We’ve made some super savings this week by being frugal. Here we are sharing in the hope that you too can have a think about some of the ways you have made some saving, and other ways you could have saved more too.
Also I’m offering you a freebie that you will be delighted with.
Prom Season Super Savings
I don’t know about you but when I went to Secondary school, there was no such thing as prom. In fact, I went to college and then University and there still was no such thing.
I’m glad now too because I most certainly would not want to splash out any cash but also would not want to miss out either. And for sure, our parents wouldn’t have been able to afford it.
Well, the kids these days have prom as an integral part of their educational experience and I certainly would not want to deny them the experience. However, I do not want to fork out large sums so they can enjoy a few hours of prom time.
This year, I have two young people who have prom so I reckon if I were to go with the crowd and splash out, then prom could easily cost me over £1000. No way! I cant afford that. You can check out the savings I made on prom two years ago when the now 18 year old was having her high school prom.
Well this year, since my 18-year-old has herself a part-time job, she has been able to pay for her requirements for prom herself. (You gotta raise them right!) She didn’t go the expensive route either. She wore the same shoes that I had blinged up for her 2 years ago when she went to her first prom.
And she went for a black dress without all the shiny bits and the cost was reasonable. She sourced it at Everything Five Pounds. They have really nice dresses for a fraction of the cost and most people don’t even know about that amazing site.
She went to a nail bar to get her nails done. That cost £30, which was the biggest cost of prom and I am proud to say that I did her hair myself! Normally that would cost about £65. And on top of that, she would have to provide her own products.
My younger daughter was having her first prom and I am so glad she was enthralled with the dress the older one wore 2 years ago, so I saved it for her. She looked just as beautiful in it.
Some parents I think wouldn’t do that but for me, it was ok. They go to different schools, have different friendship groups and I didn’t force her to wear it, she wanted to.
Her nails were done at the same nail bar, thanks to a gift voucher I had bought her in April for her birthday. At the time, I did ‘suggest’ that she save it for prom time and she did! Phew!
Her make-up she did herself and again, I did her hair and she was really pleased. So prom for two girls cost less than £200!
Super Savings from Free ‘Solar’ Light
At night, for safety reasons, we always leave one light on in the house. Most times, it’s the light downstairs in the hallway or it might be the light on the landing upstairs and occasionally it has been the light in the upstairs bathroom.
Well, as you know, this uses a little electricity which means money spending. It is only a little, but every little adds up.
So I was really pleased to be gifted a motion sensor solar light. You know me. I love a freebie. With my solar light, in the daytime, I put it in the conservatory to charge up and then at night time I just place it on the stairs and it gives a lovely bright glow which dims when there is no movement.
Then when one of us get up in the night, it senses the motion and shines bright. I count that as big savings over time. This comes with a big recommendation from me as well as I think each of us need to do what we can to save the earth. So cliche I know, but so true and practical.
Savings From Free Sunlight
For the past couple of days, most of us have been basking in the amazing sunshine that is around. Whilst many bare a lot of flesh at this time, I take the opportunity to wash any and everything in my home that can be washed. Duvets, blankets, towels, thick bedding, mats and rugs and of course clothes get washed and put out in the sun to dry.
The smell and feel, once they are sun-dried, is amazing and I am glad that I don’t have to use an electrical dyer, I don’t have one anyway. Haha!
So I count myself blessed to have free sunshine for many hours each day. I also am grateful because I have one child who is prone to having Vitamin D deficiency so when there is an abundance, I encourage her to soak up some. After all, it is free and saves the NHS some money at least.
Super Savings From a Baby Gift
After my firstborn, I had to return to work after 3 months. My baby was left in the care of a lady who provided excellent care. She herself had two children, one of whom I fell in love with.
She had the most beautiful eyes and I often told the nanny that I was going to ‘steal’ her daughter. Well, fast forward 18 years later and I have just heard that this ‘child’ is expecting her first child. I was delighted to learn and the first thing that came to mind after the excitement subsided was ‘What can I get the baby as a gift?’
Almost right away, I thought, make her a blanket. So that is exactly what I am doing now. I am making her shades of pink crotchet blanket in waffle stitch. It will be big and beautiful and will cost me just the money for the wool, about £10.
I know it will be loved and treasured for a long time to come. And to think that the real cost would be nearer to £100 if I were to buy it, puts a smile on my face. I have got a pleased look on my face now, just thinking about it.
I am also going to be gifting her a cuddly little pink hedgehog that I made. If you have a skill or can do craft of any sort, consider using that skill when you think of gifting. After all, handcrafted gifts might give more pleasure to the receiver! Think about it.
Savings from Meal Planning
Meal planning continues to be an integral part of our plan to save money. There was an additional dimension this week. We decided to not buy any drink or teas this week but to have our hydration completely from what we have at home in the fridge, freezer or in the garden.
So far we have managed some savings as at-home drinks for the week could cost about £10. So instead we have made, smoothies, iced teas, and milkshakes. They have been a welcome addition as it has been so hot recently. Try it. Especially if you have fruit trees in your garden, you can go on quite an inventive adventure. Make the kids a part of it too. they will love it!
So for the giveaway, you have the chance of winning for yourself a portable sun lounger! How cool is that? Just comment telling us anything you have done recently to save money. That’s it! And just like that you could be the winner of this giveaway.