• Yellow Sticker or Reduced Items

    Published On: January 8, 2023Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    On money saving  sites here in the UK you will often hear people talking about yellow sticker items.  These are things that have been reduced because they are going out of date, the packaging is [...]

  • Homemade Ricotta Cheese

    Published On: January 3, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Recipes, Saving money on food

    We made some ricotta cheese today with two litres of blue top,  yellow sticker, reduced milk that was going out of date. Recipe 2 litres of full fat milk 100ml of white vinegar 1 tsp [...]

  • Foraging for Apples

    Published On: December 30, 2022Categories: Desserts, Foraging For Food, Saving Money

    Apple trees are everywhere.  Birds drop seeds and they spring up unnoticed. Some times Councils plant them. Over the years I have become more mindful of what is around me when I walk and suddenly [...]

  • SMART Goal Setting

    Published On: December 30, 2022Categories: Saving Money, Wellbeing

    I said a few days ago that I would write a bit about setting goals.  When thinking about setting a goal I think about which area of my life I want to change and how [...]

  • Why I write a budget each year

    Published On: December 28, 2022Categories: Saving Money

    In 2009 I was unhappy in a job that had made me very ill.  My dream was to give up work and retire early but unfortunately I was in over 70K debt, including my mortgage.  [...]

  • Ideas for Christmas left overs

    Published On: December 27, 2022Categories: Saving money on food

      If you have been entertaining this Christmas, or entertaining a large family and you are anything like me, your fridge will be packed with Christmas left overs. It is important that you freeze things [...]

  • 12 Tips to stop wasting money in the sales.

    Published On: December 26, 2022Categories: Saving Money

    Once upon a time, for me, shopping was a hobby, a crutch, a thing I did when I was sad, lonely or bored. I wasted so much money buying things I didn't really need or [...]

  • Ways to make Simple Food Feel Festive

    Published On: December 23, 2022Categories: Frugal Festivities, Saving Money

    There are so many ways to make your meals feel festive even if you do not have the money to buy special food at Christmas time.    Here are some ways that I add Christmas [...]

  • A Way to Afford Salmon

    Published On: December 8, 2022Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    I don't shop at Morrisons much as I do not have one near me but my favourite reduction is the whole half priced salmon which they do at Christmas and Easter each year.  It is  [...]

  • Adding Variety to Mealtime

    Published On: December 2, 2022Categories: Nutrition, Saving Money

    How do I add variety to my meals when I am on a low budget? Some people find meal planning a chore, but I actually enjoy it as it is a challenge to make meals [...]


    Published On: December 1, 2022Categories: Saving Money

    What is frugal fatigue? A lot of people, like myself, started being frugal because of illness or burnout, and they find themselves in debt, or their income or circumstances suddenly change, or, like now, things [...]

  • Recycled lantern

    Published On: November 29, 2022Categories: Saving Money

    With all this talk about power cuts this year and ways of saving energy, I thought that I would share a way that we used to light up our van or tent when camping.   [...]

  • Laundry Soap from Conkers (Horse Chestnuts)

    Published On: November 29, 2022Categories: Saving Money

    There have been so many conkers around this year. Making laundry soap from conkers is easy as they contain saponin, a natural soap like substance. It is especially good for those that have sensitive skin [...]

  • 7 tips for Building a Stock Cupboard

    Published On: November 25, 2022Categories: Saving money on food

    I am not a prepper, but last December I started to build a stock of extra food. I was aware of the impact that the Ukrainian war was having on food and was hearing that [...]

  • 14 habits helping me stick to my low food budget

    Published On: October 26, 2022Categories: Saving Money

    14 Ways I am sticking to my food budget I am on a fixed income and only have a small work pension.  Now and again, I will earn a bit from writing articles for other [...]

  • Ways to recession proof ourselves

    Published On: October 11, 2022Categories: Saving Money

    I keep reading and hearing that a recession is coming. This feels frightening but in fact they happen every 4 to 5 years and so don't panic. I guess due to the war in Ukraine, [...]


    Published On: October 8, 2022Categories: Saving money on food

    I was chatting to a lady in the park yesterday whilst baby-sitting my grandson. As is usual recently, the conversation turned to the cost of living. I was talking about some of the frugal foods [...]

  • Are you tracking your spending?

    Published On: August 16, 2022Categories: Saving Money

    A couple of people have messaged me saying that they can't live on their income and don't know what to do. I asked them if they tracked their spending but neither of them knew what [...]

  • Ideas to use up rice

    Published On: August 16, 2022Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    The last 5 times I have been to the community pantry I have got a bag of rice. We don't eat a lot of rice but like many others I am trying to adapt what [...]

  • Shrinkflation

    Published On: August 16, 2022Categories: Saving Money

    Cadbury's need to leave my chocolate bars alone 🤬. I brought a 4 pack of chocolate bars away with me and they have shrunk again....and they have gone up 25p. It was really hard not [...]

  • Saving money on washing clothes

    Published On: August 16, 2022Categories: Saving Money

    Just a quick post this morning as I am going for my last early morning swim in the sea as we go home from our break away tomorrow. I was looking at the Aldi deals [...]

  • Using waste fat

    Published On: August 15, 2022Categories: Saving Money

    This is being extremely frugal, not for vegetarians, and something I have not needed to do recently, but as a single parent in the early 80s, when times were hard, I did it all of [...]

  • Sticking to my food budget

    Published On: August 15, 2022Categories: Saving Money

    We have a food budget of £700 a year for two of us. We have managed to stick to this budget for nearly 6 years now. It is coming to mid year and I am [...]

  • Living simply means needing less money

    Published On: August 15, 2022Categories: Living Simply, Saving Money

    People ask me what I mean when I say that I live a simple life. I am not, as people often imagine, living on a plot of land in the countryside, away from people. I [...]