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As it is the summer holidays and I’ve got a bit of extra time on my hands, I thought I’d go full out this week and do my first ever Frugal Friday Five post. Although this is not my most frugal week ever (think: buying new garden furniture and an impromptu BBQ) there have still been some penny pinching moments that are worthy of recognition.
As a family we are generally very frugal and have been for a long time so when it comes to thinking of specific things to note in this post, I struggled a bit. However the five below are the ones that sprung to mind first.
Now both our children are big enough to go in bike seats we (Hubbie and I) have been able to head out on our bikes again. This week we wanted to go to our local garden centre and look at the garden furniture. Instead of all piling in the car we hopped on our bikes and made an event of it. The kids loved it, we got some exercise and we didn’t have to use the car.
As I have a lovely(!) selection of dietary requirements I’m quite used to packing a picnic whenever we head off on family adventures. Today, however, it was a bit of a mad rush to get out of the door to go fruit picking with some friends. The temptation was certainly there to make the decision to go the farm cafe but I chose to make some cheese twists at the last minute. Although this added to the last minute panic I did enjoy packing up our U Konserve tins and Klean Kanteen bottles. No waste from us, thank you!
Owing to the summer holidays, I’m trying to use my time to sort out the house and garden a bit too. We’ve got some decorating that needs doing but with all this beautiful weather we’ve been spending much more time outside so the garden has become the priority. I removed some flower pots from our patio the other day and, to my dismay, they had left behind marks. I really wanted to give the patio a clean. Therefore I asked around to see if anyone had a pressure washer we could borrow to save us buying or hiring one. Luckily a good friend has let us borrow his so I have been working on the patio this week. The bonus to this is that lawn is getting a good watering too.
Four weeks ago I returned to work after my maternity leave ended. I’m moving into a new classroom in September so spent some time collecting up my old resources and equipment ready for the new school year. On my travels I found a load of books that I had purchased for my various undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and concluded that I definitely did not need these anymore. At the end of term I brought them home and last night I put them all on eBay. Here’s hoping that someone wants them.
My blogging buddy Andrew at Capital Matters wrote a post this week called 3 Account Combo. In it, he talked about a current account from Nationwide that pays out a 5% interest rate. I love stuff like this because it is free money to me. I signed up at once and I’m quite excited to get everything set up and start generating some passive income. Things like this all help towards our mortgage free goals and eventual financial independence.
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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