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five frugal things

I discovered this ‘five frugal things’ post idea, started on The Frugal Girl blog and I love the idea.  I love it so much I’m joining in.

It’s a reflection on ways I’ve been frugal over the past week, and the bonus about keeping track of them, is that I’ll be mindful to maintain my frugal ways and find new ways to be frugal so I have something for a blog post each week.

1.  $40 Grocery Challenge

This past week I continued to challenge myself to spend only $40 for the week on groceries.  That budget is to cover toiletries as well.  Basically anything I would normally buy from a supermarket, so it’s not very much dosh, but for probably an average of three weeks out of four it’s doable.  The grand total spend for the week came to $39.90.

2.  Used up a lot of food in my fridge

This week I made sure I ate leftovers – even if the combinations on my plate weren’t my first choice!  I was mindful to use what was in my fridge/pantry, and work recipes and my grocery shopping around them more.

3.  I shopped around for replacement items

I am about to run out of moisturiser and there really isn’t a budget for things like that.  I just keep savings and I’m loathe to spend my savings on anything.  I decided not to dip into the savings anyway, and used my budgeted spending money, and thankfully remembered that a new beauty product shop opened locally that has 40% off everything.  I bought a Sukin brand moisturiser, they’re vegan and also the base type of range of beauty products (meaning they’re budget and not extraordinary) and I got nearly $6 off!  It came to just $7.80 and lasts a couple of months.  Frugal buy yeeeaaaah 🙂

4.  I used up my PayPal balance to buy dinner

My Easter dinner plans went out the window because a restaurant took my booking when they shouldn’t have, they were closed for the Easter period.  Buying a good vegan meal in the radius my family were prepared to travel in was then made impossible so opted to stay home.  I had worked my whole week’s menu and groceries around being out for dinner so there really wasn’t anything for me to eat that wasn’t breakfast food (porridge etc) and I was pretty disappointed.  I decided to order in some UberEats because I had $12 from a credit sitting in there not getting used which brought my balance down considerably.  I am supposed to be getting a $50 voucher for the issue at the restaurant I had booked, so overall I will have spent less money on dining out/ordering in than if I’d kept my booking.

5. I used free wifi

Sometimes I need to study outside the house to avoid distractions.  I used to go to Starbucks and pay for a drink to get one hour free wifi, and one day the server was kind enough to inform me that the the whole shopping centre had free wifi and it was pretty good (I had presumed it would be terrible).  I went back this week to do some study in the food court and used the free wifi.  I took myself a snack, and was able to stay longer than the hour I would have gotten with a Starbucks coffee.

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Frugal Chat

five frugal things

I discovered this ‘five frugal things’ post idea, started on The Frugal Girl blog via a post on A Bird With a View blog and I love the idea.  I love it so much I’m joining in.  So there!

It’s a reflection on ways I’ve been frugal over the past week, and the bonus about keeping track of them, is that I’ll be mindful to maintain my frugal ways and find new ways to be frugal so I have something for a blog post each week.

*A little side note: as I start to fill this blog with content there will be more posts than readers would normally be getting from me when I start on a regular blogging cycle.  I am getting this blog to a point where it’s worthy of feeding into social media platforms – you can read about why I’m bothering to think of such things in my About page.

1.  $40 Grocery Challenge
This past week I challenged myself to spend only $40 for the week on groceries.  That budget is to cover toiletries as well.  Basically anything I would normally buy from a supermarket, so it’s not very much dosh, but for probably an average of three weeks out of four it’s doable.  The grand total spend for the week came to $41.65 because I did ‘splurge’ a little on half a watermelon and some half price peanut butter I didn’t technically need.

2.  Used up a LOT of food in my fridge
I don’t normally scour my fridge and pay as much attention to what’s in there as I did this week.  In addition, I almost always eat what I feel like eating even if that means an item or two will go to waste if I don’t make something to use it up.  It was never exactly a conscious decision to waste, it was more a sort of self indulgent habit to eat whatever I want despite some collateral wastage.  This week I used up so much and got some really important perspective on food waste while I was at it.  I used up the last of food in jars, the produce in the crisper, emptied out some bags of lentils and deliberately chose not to immediately replace anything that didn’t require immediate replacement.

3.  I shopped around for groceries
If it wasn’t going to cost me the same in petrol as I’d save on groceries going from shop to shop, I shop-hopped last week.  I have a fairly good idea of which supermarkets or shops have the best value on a lot of items, although when it comes to produce it’s always a gamble.  I split my groceries between Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and a local fruit shop.

4.  I skipped the chiropractor
I’ve been going to the chiropractor on average once a fortnight for almost a year.  I know I benefit from it, but I’ve recently decided that if I have to go that often for so long then my body isn’t really doing the self-healing it’s meant to be doing, and if I feel fine then I can stand to miss a few sessions and put the money away.  I actually feel better than ever since going and I’ve kept it up for a long time so pushing the sessions out will not be to my detriment.  I basically only go because I study for so long each day, I just like to get my neck cracked.  Everything else is in alignment.

5. I joined an online HIIT video tutorial website instead of a gym
Well, to be fair, I was never going to join a gym.  But for $10US a month (roughly $14AUD per month) to have my very favourite style of exercise (high intensity interval training, or HIIT) delivered right to my computer by my very favourite instructor (I’ve been following her for over seven years!) it’s a really frugal way of keeping motivation (this isn’t a sponsored post).  Sure walking is free but it’s a drag.  Every day, there are new workouts uploaded, and there are challenges to participate in as well.  I also went to Big W to buy myself a set of hand weights for $8 each instead of going to Rebel Sport or some other far more expensive store.  So that’s it, for the cost of a set of hand weights (I have other home gym equipment like a yoga mat and kettle bell already) and for a measly $14 per month I can be motivated to stay fit.  The best thing about it, as soon as I start to lose interest – and I hope I don’t! – I can just unsubscribe without penalty or notice.

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