Frugal Fridays #16

Today’s post is all about making the most of what you have. This mantra is high on the list of commandments for thrifty people. I personally think it’s very humbling and rewarding to make something out of very little. I thought I’d list some prompts that might spark off your own venture into a more frugal lifestyle.

1) Use your skills.

Money is tight for me right now, there’s no avoiding that. But I would never back away from celebrating Christmas. Hence, I am making a lot of my Christmas gifts this year. I may not be able to whip up some jam, but I’m not too shabby when it comes to sewing. A lot of the people I give present too are female, so I know my handmade items will be appreciated.

2) Go searching for buried treasure.

How often have you been rooting around in the back of your cupboard and have stumbled upon an ingredient you forgot you owned? I’ve done it, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. After reading One Pound Per Day, I feel like a lady of the manor with my collections of herbs, spices and flavourings. I’m going to avoid the shops for a while to concentrate on making meals out of my stock.

3) Make your own entertainment.

I had forgotten what it is like to be totally engrossed in reading. I used to be an avid reader as a child, getting through three books a week, no problem. My interest waned when I was forced to read in school, but my passion for books is blossoming once more. I have plenty on my bookshelves that are, as of yet, unread. There is a wealth of free material in libraries, online or amongst your friends. It’s up to you to make the most of it.

I do hope my tips have given you some things to consider. I’m not a frugal lifestyle guru, I can’t even get my own life in order just yet. But I thought I would still share a few things I’ve learnt so far. Please feel free to share how you make the most of what you have.

4 thoughts on “Frugal Fridays #16

  1. Hi Rebecca,
    You are such a good cook I am sure you could make jam – if I had realised a couple of months ago I would have popped over to see you and help you make some with foraged fruit (we were only in Fareham). Unfortunately I think it is too late now as most of the fruit has gone, but it is really not that difficult, and I don’t have lots of fancy equipment either. It is great that you are crafty and enjoy it – do you look in the charity shops for fabric and other raw materials? I was delighted to find that in Fareham not only were there lots of charity shops, but there were a couple that sold all their goods for either £1 or 99p each. I have bought quite a few men’s shirts during the summer, all a £ or less and they will (eventually) make at least one really nice patchwork quilt. It would be lovely to see some of the things that you have made, but I guess if they are given as presents you cannot show them publicly just now! Oh, the other tip I have is to go to the library and look at their craft books. I did this years ago when we had no spare money – get ideas and/or patterns from them, there are some nice ones around.

    • Making jam is one of my great ambitions! I’m sure I’ll get to do it eventually, maybe when I have my own kitchen and hours to spend in it 🙂
      I do a lot of cross stitching and have a few pen pals with the same interest. We swap patterns and threads between ourselves, and I get a lot of crafty gifts from friends. I like to look in charity shops for frames for some of my stitched pieces, they are always so cheap.
      Thank you so much for your kind comment! xx

  2. On the entertainment front if you can’t afford to spend cash going out socialising invite your friends to come over. Games nights with nibbles are fun, or borrow dvd’s, or rewatch oldies, and have a night watching a film, or cook a meal to share. I have a group of friends and we take turns to host a meal once a month, it doesn’t have to be spectacular or expensive and we usually have a great evening sitting around the table chatting and laughing and just enjoying sharing the meal. There are four of us so it means we only host three times a year each but get to have a night out every month.

    • That’s so true, a lovely evening with friends doesn’t have to be expensive. Me and my housemates like to have a DVD night once a fortnight, and we all chip in for a few snacks. It’s so cheap and always a giggle!
      Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

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