Frugal Friday Five – Sorting the Money – 17th August 2018

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It’s week three for my Frugal Friday Five and at first I did not think that this was going to be a frugal week.  After dropping and breaking one of our three remaining dinner plates, I kind of snapped.  This resulted in spending spree replacing all the things that we have been “coping” with for a while.  Well I didn’t replace ALL the things but I did spend some money trying to make myself feel better, but luckily I stopped myself and reverted back to my default frugal state.  The latter part of this week turned out to be awesomely frugal.  Here’s what happened:

 

Made our own popcorn

As the weather continued to stay well, British!  I decided to look for indoor activities to entertain the kiddies this week.  These usually turn into expensive affairs involving some sort of soft play hell, but on Tuesday I remembered that our local cinema offers a toddler session for £3.  Bargain!  To make things even cheaper I dug out our popcorn kernels and made some sweet popcorn to take with us.  I completely overestimated the amount we needed and there is now enough popcorn to take to every cinema trip until my youngest goes to uni (she’s 1!).

 

Fuel voucher

Tesco gave us a voucher for 10p off each litre of fuel with our shopping delivery last week.  Usually I am terrible at remembering to use these and they sit in my purse until they expire.  This week however, the fuel light came on not far from our Tesco filling station so I got the chance to use my voucher.  I think I saved about £6.  As they say, every little helps!

 

Additional reward points

With this quarter’s Clubcard statement I received some coupons for extra Clubcard points.  Normally, I find these are for things that I bought once for a recipe that I have since decided I don’t like and I never intend to purchase those ingredients again.  This time they were for useful stuff, like cucumber.  In total I added an extra 125 Clubcard points to our statement with this week’s shop and nothing was an “off-the-list” purchase.

 

Signed up to Shoppix

After posting on Instagram that I was completing all the surveys on the bottom of my receipts, someone asked if I had signed up to Shoppix.  I hadn’t!  But I have now.  Shoppix is an app where you upload your receipts for market research purposes and in exchange they give you points back.  Once you have enough points you can get Amazon vouchers or PayPal etc.  Yes it isn’t big money but you can do it quickly after each shop and let the points build slowly.  If you fancy it, you can sign up here and use my referral code (2T28CJN4) and we will both get an extra 200 points.

 

Cancelled TV licence

This is the big one for me this week.  We pay annually and it was coming up for renewal, so I had a good long think about whether we needed it.  With some gentle nudging from my husband and with the advice from Katykicker’s post, I took the plunge and it is gone.  AND I sacked off Netflix in the process too.  That is a saving of approximately £250 this year.  I’m currently very happy with this decision.  (Although I might change my mind when the new season of The Apprentice starts.  I really don’t know why I like that programme so much.)

 

What have you done?

You’ve heard from me but I’d love to take further inspiration from you.  Let me know what you’ve been up to.  Or, like me, you can link up with CassEmma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Frugal things I’ve done this week’ linky.

 

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It's time for my Frugal Friday Five again. This week inclded a big sort out of money and we removed some big expenses from the budget. #budget #frugal #savingmoney #lookingafteryourpennies

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14 comments

Oh my! I need your discipline. These are all great ideas and thanks for sharing!

Charlotte Jessop

I probably come across more disciplined than I am. Perhaps next week I’ll do Frivolous Friday Five instead!

Ann Snook-Moreau

These are all great ideas! I just cashed out my coupon savings on Checkout 51 for the first time this week.

Charlotte Jessop

Woohoo! It is always great when some of your money comes back to you.

I have found that TV definitely isn’t necessary for me. For the most part, I watch everything online or listen to podcasts. That’s one of my favorite ways to save money! Also, coupons are great, but like you sometimes I have a hard time remembering!

Charlotte Jessop

I, initially, moved to watching things online and then found I was doing it less and less and actually do more reading and crafts.

I’m a big couponer. I had a good CVS haul from rolling last week’s ECBs into this week’s sales and deals. Plus – I earned more ECBs for next week!

Charlotte Jessop

Yay! Well done!

I’m not sure if we have Shoppix in the U.S., but we have similar platforms like Ebates. It definitely adds up 🙂

Charlotte Jessop

All these apps are worth the few seconds they take to use. Thanks for your comment!

I’m going to have a look into that app and start doing the surveys on receipts. What a good idea 💗

Charlotte Jessop

It is very simple to use. Hope you like it!

Oh, I love the Aprerentice too! Well done you a great frugal a week #5frugalthings

Charlotte Jessop

Yeah it wasn’t too bad! It’s nice to reflect on my accomplishments each week.

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