Five fabulously frugal things I did this week (11 Nov)

Picture of a tiny pink rose

Miniature rose on the kitchen windowsill

 

We’ve had quite a peaceful week, pottering along with school and work, after the excitement of Hallowe’en and a fireworks party the week before. Must be the calm before the C-word storm!

Here’s my round up of the five frugal things we fitted in:

 

Picture of my children riding through a tunnel when we were out for a country walk

Afternoon light

Headed out for a country walk

One of the highlights last weekend was heading out along the nearby railway walk. Initially my son wasn’t keen (translation: utter refusal), but we insisted on bundling everyone out of the door. Once outside, he got stuck into racing off to explore, clambering through the undergrowth and selecting sticks to poke in mud. My daugher hared ahead on her bike, zooming down slopes and stopping to climb trees. The afternoon light was particularly lovely and I’m so glad we went. Since moving out of London, I really appreciate being able to go for country walks straight from our front door. As an added bonus, it didn’t cost a penny.

 

Picture of two packs of MOR sausages, which I got paid to eat and review for Red WigWam

Veg-stuffed sausages

Got paid to eat sausages

Back at home, we celebrated Bonfire Night with suitably seasonal food: sausages. Ages ago, I signed up for Red WigWam*. It’s a site that matches people with part-time and quick jobs, including roles that might only involve working for an hour or so from home.

I was matched to a job offering to refund two packs of MOR sausages, when ordered via online supermarket shopping, plus £7.50 for reviewing them. I was intending to buy sausages anyway, and figured the money would help cover the delivery cost, so I gave it a whirl.

Afterwards, I had to submit a photo of the receipt and screen shots of the reviews I left online, and answer a couple of questions. Here’s the real advantage: got the sausages on Saturday, submitted the info on Monday, money in my account on Tuesday! Speedy stuff. Here’s the link* if you want to check out RedWigWam.

 

Picture of food for Bonfire Night with baking potatoes, marshmallows and bonfire cake

£2.07 spent, £1 cashback

Claimed cashback on Bonfire Night food

Checking out cashback on food suitable for #FoodBankAdvent (post here) meant I also spotted some supplies for Bonfire Night. TopCashback Snap & Save* was offering 30p off any pack of four baking potatoes, and 30p off any 200g pack of 200g and 40p off (deep breath) McVitie’s Lyle’s Golden Syrup Bonfire Toffee Cake.

The baked potatoes went well with the RedWigWam sausages, and my daughter in particular is a big fan of marshmallows.

I meant to put the cake in our #FoodBankAdvent box, but the December  ‘best before’ date was too short to be suitable. Food banks really need items that will last for many more months. The kids were glad to scoff it instead.

End result: I spent £2.07, but claimed a quid as cashback. It all adds up!

 

Picture of red and blue striped BAM socks, with red heels

Free socks. Bonus.

Sent some free socks

I’m not a big fan of junk mail, but last weekend I was sent a catalogue for BAM, the bamboo clothing company, which included a free pair of socks. So many cheers for cosy, if strangely striped, toes.

Picture of the Game of Life board game

Great game, tiny cost

Combined a voucher, cashback and offer

Nearly managed to end this post without mentioning Christmas – but I’ve cracked.

I used a £10 off code emailed by Argos to buy a board game as a Christmas present. Cue rose-tinted visions of the whole family playing together, unstuck from screens (will let you know how well that one goes).

True to money-saving form, I chose The Game of Life, which is all about seeing where choices with money take you. It was recommended by my friend Kara, over at Your Best Friend’s Guide to Cash. Hopefully this will be a healthier way to teach my kids about cash than my previous attempts with chocolate.

Currently, The Game of Life is 25% off at Argos, at £16.49 (link here). I was prompted to buy it this week because Quidco*, the cashback website, was offering a £2.50 bonus on any purchase over £5, plus 1% cashback on Argos Fast Track sales. Oh, and by using my  cashback credit card, I also got another 1% towards it.

So adding up the offer, voucher and assorted cashback, and a present that would normally cost £21.99 actually cost £3.66. I’ll count that as a frugal win.

 

Now over to you – what were your frugal highlights this week? Do share your tips in the comments, I’d love to hear!

 

I’m linking up with CassEmma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal things I’ve done this week’ linky.

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5 Comments

  1. Kathryn Hipkin
    November 11, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Sounds good.
    I have felt absolutely awful this week, full of cold but at least it’s only £1 for 5 sachets of Beechams lemon at Wilkinsons. (Tesco seem to think they’re doing a good deal at £5.35 for 10 sachets!)
    Did score at Tesco when their thick Richmond sausages were reduced from £2 to £1 so bought a load of those and stuck them in the freezer.
    The tesco clubcard vouchers of £17 arrived and we have managed not to be ABSOLUTELY desperate and spend them on food straightaway so they are there as an emergency backup or MAY be used for some of the deals (this has NEVER happened before!)
    Also have a full coffee card to spend at McD when absolutely broke. Not that anyone there seemed to know how to pay for coffee with a full card via the machines they have now got, so quite pleased that they do still have a cashier as well. (They’ll probably just do away with the loyalty cards, said Auntie Linda ominously).
    Some of my Christmas shopping is done, wrapped etc and most of the cards that need posted are done and stamped ready to go.
    I know I have loads of expense coming up tho – we have a dripping tap, the gutters need doing, car tax is due and a trip to Edinburgh needs paid for (never too keen on that one, ended up getting kind of sucked into it by my sister!)

  2. Hazel
    November 12, 2017 / 7:19 am

    My three children still love Game of Life (they’re 18, 16 and 13) although I can’t pretend it’s always bicker-free!
    My Dad loved board games so we played lots as a child (whereas I don’t think my husband played any) and Game of Life was one of them. Some of our favourites over the last few years have been Buccaneer, Cluedo, Spy Ring, Masterpiece, Game of Life, Monopoly and Carcassonne. The first four I have bought ‘vintage’ versions of from charity shops or ebay, partly through nostalgia but mostly because the older versions are just better made (They might not even make Spy Ring or Masterpiece any more. Spy Ring is very Cold War but we like it!)
    I bought Carcassonne because someone recommended Settlers of Catan but it was way too complicated for my youngest at the time. Carcassonne can be as simple or as complicated as you want (you can buy extension packs) and we’ve found it’s a good game for adults and children.

  3. November 15, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I love reading about super discounts like your board game! RedWigWam sounds fantastic, especially offering vegetarian sausages – that definitely made me take notice. 🙂

  4. November 15, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    free sausages and long country walks, sounds like a winner to me 😉
    Frugal is so cool.

    John

  5. November 15, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    since I got downsized I have packed in the gym, and go for a 60 to 90 minute walk most evenings. Saves me a ton 🙂

    Greg

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