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

  • Cous Cous Salad

    Published On: May 26, 2024Categories: Healthy food, Light Meals, Recipes

    I love making  cous cous salad as it is a quick healthy meal. I make it on the days when I can not be bothered to cook or if I have been busy in the [...]

  • Low sugar oat cookies

    Published On: May 26, 2024Categories: Baking, Snacks

    I made these low sugar oat cookies by mistake as I was following a recipe by What Jessica Baked Next for hob nobs, and I forgot to put the syrup in.  These are therefore a [...]

  • Finding a simple life

    Published On: May 26, 2024Categories: Living Simply

    For years I was trapped in a fast life.  I was juggling parent hood as a single parent, a full time responsible job, the improvement and the upkeep of my home, studying, and a tiny [...]

  • Why I take being frugal to the extreme

    Published On: May 21, 2024Categories: Saving Money

    I have been accused recently of being too extreme and fanatical about my frugal habits.  Why do people think that they can comment about my life when it is not impacting on theirs? I am [...]

  • Making a planter out of some pallets.

    Published On: May 16, 2024Categories: Growing Food, Saving Money

    A few weeks ago Mr S made me a raised, box tub out of some pallets that we had been given.  Previously he had made me a box out of some scaffolding planks that had [...]

  • Cleavers

    Published On: May 13, 2024Categories: Foraging For Food

    What are Cleavers? If you were a bit of a rascal,  like me, at school you will remember cleavers as the sticky weed that you might have placed on some one's back.  Some people call [...]

  • Over coming a potato shortage and growing in containers

    Published On: May 1, 2024Categories: Growing Food

    It has been a very wet 18 months in the UK and farmers are already warning that there will be a potato shortage this year as many fields are still not ready to plant. Inevitably [...]

  • Banana pancakes

    Published On: April 29, 2024Categories: Light Meals, Recipes

    I had a couple of over ripe bananas to use up and I was short of things to eat for breakfast. I  therefore thought that I would make some banana pancakes. Now I know that [...]

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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.

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