Happy Friday! I’m a bit of a grump monster, being on week 4 of the flu and having had a few extra migraines and stoma problems thrown in for good luck lately. I’m playing catch-up today on emails and blog bits, so I’d also share a few Frugal Friday goodies! Wishing you all a lovely, restful weekend, whatever you’re up to!
Free NHS Health Check (age 40-74)
This is a bit of an odd one, because you’d hope that you could go to the doctor for a health check without needing to be ‘eligible’ for one. However, this is an all-rounder to cover the bases in terms of checking things like BP & cholesterol. Worth keeping it in mind if you’re within this age range and would like to know your results if you don’t already. You can find out more on the NHS website.
Mr Men Portrait
Heathrow have an online tool where you can make your own Mr Men portrait! You just put names in and it’ll add them to a ‘portrait’ of little characters with the family name at the top, which you can then download. I thought it was pretty cute. You could do one for someone else and email it to them, or use it as a screensaver. If you need a little inspiration, Jo used these a few years ago to print them and make them into Christmas cards, which you can see here 🙂
The Book Depository is like a glorious leather-bound heaven for readers, with an extensive range & free worldwide delivery. I noticed they have a few cool things on offer at the moment, for instance :
The Escape to Wonderland Colouring Book – If you currently like, or want to try, colouring for relaxation, pain management or fun, this is such a beautiful one to try.
Elevation (Stephen King) – This is a recent October 2018 release from the great master of fiction. At £7.49, it’s half the price I’ve seen it for elsewhere. I’m excited about reading this!
How To Be Sick (latest 2018 edition) (Toni Bernhard) – This is a bit of a chronic illness bible that many people have found helpful, so it’s worth checking out if you haven’t already.
This Is Going To Hurt : Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor (Adam Kay) – This has been getting quite a lot of attention and great reviews – you can check out my review here.
Winter Warmers – Home Insulation
If you’re in the UK, the government’s Affordable Warmth Obligation scheme means your energy supplier should be able to help you keep your home warm. Sadly, they won’t reduce the cost of bills anytime soon! But, it’s worth seeing what help is available. While the Govn’t scheme seems to refer mostly to those in receipt of benefits of some kind, it seems that it’s still worth talking to your supplier, especially if you’re on a low income or have other special considerations they should take into account. Help may include the likes of loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, maybe even a new boiler. There’s lots of comments on the HotUKDeals thread for this to learn a little more about it, too.
Black Friday Is Back
It’s coming around again… 16th November UK & 23rd November US. But deals are already kicking off. I think for many Black Friday has been disappointing in more recent years, but I did manage a few small things I’d had on my list last year on Amazon. The deals in the run-up to Black Friday are, I think, often better than on the day itself, so it’s a good excuse for some window shopping.
And Amazon US here.
Want to get Amazon Prime in time for the deals? In the UK, you can now do it on a month-by-month basis, which is so much more appealing. This is what I’m doing this month to cover Black Friday and Christmas shopping. As I still don’t want to think about the C word, unlimited next day delivery without a minimum spend could come in handy for last minute shopping in December! Also, at £7.99 a month, it’s not too far of Netflix, so I’ll swap that for Prime Video to catch up on some new shows and Prime Original films. You can get Prime here.
In the US? You can also get Prime on a month-by-month basis at $12.99, just cancel whenever you’re ready. You can find out more here.
Mental Health & Debt – Free Guide
As per the MoneySavingExpert website, “this is a free 44-page PDF booklet supported by Mind, Rethink, CAPUK and others, for people with mental health problems and those caring for them. It covers how to handle debts when unwell, work with banks, free debt counselling, specific tips for bipolar disorder or depression sufferers, whether to declare a condition and more.” You can download the PFD here.