When you think you have everything under control, things always seem to happen to throw spanners (sometimes big ones) in the works.
I am determined to live a frugal lifestyle where I downsize, declutter, recycle, spend less, and save more. These are just a few of the things I do. But with all my good intentions, things don’t always go the way I’ve planned.
I will share with you some of the frugal things I did this week and also the side things that happened to try to steer me off the right path.
No Spend Week
I am pleased to say that the amount of disposable income that I started the week with, has not been touched. I could have gone shopping to pick up a few grocery items that I wanted, but I just know I would have come home with other things that I didn’t plan for. So no, I didn’t go out shopping and I’ve managed to do the whole week without those items!
On the other hand, my son has called home from Australia saying he’d like to come home soon (rather than July as planned), so I’ve got to think of a way to get him a cheap flight home in a couple months! If you know of any deals going …
I love my son dearly and would love to have him home but if he could just wait until July. But then again, the flight prices might be more expensive then!
Doing my own Hair
I can’t believe how much I’ve saved by not going to the hairdressers at all! Apart from paying to get my hair shampooed and trimmed etc, I find that they are always showing me some product or other that they think will benefit my hair. And trust me, the products are always more expensive than they are the shops that sell hair products! And they must now think that
silly stupid is written across my forehead, as whatever product they show me, I always end up with it in my handbag instead of my money.
So I’ve saved loads by washing my own hair and then getting my awesome twin sister to style it for me. I’m very pleased with this saving. Now I only spend money on the products I want and make sure that they do last me a long time.
Using the ingredients I already have in the kitchen cupboards has helped me to make some amazing meals. I always find that some of the nicest meals you can have are ones where you don’t quite have everything that you need so you make do with what you have. For example, one day, I did a whole pot of chili con carne but as I had no kidney beans, I used canned baked beans. The dish was delicious and we were licking our lips long after.
I can proudly say that I didn’t have any takeaway meals this week. I made my own and I am better off for it because it is cheaper and better for my waistline. Supermarket ready meals contain a lot of additives and preservatives that my meals don’t have. One day I even managed to use up the rest of my growing potatoes to make some tasty spicy wedges
On the negative front, I didn’t get my daily walks in this week. It was rather cold and icy and it was a perfect excuse to stay in and write. I am well aware that there may well be consequences to pay in the long term if I do not increase my daily workout regime. More on that next time.
Can you think of one frugal thing you did this week that will see you save some money? Sure you can! Share it with us in the comments below.