Five frugal things we’ve done this fortnight:
The cherry trees have finished flowering and the lilac has started to bloom. Watching plants and shrubs flower and reveal themselves for the first time has been a real treat. Here are some more highlights from our frugal fortnight:
New compost caddy!
This might not seem too exciting, but trust me, I’m excited. We bought a simple Addis compost caddy from the supermarket, and it fits perfectly next to the sink and cooker. Now I’ve got a much more efficient way of collecting our food scraps and it looks great too.
It means more of those tricky things like coffee grounds that used to end up going down the sink and causing problems can end up where they’re supposed to be, and it’s easier for the rest of the family to get on board with composting.
It was a cheap little present to myself that’ll pay off big in the long run.
Bargain domain names
Ok, so I know that most families won’t be bothered about domain names, but faffing around with blogs is a hobby I just love, and what’s better than getting a bargain on something you love?
I had a longing to register a particular domain but it was coming in at about £9, so I did a bit of shopping around. I then found a deal from Names.co.uk that gave me a domain for free for a year. I decided to pay 99p for the domain privacy option (always do it) and ended up spending £5.95 total for three domains – I mean, that’s a bargain!
One of the newest listings I added to Etsy sold this week – so strange that after all of the promotion that I put into some products, the one that I did absolutely nothing to push ended up selling!
Well, I guess it’s the difference between selling something that’s an end product and something like a craft supply that someone needs to create their own products. I’ll be adding more of the latter kind to see what happens.
Discounted cinema tickets (with faffing)
A few months ago I wrote about how I got a new work perk in the form of Cinema Society membership. I wasn’t sure about it at the time as it didn’t seem to stack up with prices at our local cinema, but I put it on the back burner and when Lord Balders mentioned taking Little Balders to see the latest Avengers movie, I checked to see if it would make it any cheaper.
Turns out it did, but when we got to the cinema our codes wouldn’t go through! They were accepted after a few awkward minutes of faffing with the tills, but it definitely made the husband swear off using it again. Still, at least we did ok with them at the time.
Selling our old car
At last, the latest banger has shifted for the princely sum of £80. Pretty decent considering it had a flat and had to be picked up – I’ve added it to the list of bangers bought and sold in my secondhand cars post.
Over to you…
What are your frugal achievements this week? Let me know in the comments below!