Friday again and time for my weekly round up of the small frugal wins that allow us to stick to our budget. I have been back at work for the first time this year! I am only working mornings but it has been quite nice to get back to a routine and lovely to see all my colleagues. Some things never change, though, and I am still being penny-wise and thrifty!
Taking snacks to work
I am being healthy and penny-wise by taking a snack to work each day – usually some fruit. This stops me hitting the snack machine and spending 90p on a bar of chocolate! I am home for lunch so don’t have to worry about taking that in with me.
Hanging out the washing
It was a beautiful sunny and breezy day on Sunday. Perfect for drying the washing outside on the line. I don’t have a tumble dryer so during the winter have to dry our clothes on racks around the house. I love to see it outside on the line and think it smells so much nicer too.
Because of various health issues (fibromyalgia and 2 slipped discs) we gave the vegetable patch a rest last year. I did miss our usual stack of home grown produce though. This year we are determined to make our little plot productive and be more self sufficient.
I still can’t manage any of the heavy work, but I could plant some seeds. So Sunday saw me sitting on the bench surrounded by pots, seed packets and bags of compost. I really enjoy it and wish I could get digging!
First boot sale of the season
My daughter and I went to our first boot sale of the year. It wasn’t great weather but good enough to get a few sellers out who weren’t just traders. We found a few nice things for very little money and I got Mr S some new work boots for just £1. Boots from the boot sale!
I do love a good boot sale. If it is nice enough I will go again on Saturday.
Don’t dump it – repair it
One of the bargains my daughter picked up was a lovely Marks and Spencer leopard print coat. However, the pocket was coming away and it smelled of cigarette smoke. It was only £1 but I thought it was worth a bit of attention so I sewed up the pocket and left the coat in the shed to see if the fresh air would get rid of the smell. It didn’t, so I got out my steamer and gave it a good going over. With that and a good spray of Febreze it was much better.
If it was in my size I would have pinched it. I love a bit of leopard print!
So that is my round up of all things penny-wise and prudent this week. What have you done that has saved you a bit of money?