Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week – 14th April

Well this week has had some highs and some lows! The high for me was that we managed to get to the allotment twice. In total about 5-6 hours was spent there and now it is looking so much better. I’ve weeded lots, raised beds have been dug over and lots more. Now we are ready to start planting some more vegetables and I’m feeling really organised. Our allotment is a source of joy for us and it is about more than just growing food. Although that is nice too! This week has been a good one for frugality. Here is my Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week – 14th April post.

Five Fabulously Frugal Things I've Done This Week - 14th April 2017-

Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week – 14th April

  • Got cashback on new bed base. I have been fortunate to receive a brand new mattress, completely free. I’ll be reviewing that in a few weeks. This means that we can upgrade from a double to a kingsize and have lots of room for cuddles with Daisy. I went through TopCashBack to earn 8% cashback on the base. It wasn’t cheap, however, I want something that is going to last. Also, I used Amazon vouchers to buy all the new bedding.
  • Used up items from freezer for meal plan. My lovely Mum is often picking me up yellow sticker items. I’m really grateful for that. Regularly I have a sort through to ensure that everything is used up.
  • Bought an item I wanted at auction. I’ve taken part in a couple of charity auctions recently. It is nice to help a good cause and also I got something I wanted for 20% of the RRP.
  • Walked everywhere. This week my husband has worked basically every day. When I wanted to go to the allotment I walked up with Daisy. This meant I exceeded 10,000 steps a day just walking to and from the allotment. Also, I was pushing Daisy in her pram + carrying the strimmer too! How I made it down all the stairs from our flat I don’t know!
  • Started sharing Netflix account. By sharing an account, and splitting the cost with a relative, I’m saving almost 40% per month. Over the year this works out to almost £27. Not bad!

Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week – 14th April

This week has been a good one. I’ve had more downtime from work. Going to the allotment regularly is something that I want to continue over the coming weeks. Our allotment is getting organised and we’ve got lots of planting to do. We will be on holiday in 10 days time so that week we won’t be frugal. Between now and then I want to earn a nice chunk of money so we can do lots of activities. Unusually for me we’ve not really booked anything yet!
I’m linking up with CassEmma  and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week’ linky.
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10 Responses

  1. Chammy April 14, 2017 / 8:02 am

    I’m loving all your allotment updates, really inspiring and getting me excited to start our veggie patch at home.

    Hop next week is a little better for you.

    • katykicker April 14, 2017 / 8:16 am

      Thank you, it is going well!
      Next week will be great – as long as I can see out of my eye again!

  2. Becky April 14, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    Good for you 5 fab frugal things thanks for joiing in! #5frugalthings

    • katykicker April 15, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      Thank you for having me – love the linky!

  3. Rabbit April 14, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Good idea on the Netflix account, Katy! Not sure if you / any of your family have Amazon Prime, but that has movies on & free 1 day delivery, and can also be shared – up to 5 family members, I think. Worth checking!

    I have a slightly unrelated question, but I trust you (having read your posts on MSE and TMS). I’m trying to pick a website host / package for a blog, and I’ve read soooo many different recommendations around the internet these past couple of days – I’m floundering with one-sided promotional reviews, and sadly feel more confused than ever! Hope you don’t mind me asking, but which website host / package are you with? Thanks for your time, hope you’re enjoying this lovely long weekend.

    • katykicker April 15, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      Hi – thanks for getting in touch! I do have Amazon Prime but I’ve never thought to share it – that is a great idea. Thanks. I’ll add my Mum I think! I’ve got an Amazon Student account so I think that might be slightly different. I’ll have to have a look.

      Personally I use Go Daddy, now they have a referral scheme but I’m not signed up so this is just my own opinion and not for me to get affiliate traffic… I see a lot of people recommending TSO Host and Another company I forget the name of but I know a blogger whose package expired and they wanted around £500 just to get her blog back. Which she had to pay! Shocking. I have a package that costs around £60 a year for domain hosting and the wordpress package too. I think you can pay monthly. They aren’t the cheapest, however, if you go through TopCashBack for the first year you might get a great deal, like I did. I paid around £11 or something like that. Then the next year was £100 odd but I went through live chat and negotiated a discount. Also, if you need a 30% off code I often get them emailed to me and they seem to be a unique code (that I have no use for as I don’t need any new services).
      The reason I think it is worth paying more is I’ve had to ring them at least 10 times in the 2 years+ I’ve had my blog. they ALWAYS answer the phone and ALWAYS help me. Even if I’ve done something stupid!
      Hope this helps and you can use the Contact tab to find my email if you want some more help or me to try and find you a 30% off code.

      • Rabbit April 17, 2017 / 11:19 am

        Thanks so much for the lovely, well thought out reply, Katy. You seem like a genuine, decent person. I’m a bit of a nerd (with a touch of the OCD!), and am in the process of making a spreadsheet comparing various providers and aspects of their service just for personal use, to better narrow things down. I didn’t think of Go Daddy, but thanks to your recommendation I’ll add them to the list and shall get my ‘Consumer Thinking Hat’ on! I may well get in touch again if I do end up going for Go Daddy – thanks again, you’re a star. =)

        • katykicker April 19, 2017 / 6:52 am

          You’re so welcome! When I took up my Go Daddy deal via Topcashback I saved a small fortune on that first year. Ideal if you’re just giving it a go to see how you do!

  4. Faith A. April 14, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Great savings with Netflix and the auction. I need to get inspired by your example at the allotment, and plant out some of the seedlings we’ve started on the kitchen windowsill. I always have great intentions about growing some of our own food, maybe this year I”ll manage something!

    • katykicker April 15, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      I’m sure you can! You don’t need to have a lot of time/effort to do things like potatoes or onions for example. However, why not grow something lovely like salad or flowers?

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