5 frugal things we’ve done this week…
I’ve had to finish this week’s post on my son’s desktop PC, as it seems my laptop battery has decided to simply stop. It looks like next week won’t be a frugal one at all! But each week’s worries to itself, right?
Here are my 5 frugal things for this week.
1 – Free cider from CheckoutSmart!
Yes, I haven’t been using my grocery cashback apps as much recently, but we got two bottles of cider for free, which should have been £1.80 each.
2 – Work perks to the rescue
I learned that through my workplace, I’m entitled to 5 – that’s right, 5 copies of Microsoft Office 2016 at home!
Now that I’m actually using my son’s PC, this has come in remarkably handy. Silver linings, right?What’s more, we can get Sophos antivirus software installed for free as well. It’s worth figuring out if there are any hidden perks that come with your job, that’s for sure.
3 – Downshifting brands
This isn’t something I can say that we often do, as we rarely buy branded items anyway! Still, it’s a surefire way to save money if you do.
We’d found some store brand chicken fillets for an alternative to a branded item that we’d started buying recently for quick lunches. It gives us twice as much for our money, and we’re all happy.
4 – Put some sewing skills to use
This week I finally had to make good on my promise to repair a broken zip on my husband’s backpack. Yes, I put it off because I just wasn’t in the mood for sewing, and zips are a major pain, aren’t they?
Still, he really wanted me to fix it instead of buying a cheap replacement, and he already had a zip. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be (I didn’t even use the zipper foot, so cheating helped) and he’s happy to have his trusty bike bag to use again.
5 – DIY bike repairs
Repairing our own bikes isn’t something I can claim to be capable of – this one is Lord Balders’ forté. He’s been fixing up the hydraulic brake lines on our mountain bikes this week, and using YouTube (always handy) to brush up on his knowledge.
As well as that, he’s been sourcing tools for the fix from eBay to keep the cost down. As long as I can actually hit the brakes when I need to and not end up in a hedge, I’m happy!
Over to you…
Next week will be an interesting one, I can tell! How has your frugal week been?