You know you’re frugal when…..

 Hello Readers,

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…………

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx

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43 thoughts on “You know you’re frugal when…..

  1. ….your really pleased that you have got washing completely dry on the line
    ….when one small chicken does dinner, 2 lunches and makes a batch of soup.
    ….when your extra job you have taken on means you are going to be one step closer to being debt free
    and lastly
    when being frugal isnt a chore and you cant understand why you wasted so much money before.
    xx

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  2. i know i'm frugal..when i look at something and my mind suddenly starts shouting at me…”you can make that and it'll be better and cheaper”..i have made cakes and bread and today scones for the first time..much better than going out to buy them..
    I know i'm frugal coz it doesn't matter who turns up for tea or dinner i always have something frozen or can whip it up out of left overs for them…

    Lovely to see you looking glowing froogs..keep smiling hun.
    sara

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  3. Brilliant blog, as usual…

    I'd add with 'you know you're frugal when…
    You darn your socks
    You turn old jeans into patchwork cushions
    You turn old sweaters into cushions
    You collect sticks when you're on walks to use as kindling
    You use a jug and basin to wash rather than heat the water
    The internet/phone bill is your biggest monthly bill at £20 and you relish the internet as a huge, free reading room
    You love your library'
    I could go on!

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  4. I didnt realise I was being frugal, your blog is great. Tho I dont walk, cant go very far, I enjoy watching the birds in my garden. Any ideas on reducing cost of bird food?

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  5. You know your frugal when..
    -you cut everyone's hair, and it looks good, 'cause you have had lots of practice
    -read your news on the internet, and gets your books from the library (except the keepers-those come from garage sales and thrift stores)
    -refashion clothes from the thrift or hand-me-downs into beautiful outfits for you and the kids
    -grow my own herbs in nooks and crannies of the garden and dry them in bunches from the rafters in the fall
    -Use freecycle to give and recieve
    -Patch older clothes to use camping and when doing repairs and work around the house.
    Dear Frugal Queen,
    Love the blog, keep up the good work!

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  6. Ha, I loved this post!

    I am just back from a lovely walk in the woods near my house, with my 3 kids. We all came home with armfuls of fallen branches etc for the fire. Eldest son is learning to chop wood and he'll chop the bigger branches into a suitable size after school this week.

    I can't honestly say my jacket and boots were from a charity shop i'm afraid but I do buy value products for the vast majority of my groceries. We all take packed lunches to school & work, I never buy newspapers or fancy coffees. I don't buy biscuits, I home bake all the time and we never have takeaways or ready meals.

    I haven't used my tumble drier in months and also love the feeling of getting all of my washing dry for free. This one in particular always makes me smile too, at the thought of all the ££££'s NOT going into Energy Co's pockets.

    I switch 'everything' off at the wall when not being used. Even the microwave!

    I am not in debt but i'm always thinking why didn't I get frugal years ago! All the things I do are 2nd nature now and I too depair at family & friends who laugh at my ways but complain they 'never have any money!'

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  7. Ha, I loved this post!

    I am just back from a lovely walk in the woods near my house, with my 3 kids. We all came home with armfuls of fallen branches etc for the fire. Eldest son is learning to chop wood and he'll chop the bigger branches into a suitable size after school this week.

    I can't honestly say my jacket and boots were from a charity shop i'm afraid but I do buy value products for the vast majority of my groceries. We all take packed lunches to school & work, I never buy newspapers or fancy coffees. I don't buy biscuits, I home bake all the time and we never have takeaways or ready meals.

    I haven't used my tumble drier in months and also love the feeling of getting all of my washing dry for free. This one in particular always makes me smile too, at the thought of all the ££££'s NOT going into Energy Co's pockets.

    I switch 'everything' off at the wall when not being used. Even the microwave!

    I am not in debt but i'm always thinking why didn't I get frugal years ago! All the things I do are 2nd nature now and I too depair at family & friends who laugh at my ways but complain they 'never have any money!'

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  8. Ha, I loved this post!

    I am just back from a lovely walk in the woods near my house, with my 3 kids. We all came home with armfuls of fallen branches etc for the fire. Eldest son is learning to chop wood and he'll chop the bigger branches into a suitable size after school this week.

    I can't honestly say my jacket and boots were from a charity shop i'm afraid but I do buy value products for the vast majority of my groceries. We all take packed lunches to school & work, I never buy newspapers or fancy coffees. I don't buy biscuits, I home bake all the time and we never have takeaways or ready meals.

    I haven't used my tumble drier in months and also love the feeling of getting all of my washing dry for free. This one in particular always makes me smile too, at the thought of all the ££££'s NOT going into Energy Co's pockets.

    I switch 'everything' off at the wall when not being used. Even the microwave!

    I am not in debt but i'm always thinking why didn't I get frugal years ago! All the things I do are 2nd nature now and I too despair at family & friends who laugh at my ways but complain they 'never have any money!'

