This weeks Thrifty Things have all been born out of necessity, rather than searching for ways to cut back.
We may have to seriously consider more drastic ways to cut back from next week, but that’s another story so watch this space on that one.
Here are this weeks 5 Thrifty Things!
Replacing my lunch hustle
The company I work for has switched offices so I have been forced to look at alternative eating arrangements.
I had a great little deal going with a lovely local lady who owns a café, I helped her out with her Facebook page in return for food!
As that particular arrangement has been snatched from me (shakes fist), I’ve had to seek out a cost effective alternative.
They sell stock close to its best before date, or in some cases just over and it is massively reduced.
For the record they gave me a credit to try it out which I’ll be blogging all about shortly, so I’ve used it to fill as many lunches and breakfasts at work as possible.
I highly recommend you give them a look, you won’t be able to do a full shop, but there are literally tons of bargains to be found!
Killing pain the thrifty way
If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I’ve been having an awful time with sciatica.
Well, now it seems the doctor has a feeling I may have damaged my coccyx (tail bone) too.
I’m being sent for a scan, but in the mean time all they can do is provide strong painkillers.
As I’m asthmatic, have a load of painkillers and anti inflammatories to buy and hay fever season is approaching, it is far more cost effective to buy a season ticket with the NHS.
My first prescription cost over £24 a couple of weeks ago, so I’ve picked myself up a three month pass for £29.10 and it covers everything I need.
Walking the walk
Shifts have changed quite dramatically at my place of work so I’m no longer guaranteed to get a lift.
I was going to look at taking the tram, but figured I have a walk to the tram stop regardless so I may as well just walk the whole way for free!
Plus, I’ve gained a few pounds since Christmas which I still haven’t got around to losing yet, so every little helps as they say.
PK’s ninja training progress report
There was an extremely proud moment at Thrifty Towers this week when PK arrived back from shopping for dinner with three reduced items.
Just a short while ago sending him for spag bol ingredients could have set us back £30 – I’m not exaggerating.
Although in his own words, “I don’t go hunting them down like you”, it was still nice that my thrifty ways are rubbing off on him finally.
Surviving a reduced income
Last month I lost a weeks wages through illness, but I wasn’t worried as I had more than replaced it with side hustle money.
However, I set myself the challenge of not dipping into it and survived the month just fine.
What it did show me was there was much more I could do to cut down my spending, and when pushed you live within your means.
What Thrifty Things have you managed this week?
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