A bit of frugal every day

Hello Dear Reader,

Foil. We all have to use it and even though I don’t use much, I reuse it. My sandwiches are wrapped in the same piece of foil all week. I use loads of things over and over. I use ‘mamade’ and make marmalade at home and see the jars over and over. I’ve probably used the same jars for years. I reuse margarine tubs to freeze small portions and what ever I have gets used again. Then, much later, it gets recycled…..even the foil that’s been used all week. 

I only buy the cheapest foil and put it into foil box and it’s fine. It’s the little bit of frugal every day that all adds up.  Thrift is a funny thing. Many people would ask what the point is and that it’s not worth the bother but when you do a bit every day.

Thanks to Jackie, I now have a stove kettle twice the size of my old one. Throughout the winter, I keep a kettle on top of the stove and use the water for washing up and of course for tea. There’s often a rack of clothes drying in front of our little stove.

They’re all just little things.

Over to you and I’d love to get a whole heap of comments and hear all about your little things that other people might think are daft but we know make a difference.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxx


36 thoughts on “A bit of frugal every day

  1. Our little stove never goes out, it heats the house, I also cook stews using an old Le Crueset.pan from a carboot for £5.00.Also dry washing. or use my heated airer.Just bought a heated towel rail from Aldi that keeps the chill off the unheated bathroom.Also have solar panels that provide ‘free electricity’ so I make sure the dishwasher and washing machine and oven used at different times of the day, have even been known to pause things if a big cloud appears.All hot water in summer is provided by a clever little box that diverts any unused electricity to the immersion tank.Also in the year weve had panels installed had cashback of £520 from EDF :)We reckon in under 10 years the initial outlay of £7300 would be paid back.Not only saving pennies but doing our bit for the environment,

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  2. We had a smart meter for gas and electric fitted for free yesterday, I’m horrified to see how much electric it uses when cooking tea and the central heating running the radiators. My slow cooker is coming out of the cupboard a lot more and tomorrow I’m picking up hangers to dry stuff by the radiators.


  3. I always re-use plastic freezer bags. I have pots for some things but others go in bags which I wash and reuse until they fall apart.
    I have also just bought some old fashioned household soap and a scrubby brush to replace all the other cleaners in the house, fed up of all the plastic bottles.


  4. I divide food up prior to freezing. After costly mistakes of things sticking together it’s much easier to separate packs of food up first. I split peas up into portions. I only get 4 slices of bread out per day for hubby’s packed lunch. When freezing home grown veg I also freeze this into portion sizes. I freeze any leftovers and any yellow stickered bargains are only purchased if they’re freezable. I’ve really cut our waste down.


  5. I keep the old yogurt jars with lids for my baby’s purees.i have three clothes horses on the go and everyone laughs that I have clothes out on line this week.


  6. We use old butter box,s for freezing, make my own washing powder, use vinegar for cleaning, use vinegar as a fabric softener and rinse aid in the dishwasher, also make my own dishwasher powder and toilet cleaner


  7. I buy a box of 100 plastic food containers with lids (similar to those Chinese takeaway comes in), for bulk cooking because they make best use of of fridge and freezer space, therby making best use of freezer power.

    Each container can be re-used several times over and holds a curry, stew, chilli for two portions (there are two of us), also sauces or pasta, We laos use for sandwiches and salads for lunches, portions of puddings and sliced cakes, etc. Buy from somewhere like Costco (if you can) as under £11 with VAT (11p per container), Amazon and Ebay prices are over £20.00 for same product. Containers are dishwasher safe, with care can last up to 15-20 times each container, (lids are likely to go first), making cost of under 1p per use. Once past their best, they can be recycled or used for storage screws, odds and ends, sewing mateirals, etc.


  8. I figure out the least amount of a a product I can use to get the desired result – whether it’s shampoo, toothpaste, tea, coffee, etc. I use cotton balls to remove eye makeup and tear each ball in half. I make a pot of tea in the morning, drink a cup, pour some into a thermos (flask) to take to work, and put the rest in a bottle in the refrigerator to use as iced tea. I re-use as much as possible, including plastic bags, waxed paper, and – like you – foil. I use the wrapper from sticks of butter to grease baking pans. I stuff my shoes with newspaper so they retain their shape (and deodorize) instead of using shoe trees. Most of my change gets put into paper rolls and once I’ve filled up a box of them, I deposit in a savings account. There are so many things like that which I’ve done over the years that they are second nature, and I don’t think of them as anything special…. I consider them a fun challenge! How little can I spend and still have a life I consider as “quality?”