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  9. Brilliant post …. I don't buy anything I could make myself, take pride in bragging about how little I pay for things instead of how much, realised when out the other day dressed rather smartly for me that the ony things that were purchased new where my undie crackers …. everything else was CS or Fleabay! Very satisfying x

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  10. … U find yourself agreeing with almost everything Frugal Queen says!
    Instead of going clubbing last night we saved the money and time in not getting the resulting hangover… So got up early, turned the last windfall apples into crumble filling to freeze and juice for cider, chopped logs and kindling, made veg&cheese tarts from leftovers, hung out the washing if only for an hour.
    U know ur frugal when enjoying life is more important then buying it!

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  11. Hello frugal queen

    I love your blog even though a fair bit of it does not apply as I live in Canada.

    On my own I would be fairly frugal. I love the challenge. However, I have three teenages and a husband who all love to spend, spend spend and often on the little things (coffee out, movie rentals, etc.) which all add up fast especially when unplanned. So it seems that no matter how hard I plan and budget, I am always off on my numbers. The end result is that I am viewed as being the fun killer. Any advice? I will continue to do my best. I make most food from scratch, keep the heat low, dry clothes on the line, many of the things that you do and suggest. Thanks again.

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  12. When christmas is paid for by ebaying, bootsales adn vouchers ammassed form on line surveys! You have not bought a can of soup since I can't remember as you can make niced and cheaper for pennies! You buy childrens clothes a year in advance buying good brands second hand when you see them! and the only new clothes you have are your knickers and socks!

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  13. Hi Leila – if you have money to burn then you can carry on not worrying about your teens and husband. It is a worrying sign in a relationship to the point of being unevenly yoked to not share the same ideals. it's worrying in any family if they don't run it like a business, how can you budget when you have unplanned spending? email me direct and we can 'talk' I don't know how to deal with this, DB and I are a complete team, in this together and pulling as one – may be other readers might be able to suggest?

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  14. Hey Frugal Queen,

    I love your blog! There is so much to be learnt here.

    Thank you for sharing how you live your life.

    I have written a post about you on my blog. lol
    Cheers,

    Alex

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  15. hee hee this is a great post.
    You know you're frugal when..

    Your neighbour tells you that a row of cabbage, row of spinach, row of cabbage, row of spinach, does not constitute a stripey lawn.

    You only go to the dumpit site to bring things out of there.

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  16. …… when you see people on the tv complaining that they are hard done by because they are having to wear an extra wooly or batch cook and don't understand why because you've been doing it for 28 years and think it is normal and sensible behaviour
    ……. when it's mid November and you still haven't used any form of heating since February
    …….when you have an almost encyclopaedic memory for the prices in supermarkets and know exactly how much they have risen
    …… when you nearly keel over in shock at the price of a loaf of bread because you've been making your own for so long
    ……when your income is just above that decreed to be the poverty line, but you still feel rich

    Haha – the verification word is 'waste'!

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  17. You're frugal when………

    You look at every item you're consigning to the wheelie bin, and wonder what use it could be put to?

    You go shopping the last hour before closing and look for the knock-down-sell-by-date-today stuff.

    You're on first name terms with the charity shop assistants.

    You have a mark on the kettle to fill just enough for 2 cups of tea.

    You wish you had a bigger freezer.

    You use the slow cooker more than the oven.

    You never throw a glass jar or bottle out, they get used for home-made things.

    You write notes to yourself on the back of used envelopes.

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  18. …when you recycle threadbare blankets by chopping up into 2″ inch strips, plaiting the strips and then stitching the strips together to create a unique braided rug. I've made five so far.

    Josie x

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  19. you know your frugal when people with more debt than you throw out good clothes, because there not fasionable anymore, and you gladly take then and wear them for a couple more years.

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  20. I live in Canada where we enjoy snow from October to late April. I am as frugal as I possibly can except for petrol as I live 40 miles one way from my son's school and all shopping.
    I wash my clothes using 1 TBS of soap, spin twice if need be, and hang inside. I do not own a drier and never have. I raised three sons with cloth diapers and no problems. My DH and my youngest son, 17, are also very frugal. We rarely eat out, about the same amount as Frugal Queen in a year. My youngest and I are both on allowances for spending and keep well in there. We know the difference between a want and a need. We raise as much of our food as is possible with our climate. The only clothing new I buy for myself are socks.
    We reuse and make as much as we possibly can. No one shops for recreation here.
    We have no debt at all. We drive older vehicles. We built a super insulated house ourselves and save a lot of money on heating and electricity with this.
    I enjoy your blog so much.

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  21. I've been frugal all my life, bringing up 4 children – and now that I'm a widow on a pension its even more important. I read your blog every day, Froogs, and bless you for it – I'm still learning things!

