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I’ve spoken about it before and bored you to death about the merits of meal planning but it works, it really does. We plan our meals every Saturday morning. We work out what to have for Sunday lunch and structure a lot of what we’ll eat during the coming week around that. If we have roast chicken on Sunday, we’ll have chicken curry on a Monday, chicken stir fry on a Tuesday plus two or three days worth of lunches (sandwiches or couscous usually) from the chicken, plus fill a Tupperware container with chicken stock to make soup with at a later date. Other meals are well mapped out, meaning we are using up what is in the cupboard and fridge without letting things go out of date.
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If you’re like me you’ll have great pots filled with loose change sitting around doing not very much. My bank will only accept 5 bags of coins a day, so to avoid schlepping into town weighed down by a fiver in two pence pieces once a day, I am resolving to use the Coinstar machines at my local supermarket more often. They take a small percentage of the coins you feed in but if you have as much change sitting around as I do you won’t really notice the dent.
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Being frugal doesn’t mean leading a dull, boring life. You don’t need to stare at a wall for entertainment. Mr Thrifty and I love to watch films and television boxsets. At the moment we’re head over heels in love with Mad Men, Ashes to Ashes and Glee (that last one is more me than Mr Thrifty if I’m honest). However recently we’d stopped buying as many DVDs, mainly for storage reasons but we were starting to feel the DVD itch so we investigated hiring DVDs. We now have a small monthly payment with LoveFilm meaning we can hire as many DVDs as we like per month for less than a cinema trip for two. Huzzah!
Exactly what it says on the tin. I have an eBay box but I haven’t kept up with it recently, 2011 is set to be the year that I eBay anything that doesn’t standstill. I’ll go through cupboards, wardrobes, drawers, shelves in every room on a rotating monthly basis, not only to clean them out but to remove decent quality items to add to my eBay box. The box will be emptied out once a week and I’ll spend one-hour taking photographs and writing descriptions of as many items as I can in the allotted time. I always work out which date I can make it to the post office before I upload anything to eBay and time the auction end accordingly.