I thought we could all join in with this one! You know you’re frugal when your best day out is a walk on the moors, or the cliffs, or the park, or through the woods, you’re wearing a waterproof from the charity shop, which is where you also bought your walking boots. You love every minute of the freedom of outdoors and when you get back to the car you warm up with a piece of home made fruit cake and a flask of coffee. You wouldn’t dream of going to the cafe! And, you do all this with a smile on your face!
When the oven goes on, you make the most of every penny worth of the really expensive electricity. You bulk bake, cook and you always have something in the freezer to just reheat. Everything is home made and when you see a quiche in the supermarket for £2.50 you know you could make that for less than 50p! More to the point, you feel really smug.
Your cupboards are well stocked with dried beans, you always have something soaking, you make your own bean pates for packed lunches and hummus for snacks. you get a huge part of your protein and fibre from pulses and even casseroles are bulked out with the cheap and delicious little larder fillers.
When you eat out, which is very very rarely, you only do so because you’ve saved your Tesco points and trebled them for gift rewards. £10 of vouchers become £30 of restaurant vouchers and then you save them for birthday, date nights and treats. You also only drink tap water with ice in the restaurant because the vouchers do not cover drinks! You walk out of the door feeling really good, that you ate a nice meal that someone else cooked for you and you were canny about how you paid for it. We do this about three times a year!
You love chopping wood! You get a real sense of satisfaction out of stock piling for next year, you even chop your own kindling. You drag home branches from the road side and you keep a saw in the car! You become really cheeky and ask for wood or pallets. You keep advertising on freecycle for any kind of wood and you’ll gladly saw up broken bedsteads, you’ll dismantle sheds and you’ll stock up with the wooden boxes freely available outside a traditional fruit and veg shop or stall.
You have more than one job. You’ll deliver pizzas, flowers, you’ll baby sit, you’ll clean caravans, you’ll work in a bar, you’ll work in an old folks home, you’ll take in ironing, you’ll cut grass. What ever, if times are hard and you need extra money you get off your backside and go out and earn it.You’ll rent out spare rooms, you’ll rent out your garage and any spare parking spaces, you’ll camp for three weeks in the summer so you can rent your own home out to tourists. What ever it takes, if you have a bill to pay, then you’ll find a way.
Most of your food is off the bottom shelf. You’ll not be seduced by the buy one get one free unless it’s what you already buy and they haven’t inflated the original price. You don’t care if your trolley gleams with Morrisons bright yellow value products. You know that Tesco value baby lotion is an amazing make up remover and cleanser, you buy one lipstick a year and that was £1.99 from Aldi, you keep your eyes open for the end of line and stock up when you really really know you are getting a good price. Also, you can no longer understand why people pile their shopping trollies with total rubbish and pay a fortune for it. You look at these sheep with disdain and only wish they would read this blog!
You launder your clothes according to the weather forecast. You then finish it off indoors on racks and you have plenty of these. Hall ways have secret hooks which can take a washing line in the winter to finish off duvet covers and towels. Clothes get sniffed, it they don’t smell – they are not dirty! You soak clothes in salt water to get rid of any stains, you use Value or home soap powder and you use a cup full of white vinegar in the rinse to soften and freshen they clothes!
You always take your lunch to work. Doing this saves me £500 a year. I take my own coffee and UHT milk and that saves me £300 a year. You know what things cost, you instantly multiply that by 5 and how many weeks you work a year and then you have the real cost of that lunch or that coffee every day. A newspaper a day is easy – that’s £365 a year. A magazine a week? That’s £3.50 X 52 = £182. So, by not buying lunch, or coffee, or a magazine or a paper saves you £1347.
I have loads more, but I’ll let you all finish this today. So go on, you know you’re frugal when…………
Love Froogs xxxx