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  22. I think doing all that with a smile on the face is the real key.
    … when you can't understand the attitude of people who look down their noses at generic labels or shopping at Aldis.
    … when your not sure what people are talking about when they start sprouting brand names.
    … when you love the repurpose, renew and renovate what you own spending nothing other than normal products from your cupboards to do so.
    … when the only reason you would enter a boutique shop of any kind was to get inspiration for making yourself.
    … when you are not sure why all the brouhaha about frugal living exists. You thought it was just living. 😉

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  23. For Leila: Perhaps she could shock the family by not being frugal for a while. Do everything the way the family thinks she should but keep a spreadsheet of the expenses before and after so that the message gets through. If she starts cushioning her life and looking after herself in the manner they treat themselves it might make a huge dent on their budgets and make them realise that she is not a fun killer but a realist. Then the family may be able to get together over time and sort out their ways of thinking or at least tone them down a bit. I agree that both mates running different paths could be very damaging to the union. Cherrie

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  24. Frugal Queen, you are amazing. If you don't already, you should, literally, write a book on the subject. It is sad how things have gotten so bad my country pertaining to the waste buying habits of the people. I think the government has a lot to do with it here. They are too freely handing out government check without investigating whether the person in each case legally and morally deserve it.No questions asked. They simply send them a monthly check in the mail, while a few of us, continue to do the frugal thing,to make their checks possible.Sad.

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  25. you know your frugal, when you hear your kinds spout the mantra, do you really need that or do you want it, and it brings a smile to your face and pride to my heart that I have taught them well

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  26. Leila, my husband is the same, the kids are young enough to not notice the corner cutting. With my husband I practice stealth fruagalling – always making him a packed lunch, giving him a flask full of coffee, having homemade cakes in etc.

    He wants to cut down but can't seem to shake off the “treat” mentality – he works long hours so doesn't see why he should give up his football matches, nights out and beers, but I don't do any of those.

    Froogs, DB is very lucky to have you and vice versa. I loved it whn you posted about him scouring the trains to find you free newspapers. You inspire me everyday.

    You know you're frugal when…
    you get really excited by a bag of free apples off a friends tree

    you're the first at the doors of the car boot sale…with a list of the three things you want to get for £1.

    You can never throw an empty container away as you know it can bee frozen full of homemade soup or filled with homemade chutney.

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  27. YKYFW-

    You have double the pleasure of volunteering at a clothing closet charity – sorting usable items for others and picking out a few things for yourself in the process. [FWIW – our charity is run by older ladies who just want things to be used and that its fair enough for the sorters to get “first dibs”.]

    You honestly think store-bought cakes & sweets taste crap in comparison to what you could make for tiny fraction of the cost.

    Telling others (when they compliment an outfit) that this was all either free or from the thrift store.

    Knowing that your clothing will last longer since you line-dry them.

    Entering into the Christmas season with serenity – b/c you are contented with what you have and are grateful for what you receive. ♥

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  28. Hi ! I'm from Québec, Canada and I read your blog everyday.
    I don't do any things than you, but I like read your tips about frugality. When I compare you to my-self, I'm very lucky. And I am a diy fan ! I have huge food for my family (3 little boys) buy I do it on scrap. We do our breads, pasta (not always), waffles, desserts, dinners, etc.

    We don't go to restaurants (not very often in fact), my husband take his lunchs to work, kids come home for lunch (except baby who is in a kindergarden), and watch for sales. We don't care for products marks, but for the price ;). We're cheaper, but proud about it.
    We can pay our home and our debts regulary (home debts) and live very well. Even if my husband is the family provider and are having a home.
    We cannot do everything you do, but you inspire me to continue. It's not easy but we know the rewards we get while doing this. We're proud about our efforts and I'm sure you are too.

    ps: if you see some errors from my writting, consider that I speak in french and not so at ease to write in english. Reading is ok for me, but it's not the same thing ;).

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  29. … you feed your dog “garbage.” That is the leftover food that most people put in the trash (apple cores, bones left from making stock, vegetable peels, etc.)… and she likes it!!!

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  30. Hi Frugal Queen,

    I received my Clubcard statement today. Tesco have increased their deals to 4x the value of clubcard vouchers – so that's an extra meal out a year for you ;o)

    Best Wishes
    Frugal Wife

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  31. I love the internet! I can crow on here about how I try to save money, where at work I am looked at like I am some crazy bag lady.

    They buy lunches each day from M&S, some deal for £4.50 plus they buy drinks and other snacks approx £6 a day. That is £1560!

    And I have my tiffin stack (bento boxes for US peeps). And they always comment on my food, looking nice and smelling good. I dont have a maid people, I pack my own lunch, use the bus and shop the charity shops. And my savings pay for us to go on holiday!

    My most recent finds were lacura shimmer moisturiser from Aldi. that is £1.99 previously my brain was in a bucket and I used to buy Clarins sensitive day cream and estee launder spotlight. approx £50+ I think the Lacura stuff gives near enough the same effect.

    And my find this weekend? Ladies hygiene products. We throw them away and we get taxed on them! that ticks me off. So I have been trying lots of own brand to find savings against tampax. My best find is Aldi's own, 79p for what I would have paid approx £2.00 for the brand make.

    You know you are frugal when you dont mind telling people the above! LMAO

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