This week has been tough! We seem to have all been so busy this past month so we are all looking forward to our upcoming breaks from work and school. We’re still managing to stick to our budgets and saving plans though which is awesome! Here is my… Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week – 14th July 2017 post.
Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week
- I fixed my Kitchenaid food processor instead of buying a new part. Toward the beginning of the week I went to make pastry and noticed my kitchenaid food processor wasn’t working. I was absolutely devastated as this was a gift from my nan and as it’s a kitchenaid its expected to last a while. It turned out to be a tiny piece of plastic that basically completes the circuit to make it work. The end had broken off (most probably due to my heavy-handedness while putting it away after the previous use). We looked into buying a replacement part which would cost around £30-£50. Long story short I then came up with the idea to pop a bit of glue from the glue gun on the end (whats the worst that could happen it was already broken). And.. it worked! Woohoo!
- We chose not to have takeaway. We have been so good with reducing our takeaway habits recently but after the Kitchenaid fiasco I was ready to give up and get a chippy tea. After an hour or so of sorting myself out I decided against a takeaway, it would have only made me feel worse. We had homemade quiche instead.
- I made my own yogurt this week, in my Easiyo without the sachets. I was gifted an Easiyo yogurt maker quite a few years ago and enjoyed making my own yogurt. But the sachets started to work out quite expensive and I could never get hold of them at a reasonable price. I recently started to look into buying a yogurt maker when I wondered if I could make yogurt from scratch in my Easiyo instead of with the sachets. Turns out you can because I did it! This obviously reduces electricity costs as well as the Easiyo requires no electric.
- I made my own bread from magic dough. I made up a batch of magic dough last week and made pizza with the kids last Friday which was delicious! The dough also ended up making pittas and a small baguette type loaf to accompany our meals. There’s nothing quite like freshly baked bread.
- We stuck to our food budget of £28 this week. In fact I actually got cash back on some of it so it came in at less than £28. I managed to pick up some free bread from Clicksnap, Free Robinsons squash from Topcashback and 2 Primlua cheeses at 50p each though Shopmium. I also found a coupon for free covent garden soup.
I really thought this week had gone terribly but actually looking back we’ve still achieved quite a lot. One of my goals this month was to stick to our grocery budget and so far its going well. The biggest challenge this week has been my own mind. I have had one of those weeks where I am my own worst enemy and I just can’t see my own achievements. This weekly post really makes me turn it around and look at the positives for the week.
What frugal things have you been up to this week? I always love the inspiration I get from my comments!