Put a dressing gown on when I got out of bed
I had woken up in a house where the heating had only just come on. We don’t run it through the night. I am always colder than Mr Simple so I have a blanket on my side of the bed. If it is really cold I wear socks in bed – very sexy I know!
Made a cup of tea using tea leaves in a tea pot
A pack of loose-leaf tea from Tesco’s at £1.29 for 100g lasts for ages.
Read a library book
If you aren’t a member of your local library, you need to join today. Basically, it is free entertainment. There is also internet access, activities for children and they also run courses – all free of charge. You are paying for it through your taxes anyway, so use it.
Washed using all Tesco’s own brand toiletries
Facial wash £1.50, shower gel 28p, toothpaste 50p. For some reason I cannot find some of these products on the Tesco website, but came across them on the shelf in the store.
Wore clothes I wore yesterday (and maybe the day before as well)
This follows the recommendation of Laura Vanderkam, the time management queen, who says that to save time cut down on washing and wear things more often. At nights I usually put my blouse or t-shirt on a hanger and my jeans on the chair next to the bed. I wear things more than once and jeans I might wear for several days.
Put a handkerchief in my pocket
Instead of tissues I have cotton handkerchiefs that you can wash and keep using for years.
Served breakfast on ‘heirloom’ crockery
Some of it is from our parents and grandparents, some from a charity shop when I was a student 30 years ago. Breakfast is not so frugal as it includes avocados – if anyone has any tips about buying avocados cheaply I’d be grateful to know. If I could grow them I would.
Prepared food and drink to take with me for the day
Made a flask of coffee, filled my water bottle and put last night’s dinner in a Tupperware box to reheat in the office for lunch.
Drove my nine-year-old car to the office
It has nearly 100,000 miles on the clock, but fingers-crossed I can keep it going for a little while yet.
Bought petrol whilst I was in the vicinity of the cheapest petrol station
As I was passing Tesco’s petrol station on the way home, although the tank wasn’t completely empty I still filled up as otherwise I could end up having to buy petrol somewhere more expensive.
Ate a home-cooked meal
Mr Simple made a meal from scratch for us. We eat mainly vegetarian food which is cheap and good for you.
Watched Freeview TV
We have never had cable, so have not had to ‘cut the cord’. If there’s nothing on we just turn it off and do something else.
So what does your typical day look like? How do you incorporate frugality into your daily habits? I would love to hear.