Frugal Friday [ 03/08/2018 ]

Hello to you all, and hellooooo August! I honestly have no idea how it got here so fast, but it’s quite worrying. How have you all been? I hope with the start of this month you can get a renewed sense of hope and encouragement to take you through summer with a resolution to be kind to yourselves and to appreciate the small things in life. InvisiblyMe has also passed the 1,500 followers mark – so thank you, you guys rock! Today I’ll leave you with a few picks for Frugal Friday and my best wishes for a positive weekend 🌷


Holland & Barrett Penny Sale

There are heaps of products at Holland & Barrett right now in the penny sale – Buy one item, get one for a single shiny penny. Bargain! A few things I’ve spotted online :

CDB Oil products 

Nature’s Garden Organic Turmeric 

Calcium & Vitamin D Caplets

Aloe Vera Gel 

Better You Magnesium Oil Spray


Boots Bargains

At Boots this week you can order 1kg of Epsom Salt (by Westlab) for half price – £2.49.

The brand Good Bubble has had some positive media attention lately, such as with the Daily Mail reporting how parents are raving about the products improving and curing their children’s eczema in a couple of days. The brand was set up by Amy Wordsworth, who received backing from Dragon’s Den in 2015, and it’s grown to encompass a range of gentle products free from added nasties. Great for children, but I’d argue also for adults with sensitive skin or dry skin/eczema and who just want simple, natural and gentle products. It’s now available at Boots.

They also have a Summer Clearance on at the moment so pick up the last minute discounts while you can!

Don’t forget that P&P is free over £45 (or £3.50 if under) but you can Click & Collect from store for free with no minimum spend.


Appy Days – Free Meditation Apps

There are three great apps I’ve used so I could try them out and share them here if you haven’t already come across them. I’ll do a more in-depth post on meditation apps at some point but for now, if you’d like to check them out :

  1. Calm App – This includes lots of free content, plus others that need to be unlocked/paid for. If you stick to the freebie parts, you can still access various pieces of soothing music, meditations and even bedtime stories to help you relax your mind before bed.
  2. Breathworks – Various guided meditations through an 8 week plan, with meditation files available for download.
  3. Headspace – A colourful, contemporary app that offers various meditations and exercises designed to suit your schedule and preferences, even if that just means you want a 1 minute breathing exercise or a 2 minute unwinding exercise. There’s some free content if you don’t want to pay to subscribe, just go to the app store. There are sections dedicated to different ‘problem’ areas too, such as managing anxiety, mindful eating, sleep and stress, which all offer a free session.

Free Budget Tracking

More Apps than you can throw a stick at today. Here are two more – these are budget trackers to help with your finances, which may be useful for getting organised and getting a little control back where your money is concerned.

  1. Spending Tracker
  2. Mint
  3. Monefy 

If it’s pen & paper that floats your boat, there are also downloadable and printable freebies to help with assessing your finances and budgeting.

For instance, there’s a printable spreadsheet from The Diary of a Frugal Family that acts as a planner to figure out exactly where you’re money is coming from and going to.

There are also various free budgeting printables from Printable Paper.

For those of us that need more money, which is common in those struggling with illness and perhaps can’t work or are limited in income, I’m afraid I don’t have any wonderful, effective solutions. In the meantime, I did find somewhere to print your own cheques and ‘fun money’ over at Activity Village.

Terri, over at Reclaiming Hope, has also shared some invaluable thoughts and resources when it comes to Financial Wellness, so I recommend checking that out.

Caz 

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18 Comments

  1. August 3, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    Congrats on reaching 1,500 followers. Thanks for the tips. Downloading Spending Tracker.

    • August 7, 2018 / 3:34 pm

      Thank you – I’m still quite amazed at having so many followers! I hope the Spending Tracker is useful 🙂
      x

  2. August 3, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    Caz, first of all, congratulations on reaching 1500 followers! That’s amazing! I’m not one bit surprised you have such a large following – your blog is wonderful!

    As always with your Frugal Fridays, you’ve done a wonderful job finding some great things for us to try without breaking the bank — thank you! Thanks also for sharing the link to my Financial Wellness post. I really appreciate it!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    • August 7, 2018 / 4:49 pm

      That’s very kind, thank you Terri! And I’m very glad to share your post as it is fantastic. I hope you have a lovely week ahead! 🙂
      xx

  3. August 3, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    Wow on having 1500 followers. That rocks.

    Being frugal is a good thing. I love bargains.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

    • August 7, 2018 / 4:51 pm

      I’m a big bargain fan, too. Thank you for the comment – I hope you have a good week! 🙂
      xx

  4. August 3, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    Wow! Congrats on your increased readership… it is because you rock! I share in your frugalness by buying things on sale when I can and wasting as little as possible. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!! 🤗

    • August 7, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      Aw, I don’t know about rocking but I’m still pretty surprised to have so many followers, I’m honoured! I’m glad you’re a fellow bargain-lover, I think it’s good to be frugal and sometimes we don’t have much choice. Thank you for the lovely comment – Have a good week, Christy 🙂
      xx

  5. August 4, 2018 / 12:13 am

    congrats!

    • August 7, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      Thank you! 🙂
      xx

  6. August 4, 2018 / 9:13 am

    It’s good to hear your blog gets the attention it deserves! Good tips, as always.

    • August 7, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      Aw that’s very kind, thank you! I know you are doing it very tough at the moment so please know I’m thinking of you  ♥
      Caz x

  7. August 4, 2018 / 11:52 am

    😎😊

    • August 7, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      Love the smilies! 🙂

  8. August 4, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    That’s fab news – congrats on getting 1,500 followers! You deserve it 🙂

    I’m going to try some of these apps – meditation and mindfulness would definitely not go amiss here at the moment lol

    x

    • August 7, 2018 / 4:57 pm

      That’s very kind, thanks! I hope you enjoy the apps if you download them – I hope you have a good week ahead and can de-stress as it sounds like that may be needed! 🙂
      xx

  9. August 9, 2018 / 5:55 am

    Congratulations on reaching 1500 followers. And also for the tips. Love and Light from me 🙂 <3

  10. August 12, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    Congratulations on this achievement. I need to grow my subscriber list and interact more with other bloggers. Do you have any tips?

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