Five frugal things we’ve done this week?
I was struggling to think of one!
I was going to miss this week, but I thought I’d give it a go because to be honest, sometimes it’s good to stretch yourself. I didn’t think we’d been remarkably thrifty this week, so I was going to rehash our default habits and see if they passed muster… but actually, when I started to write I remembered a few things that I could claim!
1 – A fabulous yet frugal camping weekend
They finally got me to go camping! But not just any old camping – we went glamping in Yorkshire, and stayed in a sweet little camping pod in a woodland clearing.
It cost us £88 for the family and although we could have arrived a bit sooner, I think I thoroughly squeezed every bit of value from this weekend away, as it was just what I needed to clear my head and get back to real life.
2 – Quick thinking saved my sofa cushions from the horrors of childbirth
I’ve been consumed by my cat’s giving birth to a litter of kittens this week! It seemed that she was determined to have her babies right next to me on a comfy sofa instead of a cardboard box, but I managed to grab her in the nick of time and get her off of it.
I still had to whip the cushion cover off and hand wash it, but thank goodness for quick wits (and recognising what labour looks like, that took me back a few years) and removable covers.
This might be more of a fortunate quirk than anything I’ve done to save money, but it means I get to talk about the kittens again!
3 – Discovered a fantastic and cheap way to clean cat hair off the rug
Remember how my rug (and cat) ruined my life? Now I have two grown cats leaving their body weight in hair on my rug each day, it seems. How this is possible I don’t know, but it feels true.
Thanks to idling on Facebook for too long I stumbled across a video that opened my eyes and showed me the light – I made a new rug-cleaning tool by sticking my old shower squeegee onto the end of the broom handle, and voilà! A cat hair scraper that works MIRACLES. No more dreaming of buying an expensive vacuum cleaner.
4 – Superglue to the rescue for my cheap sunglasses
My sunglasses, which cost me all of £2, broke last week. I actually managed to squeeze some more value out of them (this week’s recurring theme) by repairing them with a bit of superglue from the pound shop…
5 – eBay to the rescue for my laptop battery
Last week I was in a panic because my laptop went on strike. I figured out that it would work without the battery, and bought a new (secondhand) one on eBay for £20.
Sure, it was £20 I hadn’t expected, but this laptop is the workhorse that powers several blogs, teaches me new things and keeps us all entertained in the evenings. £20 to keep things going sounds like a bargain to me!
Over to you…
What have your frugal things been for this week?