Kristen from The Frugal Girl and Katy from The Non-Consumer Advocate often post lists of five frugal things they’ve done recently. Since I’ve been MIA from the blog lately I thought I would post a longer list. Thirteen frugal things is almost alliteration!
I moved in with my boyfriend (Mr S) in April. We split the rent equally and even though it’s a whole house, it’s $10 cheaper a week than my old apartment. We joke that we live in the cheapest house in Brisbane!
Plus we save in petrol money since we don’t have to travel several times a week to see each other.
I picked up two fish tanks for free. The first was an enormous turtle tank for Toby (4ft x 2ft x 2.5ft), which we on permanent loan from friends of Mr S.
The second one was a smaller tank that was being thrown away at uni. We’re going to use that one and Toby’s old one to grow plants for him to eat/destroy.
I bought epsom salts in bulk online. For the first time in ten years I live in a house that has a bathtub, and I’ve been adding epsom salts to my baths to make them extra-relaxing. I was initially buying small boxes from the supermarket, but they worked out to be $10 a kilo, which was a bit too pricey.
Earlier this year I bought an 11kg bucket on eBay, which worked out to be just over $4 a kilo including postage. Jut recently I bought 25kg from the same seller, which worked out to $2.64 per kilo, a much more reasonable price.
We built a own worm farm using plastic tubs from Ikea (similar to this one). The worms are now chowing down on our kitchen scraps and by summer we should have heaps of lovely soil for the garden.
I stopped watching TV. I never plugged my TV in after I moved in and haven’t missed it. I guess it’s more time-saving than money-saving, but I am hardly exposed to any ads now. Instead, we watch movies on our computers and I have just signed up for a free trial of Netflix (which only recently launched in Australia).
Last weekend I planted the ends of spring onions in the garden to see if they would regrow. Most of them have already sprouted, meaning free spring onions.
I checked out a new op shop (thrift store) near my new place and it was super-cheap. On my first visit I bought three T-shirts for $1 each, and on my second, I got four items of clothing for $10. Not bad for a city op shop!
I ordered several supplements, salt toothpaste and henna for my hair from iHerb. I love iHerb because everything is reasonably priced, including postage to Australia. In fact, this time because I spent over $50, postage was free through Australia Post. If you want to try iHerb out, you can use the code MCC437 to get $10 off your first order (this is a referral link).
I bought a refurbished laptop instead of a new one after my laptop died unexpectedly (luckily I have an emergency fund). It’s a model from 2013, and although there were some hiccups initially with the installation of Windows, it’s now working perfectly. I even managed to remove some RAM from my old computer and install it in the new one, to make it faster.
I use my old bed as a couch. Our house is a little strange and doesn’t really have a living room, so instead I use the second bedroom. Since I already owned a queen-sized bed and didn’t own a couch, I piled a beanbag and lots of pillows onto the bed and use it as a couch. Plus, it can still be used as a bed if we have guests.
We (okay this one was mostly Mr S.) dug up a part the front lawn to put in a huge veggie patch. We’re pretty lucky in this respect because our landlord has given us free reign in the garden (hopefully chickens are in the future too!).
I figured out I could borrow books from the uni library with my staff ID, even though I am only a casual staff member. Even better, staff members don’t get charged late fees!
It’s great to be back, please share some frugal things that you have done lately in the comments.