Five frugal things….
I am not a fan of DIY. It’s not the process, but the time it takes. The mess and disarray start to make me twitch after a while. But we are getting there.
Because we live in a cold house we take every opportunity to heat it up. We have lined the exterior walls with polystyrene, then papered over the top. This is an old fashioned yet simple idea to create an extra layer of insulation. It really works!
We did the same trick with our freezing cold back room last year and the results have been amazing.
I won’t lie to you, it is a faff. It means papering the same walls twice. The polystyrene is quite delicate and easy to damage too, but ok once the wallpaper is on top.
Reflecting the heat
Another very effective way to keep your house warm is to slide some reflective foil behind the radiators. We have done this in the sitting room too.
This was tricky as we didn’t want to take the radiator off the wall but we managed it with the help of some canes from the garden. (And quite a lot of swearing on my part!) So that is the first of my five frugal things.
New to us curtains
There are some great pre-owned curtains on eBay, and I have purchased a beautiful pair. They are long Marks and Spencer curtains and look like excellent quality.
Adding a bit of colour
We turned to eBay again to add a little colour to our neutral colour scheme. I would love some original Art Deco tiles to put around the fireplace but they are such a price!
I will leave the tiling to Mr S though. He is the expert in that department.
We popped in Homebase to get some cream paint. We like their own brand range. It is much cheaper than the branded stuff and the quality is very good.
However, this time we bought some Dulux. It was massively reduced so it was actually the cheapest. I think it must have been end of line. We bought two 5 litre pots for just £14 each, reduced from £26. It is called barley white, which is still cream, as I can see! Bargain!!
I guess this is number six in my five frugal things list, but who’s counting? I have saved us some money since we started our DIY by planning really easy dinners, like omelettes and jacket spuds. On days we have been on the go all day I have also defrosted some of the veggie curry I batch cooked.
Usually, when we are doing DIY we cave in at the end of the day and grab fish and chips or a takeaway. Not this time!
We still have a little way to go as we only have one day a week to get on with it. However, we are winning.
So, these are this week’s five frugal things. I would love to hear about yours.
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