Welcome to this week’s round up of my money saving week.
A frugal bank holiday
As we head into what promises to be a sunny and beautiful Bank Holiday weekend, we are thinking about what to do.
We are planning to do a boot sale tomorrow, so hopefully will be making some money. It was supposed to be last week but it rained continuously the day before, so we decided to put it off for finer weather. This means that our house has been full of bags of stuff to sell all week! I brought it all up from the shed and it took ages, so I wasn’t going to put it all back. My eldest daughter is helping, along with our lodger, Katie.
On Sunday or Monday we will be visiting the Countess of Warwick’s Show. We have been going for the last few years and we love it. If you are in Essex or Hertfordshire, it is well worth going. It is also great value for a family as they charge £10 per car, so you can cram all the kids in for the one price!
If you are feeling a bit skint, I have plenty of other ideas for free and frugal things to do over a bank holiday here.
No, not a new car (although an electric car is my plan for the future, I hope), but I finally gave in to an electric toothbrush. Mr S swears by his but I kept refusing on the basis that they don’t come made of bamboo…. However, my gums have felt oddly itchy lately, so when he found a rechargeable one at better than half price on his Amazon Prime account* account and offered to get me one, I gave in. It even came with a free tube of toothpaste!
It feels bizarre to use, like you whole head is vibrating. However, there is no doubt it is doing a better job of cleaning my teeth than a manual toothbrush. (Don’t tell him I said that!).
Freezing our home grown bounty
So far, I have frozen quite a few bags of courgettes to chuck into soups and stews over the winter. We have a ton of chard in the garden, which I had never tried freezing before. However, I chopped and blanched some and it has been frozen in portion sized bags.
To round off my money saving week, my plan for this afternoon is to make some herb ice cubes with our parsley, oregano, chives and rosemary. It’s very straightforward, but if you don’t know where to start Gardener’s World have good instructions here.
Removing stains from clothing
As many of you know, part of my self employed income now comes from reselling stuff on ebay. My sister gave me loads of bags of her old stuff a few weeks ago. There were some very nice items (she doesn’t buy cheap!). However, they had clearly been sitting in storage for a while and one bag had small, brown stains all over it which had made it onto some of the clothing.
As a result, some of it went straight onto the boot sale pile, but other items were too good to let go that cheaply. I have been doing some stain removal.
I have run out of my Soda Crystals Oxi Boost, which is brilliant for removing stains as well as being eco-friendly. So my daughter picked me up a cheap tub of similar stuff in our pound shop. It works really well.
That, along with a spray stain remover from Sainsbury’s has worked on almost everything. I even used it successfully on some things that were supposedly dry clean only. I often ignore cleaning instructions and it nearly always works out! It’s worth the risk when you get stuff for free.
It’s £1 max selling fees on eBay this weekend so I am hoping to get lots listed.
Selling our old electricals
Whilst I was down the shed fighting the spiders for the boot sale stock, I came across some old portable TVs/DVD players discarded by my daughters. Checking on eBay prices, they still sell for a worthwhile amount.
This pink one is currently selling for £45-£60. It works fine, so that will be going on this weekend. It’s great that someone will actually use it and stop it going to landfill too soon.
We actually have two others and even some of the old fat ones in the shed so I will be investigating potential value on those as well.
So, that is my money saving week in a nutshell. How has yours been? Do you have any exciting plans for this bank holiday weekend if you are in the UK?
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