You know you’re frugal when….

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Hello Dear Reader,

It’s the 21st October, a huge storm is battering up, it’s freezing cold and the first day of our half term break. There will be no spending this week! We will completely get by on the food we have to take us to the end of the month, we won’t buy anything at all and we will just dig deep to keep going with out no spend month.

It got me thinking of our frugal world, of the things we do and don’t do. I now automatically never get invited anywhere: I’ve nothing to wear, can’t spare the budget and I’d say no anyway. I automatically get wrapped up when I come home, put on extra layers, more socks, wrap my dressing gown over the top and pour myself a hot drink to keep warm. Quick showers, given up make up and hair conditioner (you can’t polish a you know what) and have a very small collection of clothes and clothes as I really think they are all I need.

Now this is where you can add all your thrifty know how for everyone one to read.

Answer this..

You know you’re frugal when…..

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx

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

  1. Froogs, just a quick question when you are on a no spend month and not buying any extra food how do you account for things like lettuce and perishables
    which would not last for a month?

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  2. You saved €40,000 in mortgage interest by overpaying your mortgage by being very frugal and become mortgage free at 36 on one very low income with 3 kids (and one on the way) supplemented with lodgers in the spare room. This was very well timed for us as hubby lost his job afterwards in the recession and due to emergency savings and redundancy we were cushioned more than most.

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  3. You know you’re frugal when you can’t finish this statement, because you can’t imagine doing it differently.
    We don’t get invited anywhere either. My kids have school sponsored activities like choir and band, and I love those events, but that’s about all we do in terms of socializing Well…that’s not exactly true. A few friends will invite me to do things like pick blackberries, and then make batches and batches of jam. That’s my idea of fun! When you get to this point, even the thought of having to attend, say, a fundraising dinner is exhausting…at least to us.

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  4. …..when you strip down a Primark worn t shirt and make a carrier bag sausage to hold plastic bags! Found your blog last week and realised how much we are wasting. Now we have a goal to pay off the mortgage 7years early. Thank you. 😉

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  5. You know you are frugal when you learn to sew, so you can refashion (upcycle) used clothing from the thrift shop. You save seeds from your veggies to plant next year, and make compost from grass clippings, leaves and kitchen waste. Learn to cut hair, so you can do everyone’s hair in the family. Scour the buy and sell and Freecycle for used items to replace ones that cannot be mended. Make quilts from used and gifted fabric with old sheets for backs. Look for recipes online to use up ingredients so they won’t be wasted. Darn socks and mend, mend, mend.
    Barb from Canada

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  6. ……..you get really cross with yourself for letting something hidden at the back of the fridge go to waste.
    ………. younger colleagues stare at you when you say the word ‘ budget’
    ……… friends with good incomes say they can’t seem to save and you keep quiet about your nest egg because you don’t want to seem smug.

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  7. if you use your oven you cram all the baking and cooking you can into that one time slot to avoid wasting fuel and then leave the oven door open once switched off and push your clothes maid up to it to dry your clothes too

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  8. Spending money you don’t have, up to your eyeballs in debt and living on the edge – crazy and pointless.
    What shines out of your posts, is just how much you love your life as it is. Striving with a clear goal, make the effort count and sharing valuable tips and ideas, no smugness just a lovely honest and often funny point of view. Me- I am a great fan and love the adventure.x

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  9. Your minimum pension is canceled because you’re over the assets limit and you did it with your husband on sickness benefits from the age of 35, and the family tell your adult daughter they don’t know how you managed.

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  10. Hi Froogs,
    Love this, you know you’re frugal when-
    You wash the rice or quinoa over a bucket to catch the water to use on plants
    Ride your bike everywhere or walk with an umbrella if it’s raining
    Line dry all the washing
    Make do and mend and then buy second hand
    Never get takeaway
    Use a bucket in the shower to catch the warm up water and use it to water the garden
    Don’t let any food go to waste
    Have family home for dinner instead of going out
    Budget for all expenses no matter how small or trivial they seem
    Use your slow cooker as much as possible
    Bake your own bread
    Always pack your lunch for work
    Never buy tea, coffee or water when out
    Don’t go shopping, just because
    Have a shopping list and stick to it
    You menu plan to make sure nothing is wasted week in week out

    Have a lovely day Froogs.
    Fi

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  11. You know you’re frugal when you…
    … make cloth hankies out of old bedding.
    … check your Food shopping list for the fifth time to see if there is anything else you can manage without this week.
    … check your receipt at the till for mistakes before walking away from the cashier.
    … buy in bulk.
    … add mini veg to any meal that can accommodate it.
    … wear a gillet in the house rather than put on the heating.
    … hang your washing out on Christmas Eve.
    … buy second-hand toys for your children’s Christmas.
    … go to bed early to read therefore reducing electricity usage.
    … eat your leftovers.
    … prefer to entertain yourself at home rather than going out.
    … cellotape the broken handle of your dishwasher rather than buy a new one.

    The list goes on.

    I love being frugal. It helps us, as a family, lead a much more conscious life with thought for ourselves, each other and the planet.

