Frugal Living Mini Series Part 4
If you want your home to be a fabulously frugal home what frugal tips do you need in order to make the frugal magic happen?
When you are getting started it can be helpful to know some of the basics that fabulously frugal people might take for granted.
Embracing the fabulously frugal lifestyle is very much about saving money, spending less and enjoying a life on and with less. I think we all want to employ frugal living tips to save money where we can.
It just makes sense to do so doesn’t it?
Sometimes you might have to spend money in order to save money in the longer term. But what frugal must haves should you spend your money on?
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Fabulously Frugal Tips For a Frugal Kitchen
Let’s start with the heart of your home – your frugal kitchen. Your kitchen is where you can make some great savings and stretch your hard earned money.
The following items are some of the frugal must have’s that many fabulously frugal people have. They often serve multiple purposes and save you money in the long run.
Jars – lots of lovely jars! – glass jars are environmentally friendly being able to use them over and over again. Perfect for storing home made pickles and preserves but also great for storing left overs.
Slow cooker (crock pot) – a slow cooker is perfect for busy people out at work all day. Throw in your ingredients in the morning and come home to a fabulously frugal meal in the evening.
I even cook whole chickens in my slow cooker as I have one like this large 6.5l one – great for making stock afterwards.
A large freezer – A chest freezer is great for storing your harvest, foraged foods and reduced price bargains you pick up from your local store. If you batch cook then freezing your extra portions means you’ll always have a meal to turn to on super busy nights.
Reusable containers – having a decent stock of containers allows you to batch cook and freeze the additional meals you make. Leftovers are never wasted, instead stored for a future meal reincarnation.
Coffee maker – for people who like real coffee apparently a tea bag won’t do! Buying real coffee from your local chain quickly mounts up into a sizable amount.
If you must drink coffee (not for me) then your frugal home needs one of these.
Beautiful teapot – us fabulously frugal tea drinkers do not wish to be left out! We are happy with tea bags but for something a little extra special then tea made with real tea leaves in a teapot cannot be beaten.
Fabulously Frugal Must Haves Around The Home
Clothes line – A frugal lifestyle is about embracing what mother nature offers us. In all seasons she can offer us sunshine and wind. Make use of these to dry your clothes for free with a rotary clothes line.
No need for a tumble dryer even in bad weather. If it’s raining then use an indoor airer for your smalls and hang larger items in doorways – just mind your back when you bend low to get through the doorway!
Tap aerator – A tap aerator will reduce your taps water flow by up to 50%. With water being in scarce supply at times it makes sense to to be frugal with water and reduce your spend on it.
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Water butt – Capturing rain water is another way to be frugal with your money and be eco friendly at the same time.
A water butt can be as little as £25 new and can provide you with a regular supply of free water throughout the year. Now that’s what I call fabulously frugal!
In the UK, you can often get reasonably priced water butts from your water company. These can work out cheaper than water butts from a garden centre so make sure you check there first.
Cleaning cloths – Save your money and stop buying wet wipes and paper towels. Wipe up spills and clean with these microfibre cloths which can then be thrown in the washing machine and reused.
You don’t even need to buy these new; make them yourself from old clothes – 100% cotton works very well.
Baking soda and vinegar – Both vinegar and baking soda are the bedrock of the frugal homemaker. Both help you achieve a clean frugal home for very little cost.
And vinegar is a staple for fabulously frugal people who preserve the food they grow.
Glass Jars – I know I’ve already mentioned these as a frugal kitchen must have but glass jars are so very versatile as a storage option.
Around the home you can use them to store things such as pens, sewing bits, hair bands, toothbrushes and any other collection of small items.
As part of my decluttering campaign I have reduced the number of glass jars I have being used as storage but I can’t get rid of them all!
Frugal Living Tips For Out And About
Reusable shopping bags – these days plastic shopping bags cost money and of course are bad for the environment. Reuse the bags you have until they fall apart and then invest in something like these cloth shopping bags which can be washed and reused many times.
Brownie points if you make your own frugal shopping bags!
Hot drinks flask – I drink a lot of tea whether at work, walking or at the allotment. I refuse to pay £2 for one teabag so my hot drink flask goes everywhere with me.
I’ve had this one for 6 years now and it still keeps my tea super hot for hours. I know a lot of people drink coffee and buy it when out and about. Investing in a flask will save you hundreds of pounds over a year.
Reusable water bottles – Healthy frugal people drink lots of water using a reusable bottle. We use these bottles for cold drinks when out walking. On a super hot day your water stays beautifully cold – amazing!
Tap water in the UK and most other 1st world countries is completely safe to drink. Bottled water may taste different to tap water but is it actually better? And is it worth the money and the environmental impact?
This tip is not only money saving but also great for the environment.
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3 Fabulously Frugal Living Tips To Live By
Absolute No.1 – Buy Used
Lets just talk frugal shopping tactics. Straight up let’s talk used versus new. When you buy something new and use it a couple of times it becomes used. It still works fine and likely last you a long time but it is no longer new.
So if you identify something you want to buy why not consider buying used first? So many people buy new items with the best of intentions and then hardly use them.
They decide to sell these lightly used items to make a little money rather than having it clutter up their house. Why not take advantage and grab yourself a bargain?
If it’s something you have already identified as an item you intend to buy and it’s a model you know is right for you. Then if you are being frugal with money it makes sense to consider buying used.
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Fabulously Frugal Living Tip No.2 Must Have Is a Budget – No Cost Involved!
Living on a budget that you can and do stick to is your 2nd frugal living tip to live by. Especially when you are on a low income.
Being frugal with money allows you to spread it much further, to embrace thrifty living and spend wisely.
For your budget you need knowledge of what you earn and what you spend. Your budget gives you this information especially when coupled with tracking your spending.
Obviously as we are talking about being fabulously frugal you don’t need to buy any software to create your budget, you could do it on paper or use a basic spreadsheet you devise.
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Fabulously Frugal Living Tip No.3 A Strategy To Successfully Live Within Budget
It’s all very well my saying you should be living on a budget but without a strategy to turn that budget into a reality, it isn’t going to work for you.
If you fail to plan then you plan to fail – (possibly Benjamin Franklin?)
You need a fabulously frugal strategy that gets you through the whole month until you next get paid without resorting to credit cards or going into debt. Different strategies work for different people.
If you are just starting out, perhaps with debt to pay off, then I wholeheartedly recommend the cash envelope system. There’s something about handing over your cash that makes it that much harder to do and helps you be more frugal with your money.
Contactless debt/credit cards are not your friend when you have a new budget to work to.
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So there you have it, the fundamental must have’s for your fabulously frugal home. Ideally buy as many second hand as you feel comfortable with. After all, being frugal is all about making your money stretch further but only to your comfort levels.
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