Gratitude and Kids

Great podcast here about how to help kids see your values in a very practical way – over just talking to them about what’s ‘right’ all the time. I found this very thought provoking… even with a very young family we have tried to include acts of kindness into our version of normal life, and I think it does start … Read More

Gifts That Keep On Giving…

Gifts that Keep on Giving… Part Two During a conversation with our lovely friend Lisa at Less-Stuff we realised how frustrating it can be to buy things for people who already have everything they need, so we have collaborated to bring you 10 brilliant ideas for Gifts that Keep On Giving… they help you look amazing, give your friend or … Read More


We were thrilled to be invited to share our story and plans for the future with Kat from Share Impact. The podcast was great fun to do, and it was also an interesting exercise to speak out loud about The Frugal Family – it’s grown so quickly and talking about the future made it seem very real and very exciting. … Read More

The NHS rocks

Today I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself, and that’s made me feel poorly and I’ve had a root through the medicine drawer… and it made me think how lucky I am to have such easy access to pain relief, decongestants, vitamins and minerals, healthy foods and all sorts of things to keep me well. If I want to I … Read More

Week Two

This week I’ve really struggled to think of something… we’ve had poorly children and not been in our usual routine. However, as soon as I stopped panicking that my ethical frugal life was a sham and actually thought about it I came up with these things…   We sorted out the Winter Box, and donated the items we no longer … Read More

Week One

We are still not quite sure how best to measure and share our impact… but let’s just start and then tweak as ideas come to us (this is somewhat of a Frugal HQ philosophy of life!!).   This week we have given one bag of clothes to the Salvation Army charity shop. One bag of boxes to the Reception class … Read More

How Not to Shop

With all the Black Friday chaos around today, it made me realise that so many people (including myself on occasion) feel a compulsion to ‘buy’ to find a bargain, to get a great deal – to shop. I dealt with this many times when teaching confidence building skills; so many students would use shopping to make themselves feel validated, successful … Read More

Thanksgiving 101

How wonderful the internet is… I managed to get this awesome information with a shoutout for help via Instagram! So here is the lowdown for us Brits on what all this talk of Thanksgiving is all about… with special thanks to Melissa Rohlfs (you can follow Melissa on her excellent blog A Well-Heeled Life) First, a disclaimer. I’m no historian. … Read More

International Mens Day

Men are getting a bit of a bashing lately, as it appears a high proportion of them are just awful. I do feel that in the name of balance it’s the right time to say that not all men are like that – I feel very lucky and thankful to have found one of the shiny ones. On International Mens … Read More

Thankful & Safe

One of my favourite things about starting The Frugal Family has been all the wonderful and interesting people and businesses I have met. I hope today, while thinking about World Toilet Day, and #feelingthankful we have not one but two indoor toilets – I wanted to share this great information about staying healthy and being thankful for all the sanitation … Read More