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    • hi old flannelette makes the best hankies especially when you have a cold or blowing your nose constantly it is so much softer on your nose. I even made some for my daughter who just looked at me surprised. I said to keep these ready when the grandson has a runny nose, not sure if she uses them

      regards Melinda

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  12. You know that your frugal when your hobby is never spending on haircuts, hoiidays or days out – buying shoes & clothes on ebay, cooking everything from scratch, refilling soap bottles with cheap bubblebath & reading money saving blogs & ideas every day!

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  13. I do have more clothes than I need, but I do buy them very cheaply second hand and I don’t needs tons of winter gear, as I live in a fairly mild climate. I also have a lot of dishes, but I am feeding five adults and I batch cook. I just buy good quality items like “old school” Corning ware second hand. You can still buy lids and use it to freeze, refrigerate, cook on stove top, in oven or even on a fire. It lasts forever ad it stacks beautifully in the freezer or the cabinet.

    You know you are frugal when you are perfectly happy with your 17 year old Ford and all your friends, colleagues and neighbors drive late model imports. I have bigger dreams than just the right car.

    I want to continue to cash flow the costs of my son’s education. I want him to continue to bring friends in need to our home. I want to continue to be charitable. I want to live debt free (I still have a mortgage). I want to max out my retirement savings (I am doing that now and it makes a huge difference). Plus if I can hold out long enough I will have enough money for a cottage on the river.

    Thanks for always inspiring us Froogs.

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  14. You know you’re frugal when you go through your adult children’s thrift store donations before dropping them off. I’ve been frugal for so long I don’t know how to be any other way. I see lots of cooking videos on Facebook and the waste drives me crazy. Am I the only one who uses a rubber (or silicon) spatula to get every last morsel of food out of a bowl? I don’t know everything and love reading about how others are frugal so I can learn more. Thanks for sharing all you do.

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    • I have a mini spatula just so
      I can get into every crease in a jar or magerine container. People think I’m nuts but I love the challenge

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  15. People who buy lunch seem so weird. Where are your dinner leftovers? Sadly they are the same people counting down the days until payday. And borrowing lunch money from some sucker in the office.

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  16. You know you’re frugal when you dismantle the falling down chook shed and save every screw,bolt and latch for another use, and when your favourite kitchen implement is a rubber spatula – used to save the last skerrick of pancake batter, jam etc from being wasted. Or when you realise you’ve accidentally shrunk and felted a woollen mitten in a hot wash and you feel sure you could find someway to repurpose the material!

    Madeleine

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  17. when you kick off your shoes at a friends house and they look sideways at your socks.You blithely state that they are a fashion statement and the newest thing(darned socks to you and me ). Later try not to splutter in to your (free)tea at work when she says she can’t find them and you say they were a craft item from a craft fair at “ma maison” your best friend has to pretend to cough to hide her laughter-the one who has designer furniture also from “ma maison” , nothing costing her more than £40 and a lot of creativity and hard work

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  18. When you scour the garden at the end of the growing season for every bit of vegetable and herb you took the time to grow! When you save seed stalks from coleus flowers becase they are super easy to start in a recycled milk jug the following season….look at wintersown.org.

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  19. …when you invite your friends for a hike, come over for lunch, or to meet in a park with kids and a picnic. Or see church choir friends at practice, volunteer at the community garden, or attend a free concert or lecture

    I think of myself as frugal, but I find having a robust and rich social network to be tremendously important to me. I would be so so so sad if I didn’t get invited anywhere. I don’t think a frugal life necessarily means one should be derived of friends and activities. For those of us shopping second hand, it seems as easy to buy something becoming as something ill-fitting.

    Frogs, your warmth, compassion and humor come across so clearly in your writing, I would hate to think of you denying your community your real-life presence!

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  20. I just loved the comments and they all seem ‘normal’ to me, perhaps I have got to a stage in life where I don’t need to be as frugal, but my nature just dislikes waste of any sort. This morning on my daily walk I saw a ‘wet’ towel on the ground and just had to pick it up. It will be washed and reused maybe only for dishcloths as it is fairly thin just how I like them for washing up. I agree with several people who said a spatula was a must in their kitchen especially when you no longer have young children to lick the bowl. Keep the comments coming
    regards
    Melinda

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  21. My daughter answered a questionnaire about “how well do you know your mother” and for “what does she hate?” answered “WASTE.” And we ALWAYS go through each other’s donation piles before giving them away. We also share the coupons for sales that we find in the newspapers—if I don’t need it before the coupon expires, then she might.

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  22. When the bag comes through the door for unwanted clothes, and you don’t fill it because all the clothes have gone into your workshop for upcycling, to make quilts hankies , napkins and anything else.xx

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  23. When your child’s coat has become too short in the sleeves but fits otherwise, you knit two cuffs in coat matching yarn, using a sweater pattern (knit the rib and a few rows of stocking stitch) and sew them on inside the coat sleeves so that they stick out a little way and make the coat sleeves longer and cozier too. My mum used to do this 🙂 Old ways…

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  24. When you have just paid off the mortgage 14 years early a month ago.Have eaten rubbish cheap food to get there!. Then shop for healthy salads fruit salmon, chicken breasts herbs , raspberries, strawberries and feel guilty!. It
    will not be wasted😂

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  25. When you complain that much about anything that is not good quality or value for money food wise from the supermarket or anything else so you get a refund or a voucher and it embarases your daughter so much

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