This week the momentous decision I made to take voluntary redundancy came to its obvious conclusion. I left my job of almost 11 years! Because I will no longer have income from an employer, I have many reasons to be frugal. I intend to work for myself, but need to make my redundancy go as far as possible whilst I get myself going.
The plan is to spend more time on the blog and also to make the casual eBay selling I have been doing into a proper business. I have registered for self employment and I am learning all about how to run my own business. After so many years as a wage slave, I really want this to work! So, because I have my reasons to be frugal, here are this week’s five frugal things.
Scouring the charity shops
We are really lucky to have a £1 charity shop close to us. In the week, I went with my daughter for a really good look through the rails. We found some really nice items, including these fab vintage dresses to resell.
I know vintage is either something you love or hate. Not sure I would wear them, but I know that others would! I persuaded my daughter, with a lot of giggling involved, to model them for me.
Investing in flowers
I love having a garden full of flowers. Last year we didn’t have time or energy to do much gardening, so want to rectify that this year. We have planted lots of flower seeds and taken some cuttings of our wallflowers.
We also found a great little nursery that we had never been to. It only sold plants, didn’t have a café or a shop selling expensive stuff that no one really needs and was therefore much better value than some of the chains. We bought a load of beautiful flowers in small pots, and have since potted them up. Hopefully they will make really nice displays in a month or so.
As part of my wish to reduce our single use plastic consumption, we have cut right back on the number of teabags we use in favour of loose tea. I think it tastes nicer and it is also cheaper! However, using a teapot just for the two of us is a bit of a faff. When it is just me, I used my metal diffuser, so I thought I would invest in a couple more.
I don’t like the ball ones as I don’t find the tea can move around enough to brew. I prefer those like the ones in the picture, which I got from Amazon. They are very inexpensive and easier to clean out than a teapot.
I mentioned last week that I had made a load of vegetable stock, some of which went into the freezer. Last night I used a butternut squash that was sitting in the bottom of the fridge to make some soup. I roughly used this Mary Berry recipe, although I chucked in some parsnips that needed using, as well as some slightly manky salad leaves to use them up! I didn’t use any oil either as I am following Slimming World at the moment. Instead I roasted the veg in Frylight.
The Essex Serpent
Isn’t it weird how you can live somewhere for years and miss a crucial local site of interest? We found out last week that there is a dragon on the hill just a few miles away from us in Bures. Not only that, but it is opposite what is thought to be the site of the coronation of King Edmund, of Bury St Edmunds fame and an ancient thatched chapel. There is a fascinating story behind the serpent, which terrorised the residents of the village in the 1400s before being chased into the marshland nearby at what is now Wormingford (the dragon being the worm from which the village gets its name).
We had an interesting walk, if a bit chilly, with our flask and picnic with us as usual. If you want to know more about the story and the walk we did, have a look at the newspaper story here. Absolutely fascinating!
It’s been an emotional week. Leaving the job wasn’t hard, but leaving my work colleagues and good friends of many years was really difficult. There were tears! Still, sometimes change is for the best. Onwards and upwards!
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