Our theme for December is #frugalactsofkindness, you can join in by using our free Random Acts of Kindness calendar with an idea for every day in December to be kind. You can switch them around depending on your situation, but they give you some starting points… We will be sharing our kind behaviour on our Instagram page, on Twitter and on Facebook – feel free to join us on one of those platforms and share with us using the #. I can’t wait to get in the Christmas spirit by sharing some nice around.
Of course, we are a real family and so there will still be arguments and potential throwing of toys… BUT it does give us all a bit of a focus to think outside of our own needs, to consider others and what’s important on a bigger scale than who moved the superhero figures…
You can find the RAK Calendar in our shop to download FREE – enjoy x
We do the elf thing at Frugal HQ – somewhat of a rod for our own backs to be honest, but it’s fun too and the kids love it. We got our Elf several years ago so it’s now free fun! Sometimes silly is good for adults as well, especially at this often stressful time of year…
It’s been a much calmer week all round, and so ‘we’ have started to consider what we are buying for Christmas and lists have been created – presents, food, cards etc. One strategy we use is to stick to one supermarket and use their points scheme, this means we have a nice sum to use for our Christmas Treat Foods.
A new strategy is to use TopCashBack for items we buy online (we also order things via this for family and friends). I am totally amazed by how much we have saved over the year by using TopCashBack and when I was checking how to actually get the money out I realised that you can get an extra 6% more money FOR FREE by having your money on a shop card instead of straight to your bank. This could be used as a gift card for someone, or in a shop we are likely to be getting presents from anyway – with four kids every penny counts.
Stamps! I was so thrilled to be in touch with these guys on Twitter- I remember sending off used stamps to Blue Peter as a child but had no idea they could still be recycled and raise vital funds.
I would encourage everyone to do this simple thing, I know we use traditional post much less and receive lots of post without stamps on at all but please save what you can ✉️💌📮📦
Used postage stamps, from anywhere in the world, of any age, are a valuable way for charities to raise funds. They sell these stamps, usually by the sack, to stamp collectors. Called “Philately”, stamp collecting is a thriving hobby among people of all ages. You can learn about different countries histories, culture, communications, and much more. We all receive mail, and normally once we are finished with the envelope, it ends up in the bin – but this is a way that you can save something that you might likely throw away (what could be better than saving something from landfill, or the compost bin, and at the same time supporting whatever cause is important to you, as well?) Save stamps from your office mail, Christmas cards, birthday cards, anything with a stamp on. Once you are finished with the envelope, carefully tear the stamp off the envelope, taking care to remove an area of paper around the stamp. Collectors like the stamp to be undamaged, and even check for the perforations (those frilly bits around the stamp edges!). Removing an area of paper around the stamp, ensures that the stamp is undamaged and therefore worth the most to the charity. If you would like to find charities to support with your used stamps, have a look at http://usedstampsforcharity.weebly.com/ which has a regularly updated list of UK charities needing used stamps, including the RNLI, many health and animal charities.
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…
Show me your makes!
Whether you ‘do’ Halloween or not, this is a fun project to recycle some good ol’ toilet rolls – as you may have noticed, we keep all of ours to use all year round – we love bats and have a bat box on the house so you don’t have to link it to the end of October if you don’t want to…
I found a port in the storm, true friendship is free and I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful friends that I can please with just tea, or a well timed hug ☀️
It has reminded me of our postcard campaign – we use the free ones from the cinema or gifts we receive and use them to keep in touch with friends we don’t see often. It’s quicker than a letter which I never seem to find time to write, easier than a phone call as I’m never sure what is a good time, and more personal than an email. Try it, kindness is such a beautiful thing.
Today can do one! Just when you think one more thing might tip you over the edge… And then one more thing happens and you have to decide whether to laugh or cry.
Being frugal for a comfort eater and shopper isn’t easy – especially when stressed. However, I’m developing a list of free ‘feel good’ activities for moments like these – feel free to suggest some (be polite!).
I’m off to rummage in the craft cupboard to make some earrings for myself. After a cuppa of course😉