenagers who add random things to the trolley whenever they come shopping with me. 😂
And when the cupboard is as full as it gets, it’s a full-on military size operation to get something out from the back of the cupboard which results in me having dried lasagne sheets that went out of date in 2019 and some Lyle dark treacle that’s been in there for so long that the tin is practically welded to the bottom of the cupboard as it must have been a bit sticky when someone put it away.
So, we decided to streamline our food cupboards massively at the weekend and sorted all our cupboard food into three piles – one pile for the bin if it was out of date, one pile for the foodbank if it was in date but had been in there for ages untouched by us and one pile to keep.
There were more things than I’d like to admit that were out of date although not a huge amount and we took two full carrier bags of food to the food bank drop-off point at our local Tesco and there were all sorts in there from tins of custard (which we only eat at Christmas usually) to ready-made pasta sauces that we just don’t use.
What was left got tidied into some plastic storage trays that we bought from B&M or put neatly away so everything can be seen so we shouldn’t get to the point we were at before.
I should probably say before I start to get messages about the food in here… This Cupboard is mainly the kids food cupboard where I keep the food they can cook quickly and easily if I’m at work or they want to make themselves a snack. It’s mostly things they can have on toast or easy to prepare so I know there’ll be something in that they (a) feel like eating, (b) is low effort for them as they’d not bother otherwise and (c) minimal mess as they’ll usually ‘forget’ to clear up properly after themselves.
4) OK, I’m a bit late to the party with this one I suspect but did you know that if you use a foundation brush instead of your fingers or a sponge to apply your foundation then you’re going to use less foundation and probably get a better finish too?
I always use my fingers to apply mine but Miss Frugal gave me a foundation brush that she had when she discovered she had two of the same so I thought I’d give it a go and I use about 25% less product which, considering the foundation I use isn’t cheap, is a good old saving.
According to her though, EVERYONE in the world knows a brush is better so apologies to everyone else in the world reading this but I was so impressed that I thought I’d share it anyway.
5) I made a batch of my homemade Febreze this week in a fancy new bottle that I got as I wanted to update the post where I first shared this back in 2015.
This is just the best thing to have made up and ready to go and I use it loads for all sorts!
What have you been up to this week that’s saved you some money?
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