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I thought it would be fun to do a thrifty Friday giveaway this week with an absolute classic prize for those trying to live a frugal lifestyle.
I will give you more details of what you could win and how to enter later in this post, but first this week’s five frugal things round up for a thrifty Friday.
Being a tourist in your own town
We like to get the best from our money, but that doesn’t mean we never spend any. Last Sunday was a beautiful sunny Autumn day, so we decided to go into town for a stroll around Castle Park.
We are so lucky to have this space bang in the town centre – the local council really looks after it and it is always full of lovely plants and floral displays.
Mr S even tried to be a squirrel whisperer! They are quite tame, but he didn’t quite persuade any to take a nut from his hand.
It didn’t cost anything to walk around the park, but we did treat ourselves to a late cooked breakfast in our favourite café. It’s a vintage style place and so lovely. We don’t eat out often so it was a treat, but it only cost £5 each plus another £3 for two cups of tea.
I really enjoy being a tourist in my home town every now and again, and taking advantage of the things that make it a nice place to live.
New (to us) curtains
Whilst we were in town we went into a couple of charity shops. We didn’t find much, then just when we were at the point of going home I spotted these lovely cream curtains for £10.
They are brilliant quality, very heavy with thermal blackout linings. We wanted new ones for our bedroom but the window is an odd shape – quite long and thin with a radiator underneath that we didn’t want to block. They looked about the right size and when we put them up they were perfect! They could have been made specially. I think they would have cost us hundreds if we had to get made to measure ones.
Food bank collection
I picked up a few more bits for my reverse advent Christmas food bank collection in the week. Just tinned tomatoes and sardines from Aldi. I plan to focus on toiletries next time, with toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant, as my local food bank is particularly asking for those items.
I wrote a post on the UK Money Bloggers #foodbankadvent campaign here. Have a read and maybe join in!
Preventing food waste
This isn’t really one of my frugal things for the week but I thought I would pass on the idea. I spotted this brilliant tip to help stop food waste on Instagram from an account called Sensibly Frugal Living. The tip was to have an ‘eat me’ basket in the fridge for any items that are near their expiry date. That way everyone in the household knows what to eat first and doesn’t decide to open a new pack of yogurts, for example, when there are others that need eating first.
A simple but brilliant idea, especially if you have hungry kids in the house.
Thrifty Friday giveaway
So, onto my giveaway. I have written before about how inspiring I find Amy Dacyczyn’s Tightwad Gazette books (I wrote a review here). Even though she wrote her newsletter in the early 1990s, the ideas collected together in her books still hold true today.
If you want to live a creative, thrifty and frugal lifestyle, you can’t do much better than to read the Tightwad Gazette books*. I found them full of fantastic ideas and inspiration when I first made the decision to embrace this lifestyle a decade or more ago.
The Complete Tightwad Gazette contains all three of Amy’s books. I therefore thought it would be a perfect prize to give away. It’s a hefty read at 960 pages, but is extremely entertaining, witty and informative.
To enter, you will need to follow Shoestring Cottage on Instagram, and leave a comment on the post about the giveaway. The closing date will be midnight next Friday, 15th November and I will announce the winner on Instagram over the following weekend.
The winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!
What are you up to this thrifty Friday and what are your frugal achievements for the week?