• Alone at Christmas?

    Published On: December 25, 2023Categories: Frugal Festivities, Wellbeing

    People can be alone at Christmas for all sorts of reasons.  Family may have died or moved away, a partner may be working, people may have fallen out, or be separated from family etc. For [...]

  • How to store 15p Christmas vegetables so that they last a few months

    Published On: December 22, 2023Categories: Saving money on food

    In the UK all the supermarkets compete with each other and a way they tempt people into the shop is to sell cheap Christmas vegetables.  Most things are 15p each.  I take advantage of this [...]

  • Christmas left overs meal plan

    Published On: December 22, 2023Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    We had our family Christmas last weekend with my side of the family, and have another one on Christmas Day with the family of Mr S.  This week we have therefore been living on the [...]

  • Chocolate Yule Log

    Published On: December 21, 2023Categories: Baking, Frugal Festivities, Recipes

    Tonight is the Winter Solstice which is a pagan celebration called Yule.  This is an ancient celebration of the shortest day, midwinter, and the return of lighter days and the sun. A yule log was [...]

  • Slightly healthy, sweet Christmas buffet dessert idea

    Published On: December 18, 2023Categories: Desserts, Frugal Festivities, Recipes

    I always try to make sure that there is some fruit and salad on the Christmas buffet table to we have some slightly healthy food.  This year I managed to get some cheap strawberries (25p [...]

  • Easy, frugal Boxing Day meal

    Published On: December 18, 2023Categories: Frugal Festivities, Mains, Recipes

    We have had our Christmas this weekend as it was the only time that we could all get together.  There are new grandparents in law to consider now, and some members of the family work [...]

  • Affording salmon on a low income

    Published On: December 10, 2023Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    I love salmon, or any kind of fish, but the price of it means that I can not eat much of it out of my £750 a year food budget.  However, Mr S and I [...]

  • Does your food have a story?

    Published On: December 9, 2023Categories: Living Simply

    The thing that I like about growing my own food, preserving, and foraging, is that a lot of the food that we eat has a story.  Thankfully I am not just using random things that [...]

  • Getting ready to build my food store for next year.

    Published On: December 4, 2023Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    People who have followed me for a while, know that I have a stock of food that really helps me to keep ahead of inflation, but is also there for the months that we have [...]

  • Quick, cheap sponge pudding

    Published On: December 2, 2023Categories: Desserts, Recipes

    It has been cold this last week and I have been ill.  As I started eating again I fancied a sponge pudding.  I am living out of my cupboards and so am protective of ingredients [...]

  • Christmas Sausage Roll Wreath.

    Published On: December 1, 2023Categories: Frugal Festivities, Recipes

    Sausage rolls have been a staple of Christmas buffets for decades. I am always banging on about how 'normal', every day food can be made special with just a bit of creativity and this Christmas [...]

  • Sweet and sour without a jar

    Published On: November 22, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    This recipe makes a sweet and sour sauce that is a lot healthier than jars and has no additives. It is quick and easy to make, and often I can make it with what I [...]

  • Is ego stopping you being frugal?

    Published On: November 21, 2023Categories: Saving Money

    I do not understand why there is a stigma about saving money.  In this cost of living crisis, people are trying to hide that they are struggling. They carry on with habits that are making [...]

  • Teaching children to be frugal

    Published On: November 20, 2023Categories: Saving Money

    One of the hardest things I found about living on a low income was that I couldn't treat my kids to everything they wanted. When I split from my youngest's dad we had gone from [...]

  • Tasty, cheap, toad in the hole

    Published On: November 13, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    This is an easy, tasty meal that I used to make on a Sunday instead of a roast when times were hard. I often had to make my toad in the hole with only 4 [...]

  • Easy cookies

    Published On: November 11, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    Mr S made some cookies for a relative whilst I was away.  She loves biscuits but is having trouble biting anything hard at the moment, and so he made her these easy cookies that are [...]

  • 4 emotional blocks to overcome in order to reduce spending

    Published On: November 4, 2023Categories: Saving Money

    Spending money is often linked to our emotions, and how we are feeling.  These emotional triggers are what make us feel compelled to spend.  In order to stop spending it is important that we recognise [...]

  • Ideas for Halloween food

    Published On: October 31, 2023Categories: Frugal Festivities

    We are having family over for a Halloween meal.  I wanted to make it special as the grand children are getting to the age when they will not be children much longer.  I did not [...]

