A very un-frugal piggy bank, found here
Did you notice? It's March! I move into my new house on Saturday, I won't have to do any stupid packing again for at least another year, and Frugal February is OVER. So how did I do? Well, not perfectly, that's for sure. I definitely did loads better at not buying the stuff I would usually slip up on: no make up, nail varnish or toiletries, no DVDs, no magazines, no clothes or shoes, no cute vintage knick-knacks.
So what did I buy? Well I did crack one weekend and buy some glorious candy coloured yarn (though super cheap at £1 a ball), and the other day I bought a second-hand Ian McEwan from the charity book shelf at work (not strictly necessary given my burgeoning collection of still-to-read books).
Other than that, there have been some unavoidable purchases related to moving house - a new Hoover (though with a good discount on RRP on Amazon), some basic tools, a few new kitchen utensils and some second-hand cast iron pans (although I'm seeing these as an investment piece, so frugal in the long run). So while my costs have actually been higher than usual this month, I do feel like I've learnt to live on less, make use of what I've got, and generally keep hold of my dough better.
Other than curbing my spending, I did a few other things to try and be more frugal in February...
* Tried out A Thrifty Mrs' tip on cheaper cotton wool pads
* Switched to some cheapo hairspray when I ran out (conclusion: passable in large doses)
* Tried out a tip on thickening mascara with baby powder as seen on SuperScripers
* Salvaged some old jewellery (and an iron, and a suitcase) from home
* Used up some toiletries I'd forgotten about - including a perfectly good tube of foundation (nearly full) an unopened face pack, hair serum (again nearly full) and some hotel 'sourced' minis (hey, I'm not too proud)
* Bought and cleaned up a great set of Le Creuset pans second-hand for a fraction of the cost of new ones
* Learnt to meal plan better and revisited some of my favourite cheap comfort foods (hello dahl)
* Sold some stuff I didn't need on eBay, making over £20
* Took a packed lunch to work most days
* Baked shortbread, possibly one of the simplest and cheapest baked treats around
* Used some yarn from my stash to make myself a nice little cowl and some fingerless gloves
Did you partake in Frugal February? I'd be interested to know how you did!