I have been struggling to think of five frugal things this week. It feels as if I have been so tired I have barely done anything apart from go to work. With a bit of consideration though, I found some!
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This is maybe not frugal in itself, but I shall include it as on of my five frugal things anyway! Have any of my UK readers been watching Shop Smart Save Money on Channel 5? I had a few chats with one of their researchers and they ended up using one of my ideas. You can see me on Twitter giving my wisdom regarding saving money on beauty treatments. It is quite funny – they have given me a musical backing as I dispense my wisdom on eyebrows! If you have Twitter you can have a laugh at my expense here. Please follow me – @shoestringjane!
The programme is really enjoyable. UK Money Blogger Andy, from Be Clever with your Cash, is the programme’s money expert. Other great bloggers featured include Jo and Leisha from Joleisa.com and Kelly from Reduced Grub.
Keeping food bills low
We have had a very low spend week generally. I haven’t done a proper shop for ages and have just been using what we have and topping up here and there. Am I alone in generally disliking food shopping?
Anyway, I will have to do a proper one this week as I also need washing powder and some cleaning items. I will continue to keep food bills low by meal planning and by writing a shopping list. This week’s meal plan will feature on the blog tomorrow! A quick and easy budget dinner that my daughter makes herself at uni is eggs Benedict. She cheats by using a packet hollandaise sauce. I can never eat too many eggs – I love them – so this will be on the menu at some point.
I drove down to collect my daughter from university last weekend. She is home for the summer and has already managed to pick up a summer job in a pub up the road. She understands the value of money and doesn’t assume she will get any handouts from us.
Her university friends, however, don’t appear to be of a similar mind set. They had left piles of unwanted ‘stuff’ in the corridors that we could help ourselves to. Anything left would be donated to charity. We had a look through one bag and found one brand new dress and 2 pairs of designer jeans, all with their tags on! I thought students were supposed to be poor, but clearly not all of them.
We also found a full bottle of perfume – still in its box – and several almost full bottles of shower gel! More like five free things than five frugal things…
I listed a load of stuff on Facebook a while back. It has been selling slowly but this week I suddenly had loads of enquiries. I have managed to sell two things this week and hope to offload a few more.
I do find people incredibly inconsiderate and rude, however, constantly changing times, not turning up or deciding they don’t want items at the last minute. They do this even if you are giving things away for free!
My friend sent me a link to Sarah Raven’s website the other day with plants she would love to put in her dream garden. The prices! I am incredibly fortunate that our cleaner at work grows masses of plants and sells them to us all for around 50p each. This week I have bought geraniums, cornflowers, mint and some little flowering shrubs.
I know I could grown them from seed or cuttings myself but it is so easy and cheap to buy them from her! Gardening doesn’t need to be expensive, as I explained in this post.
So these are my five frugal things for this week. What have you achieved?