Welcome to Simple, frugal life. I retired at 54 and now live my best life in an ordinary suburban house in Yorkshire. At 48 I was physically and mentally burned out in my public sector role, and thought that my life was over. I was a single parent, in over £70K worth of debt, and the future seemed bleak. Through using life coaching techniques on myself, being creative, living frugally, changing my mindset, tuning in to nature, and growing my own food I was able to give up work 6 years later, mortgage and debt free, and live financially independently on a few savings and a small work pension.
I now share my home with Mr S and our separate incomes remain lower than the benefit system would offer. However, I have never felt as rich, or as content and happy. Living simply means that I don’t have to compete and keep up with the neighbours, I am not trapped in a cycle of materialism and debt, I have been able to build a closer bond with my children and grandchild, and I am free to make my own decisions on how I spend my time and energy. My health has improved physically and mentally, and I am a totally different person to the depressed, lonely and negative person I was at 48. At last I am my authentic self and don’t have to pretend to be some one I am not to get a promotion or be accepted.
This is a new website where I hope to share with you thoughts, ideas, tips and tricks and what has worked for me so that I can live this life I chose. I hope that you will visit it often, and it will help, not only those of you that are looking for ways to save money in these financially hard times, but also those looking for a more simple way of life that is kinder to ourselves, but also kinder to the planet.