Surely one of the best places to start with a new blog about saving money is the fantastic Five Frugal Things linky. It’s a great way of seeing what everyone else is up to when it comes to saving money.
So, as for my five things this week…
1. Starting Penny’s Savings
My biggest thing this week has to be starting this blog. Penny’s Savings is where I’m really hoping to bring together everything I do that is frugal and also use the blog as a way of motivating myself to be more thrifty.
2. Sell the children’s possessions
No I’m not really that harsh. but it is what I’ve started doing this half term. My kids are fortunate enough to have a house full of toys and games, with more arriving weekly for me to review with them. What I have started now though is a “one in, at least one out” rule. For every new toy or game that arrives in the house the kids have to choose at least one other to get rid of and I’ve been starting to sell the ones they’re deciding to discard via eBay and the local FB selling sites. It’s not making huge amounts of money, but it is a start.
3. Getting my accounts in order
I’m someone who likes spreadsheets and I generally try to keep on top of all the household finances, but sometimes that does just slip. With it having been the end of the month, and with lots of time at home with the kids I’ve been making a real effort this week to get on top of the various financial spreadsheets that I have and bring them all up to date. It’s not a fun task, but at least means I know how much money we have where.
4. A cheap half term holiday
Holidays are never cheap. That’s just a fact. But some holiday choices are cheaper than others and that’s why as a family we often go on camping holidays. We’re recently back from spending the bank holiday weekend on a campsite in north Norfolk. Luckily the weather was very kind to us, but the children had a great time and as we saved money by camping cheaply it meant that we were able to spend a bit more on days out an activities whilst away.
5. Collecting and sorting vouchers and coupons
I used to be incredibly organised when it came to vouchers and coupons to save money on shopping, but recently they’ve all just ended up in a huge pile on my desk gathering dust. I’ve again used some of my time at home this week to work through my pile, bin the ones that are out of date and group together the in date ones by shop. That means that the next time I go out shopping I can just grab the right pile and save some more money.