This week has been a week of buckling down and meeting some deadlines. I am notoriously bad at planning ahead and often find myself writing a post on the day it needs to be published. This week I have had to be better at planning this week as a few pieces of work have needed to be checked first by the client before publication. I also spent 7 hours on Monday in a photo shoot cooking meals in a pressure cooker! All to be revealed in a couple of weeks in a magazine! Exciting times.
I have also been spending much time asking for votes in a writing competition. There is a very big website in America called Rockstar finance, I am in a battle of the blog against a a US blogger. 128 blogs were shortlisted and only 4 were from the UK so please show your support for us minority UK blogger and vote for me. Voting closes at around 3pm on 27th Jan. Go to game 14 and click confessions. Thank you.
So what frugal things have been happening this week?
Saving Energy in the Big Energy Savings Week
I have been working with the Energy Savings Trust this week and wrote all about the simple process of switching your energy. 35% of UK households haven’t switched their energy company once since 2012, costing them a potential £1,500 in 6 years. I have also shared some to tips on simple ways to cut back on energy and save some extra money. AND there are two fab competitions mention sin my post where you could win a fridge or £1500.
It’s time to switch!! It’s the big energy saving week starting today and I am urging you to check you are on the best deal for your gas and electricity. You could save hundreds..its worth checking isn’t it? Read my blog post, link is in my bio, for a simple and fab comparison post from citizens advice bureau. And there are two competitions to win £1500 or a fancy fridge freezer. 💪👏👏👏 Did you know turning your thermostats down by just 1 degree could save you £80 per year. I’m sharing lots of other top energy saving tips over on my Insta stories today. . . . . . . . #energycomparison #gasandleccy #besw2018 #switchyourenergy #gasandelectricity #gas #electricity #power #compareyourenergy #savemoney #saveonyourbills #moneysaving #competition #winmoney #winafridge #energysavingtrust #citizensadvice #savehundreds #utilitybill #ad
Leftover food for several days!
The photo shoot from Monday meant we had a lot of food cooked with plenty of leftovers. And its has fed the family all week. On Monday we had jacket potatoes with cheese for dinner, along with rice pudding. Tuesday we had more jacket potatoes with bolognese sauce and chicken (random, but it had to be eaten!). Wednesday we had cottage pie using the bolognase sauce. The bolognese that was still left has been frozen to eat in a few weeks time when we are less sick of it!
New warm rugby/chill clothes
Aldi sent over a few clothing pieces for us to try to celebrate the 6 nations rugby tournament. A selection of clothes are available for adults and children for England, Scotland and Wales supporters. I have been wearing the England fleece all week. Its costs just £12.99. A bargain price and its so warm, so also helps with saving on the heating bills! Jack, as you can see here loves his England hoody which costs £9.99. These clothes are available in store from 1st Feb just before the games begin.
Loving my porridge
I bought a big bag of porridge from Aldi for 75p. This will last for ages, containing around 25 portions of porridge. I have been eating it for lunch every day. I have to make it with half and half milk/water, I can’t do porridge with just water. Porridge gives great slow releasing energy and carries me through to dinner time nicely.
A good week for healthy eating and exercise
Another week passes with three big exercise sessions (running, power yoga and personal training). And I have kept to my calorie allowance 6 days out of 7. This is doing wonders for my waistline and my budget as the exercise doesn’t cost me anything and the food is all home cooked goodness. I had a big talk to Kane at the gym today about whether I should weigh myself. Our scales stopped working a few weeks so they have been thrown away. He says that I shouldn’t weight myself I should just be happy with loosening clothes and comments from other people. I on the other hand am obsessed with the government guidelines saying that I should weigh between 9 and 11 stone based on my 5 ft 6in height. What would you do?
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