Five Frugal Things I have Done this Week 16th June

Five frugal thingsI haven’t spent too much this week, in preparation for next week. This will be strictly NO SPEND. I intend to buy nothing except essentials. I won’t even be doing a food shop, apart from cat food, loo roll and some vegetables. It has been an expensive month overall, so I need to do at least five frugal things every week!

Frugal thing no. 1

I popped into Sainsbury’s after 9 pm one evening to check out the yellow stickers. They didn’t have much that I wanted but I did buy some reduced mince and some bread. There is no point in purchasing yellow sticker items if you then waste them! Both have been frozen. I find that my freezer is essential when it comes to money saving, not just for freezing bargains, but also leftovers, batch cooked meals, poultry carcasses for making stock, left over bread for puddings and breadcrumbs, the fruit and vegetables that we grow in the garden and home-made soup.

Frugal thing no. 2

I have listed a ton of stuff on eBay and Facebook and sold 5 items this week. A nice gent came out to take the old cross trainer that has been sitting unused in the shed for 2 years. I let him have it for free so it didn’t generate any income, but it did save me the petrol and hassle of getting it to the tip! He was very happy with it. Generally, I am finding Facebook is more useful that the local Freecycle group at getting rid of stuff lately and easier to use. Selling on eBay is becoming a regular in my five frugal things round up!

Frugal thing no. 3

We have been carefully tending our veg patch and greenhouse. It has needed watering most days as it has been so hot and dry. The watering and weeding is paying off now. We have black and redcurrants just ripening and should have courgettes and broad beans ready for next week. That will bring the shopping bill down. I love eating our own produce!

Frugal thing no. 4

When I was a polling clerk the other week I carefully kept the cardboard backing and excess paper from each book of ballot papers. This caused some amusement and bemusement amongst my colleagues, but I explained that they would come in handy for writing notes and shopping lists. They really have. This week I used a couple of them to write my meal plan, the shopping list and a to-do list for darling daughter, who has been at home a lot. I hate throwing things away when they could be useful!

Frugal thing no. 5

We needed to find a good deal on the house insurance. I did some research on the internet to find a company that would be happy to insure us for buildings and contents even though we have a lodger. A surprising number won’t consider it although I got some very high quotes from a couple of companies who were happy to. However, the best deal was with Quote Me Happy. It was quick and easy as it was all done online instantly. They allow up to 6 lodgers. I am happy with just the one! it is always worth shopping around.

I am getting a bit of frugal inspiration for my no spend week by re-reading How I Lived a Year on Just a Pound a Day by Kath Kelly (my affiliate link). I intend to add this to my Frugal Bookshelf next week. Such a great book! I borrowed it in paperback form when I originally read it years ago, but now Amazon have it on Kindle for only £2.08. Bargain!

I’m linking up with this Cass, Emma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal things I’ve done this week’ linky. Check out their five frugal things!

6 thoughts on “Five Frugal Things I have Done this Week 16th June

  1. Margaret Powling

    What a lovely lot of frugal things you have done. I think once you start being frugal, it just follows, like a good habit, such as cleaning our teeth regularly or drinking water. We begin to think before we buy anything at all, weighing the cost against quality/do we need it or do we just ‘want’ it (not always a good enough reason for buying anything!)
    You mention you have put a lot of things on eBay (by the way, I’ve never bought or sold on eBay, I’d not know where to begin) … does this mean you have over-bought things in the past, or have you been buying things cheaply in charity shops and then selling them on eBay?
    Margaret P

    1. shoestringjane@outlook.com Post author

      Hi Margaret. A bit of both with eBay. I buy to sell to supplement my income plus I’m selling my daughter’s things as she has lost a lot of weight now

  2. Eloise at. thisissixty.blog

    I read Kath Kelly’s book when it first came out, and again last year. It’s a great read. Like you, I find my freezer invaluable.

  3. Faith A.

    Glad you found a good deal on your home insurance. Always worth checking, as the savings can be so big. Thanks for the book recommendation too, sounds fascinating!

    1. shoestringjane@outlook.com Post author

      Me too. I never have enough time to read these days. That’s why I prefer non fiction. Easier to pick up the thread

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