Frugal Friday Five – And it’s raining! – 10th August 2018

August 10, 2018

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The rain has finally caught up with us!  We have had weeks and weeks and months and months without rain here.  There was a thunderstorm a couple of weeks ago but that was short-lived.  Finally we have decent amount of rain and the grass has a slight green tint to it.  However, wet weather generally leads to an uptick in spending on my part.  In an attempt to keep the kids happy and entertained I normally start splashing the cash, but I have managed to be fairly frugal this week.  On that note, here are my Frugal Friday Five:


Shopping the yellow labels

I love a reduced item.  But online shopping means that you miss out on these bargains.  Therefore, I was so excited when I had to pop to Tesco the other day and get some extra milk (my parents were coming and they love tea) and saw some great bargains.  I stocked up and used them to inform my meal planning for this week.  Check out this week’s meal planning post here.


Cleaning the car

Before the rain set in, we were still lucky enough to have a few sunny days.  Therefore, I suggested that my husband and eldest child clean the car.  They did a great job and it came up super shiny.  All they needed was a bucket and sponge.  It doubled up as a great way to keep cool too as they had good fun splashing each other with the water.  I’ve only ever paid to have my car cleaned once and that was by a couple of kids from over the road who amazed me with the entrepreneurial spirit (they had business cards!!).


Bulk buying

I made a rare visit to Aldi this week whilst on the hunt for clothes pegs.  They unfortunately did not have any so I will have to continue with my rather elaborate pegging skills until the ones I ordered from eBay show up.  However, the plus side to this little visit was that I got to check out all the bargains and stock up on a few things.  We now have a lot of maple syrup and toilet roll but we should be good for a few weeks now.


Shopping surveys

A clear out of my purse prompted a bit of a survey binge this week.  My favourites are the Tesco surveys because you get 25 clubcard points for each one.  Given that you can triple up, this is effectively 75p for each one.  Plus you get entered into a competition to win a £1000 gift card.  This was what I did every time my youngest wanted breastfeeding for a couple of days.  Also did a few from other shops too, but those were purely for the competitions.


Secondhand shopping

With the arrival of the rain we realised that our youngest had outgrown her rain suit and that we should probably get her a new one.  I strongly object to overpaying for kids clothes, especially when they are little and need new ones every couple of months.  Luckily, we have an excellent nearly new shop just down the road and even better was that all the summer stock was half price.  This included a rain suit that fits my daughter perfectly.  I also treated us to an Orchard Toys game which gave me a total spend of £3.  Happy with that!


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.


Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

The rain is here and that always causes my spending to go up. Therefore, it is particularly important for me to reflect on my frugal habits, so check out this week's Frugal Friday Five. #frugal #savingmoney #budgeting #lookingafteryourpennies

2 responses to “Frugal Friday Five – And it’s raining! – 10th August 2018”

  1. Dan says:

    A great read!

  2. Flint says:

    I love getting my shopping online but I definitely miss the reduced section, those yellow labels are the best

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