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  9. I try to reuse anything which comes into the house and particularly those things which I have paid for in the packaging of goods purchased. Some containers are good for holding small items together in the cupboard, and others are useful when parcelling up food to give away for a child who has visited. I use those clear square fruit and vegetable containers which Aldi (Australia) have so that I can place soft meals like soup in the freezer. It contains them and makes the frozen packet sit up when freezing. After it is frozen I take it out and put it in the freezer. Bottles are often used for all sorts of tasks like storage or holding herbs and flowers before they finally go in the recycling bin.

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  10. I have cut my husband’s hair and well as our kids when they were at home. I mend all our clothes and darn socks (with an old light bulb as a darning egg). I use my freezer to store nuts, baking supplies, bread, buns, and all pink sticker meat (30% off), as well as butter and cheese when they are on sale. We are always on the lookout for free firewood for the wood burner. I use plastic containers from yogurt and sour cream for leftovers and freezer portions. Some say I splurged on a self cleaning oven, but the extra insulation makes it cheaper to run…

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  11. I am known as the yellow sticker queen by family and friends lol. I try to go every Sunday and one day in the week also. Lots of what you buy can go in the freezer. I have a chest freezer my Nan bought me when I got married 19 years ago and its still going strong the freezer not the marriage lol. Buying yellow sticker items once or twice a week really supplements my monthly food shop and keeps costs incredibly low. I have a budget of £160 a month or £40 a week. That covers food, toiletries, cleaning products, and pet food/ bedding/ litter for my family of 4. Most months we come in under budget but we are never over budget. This month we are taking part in the #30DayFestiveFoodBank challenge after learning about it on your blog and that will be worked into this months food budget also. xxx

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  12. I guess many of us do the same things to save a little bit here and there. If there is left over bread I crumb it and freeze. I rinse out jars and cans of sauces, eg tomato used in Italian dishes. Four minute showers are the rule. Fill the oven when the oven is on. Dual flush toilets save heaps of water. I love the little things that add up day by day. Today I expect to do four loads of washing. We have a huge front loader that heats water only if it needs too. There are two huge loads that are whites and pales together and then darks. Then next two are my son’s chef whites and then black work pants. These will all line dry as it is already over 32 C here. I dry things on hangers and shake well and finger press as I go to reduce ironing.


  13. Hi, like many of your readers we are all thrifty minded, over the winter we have the storage heaters on, they run on economy 7.I put the washing on clothes horse’s and they are usually dry the next morning.I also put the slow cookers on over night so cooking meals is even cheaper,my washing machine has a timer on so I can put a White’s wash in and the water heats up on cheaper electricity. My husband altered out bathroom over the summer and made it smaller so it’s not so cold, the towel rail I have in there is on a timer half an hour in the morning and an hour at tea time.x xxx


  14. As a few people have stated many of our thrifty ways are second nature to us as we do them without thinking…but they had beginnings at one time….
    …things like hanging shirts and other washing on coat hangers to dry indoors and thereby saving ironing electricity and time.
    …if the heater is on move the clothes rack/horse closer to the warmth using the heat both to warm us and dry the clothes.
    …shop thrift stores. Today I had time. I scored a cream skirt like the one at a store that I needed for a trip to a very warm climate. It was a tiny fraction of the price. Also a cotton blouse so very similar to the one that I had eyed off at the shop….the seven pieces of clothing I scored cost the same as the new cream skirt had I purchased it. All the items were brand new, great quality and will be suitable for my travelling.


  15. I have a ‘never the same flavour twice’ soup box on the go in the freezer. Into that goes all left over cooked/raw veggies, all chopped up, rinse outs from sauce jars, stalks from veggies etc. When that soup box is full then the contents get tipped into big pot of boiling water, couple of stock cubes added, either some red lentils or split peas and hey presto, thirty minutes later, virtually ‘free’ soup.


