I live an abundant life on a small, private pension.

I live an abundant life on a small, private pension.

This website provides tips and encouragement for others that want to simplify their life, reduce consumerism, reduce the waste of the planet’s resources, and be more content with what they already have.

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Toni G

Hello, I’m Toni.

Being frugal is not about deprivation and ‘being cheap’. It involves making the best use of your resources and skills to enable you to have more choices in how you live your life.

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A simple, frugal life does not have to involve feeling poor without luxuries, or be just about surviving.

You can feel rich in so many other ways. Through planning, having a positive mindset, using nature’s resources, and by reducing waste, it is possible to thrive, and live your best life, even on a small income.


Stay close to nature in all that you do.


Mindfully use your money and resources.



Find joy every day, make time for self care, and be your authentic self.

Latest from my blog

  • My 7 day meal plan using as little as I can

    Published On: April 16, 2024Categories: Saving money on food

    I am living out of the cupboards, fridge, freezer and garden at the moment.  I am buying some food like flour and oil, but it is not for use this month.  It is to replace [...]

  • 5 ways I embrace seasonal living

    Published On: April 16, 2024Categories: Living Simply, Wellbeing

    Not that many years ago, everyone's lives were ruled by the weather and the seasons. Living by the seasons was a necessary way of life in order to survive.  Now, seasonal living has almost been [...]

  • The reasons I love my simple, frugal life

    Published On: April 13, 2024Categories: Wellbeing

    People ask me why I don't go back to work as I could stop being frugal. I keep being told that I still have plenty to offer and I could enjoy a much better standard [...]

  • Savoury Nests from leftovers

    Published On: April 13, 2024Categories: Light Meals, Recipes, Saving money on food

    We never buy food especially for lunches.  We use what we have in.  Often this means using left overs.  The other day we had a bit of spicy stew left and some mashed potatoes,  There [...]

  • Stretching a tin of beans

    Published On: April 13, 2024Categories: Breakfasts, Light Meals

    At them moment we are not doing any food shopping for 2 to 3 weeks.  I have an annual food budget and we have plenty of food in the house and so I will shop [...]

  • Sour dough carrot cake traybake

    Published On: April 11, 2024Categories: Baking, Recipes, Snacks

    We keep looking for imaginative ways to use our sour dough discard. I am also looking for ways to use up some of the 15p carrots that were discounted over Easter. Last week we made [...]

  • Feeding your sour dough starter (my sour dough journey)

    Published On: April 11, 2024Categories: Baking, Healthy food, Recipes

    As you know we are on this journey of using and keeping our sour dough starter.  We were given our starter when we attended a sour dough bread course at Apron strings in Hedon. We [...]

  • Rhubarb crumble.

    Published On: April 11, 2024Categories: Baking, Desserts, Growing Food, Recipes

    The rhubarb is loving all of this rain and so I am harvesting it a lot recently. Already I have made rhubarb gin, rhubarb brownies and a couple of days ago we made rhubarb crumble [...]

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Fresh, organic produce on a shoestring.

Growing your own food.

Grow Your Own Food

Slow down, relax and start…

Living simply.

Living Simply

Favourite recipes

Using affordable ingredients and what you already have in the store cupboards, as well as what you can grow and forage.

Ripe blackberries.
Lemon balm iced tea.
Four Lollies.
Pasta and tomatoes.
Herbs and pan.
Padding out salads.
Pasties a frugal filling meal.

You might not be able to control how much money you have, but you can control what you do with it.

I hate to throw left over food away, there’s almost always a meal you can make with it. Once you change your mindset, it’s surprising what you can save with a little thought and a little planning.

Saving Money