  • Mix and match vegetarian soups

    Published On: October 27, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Recipes, Vegetarian

    Some one asked me how to make a soup.  Every soup I make is different as I mix and match ingredients to make my soup, depending what needs using up in the fridge and what [...]

  • A sink fund helps prevent debt

    Published On: October 25, 2023Categories: Saving Money

    What is a sink fund? I mention sink (or sinking) funds in my blogs to my group some times and often get asked what they are.  It is a tool that I use to help [...]

  • Eco friendly, cheap cleaning

    Published On: October 24, 2023Categories: Saving Money

    I try to be eco friendly and hate food waste and so last year I started to make some orange, eco friendly cleaner. lemons and other citrus fruit work the same. I hate the use [...]

  • Making food go as far as possible

    Published On: October 20, 2023Categories: Recipes, Saving Money

    I am trying to make food go as far as possible at the moment.  A lot of my supplies in my kitchen cupboards are running low and I don't want to spend any money or [...]

  • Ways I stay food secure

    Published On: October 10, 2023Categories: Saving money on food, Wellbeing

    Do we need to worry about being food secure? There is a lot of disruption in the world at the moment, and some natural disasters that are putting a strain on food supply.  Farmers are [...]

  • Living in the moment

    Published On: October 10, 2023Categories: Wellbeing

    It is World Mental Health day today.  Every year I hope that the mental health of those around me will have improved but with the cost of living, fears about war, fear mongering about new [...]

  • Pumpkin shaped bread for Halloween

    Published On: October 9, 2023Categories: Baking, Frugal Festivities

    My philosophy is that you do not need to spend a lot of money to make an occasion special.  It just takes effort and creativity.  We are holding a Halloween dinner for family at the [...]

  • Caramelised onion chutney

    Published On: October 9, 2023Categories: Preserves

    Caramelised onion chutney is the favourite preserve of Mr S and we try to make it every autumn. We made 4 12oz jars of it from this recipe last night.  Our eyes were streaming as [...]

  • Finding Abundance

    Published On: October 1, 2023Categories: Finding Happiness, Wellbeing

    Living abundantly can mean what ever you want.  It is what ever brings you joy.  Sometimes living frugally can be hard and a grind, even now when I am retired.  Saving money and living sustainably [...]

  • Home made Vicks

    Published On: October 1, 2023Categories: Saving Money, Wellbeing

    Last week I had a cold.  I did the normal things of taking in lots of vitamin C through an elderflower mixture, keeping hydrated, and sleeping a lot to heal my body.  However, I also [...]

  • Overnight oats

    Published On: September 25, 2023Categories: Breakfasts, Recipes

    The chilly mornings have come with a vengeance which means that I want something more substantial for my breakfast but that does not take lots of time to make.  Overnight oats are useful for keeping [...]

  • Cheese, potato and onion pie

    Published On: September 25, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    Cheese, potato and onion pie brings back memories of my gran.  She was making this simple recipe well over 60 years ago.  We would have this served with vegetables (usually green beans that she grew [...]

  • Growing Quinoa

    Published On: September 23, 2023Categories: Growing Food

    I wanted to have a go at growing some kind of grain to become more self sufficient and so I grew quinoa for the first time this year.  I did not know what a beautiful [...]

  • Making leaf mould

    Published On: September 20, 2023Categories: Growing Food, Saving Money

    I like to use any free resources around me to save money and one of the ways that I get free soil for my containers that I grow my vegetables in, is to make leaf [...]

  • How my ‘no spending’ times have changed.

    Published On: September 5, 2023Categories: Saving Money

    Phase 1 Ever since I have had a family, I have had periods of time when I have intentionally not spent any money. These are called ‘no spend’ weeks, or months.  In the old days [...]

  • Cheap, tasty, healthier bread and butter pudding.

    Published On: September 2, 2023Categories: Desserts, Recipes

    Bread and butter pudding is a favourite of Mr S.  I usually only make it in winter, but a friend was throwing lots of crusts away after making an afternoon tea, and, hating waste I [...]

  • Quick air fryer pizza

    Published On: August 31, 2023Categories: Baking, Light Meals, Recipes

    Sometimes when Mr S is at work I have a busy day and do not feel like cooking him a meal for when he gets home.  On these days I will make him something quickly [...]

  • Baking bread with dock seeds

    Published On: August 30, 2023Categories: Baking, Foraging For Food, Recipes

    I am always looking for ways to save money or to visit the supermarket less.  During the pandemic I ran out of wholemeal bread flour and so I foraged some dock seeds and used that [...]