Five Frugal Things I have done this week 12th August

Five frugal things

It has been a bizarre kind of week weather wise here in Essex. We have had warmth, cold, sunshine but mostly a lot of rain. I have been hoping for an improvement as we are off to a little festival tomorrow.  It’s not looking too bad at the moment but I will be taking my rain mac just in case.

So what five frugal things have we achieved this week?

We have a working wood burner

We finally had our wood burner fitted! It is ready for winter. This isn’t frugal in itself, of course, as it was expensive. Mr S saved us money by doing as much work as possible himself but we had to pay to get the chimney lined. Others who have one tell me that it has saved money on their heating bills in the long run and is great for drying laundry.

I am certainly looking forward to cozying up in front of it this winter.

I got some cash back

I signed up a while ago to Top Cashback and, even though I have barely bought anything over the last few months, I have earned £50 cash back! Imagine how much you could get back if you are a big online spender?

The idea is that you go into the site and peruse the deals they have negotiated with various retailers. If you buy something, you get the published amount of money back. I have got into the habit of checking Top Cashback to see if there is a deal on before I buy anything. I renewed my breakdown cover and bought a few presents and it has definitely come up trumps.

If you use my referral code, here, I earn a commission and you get a £5 bonus once you purchase something.


As I mentioned, we are off to a small festival tomorrow – Wrabfest! We have never been before but it looks fun. It is a community event, organised by villagers from Wrabness. Because we are on a grocery challenge, we shall be taking along a large picnic. I have rolls, crisps, fruit, chocolate, sausage rolls and water. Hopefully we will be allowed to take a flask in too. As we are there all day, we will probably blow the budget and buy a burger or something for dinner though. You have to loosen the purse strings once in a while, and I don’t fancy lugging around too much food. Hopefully, this will be a nice day.


I have never bothered much with online survey sites to make extra cash. They seem generally to be a lot of effort for very little reward. However, Prolific Academic was recommended to me as one that actually pays worthwhile amounts. I signed up and did a couple in my lunch hour today. I made £3.17 in about 20 minutes. Ok, it’s not going to make me rich, but if I did that every lunchtime it would be a useful amount extra at the end of the month!

You need to answer quite a lot of pre-screening questions and they keep appearing, each time you log on. The more you complete, the more surveys you are likely to be eligible for. It also pays to add your phone number to verify your account, I am told.

Lunch for pennies

As we still have a few courgettes coming through on the veg patch, I made a bucket of ratatouille on Monday. We had it for dinner with rice and I have eaten the rest for my lunches every day. It made a change from soup or a sandwich. I don’t really use a recipe. I just chop up onions, garlic, peppers and courgettes, fry them up, then add tinned tomatoes, herbs and seasonings. If I have an aubergine I might chuck that in, but I did without this time. It is certainly cheaper than going to the shop every day for a meal deal!

I’m linking up with Cass, Emma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal things I’ve done this week’ linky. Hop over to their sites to see the frugal things they have achieved? Let me know about yours in the comments too.

10 thoughts on “Five Frugal Things I have done this week 12th August

  1. Oh I was going to go to the wrabfest as Wrabness is only a mile away from me but we have the beach hut again, this weekend was part of the deal. It would have been nice to perhaps meet you. Have a wonderful time there. Weather looks better !

  2. I hope you have a lovely day at the Wrabfest! At least it’s dry today – well, it is here (thus far) in Torbay. Yes, you have to loosen the purse string occasionally as carrying food for a family all day would be onerous and spoil the day. Husband and I have always taken food with us, generally speaking, when going out for the day (although we’re not festival-goers.) We have t wo small, quite smart, canvas shoulder bags, one navy and tan leathe, the other dark green and tan leather, and they are just large enough for a pack of sandwiches each, a small pork pie, a carton of juice or bottle of water, and crisps and a slice of fruit cake. Each of us taking a bag is much better than one of us (usually me) carrying a heavy load for the day, plus bag, jacket or pullover, camera, etc.
    I like the sound of your ratatouille, I’ve only ever used it as an accompaniment to meat, but having it as a main meal with rice sounds good, too. It’s a case of chucking in what’s available, isn’t it (rhetorical question!)
    I’m wary of signing up for surveys, etc, because I’m pestered enough as it is with spam and pop-up ads, but it is certainly one way of earning money, even if only small amounts.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Margaret P

  3. I used to do online surveys with a company in America. I did it for 3-4 years and amassed enough points to get an i-pod nano!
    I’ve been absolutely delighted with it! I’m not sure I would have forked out to buy one myself, but I’ve used it every single day for the last 8-9 years!!! My kids just roll their eyes and wonder why I don’t just put all my music on my phone like normal people, but it’s so small and convenient! 😀

  4. I have a wood burner and can honestly say it is one of the best things I have invested in. You will love sitting around it in the winter, its so warm and cosy. I have noticed that it has saved a fortune on my gas bills. You might find yourselves constantly looking for wood when on walks etc. I have also noticed that once others know you have one, they tend to offer you old bits of wood they have stored either in the form of old cut down trees, or odd bits they have hanging around. You definitely will not regret it. enjoy snuggling around it when they cold weather comes
    Alana x

  5. Loving the garden cooking, we are growing courgettes, carrots, tomotoes and brussels at the mo. Totally planted them at the wrong time..hoping I can keep them alive and harvest them later in the Autumn.

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