First off is card making, I really need to do more in advance so that birthdays and so on stop creeping up on me so I am on that this week and here are a couple I made for friends birthdays last week.
Next is food bargains, we really have been better this year at not wasting so much food and I have to say I no longer have a load to throw out of the fridge when we have been shopping. I think this is mainly due to always checking before we go out and making extra for the freezer. This past week I have had two meals from the freezer that were a result of freezing the left over portion. This comes in useful as I am often eating differently to the rest of the family ( due to the GF) so cooking just for me can be a pain.
We always check out the reduced section and this week we have got asparagus for 28p.
Citrus drink for 15p, we don't often buy pop but the children like it occasionally. We usually stick to dilute.
We bought a couple of bottles of this and it is really nice, not too sweet, from Asda.
I also got a 2.5kg bag of potatoes for 10p, a pineapple for 10p and three peppers for 49p. All of these items were perfectly fine so it really is worth checking the reduced goods.
My next saving this week is exercising, now for the past couple of years I have a swim card. This did give me a good deal on savings while I was using it, I used to go two to three times a week and the yearly fee cost me less than if I went once a week. However I let my membership lapse earlier this year as I was no longer enjoying going.
The timings when swim club wasn't on were awkward, there were a few times the showers were not working, when it was open to public it was getting very busy and you couldn't swim properly without getting stressed argh! The list goes on so I stopped.
I do think it's important to exercise so in addition to walking my dogs I do pilates from home using online videos and more recently this fabulous workout I found at sweatybetty it is great you alternate intense exercise with a cardio and is well worth a look. There is loads you can find for free, I'm not saying I will not use the pool ever again I'm just not going to tie in to a membership or make it a weekly must do.
Frugal saving number four is my 2016 Diary which is the same as last year only with new inserts which can be found and printed here I used this last year and as you only use a bit of your diary most of the time what is the point in paying loads for a new one. I find it is the notebook pages that get most use so just get one of your notebooks and add some diary inserts to the front or back section.
I tend to stick mine in along with a motivational picture, then add a book mark of a paperclip for the month we are on.
Finally my last item is my library books, I have had some great ones this year not all of which have been listed. Irma Voth was a recent favourite, I am currently reading How is the Internet Changing the Way You Think . I did not hit my target of a book a week but then some of them were much bigger and heavier reading than others. I have also bought a few which I now think were unnecessary although not expensive but as I really can get most stuff from the library it is sometimes just impatience. This is something I will keep a check on in the new year, I do like to own favourites, but rarely read them again so maybe I need to start and photograph them along with a few notes and just keep this in a file?
So there they are, my minor savings. Has anyone else still managed to have some frugal successes during the Christmas week?