Thursday Thought 21

Just squeaking this in with 20 minutes to spare! We have Movie Night every Friday, so to save spending money on new DVD’s (we’ve already seen what the library has to offer), we now do swaps with friends. We have movies they haven’t seen and vice versa, it’s really nice if you add a little star rating and a few … Read More

Work It Out!

I think it’s really easy to spend small amounts of money and forget how much they add up to – it’s certainly one of my biggest areas for improvement… For example, I worked out it costs about 17p a mile to drive our family van (Frosty). So, if I drive to school 4 miles a day that’s about £3.50 a … Read More

Quick Tip #3

Halve your meal! If you usually make enough for two adults then split it into four instead. Put two in the freezer for another time, and fill the rest of you plate with salad or veggies. The benefits of this are not just financial – but great for your health too. Buy whichever veg are on sale to broaden your … Read More

Quick Tip #2

You can freeze any leftover dregs of wine (white or red) and then use a cube, or whatever shapes you make, in cooking x    Please label them carefully! 😉  

Thursday Thought 18 – update

Use small businesses and local folk – you save a fortune, have a much better service, may even make friends and learn a few things. For example… I now get my hair cut by a lovely local lady who comes to the house at a time to suit me, and for 2 kids and myself it’s £17 for really good … Read More

Thursday Thought 16

I’ve just finished making my fifth picnic of half term, running low on some things now so raided the kids treat boxes and found unopened Christmas sweets – perfect for cold, wet, exhausted children (I’m not holding out much hope for the weather today ;)). Following on from last weeks frugal fun suggestions, here’s what we have actually been up … Read More

Thursday Thought 11

Hello again, must be that time of the week… It’s Allergy Awareness Week so I found this website that might be useful Food Allergies on a Budget, it’s in the US – so all in dollars but still some useful hints and tips for those that are trying to manage their allergies on a budget. We are dairy free at Frugal HQ and … Read More

So, sewing…

Quick update on the frugal fun of sewing… I’ve found this great website that sells patterns and have ordered a couple to start making kids clothes, as well as some clothes for our toy babies it appears… I love what Stripey Squirrel is doing with recycling, but thought this would add another string to my bow too. There are too … Read More

Thursday Thought 8

By golly my kids are growing fast – and I don’t mean this in a philosophical sense – I mean they have actually grown out of clothes we only bought for Christmas! Kids clothes can be very expensive, we are lucky and have formed an informal ‘line’ so that our girls get lots of hand me downs, but our son not … Read More

Thursday Thought 7

Where does the time go? How can it possibly be a week since I sat at the computer? Well, I have sat here but not to do my ‘pleasure’ writing. I’ve been working on saving a few pence by looking at some annual outgoings that needed double checking. We have moved our Will, moved our accountant and a few other … Read More