5 Frugal Things post 16 – A bit of Valentines, cashback and spring flowers

5 Frugal Things post 16

As each week passes it becomes more and more normal to be frugal. It really is something that has to be learned for me as I continue to live very differently to two years ago when I was working that hateful corporate job and living a very different spending life. My 5 Frugal Things post 16 and all the others are really helpful in cementing this way of living.

Gravity Force Trampoline Park with the boys

Half term started a little earlier for us with Friday with an inset day. Jack my little one had pre-school as normal so Dylan, Josh and I had a rare day together. We spent some of it at gravity force trampoline park. We can’t go there as a whole family as Jack is too young so inset days are the perfect and quiet days to visit. I have a stash of free passes from a review post I did for them last year so this visit was free.

The boys adore the trampoline park for some tiring out fun. Here is the review I wrote back when it opened in August 2016. Its a great form of exercise and entertainment for the boys and for free! Its normally £10 per child for 1 hour.

Switching Energy Providers

I have been looking into my energy usage this week. I’m really frustrated because my energy company despite being fabulous value for money will not provide me with a smart meter. A blogger posted on Instagram this week that her smart meter told her she had just spent 38p on a tumble dryer of clothes. I want to know this information!

I did a quick check of my current energy provider Affect Energy on Uswitch to see how they compared for value at the moment, I was happy to see they are still the best deal for us. Have you ever compared your energy provider? It’s a job that should be done every year. You must do a comparison if you are on your energy companies standard rate as I can pretty much guarantee that you are not on the best deal.

One of my friends compared her provider last week and found she could save £43 per month, so is 100% changing. Read more on how to compare here with details of the simple Uswitch comparison tool.

Valentines savings

The day so many people love to hate is nearly here. We tend to celebrate it in a small way with cards and a nice meal. I have bought some lovely Aldi sirloin steaks which cost £4.69 each and will cook steak wedges and side salad on the day. Shhhh I got the card from Aldi too, they ranges from 79p up to £1.99. I went middle of the range and spent £1.39 on a card for hubby;-)

Get a Free £5 M&S gift card with Topcashback

Get a free £5 M&S giftcard when you sign up to TopCashback at the moment. These guys are my cash back favourites. I have just used them tonight to get some cashback on my dominos pizza deal. A whole 30p saving;-) If you didn’t already know cashback is simple way of getting an extra discount on all online transactions. My most recent cashback savings have included £130 when booking our April Las Vegas Holiday through Expedia via Topcashback. I received £61 for adding on broadband to my existing sky TV package using the online account pages via Topcashback. Its really that simple and is money for nothing.

Spring Flowers


This time of the year is just beautiful for seeing the bulbs popping up out of the cold winter soil and I love the beautiful spring flowers in the shops. I treated myself to a big bunch of daffodils this week. I got 40 daffs for £1.90 from Aldi. A friend came over for coffee on Thursday and she brought me a huge bunch of tulips, so my dining table looks glorious at the moment with 2 big bunches of spring flowers.

I’m linking up with CassEmma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal things I’ve done this week linky.


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Lynn Beattie

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