• Things I no longer buy from the supermarket

    Published On: February 1, 2024Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    Over the last few years I have become more and more aware of the chemicals and rubbish that is in the food that we buy from the supermarket.  I used to think that I was [...]

  • A bag of flour can fill your bellies

    Published On: January 29, 2024Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    People are always asking me what are my priority ingredients when building a prepper pantry. If I could only have 5 ingredients to feed myself, for me, one of them would be a bag of [...]

  • How I organise my cupboards, fridge and freezer to save on waste.

    Published On: January 7, 2024Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    One of the things that has had the biggest impact on our food budget has been reducing food waste. I will do a separate post on the ways that I use items that I used [...]

  • Living on a low food budget

    Published On: January 2, 2024Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    People often ask how I feed the two of us on such a low food budget.  I don't have a weekly or a monthly food budget, but have an amount I am able to spend [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 23 tips for self catering holidays

    Published On: August 8, 2023Categories: Saving Money

    We tend to go on a lot of self-catering holidays out of season as it is possible to find really cheap, last- minute deals.  We have seen a lot of Britain in this way. Life [...]

  • Why I still preserve food for winter

    Published On: July 26, 2023Categories: Preserves, Saving money on food

    One of my older pals who popped in when I was making pickles the other day, and picking and freezing berries, said that she didn’t know why I bothered preserving these items of food for [...]

  • 9 cheap ways I add extra nutrition to my meals when on a tight budget

    Published On: July 23, 2023Categories: Healthy food, Nutrition, Saving money on food, Wellbeing

    I have become a lot more conscious about my nutrition and what I eat as I have got older. I want to stay healthy as I age, and am aware that the NHS is not [...]

  • Batch cooking with short crust pastry to stretch meals and save

    Published On: July 5, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes, Saving money on food

    Today was bread making day and when use the oven, I don’t want to waste any energy and so I cook a few things at the same time using the same base ingredient.  Today it [...]

  • Organising a wedding on a shoe string

    Published On: July 4, 2023Categories: Saving Money

    My daughter and her partner are extremely frugal, even though they are both on good wages.  This way they can spend their income on what they want and therefore have a camper van and do [...]

  • Summer breakfasts using what we have

    Published On: June 15, 2023Categories: Breakfasts, Saving Money

    What we eat changes, depending on the seasons.  When I am planning my shopping and food budget, except for buying oats which I use for baking, I don’t really factor in the cost of breakfasts.  [...]