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So in this weeks #5frugalthings I’ve again done something ridiculously spontaneous but totally necessary… no not the holiday shopping … keep reading 😉
As I mentioned in last weeks 5 frugal things I am currently undergoing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to try and copy with my anxiety. Last week I cancelled my British Gas Home Care policy and this week I cancelled my income insurance!
Again, depending on which side of the fence you are on; some might think I’m crazy and some might think good for you but I really need to start living for now. That is again one of the most spontaneous things I’ve done so a long time but I feel so good and my reasoning for doing so is explained further down this blog post.
It was my eldest’s 7 birthday this week and one of the very few years he hasn’t had a birthday party. When he was a baby we used to just arrange family get togethers but as he’s gotten older and his friends network grew we’ve opted for the likes of a soft play parties or a local town hall bouncy castle/disco type party.
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#bestdayever…. he wanted just one thing for his 7th #birthday…. flavoured lipbalm!! Anyone who asked 'what would you like for your birthday..' he replied with 'flavoured lipbalm'…. I was secretly hoping no one bought him any because we would've been inundated with bloody flavoured lip balm! I had to buy this on off #ebay because we couldn't find any anywhere else (typically this week I did find a shop in town that he would go crazy in but i'll maybe keep him away from there until #christmas or at least Harpers birthday #unbirthdaypresent?!) . . #birthday #happybirthday #7th #birthdaypresents #cola
We’ve gone for neither or those this year; he not only has received an invitation to a friends party on Saturday but it’s also the Easter holidays so there are very few days we could’ve done anything anyway. A lot of his friends are going away and those that aren’t are likely to be going to the party on Saturday too so there’s just no time! This year we have invited just 3 of his friends around for an afternoon of FIFA and pizza which he is super excited about and also cheaper than a big do!!!
We are just 4 weeks away from our Florida holiday and by the time you read this the cat will be officially out of the bag! We have been keeping it a secret from the children for 12 months and chose to let them know within this years Easter egg hunt; now it’s time for holiday shopping!
I cannot believe how quick it has come around and it’s been so hard to prepare for it with the kids being non the wise so now we have just four weeks to get sorted, pack, buy clothes, suncream, swimwear…. like everything! I’ve began to break in my holiday shoes from everything5pounds this week which I’m loving but think chances are I will be now heading to the likes or Primark, Matalan and Asda rather than buying anything more offline given we are so close!
I mentioned this company last week but I completed the job I mentioned in last weeks 5 frugal things AND was paid for it this week which is why it very much deserves another (unsponsored!!!) plug….!! No RedWigWam is NOT a dance before you ask it’s an amazing temporary recruitment agency. Yes they have ‘proper jobs’ on there some would say such as bar staff but they also offer mystery shopping style jobs too.
I am forever getting emails from them asking me to pop into Asda to pick up some kids food to review, or like this week I signed up for 6 trips to Heron (you know how much I am loving Heron right now!) to purchase certain batches of potatoes croquettes that they say have been wrongly packaged. Not only do I get everything reimbursed, but I get paid £10 for my time on each job = £60 AND the opportunity to fill my freezer with potato croquettes…. could there BE a better job opportunity out there ?
You get paid 24 hours after your time sheet has been approved, they sort out your tax too AND provide you with a wage slip too! So if you haven’t signed up already you can do so here or check out my previous blog posts on my favourite mystery shopping companies and specifically RedWigWam here.
I’m extremely conscious I need to write about this in a dedicated blog, including my struggles with mental health and the following, but having realised only last week I had to share it in this weeks #5frugalthings that for one a whole year I am so proud to say have made consistently an ‘extra’ £170/month through both blogging & vlogging opportunities, freelance work, my Etsy store and other side hustles including selling on eBay, mystery shopping AND tax free matched betting! It’s not a massive amount compared to some but to me it means the world! I’m so grateful to everyone that’s allowed ME (little old me!) reduce both my anxiety and depression and has allow me to spend time with my family by consistently making the difference between what was my take home pay working part time and what it is now working term time for one whole year!
I’m feeling now though that I should maybe try to increase what I make during the month, what do you think? Not by a massive amount but maybe set my aim now to £200 just a little more than what I’m doing now?
So how frugal have you been this week? I would love to hear in the comments down below and if you too would like to join in with us by sharing what frugal and thrifty things you’ve been up to this week – even it’s just a picture of one of your #5frugalthings over on Instagram we’d love to see them!
You don’t have to share five things you’ve done though, anything thrifty or frugal that you’ve been working on would be perfect… small steps and all that!
Thanks for reading & be sure to go check out the ladies I mentioned at the very start of this #5frugalthings linky series for more hints and tips on saving money 🙂