Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done – 16th June 2017
- Virgin Trains sale. This week I managed to get all my travel booked for my Blog Conference-Extravaganza in September. I’ve previously booked the Megabus from Sheffield to London but still needed to book travel from London to Manchester, then Manchester to Sheffield; not on the Megabus. I’ve been waiting for the advance tickets on the Trainline to become available but on Wednesday night Virgin Trains kicked off their sale. I got a single from London to Manchester for £11 – yes ELEVEN POUNDS! Ok, it’s not as cheap as my £3.30 ticket to get there but it’s a late night journey and would cost around £90 on the day; I grabbed KatyKicker her ticket and bagged myself 30p in cashback. I then got my ticket to Sheffield for £6.50, opting for the later train home which is £2 cheaper meaning I can spend that on some dinner while I wait.
- Eating once a day. This might sound wrong but trust me I’m not starving myself or anything. Over the last five weeks I’ve been on a diet that has seen my appetite drop to almost non-existence. This plan, coupled with intermittent fasting, now has me eating one meal a day. Why is this frugal? Well, our shopping bill has almost halved. If I planned better then we could probably get it down even further.
- Saving money baking a cake. Eban had a bake off this week at school, with the cake going towards the school fayre cake sale. I haven’t baked a cake in a while so had little to no ingredients in, except staples such as flour, sugar and eggs. I thought to save time and money I’d buy pre-made pipable frosting which was cheaper than getting in icing sugar, butter and trex to make my own buttercream. Well, it was cheaper but I wasn’t happy. It was difficult to pipe, impossible to spread and it didn’t cover the cake like it was supposed to. So, although frugal I won’t be buying it again.
- Vipon, again. Picked up a few bits on Vipon again this week, mostly weird things I want to try and use on my YouTube Channel. Some of it is useful to me personally but other things are more for a “Does this thing really work” kind of series. It’s cheaper than buying it at full price so it’s a win.
- Avoided the yellow stickers. I’m terrible for visiting the discount section in Asda on a DAILY basis to see what I can find. Most weeks this might add an extra £10+ on to the cost of the weekly shop just because it’s been reduced. It then sits in the freezer and will get used, eventually. This week I’ve made a point to not go in to Asda purely to see what has been discounted so I’ve saved that and managed to get the freezer contents down slightly.