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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:
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!).
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!
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.
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.
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.)
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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