6 Frugal Wins and 0 Frugal Fails

This week was relatively quiet. Lockdown restrictions in Melbourne have eased and life is returning to a somewhat normal pace now. However the impacts are being seen – in the CBD the streets are quiet and many shops have ‘For Lease’ signs on them after the tenant went under. When government support ends in March 2021, I think this is when the real economic disaster will be seen.


  1. We tried ordering groceries from online for the first time, and paid only $1 for delivery. It saved so much time on the weekend and we was able to plan meals better and avoid picking up random snacks when physically wandering through the aisles.
  2. Retail shops opened up again and I was finally able to get a refund for $90 clothes from Uniqlo.
  3. I am slowly using up all my excess beauty products. I used up my large 1/2 litre bottle of micellar water make up remover. Since I bought a face halo (a re-usable fabric wash cloth) I no longer need to use this additional product and also use less cotton rounds as a result. Frugal win and more environmentally friendly!
  4. Our existing blender is a cheap one from Kmart and has lasted almost 3 years with daily use. But something funky is going on where the fan is spitting out black plastic from the engine and though it’s not dead, I think its a matter of time before it explodes. I found a Nutribullet blender set on sale on the Qantas Frequent Flyer merchandise store and bought it using points. So, a (almost) free blender is a big frugal win.
  5. I got a pair of shoes repaired and restructured, which cost a lot, but in the scheme of things it has saved the longevity of the shoes. They’re a pair of 8-year old designer sandals which I bought at a consignment store brand new for $100 or $200 (can’t remember exact price), but with a retail price of $800+. However, over the years my feet have grown wider and the band has become too tight so couldn’t wear them. I went to a well-known cobbler which specialises in designer shoes and bags, and was quoted $180 to restructure the shoes to make them looser. An incredibly steep price, however, once I received the fixed shoes back, the quality was exceptional. I anticipate that they will last at least another 5 or so years with regular wear.
  6. Bought a generic brand sunrise lamp/alarm clock from eBay as I’m trying to get back into a good routine and wake up at my pre-Covid time. I purchased it for $28, and it works by increasing the lamp light in the lead up to the wake up time and then sets off the alarm. One week in and so far, it’s great. Well worth the $28.

What was your past week like? What are your frugal wins and fails?

xx Miss Piggy

3 Comments Add yours

  1. simplywendi says:

    Congratulations on all your wins!!!

  2. Thank you! Hope your week went well! Did you have any wins/fails?

  3. simplywendi says:

    We are trying hard to stay within our budget but it is difficult when money is being pulled in sooo many ways!

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