No sooner had I sorted my meal plan for a heat wave yesterday, than the weather broke. We had a big storm and heavy rainfall. It is very welcome and feels like the garden is breathing a huge sigh of relief!
Everything looks so dry and parched. Even the weeds have been dying. I am hoping for more rain this weekend.
Anyway, onto our five frugal things for the week.
In the news
Regular readers might remember that aeons ago I did a photo shoot for the Daily Mail. It was because I had seen a plea from a journalist on a Facebook group for women who had started experiencing allergies as they moved towards the menopause.
It was great fun. They sent a photographer and stylist round to make me look fabulous. Theoretically, anyway. In reality they trowelled on the makeup and made my hair look a bit flat, but hey ho!
I had given up on them ever using the article but it finally ran this week in the Femail section. You have to get past the annoying popups to actually read it.
Why is it one of my five frugal things? Because they paid me £100. That is going into the new patio door fund (I had said it would go to our emergency fund, but that has been building up nicely anyway). The current one is ancient and allows the damp and cold into our little lodger lounge.
Frugal food savers
Does anyone else save elastic bands? I always do – they are so handy to have. Often I use them to secure packets of food, such as frozen peas or bags of pasta. Something else I use to help keep food from spoiling is a pack of pegs. You don’t need to buy special bag ties or clips. A cheap bag of pegs does the job better and they can be reused again and again. I even kept the wire ties from our dishwasher packaging as I am sure that will be useful for something!
Mr S never lets a decent cardboard box go, either. He uses them to safely package some of the books and brochures he sends out as part of his business.
I keep the plastic bags that fruit and vegetables come in as well and use them as sandwich bags. Reduce, reuse, recycle and save money!
Spending my vouchers at the sales
My daughter gave me some M&Co vouchers she had been holding onto for ages and decided she would never use. I thought they might have expired but checked and was told that their gift vouchers didn’t have an expiry date. Even better, they had a sale on. I like M&Co clothing but it’s not the cheapest, so this was good news.
I bought a pair of cool floral summer trousers for £19. This left me £1. Luckily I found a pair of plain black socks reduced to exactly that. Very pleased with the trousers and, of course, they actually cost me nothing.
Let’s get listing
I have had items from various boot sales and charity shops kicking around for ages, waiting to be listed on eBay. As I picked up yet more last weekend this propelled me into action. I did everything apart from a couple of pictures, which I shall put onto Facebook Marketplace.
It is quite time consuming to resell on eBay, especially as I already have a full time job, but it is helpful extra money.
Tell ’em about the honey
I asked Mr Shoestring whether he had achieved five frugal things this week and he first said, ‘yes, I always do.’ Then exclaimed, ‘Tell ’em about the honey!’
His brother is a beekeeper (aka Jono the Bee) and Mr S helps him out a lot. This week they spent hours spinning off some fresh honey. It is so delicious. I have it on my muesli or porridge every morning.
This is sold to friends, shops and at the local wildlife trust, where some of the hives are. It is a bit specialised for a side hustle, but very satisfying. And it goes to prove that you can, indeed, make money from a hobby.
What have your five frugal things been this week?