  16. I bought silicone air-tight covers in different sizes and use them on top of dishes in the fridge…they will last for years. Also bought 2 very small ones to keep bugs out of drinks outside


  17. Love this inspiring blog…..;-) Use all of above frugal ways as our normal behaviour. One thing I could share is my method of making firelighters-We keep all sawdust from wood pile (we have a log burner and chickens-but plenty for both) add it to melted candle stubs and let set in old, well used containers/milk bottles cut in half etc).
    Once cool they need to be chopped up and used on top of newspaper to light a roaring fire.(tiny bits are flammable-so take care!) They look like flapjacks and make great gifts when wrapped in pretty clear wrap!


  18. Everyone here is way more frugal than me, but I do try! Let’s see, haven’t turned the heat on yet this year. (It’s California, and the house is at 65 this morning. Right on the edge of me being able to handle it.) I combine loads of laundry, dishes. I pick fruit from the yard to use for smoothies. Freeze any produce that’s leftover for another day. Probably the way I’m most frugal is with meal planning & leftover re-using. We also travel quite a bit (it’s in the budget) & constantly look for the best possible deal by combining points, discounts, offers, etc.

    Love reading the other suggestions!


  19. At my home, i try to re-use everything . My oats, rice and flours are all in matching plastic containers. All of them are collected when we used to buy 1kg of mayonnaise. Now we don’t use mayo much. But the containers are still here. The yoghurt containers can be used to keep things in the freezer. Even freezer bags can be used more than one time. I really appreciate you are doing this. Less to the landfills is better for the whole world.


  20. We do lots of the tips mentioned above and, yes like you, we have a kettle on top of the log burner and another sat on the back of the Aga which each give us a bowlful of hot water for washing the pots. We have 45 solar panels with a battery back up system, so we are always using our own generated electricity, and we have a rain water harvesting system so we don’t have to use metered mains water for any outside jobs or watering in the polytunnel where we grow all own vegetables, saving us a fortune.

    These are big things but like you say it’s the little things, reusing foil, plastic tubs, turning off lights in rooms as you leave them etc. that add up in the long run. Once you get into a frugal mindset it all comes much easier and Blogland is a wonderful place for picking up tips from likeminded people.


  21. I keep a savings notebook in which I note down every saving I make, starting on the first of the month. This includes things like yellow sticker savings, two for one savings, paying less for something than I usually would, my pay rise (barely visible to the naked eye) etc. Then at the beginning of the next month, I total it all up, and put that amount in my savings account. (If I got paid weekly, I’d total up, etc, weekly.). Some months it’s quite a big amount. I find it quite motivating – and it has made me pay a lot more attention to how I spend money. Also, it means that money from careful shopping, etc, actually does get saved. I recommend it highly- it’s really helped to beef up my savings.
    Thanks for the blog, by the way – it’s my favourite! – and all the helpful comments. Best wishes to all!


  22. I cut my own hair (very easy if it’s past shoulder length), hang washing out to dry, buy second hand clothes on ebay, accept hand-me-downs for my children, always accept free food (from friends with extra produce) and then try to reciprocate, batch cook, regift and/or make gifts (I’ve just made an apron for a little girl’s birthday out of my husband’s old work shirts), freeze left over lemon slices to pop in cool drinks, grow our own herbs and some veg, clean with vinegar, use a quarter dishwasher tablet, grate cheese and put it in the freezer, do our own home repairs and maintenance (where possible), switch off appliances when not in use.

    Being frugal makes you spend time and money mindfully and that is great for the soul and the planet!

    Thank you for another awesome post!


  23. You’re so right – it’s all the little things that add up over time to big savings! I like to save odds and ends in the freezer to make chicken stock. Leftover chicken bones from a meal, potato and carrot peels, onion ends, etc. They all make for a great stock and I freeze it to use in soups, stews, etc. It’s a great way to use things that might otherwise be tossed!


  24. What a great idea to reuse the foil. I tend to use way too much cling film and tinfoil and only use those things once, I should really try to reuse them, if possible. Anyways, you have a great blog and it’s an instant follow from me 🙂


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