This week’s five frugal things post has a green flavour – we have had an eco-friendly week!
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I wrote a post this week about why I buy a lot of second hand clothes. My best bargain recently was actually found by my mum. A pair of totally comfy, excellent quality Hotter ankle boots for £1!
I love Hotter footwear but it’s expensive new, so I was really happy with these. Ok, they aren’t high fashion, but I prefer comfort!
More shoe shopping
My daughter recently discovered a brilliant charity shop locally. It sells everything for £1. She went in during the week and bought a whole carrier bag of shoes in really good condition. She is selling the trendy ones on Mercari and gave me the slightly frumpier ones to sell on eBay. Another pair of Hotter shoes, loafers this time, some brand new court shoes from Next and a pair of Kickers shoes that look as if they have only been worn a couple of times.
I think it is craziness that people buy these things and never wear them, but their loss is our gain.
Avoiding the plastic
For some time we have been trying to reduce the amount of plastic coming into the house. It is disappointingly difficult! I wrote a post on how frustrated this was making me in Dreaming of a plastic free life.
My resolve was strengthened by the BBC programme this week Drowning in Plastic. If you missed it I urge you to watch it on the BBC iPlayer. It is a harrowing and quite distressing wake up call to all of us and made me so angry. We have to stop using plastic in the way that we currently do and manufacturers will only listen when we, as consumers, show our displeasure and stop buying so many products packaged in plastic, especially the non-recyclable stuff.
I have been searching for a fortnight for tomato ketchup that wasn’t in a plastic bottle and finally found one last night. Sainsbury’s came up trumps, with their own brand sauce in a glass bottle for just 80p. Since it is so hard to find, I bought two!
And cutting back the chemicals
The other thing I have been working towards to make us a more eco-friendly household is to reduce the chemicals in the cleaning products we use. Annoyingly, they are generally more expensive. However, Sainsbury’s helped again, with Ecover toilet cleaner on offer for £1 a bottle. Again, I bought two!
This did come in a plastic bottle, but at least it is recyclable.
OK, lunch out isn’t that frugal. However, I had a day off on Monday so we decided to take a walk up the Essex coast, from Dovercourt to Harwich. We found a lovely pub called the Alma, where we had a sandwich each, which came with chips and 3 little side salads. It was just £5.55 each, which I thought was a great price.
You have to have the odd treat! Old Harwich is lovely actually, if you are passing.
So that is this week’s five frugal things. What have you achieved this week?
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