Funny frugal ways 

Hello Dear Reader,

Apologies for the grainy photograph of my wood stove and the laundry. It’s one of our (that’s you and me lovvie) funny frugal ways that we spend evenings looking at drying clothes and don’t mind. Some of the odd things we do including collecting pallets for kindling, pulling newspapers out of the recycling bins for fire lighting, picking up pine cones on dog walks for firefighters and thinking nothing of having big baskets of kindling wood in the lounge and not care what it looks like. 

It’s reached that time of year when keeping warm becomes a real focus. We try as much as possible, not to use our central heating or tumble drier and predominantly don’t. We heat one area then open or close doors to move warmth around. We watch the weather reports and dry outside even through the winter and finish off in front of the fire. 

We know our funny frugal ways are time consuming but we always watch the odd quid here and there so we don’t mind the extra time life takes. 

Over to you then. We’ve all got our funny frugal ways, care to share yours ?

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxx


21 thoughts on “Funny frugal ways 

  1. With a the temperatures due to warm up this weekend I’ll hopefully get all my washing done and a few extra loads and get them dried outside.


  2. Our garden doesn’t get much sun other than in high summer because of tall trees but I am still hanging washing out even though I have to finish it off inside. If the ground is dry the wash will dry – at least a bit


  3. I dry all our clothes outside (even through winter) and so have driers around the house like this sometimes too. We go stick and kindling collecting all year round and riffle through skips to find things to burn or upcycle. It makes me proud that we save money when others seem to squander it. I love your attitude (and recipes, yum!)


  4. Goodmorning Froogs,
    I pop a bucket underneath the seive when I am rinsing quinoa, I usually get about a half to three quarter full 9 litre bucket of water and that goes on the plants outside. Water charges are unbelievablely high here and we use water very frugally. Have a lovely day.


  5. I can relate to a lot of this 🙂 We are blessed to have an airing cupboard and I make very good use of all the (otherwise wasted) heat in there for finishing off washing from the garden. I’m on a real drive to keep the drier off as much as possible this year – thanks for the encouragement, it’s nice to know I’m not alone in this (and scavenging pine cones!).


  6. I have electric heat, so I never need to collect stuff to keep warm. But, I would do as you do in a second if it meant keeping warm frugally.


  7. I don,t have a tumble dryer, so it’s the garden or the utility area. I have a competition each year with my friend Julie( Northern like me) to see who will crack first and put the central heating on. It’s off at the moment. If you feel a bit cold in my house we have p!entry of blankets to wrap up in. I am hoping to get at least until November before I crack.


  8. we have the opposite problem here in tropical Australia. It is so wet and humid during the summer, our washing line is under the eaves but even so sometimes things dont seem really crisp. when we have the aircon running we put the laundry next to the hot air blowing out from the aircon. and It gets everything very dry.


  9. Hi, I am fortunate and live in sunny Queensland Australia and have never had to worry about getting washing dry and never owned a dryer, even though many years ago having two in cloth nappies. Now there is only two of us it is easy to pick a sunny warm (often too warm) day to wash but if I did live in your climate I would probably do what you do.
    Thanks for your blog


  10. I live in the Australian sub tropics and don’t own a dryer. All my washing is dried on the clothes line or under the veranda on a clothes horse. I have a big bucket in the shower and use this to collect the warm up water. I have another in the sink for when I wash the vegies that have come out of the garden. The shower warm up water goes in the washing machine and the vegie wash water goes on the pot plants. Newspapers and shopping catalogues are torn into strips and go in the compost bin or the worm farm. We have a two light rule at night and no more than two lights are on at any given time. We don’t have an air conditioner for cooling. We do have ceiling fans and these are only on when we are in the house. To combat adding to the heat in the house we have an outdoor kitchen set up with a barbeque and gas burners. Most of our living is done on the veranda in the summer time.


  11. I used to do all those things when I had my country cottage. How I miss it all ! Now I’m looking how to be frugal in a city flat. Thank you for your blog reminding me of country joys. Pam


  12. I really enjoy your blog. Speaking of fires I remember when you installed you’re you mentioned it was really energy efficient. The one we have installed has proved to be expensive, inefficient, stinks throughout the house and gives us sore eyes. I’d really appreciate it if you could share the brand / model you purchased.


  13. The washing dries in the guest bathroom or the clothe horse in our room. We dont have a drier. we wont turn the heat on till it is absolutely necessary hopefully sometime in November It is still very warm here at this time of the year but we have shut off the air conditioner


  14. I love black berry picking, scrumping for free apples – there is nothing more delightful than blackberry and apple crumble – that has come through your own efforts, even if they stain your thumbs and you get the odd scratch or two from the brambles.


  15. Odd frugal things I’ve done this week include using Tesco vouchers for a day out with our kids, eating packed lunches when we went out, eating lots of vegan meals, buying a second hand gift for my little boys Christmas, borrowing a DVD rather than renting, and cellotaping the handle on my dishwasher which is cracked to stop anyone hurting themselves. I love being frugal but my husband thinks I’m a skinflint. I would love us to be mortgage-free but my husband only gets excited about it when we make our yearly overpayment.


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