Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week – 3rd March

I’ve really been enjoying being more frugal with my money since I joined in with this fantastic weekly linky. Each week I find myself thinking of ways that I can save money – and still enjoy the life that I want to live. Being frugal to me means enjoying what you want but not spending a fortune in the process. Or not overspending.

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Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week – 3rd March

  • Using my slow cooker. This is something that I do pretty much at least once a week. However, since starting this linky I have been using my slow cooker a lot more. This is the slow cooker that I have and I love it. It has a keep warm function too which is ideal for allowing you to have good portion control. I serve up smaller portions now knowing that we can come back to it if we want to. Last night we enjoyed this lovely slow cooker beef chilli.
  • Making Daisy homemade snacks. Like a lot of parents I spend a small fortune on buying Daisy ‘healthy’ snacks. I’ve now started making some of these myself. Overnight oats, popcorn and a few other goodies this week. Daisy doesn’t know the difference and loves almost all food (besides bananas) so that is good!
  • Baking midnight cookies. This week I wanted something sweet. If I had visited the supermarket I would have been sucked in to buying lots of nice goodies. I would have also spent a lot more than I needed to. I decided to bake these midnight cookies instead. They were lovely.
  • Re-using packaging for eBay sales. I had a little clear out a few weeks ago. I listed Daisy’s too small swimming costumes and a few other items – including coats. These didn’t sell for masses of money but after postage and fees I made around £20 profit. I then used this to buy Daisy socks, vests, tights and a few other bits in the clothing sale at Sainsburys. By using old packaging that I had received PR samples and other items in I saved another £1.
  • Using a local flower seller. I am a lover of flowers. They make my home feel brighter. Also, they bring my mood up every time I look at them. What I don’t love is the prices that the supermarket charge for flowers that seem to die really fast. I have started to use a local flower seller and I was able to get HUGE bunches of daffodils for just £1. Then the next week his offer was 5 bunches for £2 so I split them with my Mum. The flowers are always whatever is seasonal. This means I’m getting a broader selection than the ones that the supermarket sell.

    Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week – 3rd March

I feel like I’ve done really well again this week. Since joining this linky I have been in my kitchen more and I have gone back to saving the pennies again. The small amounts really do add up. I’ve used some of the money I saved in February to buy us theatre tickets for my husband’s 30th Birthday.

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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Five Fabulously Frugal Things I've Done This Week - 3rd March 2017

16 Responses

  1. Chammy March 3, 2017 / 9:43 am

    I love fresh flowers, especially daffs <3 Those midnight cookies look yummy, might have to give them a whirl too.

    • katykicker March 3, 2017 / 10:46 pm

      Me too, was sad the flower man wasn’t there this weekend!

  2. Becky March 3, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Just lovely and I always teuse packaging too save so much #5frugalthings

    • katykicker March 3, 2017 / 10:47 pm

      I was surprised at how quickly the little bits added up with packaging!

  3. Caz March 3, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I often re-use packaging too, can save quite a bit by doing that over time! Only problem is I have a cupboard full of empty bags and boxes…

    • katykicker March 3, 2017 / 10:47 pm

      I’ve got a bit of a collection now – I think it drives my husband mad!

  4. Faith A. March 3, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Such a good use of eBay, to sell outgrown kids’ clothes and raise money for new ones. I really need to get my act together and do it more. Love the daffodil pic!

    • katykicker March 3, 2017 / 10:48 pm

      Thank you, figured it was time for a new change! Roll on Spring hey. I figure if I sell the clothes the gifts from people go even further too!

  5. Lynn James March 3, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    I love to have fresh flowers in the house and now is the perfect time with the cheap daffs around. Love tulip too.

    • katykicker March 3, 2017 / 10:48 pm

      Me too. It really lifts the spirits doesn’t it!

  6. Sarah @tortoisehappy.com March 3, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    It’s awesome when being frugal leads you to having money to spend on something more important to you! I have been baking more since discovering a homemade hobnobs recipe (bake time a little longer at 15 mins) and since Mum and Dad got me a hand mixer, so I means whisking up a cake mix is only a minute’s work 🙂

    • katykicker March 3, 2017 / 10:49 pm

      I love those homemade hobknobs. I’ve made those a few times. Yummy! A hand mixer is always so convenient isn’t it. I’ve got a stand one now but it is a little bit bulky at times. And so much to wash up!

  7. Cass Bailey March 4, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Ooooh I am loving fresh flowers lately but pretty much limited to whatever is on offer at the supermarket!

    • katykicker March 7, 2017 / 10:56 am

      I went on Saturday but the flower man wasn’t there. I found out that he travels for several hours to sell in our town and stays in a hotel overnight (works two days). There must be a LOT of money to be made to do that!! Quite a few of his bouquets are £1 – £3!

  8. Lyndsey O'Halloran March 4, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    I really need to try to make Erin some snacks. Those oat bars in the shops are so expensive!

    • katykicker March 7, 2017 / 10:56 am

      They are so convenient though aren’t they! I’m guilty of buying those sometimes too!

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