Hi, I’m Sarah and I run a zero-waste store called Shop Zero in Nottingham City centre! My aim is to empower folks to live more sustainably and reduce their impact on the environment. Many of us have been shocked by the stories of environmental disasters and threat in our world. We want to do things differently and it can be … Read More


We have met so many new and interesting small, local, family and ethical or sustainable businesses since we started The Frugal Family we wanted to take this year to showcase some of our favourites, this is meant to have two benefits. Firstly we hope to inspire your family to get involved in making small changes to your shopping, eating, living … Read More

The Worst Thing About ‘Normal’

Lots of people talk about creating a ‘new normal’ or ‘going back to normal’ – these words are not helpful, but they probably are really trying to be. Of course life continues after death for everyone that’s left, even if you want the world to stop it won’t (I know because I’ve tried), time relentlessly continues to pass; hours turn … Read More

Self Care

  On our Countdown to Cosy today we are thinking about making sure we are taking care of ourselves, in particular our immune system – we talk a lot on this site about Self Care and that’s because I’ve spent nearly twenty years working with people to share ideas and suggestions of how to look after our own needs, so … Read More

Keep in touch

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the value of human connection in life generally, it’s also something I know to be an important part of our basic needs from my professional background, having contact with other people is essential to a healthy life and in the Winter that sometimes gets more difficult if the weather means we go out … Read More

Inner Rhythm

Today’s suggestion is about using our ears to feel cosy, which is probably not the first thing we think of. Listening to relaxing or envigorating music, a good book or talking to a friend are all nice ways to curl up and be surrounded by loveliness. It’s a useful skill to get used to checking if all our senses are … Read More

Go for a Walk

This sounds so simple, and yet quite often we find lots of reasons not to do it – despite the fact there are so many benefits for our physical and mental health. Walking allows us time in nature, fresh air, physical activity and often we can do a quick chore too like post a letter or grab a loaf of … Read More

Sofa Scramble

This might seem an odd idea for getting cosy, but while you are sorting out old coats and bags or plumping up your cushions always remember to check for loose change. Even foreign or out of date coins might still be of use to pay directly into a bank or savings account and all those pennies add up. We keep … Read More

Bulk Cooking for the Win

So, I love cooking and try to teach the kids how to look after themselves by encouraging them to get involved with cooking our normal meals as well as more fancy baking and fun things. On a normal day I find cooking can be quite a nice activity – I’m not so keen on the cleaning up afterwards, and during … Read More

Share the Joy

We are big fans of sharing as a positive concept and sustainable option, so part of feeling good about ourselves includes sharing where we can. The Winter months can be especially difficult for people living on the streets and if you have appropriate clothing you no longer need or are part of a group that could arrange a collection of … Read More