Thursday, 8 June 2017

Freebies, Frugal Measures and Frugal Fails 7

Here we go again for another episode of Freebies, Frugal Measures and Frugal Fails.

Recent Frugal Fails were as follows:

1. I got so hot and thirsty on a couple of Wednesdays that I've worked at the CS, that I've bought a fizzy drink on the way home to refresh myself.  I never ordinarily do this, but sometimes it just has to be done. I need to try not to make a habit of it though.

2. I paid £2.99 for a fruit fly trap at Lakeland, which just doesn't work. (Be warned)  It could have been worse, as the original cost was £5.99 and I got £3 off with a voucher.

Not too many fails, which is very good news.

Freebies and Frugal Measures recently included:

1. Using another two £8 off a £40 spend vouchers to get money off my groceries at Waitrose this last couple of weeks.  It's meant changing my shopping routines a little, but it was worth it for the savings, which were double those offered using some Tesco vouchers I had. I love it when the supermarkets compete for your custom using vouchers off your shopping.

2. I used part of the Waitrose money off saving to buy a new pair of oven gloves for the kitchen, which I've been needing for a while.

3. Also as part of shopping at Waitrose, I made sure to use my loyalty card to get a free broadsheet newspaper each time I visited and on one visit a free cup of tea too.

4. I started harvesting lettuce from the garden last week. It should save me at least £2 per week from the grocery budget, for as long as we have any available.  Not a huge amount, but every small saving helps.

5. More free seeds.  This time borage, cape gooseberries and red basil.

6. I bought this lovely small orchid from Tesco the other day, reduced from £5 to just £1.65, to replace one that seems to have died on me.

7. I've worked two consecutive weeks at the CS and have not bought anything, which is good for me.


  1. Lakeland are one of those companies who would probably give you a refund if you are not satisfied. I once ordered something from them that I did not like when it arrived and when I rang them up they said rather than return it they would fund the item and I could take it to a charity shop. Might be worth a go. Cute little Orchid - I had one at work on my desk for over 6 years then when I was off once it didn't get watered and never recovered!

    1. You're probably right, but unfortunately I got so dispirited that I threw it away.

  2. Only a few frugal fails, which is a very good thing.

    I love the colour of the orchid and the price was lovely. I can't keep orchids growing for love or money. I don't think they like me.

    God bless.

    1. I must admit that I have difficulty too, this purchase was a case of optimism winning out over experience.