Five frugal things we’ve done this fortnight:
Yep, I’ve decided to stick to a fortnightly post for now. I love writing my list of thrifty choices (and accidents) but with an increased writing schedule, I’ve got to be reasonable. So here goes, some of the money-conscious things we’ve done over the last two weeks!
Comparing cheap business card printing
Remember I just mentioned my increased writing schedule?
Well, I’m running three blogs, as well as (putting off) writing a course. Now I need to get three separate sets of business cards, excluding one of the blogs. The first thing I thought of was going to Moo, but after I mentioned it in my Facebook group, I got an alternative suggestion: Instantprint.
So I did do the legwork and compared those two with Vistaprint and Snapfish – in a spreadsheet for thoroughness – but even with Moo’s sale, Instantprint came up cheaper for pretty much everything. I’m converted, and really glad I asked around first before shelling out more money than I needed to!
Free breakfast at work
This has less to do with any ingenuity on my part than with plain old good fortune.
I happened to skip breakfast one day before work due to running late, but just as I was about to give in and buy something to eat, I remembered that my manager had given me a voucher for a free breakfast from the cafeteria as a thank-you for work done over the summer.
At least I managed to use it straight away and not lose it at the bottom of my bag or wash it in my jeans pocket!
Buying second-hand lighting
At less than half of the original cost on eBay, I got a bargain bit of equipment to help with photographing my artwork, and my friend got rid of an item she no longer needed without having to list it for sale. Win-win!
Cut-price pet medicine
We only stumbled across this at the last minute, unfortunately! After having bought some worming tablets for our cats from Asda for over £5, we found the same brand on sale at Aldi, for £1.50!
Obviously it was gutting to have spent more than necessary the first time around, but we’re glad to be able to stock up at a lower price.
Challenging a dodgy receipt
It always pays to have a look at your supermarket shopping receipt to make sure you’ve been charged the right amount.
On our last trip to Aldi, we were actually overcharged £19.99, for a mysterious backpack that had never been scanned!
Over to you…
Done anything frugal this week? I’d love to hear about it!