This week I thought I’d dive back in again with the Five Fabulously Frugal Things linky! I haven’t done one of these for a few weeks. Truth be told, I was a bit hesitant to do one this week – it’s been a bit of a spendy patch (birthdays etc) and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to think of five things! It’s a great exercise to sit down and really think about what I’ve done to save money. It helps me realise I’ve done better than I thought, and keeps me focused for next week!
- I’ve kept up making my own lunches for work instead of buying them out! I usually make a batch of something on Sunday that will last the whole week. This week I’ve had roasted peppers and cherry tomatoes with couscous. It cost about £2 to make a batch that lasted four days. On the fifth day, I had lunch with my grandma. Even frugal people are allowed to buy lunch where grandmas are involved 🙂
Reading is a fab, frugal, life-improving and all round excellent hobby, and I have been reading a lot recently. I’ve read three books so far this month and am half way through two others. All except one came from the library! Would have got that last one from the library too, but it’s for a book club and the waiting list was too long.
- I’ve still been using Shopmium and CheckoutSmart to get discounts and freebies with my weekly shop. This week I got money off bread and yoghurt, which is always useful. Shopmium has some awesome deals at the moment which I’m going to hunt down at the weekend, including free Mikado, free Choco Leibnitz biscuits and £3.50 merlot!
- One of my goals this year is to get my savings rate up to 20%. I suddenly realised this week that I had been waiting for the magic day when I would have so much extra income that I wouldn’t even notice the missing money. Well, that’s not going to happen just yet, so I decided to just start increasing my savings rate little by little each month. I have an automatic transfer that goes into an ISA at the beginning of each month and this week I increased the March payment by £10 🙂 It won’t make a huge difference on its own, but the idea is that I will keep increasing it slowly and it won’t be so much of a shock to the budget!
- The last couple of weekends have been pretty busy (and pricey!) so I was happy to find that my husband and I both have the whole weekend free. Neither of us really want to do much, so hopefully that means not spending much either! We’ll probably go for a walk tomorrow. There are lots of nice walking routes near us but it’s hard to make the time sometimes, especially in winter when it’s dark after work. Frugal and healthy!
How has your week gone? Have you got any great frugal tips or achievements to share?