Feeling grateful on Frugal Friday
I have been feeling rubbish this week, just tired and low. So it is good for me to think about being grateful. Watching DIY SOS always makes me cry and last night was no exception. It makes you realise that if you have family, friends and your health you are really lucky. If you want to find some reasons to be grateful, watch it here.
This isn’t one of my five frugal things! This week I have achieved the following. It is good to look at my achievements on this frugal Friday.
No. 1: A walk in the forest
We had to drop my daughter at the station in Ingatestone on Sunday. Rail replacement services mean that the journey back to Brighton for her is so long! We took pity on her and saved her £15 in the process. Having driven all the way there from Colchester, though, we decided to go a bit further and have a few hours in Epping Forest.
We hadn’t visited for years and it was absolutely gorgeous. Even though it was a slightly grey and drizzly day the forest still looked beautiful. It’s hard to believe it is so close to London. We love to walk in the woods. It really lifts the spirits to get out in nature – plus it cost us nothing except the petrol to get there. A cheap day out.
We dropped into Greensted Church on the way. It is apparently the oldest wooden church in the world, and just happens to be where my brother got married! It is a lovely building and it was nice to have another look at it.
Essex isn’t all TOWIE, you know. We have history, culture and nature too!
No. 2: Buying green on a budget
I have been moving more and more towards buying eco-friendly products wherever I can. However, I am on a budget and my purchases need to reflect this. I have been researching this and published a post about eco-friendly beauty on a budget here. Green is the way to go and you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve an eco-friendly lifestyle.
No. 3: Bargain make up
In the meantime, I found some ridiculously cheap makeup the last time I went to town. I wandered into the New Look sale. I couldn’t see any clothes I liked, but I did find some makeup items hugely reduced. I got £28 worth of makeup for just £9. That will keep me going for a bit. However, as things are used up I will be looking for guaranteed environmentally friendly alternatives.
No. 4: Dodging the rain
I managed to time doing the laundry so that we had some sunshine to get it dry. It has been raining on and off all week, but when the rain stopped the weather was warm and breezy. Clothes smell so much nicer dried in the fresh air, and I save money because I don’t need to put the dehumidifier on. I don’t have a tumble dryer and really don’t want one. However, it is definitely easier to get the laundry dried in fine weather.
No. 5: More listing and decluttering
We have more bags of bits and pieces from our decluttering efforts. They are starting to pile up actually so we need to do one soon. This should make a bit of cash!
I also listed on eBay two pairs of really nice shoes that I never wear. What’s the point of them sitting gathering dust in the cupboard? One was a lovely pair of leather pumps which felt nice in the shop but were actually a bit narrow when I wore them. The second were a comfy leather pair of heels. However, I hate wearing heels! I bought them for a wedding but have only worn them twice in 5 years. Time to go.
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