Septimus Frugalus Welcomes You All to a Free Giveaway and a Fun, Frugal Challenge this September.
- Newspapers offer discount coupons, such as £5 off a £30 shop at a particular supermarket, in the hope that we'll all dash out and spend £30 whether we need to or not. Why not use these vouchers to stock up on particular items that you would normally use throughout the year? For some items, £30 can be a full year's supply of stuff that doesn't go off - tins, dried goods, toiletries, laundry products, paper products, coffee, tea or discounted goods that can be frozen when you get home - and the free £5 could equate to a full year's supply of laundry cleaner, if you stock up on basic soap and washing soda. What you don't want to do is fall into the trap of spending the extra £5 on extras just because it seems to be free. If you must do this, I'd suggest you use the extra £5 for something that can be used as a gift for someone else - it's the £5 saved on Christmas or birthday gifts.
- So what if your cupboards are bare and your freezer almost empty? This challenge is about making every penny count, so challenge yourself to replenishing the stocks by bulk buying, looking for the very best deals - remember it's all about price per gram, kilo, ml or litre, not about how many in a pack - and always keep a good stock of basic essentials for baking and batch cooking.
- Be prepared to learn to love soup - it's one of the cheapest, most nutritious and cost effective meals there is in the frugal living menu stakes. (Likewise with porridge made the traditional Scottish way - with tap water.) You can make soup from almost anything. We have a thread about soup-making in the frugal forums and also several recipes included in this blog site.