5 Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week

Half term can be expensive - here are 5 frugal things we've done to make this past week more affordable! Click on the picture to read more about my 5 frugal things on homelyeconomics.com

5 Frugal things I’ve done this week –

Half term week is an expensive one for most families, and although it’s a bit different for us as Little Balders goes away to visit relatives in the school holidays, we still had our share of expenses. Here are the 5 frugal things we did to make it a more affordable week!


1. Cheap shopping with gift cards

We had a planned shopping trip mid-week and used a £50 Primark gift card that we paid only £36 for, thanks to Zeek. Lord Balders is a huge Zeek fan now! I know fast fashion isn’t the most sustainable choice, but we make our cheap clothes last for absolutely ages and don’t do more than one or two of these shops a year.


2. Free bread!

Although I’ve not been paying attention to my cashback apps as much recently (not enough headspace for everything at once it seems!) we scored some free Hovis seeded bread through CheckoutSmart. I love getting freebies that we’d buy anyway; it feels more like a frugal win than an extra treat.

Free Hovis bread from CheckoutSmart - one of the frugal things I did this week.
Free Hovis bread from CheckoutSmart!

3. Wombling

On the same supermarket trip we used two Asda Price Guarantee Coupons to get a whopping 86p off our bill, and I wombled a receipt that yielded a whole 4p off my next shop. Ok, not stunning results, but the tiny things at least go some way towards making up for where we don’t save as much as we could.


4. Ditching TalkTalk and getting paid

I was excited to see £110 cashback track from TopCashback for switching my broadband from TalkTalk at last to BT Fibre – more expensive on paper, but we weren’t getting the service we were paying TalkTalk for, and we’ll get £110 cashback as well as a £100 prepaid Mastercard from BT. The upgrade is totally worthwhile, as we don’t watch tv so the internet is our main entertainment and information expense. We’re so happy about switching away that the money’s just gravy!

One of 5 Frugal Things I did - getting cashback for switching broadband.


5. Cheap motoring

We had a long drive to Birmingham to pick Little Balders up from a visit to his father’s house. We do this at the beginning and end of most school holidays, and as the trip is inevitable, we’ve learned to save money on fuel by driving a bit more slowly and carefully. It’s hard for me sometimes as I do love to put my foot down!


What about you? Done anything frugal recently? Let me know in the comments below!


I’m linking up with Cass, Emma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal things I’ve done this week’s linky.


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  1. I’m using Zeek exactly the same way, a few quid here and there soon adds up. So far I’ve used them for Sainsburys, Sports Direct, the cinema and Costa Coffee and saved a decent amount in the process. I’ve got to the point where I don’t go shopping without checking it first now!

    1. Yes, it’s great when you get a big discount, but even the little ones add up really quickly! I’m definitely a fan 🙂

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