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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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