T-shirt Re-shirt

Another great recycling project, this time with old but loved t-shirts. Sometimes you just can’t throw them away, and here are some fun ideas of how to give them a second life. This is particularly nice with kids clothes that they have grown out of, or loved items that have been worn until holes appeared… https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FMetDaanMagazine%2Fvideos%2F1966702713567443%2F&show_text=0&width=560“>T-shirt Re-shirt Show me your … Read More

Thursday Thought 29

Some things are just better value than others, it’s a bit of trial and error sometimes to find out what they are… We love these colour-in table cloths from Phoenix Trading. They entertain the kids while waiting for food and keep the adults quiet too! This one has lasted our whole holiday and sparked lots of good conversation as well, … Read More

Thursday Thought 23

The school holidays are upon us, and we now have four kids eating us out of house and home… quick fixes are lots of home baking (double whammy of cheap AND entertainment) and Approved Foods, who sell off near to and out of date foods. We have just ordered enough food for snacks etc to last the whole of the … Read More

Leave it! 

I’ve been pondering how very many things I WANT – don’t need, just want. While I think it’s important that life if full of beautiful unnecessary things to be enriched, I can see the practical side of leaving some things in the shop to be enjoyed by someone else (great positive re-framing there!). Not only is this good for my … Read More

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

Thursday Thought 19

I’m feeling amazed by our beautiful, frugal NHS today. They have cared for my poorly little one in a hundred ways, with no cost to us at the point of use. At least 11 NHS members of staff were in direct contact with us during our late night foray into Paediatric A&E, including telephone calls prior to our arrival. The tension in … Read More

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 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