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This week I decided to take this weekly post back to basics and just talk about five frugal things I’ve done this week. We have been bless to have some awesome weather this week and it has meant that we’ve really been able to enjoy the garden and stay playing out there into the evening too. For us family time is a huge motivator for continuing our frugal ways. It allows us to work less and spend more time together. Therefore this week has been big for frugal family fun.
As a family we love cycling. My husband cycles to work and I’m definitely more of a recreational cyclist. But we love it! We have bike seats and a trailer for the kids to go in and they love coming along with us as we explore the world. For us, bikes are an essential item. They save money, are eco-friendly and keep us healthy. If you haven’t got a bike, you can pick one up for cheap on Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree. I recently sold one on there for a fiver so you can absolutely get yourself a bargain!
On Monday I returned home from work to find that my husband had found an old cardboard box (a huge one at that) and had turned it into a canvas for our children. The kids were plastered in paint but having the best time. The kids were entertained by this for HOURS over SEVERAL days. And aside from a few squirts of paint this entertainment cost us nothing.
My eldest reminded me the other day of how easy and cheap entertaining small children can be. I asked her what she would like to do with her afternoon. I gave her all sorts of elaborate suggestions and all she wanted to do was go to “the roundabout park.” Now “the roundabout park” is simply our local park. It has a slide, some awfully heavy swings and a roundabout. That’s about it! However, my eldest wants to go there everyday. So we do! It’s completely free and the walk there is reasonable exercise. We’ve got another park nearby too. Sometimes we go wild and do both parks in one outing. Wow!
It was my husband’s birthday at the weekend. I decided that it would be good fun to make some cakes with the kids and that it would double up as both his birthday cake and a fun activity. We had most of the ingredients already in the cupboard. Those we didn’t have, I got fairly cheaply from Aldi anyway. We spent a good half an hour mixing the cake mix and spooning it into the cases. Once it they were baked and cooled, we made loads of mess decorating them with the help of Nanny and Grandad. After that we had the pleasure of singing “Happy Birthday” and eating them all up.
As a teacher, I do quite a lot of photocopying. Now either I am a complete idiot who is destined to never fully understand how to use a photocopier or the bloody things are nearly impossible to use. Whatever the reason, I normally end up with at least one or two unwanted versions before I figure out the right settings to make it do what I want. Rather than bin these disasters, I bring them home for my children to draw all over. Both my children love drawing and buying them enough paper to meet their drawing needs would require me to remortgage. Therefore by rounding up discarded paper, not only do I save the environment a little bit, but also save myself some money. Plus the kids are happy for a few more minutes. Win!
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 Cass, Emma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Frugal things I’ve done this week’ linky.
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