It's been a while since I have joined in with 'Five Fabulously Frugal Things' as it doesn't seem to have been a particularly frugal time just recently. The car needed replacement suspension bits (don't ask me what, as it meant nothing to me!), new tyres and brakes replacing BUT now I feel back on track and at least we had all the money sitting in our 'car fund' ready to pay for this unexpected work.
I was off work last week as it was school holidays. They were a very relaxing time for us as we had no plans due to my eldest spending the time revising for his GCSEs. Just over two weeks to go and my stomach turns whenever I think about it. I'm back at work again this week, which always helps to keep things frugal. Here we go with my five frugal things:
Free Whittards Hot Chocolate
Returning to work, although I love my job, is always bittersweet but it was made much better by finding these two beauties waiting for me:
These were an unwanted gift and rather than throw them out, my lovely friend knew I would be happy to receive them. I brought them home and we were all excited to try them. Our favourite is definitely the Chocolate Orange flavoured one.
2. I cycled everyday
I cycled to work and back everyday this week. I have been cycling to work for over 3 years now and it saves me loads, so I think it deserves to have a spot in my Five Frugal Things.
3. 5 No Spend Days
Yes, I had 5 No Spend Days this week. A big benefit of returning to work is that I am kept away from coffee shops - this the main area where I would spend money. For some it is clothes shopping, for me it is a nice vanilla latte that lures me in. We have a Costa Coffee outlet on the ground floor of the building I work in but it doesn't have the same appeal. For me it is all about sitting and relaxing whilst drinking my coffee and is something that my husband and I can enjoy child free, so it is like our date night but we have a date Saturday morning instead and it only costs us around £5.
4. Youngest found 50p
My youngest was given a treat 50p to take to the shop on the way home from school but just outside the door of the shop he found 50p, so he gave me my 50p back. I have to say, I was quite impressed, if it had been his older brother I think he would have just spent the whole £1!
5. Free birthday cookie
We have a Subway loyalty card. We don't actually go that often but it is surprising how quickly the points add up. It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and I received an email from them offering me a free cookie upon presentation of the QR code included in the email. I had 14 days to redeem it and I did. Thank you Subway for my free double chocolate chip cookie. It was a nice treat.