I have had a bit of a week of it. It feels like it has been a series of unfortunate events! Still, I have attempted to be both thrifty and green, despite everything. It has been an expensive week, one way or another. Not at all frugal – I got a ticket for driving through a bus lane. I blame Google Maps as I was using it as a sat nav. It took me through a part of town I never drive down and I didn’t notice the bus lane signs at all.
This isn’t one of my five frugal things. I guess it could be as if I pay in the next two weeks it is £30 rather than £60, so I will do that, but hardly money saving overall. Still, onward and upwards!
A new fridge freezer
The fridge freezer, which has been making strange noises for a while, decided to stop being cool – just as the weather turned really hot. It was a really nice, big one but we had had it nearly 10 years. We decided that now the girls no longer live here we would go for something a bit smaller and looked online. We chose what we thought was a good deal as it was a summer clearance model.
However, when it arrived, it was dented and wouldn’t stand up straight. We agreed that the company would leave it in place but send us a replacement. But when we started to fill it up we realised just how small the fridge section actually was. Too tiny!
So we have now chosen a different model altogether – a bigger one – and hopefully it will arrive tomorrow. It’s still a reasonable price. Mr S made me look at loads! A fridge is a fridge to me and not very interesting. As long as it does the job and we can fit a reasonable amount in that’s fine by me.
One good thing about all this is I had to focus on whittling down what was in both the fridge and the freezer. I pulled out all of the bits of cooked and frozen vegetables I save for soups and stews and made a bucket load of the former, with all the fresh veg from the fridge chucked in too.
Getting the car repaired
My next mishap was the car. Part of the exhaust started to come lose and I sounded like one of those boy racers – so loud! I took it into a little independent place I have used many times as I know they don’t rip you off. Fortunately they could do a repair rather than replace the exhaust, which cost £70. Could have been much worse.
The frugal part of this is that this car is ancient: 2002, in fact. I keep thinking I need to replace it but every year it gets through the MOT so I keep hanging on. I thought a new exhaust would be the final nail it its coffin, but at £70 we trundle on.
It isn’t easy to find most items in cardboard or glass, though, especially on the high street. This is why I generally buy online, but I thought I would support my town centre and walk in whilst the car was being sorted. I trudged round for ages trying to find a deodorant stick in a cardboard tube, as well as moisturiser and hand and body lotion in glass. I finally succeeded in finding the first two in the health food shop, but had to buy body lotion in a plastic container.
No wonder people don’t bother. It really shouldn’t be that hard. The plastic free alternatives are always more expensive too, but I am including them here as the deodorant actually worked out cheaper than those I have previously bought online. It was nearly £10, but almost twice the size of the ones I have got for £6 or £7, with no postage. They do last a long time too, so I am happy to pay that.
The moisturiser was £10 as well, but that’s fairly average for a decent one, and it contains nice organic ingredients. I used the Aldi £1.99 one for years, but it’s in a plastic tub. You may say that’s not thrifty to spend a tenner instead of two pounds, but sometimes you just have to put your money where your mouth is.
Reusable coffee cup
As I hadn’t intended to be so long in town I didn’t take my reusable coffee cup. On top of that I completely forgot my water bottle! I didn’t want to buy water in a single use plastic bottle, so I compromised with a reusable Starbucks cup and treated myself to a coffee. It is plastic but so lightweight I plan to just leave it in my hand bag. This means I will have a container for a drink with me all the time. At £1 this didn’t break the bank.
A new frock
I don’t go to lots of parties so don’t own lots of posh frocks. Despite buying loads of clothes to sell on eBay, I didn’t have a dress that fitted me for my official leaving do, which is tonight! I looked in the charity shops but couldn’t see anything that I was happy with. In the end I bought a really lovely, brand new one. It will be good for any smartish occasion so I expect I will end up wearing it a lot. I got it in the ASOS summer sale. It was still quite expensive (£35, but that’s expensive for me!), but I got money back using my Top Cashback account. I have around £120 in there at the moment, which I am saving for a rainy day. (If you click through and sign up through my link I will receive a small credit.)
When I was in town I also bought some jewellery in the charity shop to go with the dress – two pretty necklaces for £1.25 each. Bargain!
So this is my five frugal things round up, attempting to be both thrifty and green. Hoping for a less expensive period ahead. How has your week been?