Welcome to 2015 everyone. I know I’m a bit late, but I have had a very busy January so far! I’ve been away a lot, which has thrown my routine out, but I hope to get back into the swing of things again soon.
So to kick off 2015, here’s five things I have done to save money lately:
1) My laptop keyboard stopped working (well some of the keys did, including the all-important Enter key). Because I’d kept the receipt and it was still under warranty, I was able to get a new keyboard installed for free.
2) Since I am no longer a student, I don’t get fee-free banking with my current bank. I did a lot of research and opened a new account with ME Bank, which offers fee-free banking without a minimum monthly deposit. Once I have a regular income I will likely apply for their no annual fee credit card as well.
3) I bought a cheap dehydrator (similar to this one but square) and have been dehydrating fruits and veggies to snack on. So far I’ve tried mango, pineapple, tomato and zucchini and they’ve all been delicious. Next I want to try jerky.
4) I spent eight days volunteering on a remote island doing some conservation work. For the cost of petrol to get there and a few hours of work a day, I got a free holiday in a beautiful location.
5) I used some organic chicken frames I had in the freezer to make a huge amount of chicken stock
, which I then froze in ziploc bags and ice cube trays to add extra nutrition to soups, stews and curries.
Plus, it’s not technically a frugal thing, but I have a new job! I have a four week full time contract starting on the 4th of February, and then straight after it finishes I begin tutoring casually for the semester. This means I have a guaranteed income until the middle of the year, which definitely takes the pressure off financially.
What frugal things have you done lately?