Thursday, 24 April 2014


If you use doggy bags for your pooch's poo, then don't buy the expensive ones from pet stores. Supermarket nappy bags work out much cheaper at around 12p per 100 - and smell nice too!


Watch TV programmes for free with your Tesco Clubcard. Clubcard TV is a free online service offering films, box sets, drama, cartoons, animation and more.
You will need to watch through a smart TV, your lap-top connected to a standard TV, a computer or other digital streaming device (ipad, smartphone etc).


If, like me, you have weeds already coming up everywhere in your garden- paving slabs, walls, shingle driveways and paths - then you need this safe weedkiller. Just 3 cheap ingredients and a spray bottle are all you need. Cost is minimal - my vinegar was 0.96p for 1 litre, salt was 0.29p for the whole container pictured above and the washing-up liquid works out at less than 0.2p for a tablespoon! I did buy a spray bottle, though (0.69p). So my total cost for this weedkiller was around £1.96!
Just put a heaped tablespoon of salt into a spray bottle with a tablespoon of washing-up liquid and fill up with distilled vinegar. Shake well and don't worry if it foams up - this will subside later and you can then top up your spray bottle completely with vinegar.
Label your bottle - (a CD pen or other permanent marker is ideal).
Spray on your weeds on a dry sunny day and leave them to wither. If it's forecast to rain you should wait and do your spraying another day, as you want quite a few hours for the weedkiller to work before it gets washed off!
One word of caution, this weedkiller will kill weeds and any other plants it comes into contact with - that makes it fairly unsuitable to treat weeds in flowerbeds as it will be almost impossible to avoid your plants!
Happy frugal gardening!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


Want things to do for free in the Easter holidays? Take a look at these websites to get some great ideas.
Do Free Stuff
This site is not all that easy to navigate, but if you click on your country along the top, then click your county in the green box top centre, to find free things to do in your county.
Woodland Trust
Find your nearest wood and take a lovely long walk! This time of year you should see bluebells and wood anemones and the website has suggestions of what to do once you're there and what events may be on.
50 Things to do
The National Trust's site with suggestions for 50 things to do before you're eleven and three-quarters. They have a search box to find nearest places to you and you can download the poster of the full list of activities. Whilst most are free, some activities will cost something to do. 
Happy Frugal Easter!

Monday, 7 April 2014



Easter is here and what better fun than to embrace the whole spring theme with some free Easter activities from Aldi - yes, the home of really good, cheap stuff is giving away some really good, useful stuff - free!
There are printable pdf Easter activities sheets for colouring, an easter Bunny mask, a maze game and all the stuff you need (colourful signs, clues etc) for a fun Easter egg hunt.
Happy frugal Easter!

Friday, 4 April 2014


When you've prepared a Butternut Squash and scooped out all those seeds, you can roast them with a little oil and nibble them for a nutritious snack!
Wash the seeds, removing any stringy bits, pat dry with kitchen paper, toss with olive oil and a little salt, spread out on a lined baking sheet and roast at 135 degrees C for around 15 minutes or until you hear them pop. Cool and store in an airtight container. Yum!


The cost of a prescription has risen on the 1st April 2014 (no joke!) from £7.85 to £8.05 for each item. This will impact on everyone who still pays for their own prescriptions and is quite difficult to afford for those who have several items a month.
If you are on permanent regular medication, and have more than one item a month it could save you quite a bit of money to buy a prepay certificate for 12 months (£104) or 3 months (£29.10). More information on how to apply for this prepay certificate is on this NHS website. Unfortunately, as of today, the NHS have not updated their website to reflect the latest price rise, but it does still explain how to apply. Your local pharmacy may also be able to advise you on your application.
But, check before you go ahead, that you don't qualify for free prescriptions. You may be in receipt of certain benefits, check here to see which of these would qualify you for free prescriptions. Prescriptions are free for those under 16 years or 60 years or over and those with certain medical conditions, if you are 16-18 years old and in full-time education, if you are pregnant or have a child under 12 months old, if you have a war pension exemption certificate, if you're an NHS inpatient or if you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
Lastly, if the prescribed item is available over the counter, don't be afraid to ask your pharmacist if it's cheaper for you to just buy it and not use the prescription!