Hi and welcome to my usual frugal Friday round up. I hope you have had a good week! I don’t feel as if I have done much at all this week, but I have actually been quite busy with one thing and another.
The joy of working for myself is that it doesn’t matter if I don’t work 9-5. Sometimes I am up and working at 6 am until 10 am and that’s it for the day. Other days I don’t start until 11 am but I’m still going at 9 pm.
This is turning out to be quite handy at the moment as I feel so TIRED! I think it is the fibromyalgia, as I am generally very achy and sleeping badly.
It seems to come and go. But it does mean if I need to sleep in or have an afternoon nap I can. I couldn’t have done that when I was working for the council! I would leave work exhausted to find the traffic was horrific and it took me an hour (or more) to drive what should have been a 15 minute journey.
Now there is no commute. I save money on petrol, wear and tear to the car and don’t have to buy any smart work clothes.
On the other hand, I use more electricity and gas at home, but I try to stay in one room and have the wood burner on rather than heating the whole house when it’s chilly.
Whether I save money overall or not, I am not sure, but I am including this in my frugal Friday round up anyway. Self-employment adds massively to the quality of my life.
Continuing the cleaning and decluttering
I haven’t done as much of the general declutter as I would have liked so far, which was one of my goals for 2020. Mainly due to the aforementioned lack of energy. However, because we get black mould around our windows, I have started to give them all a scrub.
Mould affects my chest really badly. I always know if we have some lurking, as I get a cough that just won’t go. It’s not horrific mould; just some black areas around the seals on our old double glazing.
I would love to replace all the windows, but that’s not going to happen any time soon. So, in the meantime, I went at some of them with an old toothbrush and bicarbonate of soda. I rubbed the really stubborn bits in the corners with a bit of bleach.
Whilst I was at it, I decluttered the baskets that sit on the top of the wardrobe and cleared some stuff to the charity shop.
I love a deep clean and declutter – so therapeutic! Hopefully, some more of this will appear in the next frugal Friday round up, as I am on a roll!
Charity shop bargains
This week I popped into a charity shop I don’t go into much. It’s quite near where we live, but is generally a bit expensive. However, I was lucky this time. You may have seen my best buys on Instagram, if you follow me. If you don’t, come on over!
I found a new sewing box, which I was really happy about. This has been on my wish list for a while. It was only £4. They are surprisingly expensive new.
I also found a lovely soft, red cardigan that was new with tags for £3.50. Red is a colour I really like and people always tell me it suits me, so I am trying to pick up a few more items of red clothing.
It always intrigues me that someone would buy an item like that – an every day basic type of thing – then not wear it. Still, their loss is my gain.
I have mentioned before that I always dye my own hair. Usually, I only touch up the roots so that it doesn’t get too dry. However, this time I decided to change to Herbatint*, a less chemically formulation, so put the colour right through.I used one called blonde, but it has turned my hair a definite light brown! Mr S prefers the blonde, but I don’t mind actually for a change.
It certainly smelled better than the usual bog standard hair dye. As I am generally trying to cut down on the chemicals we encounter here it seemed sensible to go for a less harsh type of dye.
I would use straightforward henna like I did when I was younger if I could. However, I have far too much grey hair these days!
I also cut my own fringe and trimmed up the layers. Every now and again I do a bit of DIY hair cutting. Not too often though as I am not that skilled! It all saves time and money though.
Regular readers will know that I do a meal plan every week as it saves so much time and money. I have tried various different ways of eating, either to lose weight (as I did successfully with Slimming World) or for health reasons.
Now I am looking at trying a keto diet for several reasons. To try to quit eating sugar, to lose a few pounds and because I think it may be generally beneficial for my health.
It is said to be a good way to reduce inflammation, become mentally sharper, improve IBS symptoms and to increase energy levels. I am hoping it may help me as these are all issues associated with fibromyalgia.
Generally, we have been decreasing how much meat we eat. That is going to be tricky on this diet, but at this point I am willing to give anything a go.
So another task this week has been researching foods and planning what we will be eating. I think it is likely to be more expensive than usual, so it is important to plan it out. Tomorrow’s meal plan will reveal all!
There’s more information on the pros and cons of keto eating here. It’s quite controversial! I’m not sure if I would be strict with it forever, but it depends how it makes me feel when I try it I guess.
I would be very interested to hear if any of my readers has tried the keto diet, and how you found it. Please leave a comment!
So that’s my frugal Friday round up. How has your week been and have you had any frugal wins?
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