Frugality

We're all in this together, remember, so while the world is collapsing around our ears it might be nice to have a place to talk about new-found frugalities and old-fashioned eco-living. And mooncups.

Re: Frugality

Postby Turtle'sMammy » 13 Mar 2009, 21:57

I want to make these shoes! http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2009/03/ ... edles.html Sadly my fella would be going to school by the time I had them finished :oops: Or these: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2009/03/ ... eview.html
If only sewing machines didn't scare me :?
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Re: Frugality

Postby kin_paniscus » 13 Mar 2009, 22:13

those are like felix's shoes. he wears isabooties. my sil sends us a new pair from time to time. i'd looove to make some myself though!

all these things to try!!!
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Re: Frugality

Postby SparklePetal » 19 Mar 2009, 13:20

SparklePetal wrote:
camper wrote: using those mesh bags you get fruit in and using them as pan scourers - they're flippin brilliant!


Absolutely love this tip :D ! I think it's something to do with it being such a totally simple thing, so practical, free and environmentally friendly! Makes me regret every fruit net that I've ever thrown out. Mum got a Lakeland plastic scourer that she loved which was just like a fruit net only she had to pay for it! Now all I need is a nice bag of tangerines...


Sainsbury's Basics kiwi fruit come in a great free pan scourer :D !
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Re: Frugality

Postby bimbambalooms » 19 Mar 2009, 22:10

Was flicking through the Made by Petchy blog and found a reference to this:

http://www.biblio.com/books/199633869.html#

Amazon marketplace have some for under £3 including postage! You have inspired me to borrow my aunt's sewing machine and have go, although I wish I had a girl as the little shift dresses look a lot simpler than trousers!
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Re: Frugality

Postby SparklePetal » 09 Apr 2009, 14:59

Just discovered a website for swapping books called readitswapit.co.uk

I know I ought to borrow books from the library, but I much prefer them being mine so I can keep them if I love them. However, sometimes I pay £6.99 or whatever for a new paperback and don't think much of it. So I think this site will be a good place to get rid of read-it-once type books with the added bonus of trying others. The only cost is the postage to send out the books you are swapping, so I guess I shouldn't list any that are too heavy!
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Re: Frugality

Postby Janine » 09 Apr 2009, 21:40

I am going to register on readitswapit.co.uk right away then dig out the big box of books that's lurking in the garage...

Another frugality tip: I have recently made wild garlic soup and am planning some nettle soup as they're all very fresh and young at the moment.
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Re: Frugality

Postby Janine » 16 Apr 2009, 21:50

New website discovery thanks to my mum's new broadband connection: tipnut.com
There's a free projects for baby section with lots of cloth nappy stuff: http://tipnut.com/50-free-projects-for-baby/
But I particularly like the link to this one: http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTwinecozy.html :wink:
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Re: Frugality

Postby skip » 10 Jun 2009, 17:01

OMG so excited! Joined Booker Wholesale today and just ran around the warehouse squeaking and jumping up and down! :D

Bought 2 kilos of free-range chicken breasts for £9.99!!!! Everything's pretty much half the price you'd pay in the supermarket - frickin' awesome. Going to go with MIL and a few friends to get even better deals - like a whole bloomin pallet of meat. Our freezer is packed with stuff (nice brand bread for 20p!) and we have boxes on top of the cabinets in the kitchen, but our weekly shop will be so much less now that we've got most of the staples to last us for months! Only thing they don't discount is fruit and veg unfortunately, but it means I can go to the grocer's and not have to do asda as well. Raaaaaah! Sorry, had to share my excitement. Dh was impressed but not jumping around laughing like I was (but then he's not a money worrier like me...) - oh, but he did like the rump steak I bought for £2 that we had for dinner... :wink:

Oh - quick question - totally unrelated... For using for cleaning, can I use distilled malt vinegar rather than white vinegar? My tesco delivery substituted it and I didn't realise til they'd gone so now I have a massive bottle of the stuff. They refunded me but I don't know what to do with it! Don't want our washing to smell like fish and chips if it's the wrong stuff. ????
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Re: Frugality

Postby SparklePetal » 10 Jun 2009, 17:19

I think the vinegar might be a bit smelly... can you return it as an after-thought? or make chutney? (they usually say something posh like cider vinegar for that, but probably not much difference).

Have you got a decent sized freezer then? One of the things I have when we get our mansion ( :wink: ) is a second freezer as it is always bursting at the seams!
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Re: Frugality

Postby skip » 10 Jun 2009, 17:32

SparklePetal wrote:I think the vinegar might be a bit smelly... can you return it as an after-thought? or make chutney? (they usually say something posh like cider vinegar for that, but probably not much difference).

Have you got a decent sized freezer then? One of the things I have when we get our mansion ( :wink: ) is a second freezer as it is always bursting at the seams!


Oooh chutney - great idea!

Um, no, we've got a tiny under counter freezer that the door sticks on and we have to de-ice all the frickin' time. BUt it's packed to the brim!
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Re: Frugality

Postby dizzymoo » 10 Jun 2009, 18:41

Lol, my oldies go to Macro, they're always coming back with bargains!

RE: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2009/03/ ... edles.html - I made them and people keep telling me how gorgeous Moo's shoes are :D
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Re: Frugality

Postby Pagea » 10 Jun 2009, 20:19

We find it hard to have willpower when it comes to treats. So we now have a pebble system! I got four lovely looking pebbles, and wrote on them in magic marker:

1 - takeaway
2 - family meal out
3 - random evening treat (e.g. one of us goes to the corner shop for beers & chocolate!)
4 - " "

I put them in a little dish on the bookshelf, and take the appropriate one out when it is "used". At the start of a new month they all go back in the dish again. It helps to see what treats are left, and what we have already used up.

We decided that we can afford these treats each month, it's the takeaway every week and two trips to the corner shop for evening goodies that is killing the budget :(
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Re: Frugality

Postby dizzymoo » 11 Jun 2009, 07:02

Pagea, I love that idea, think I'll steal that one!
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Re: Frugality

Postby usedtobsomeoneelse » 11 Jun 2009, 19:54

I love the pebbles idea!
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Re: Frugality

Postby Pagea » 11 Jun 2009, 20:15

It's just so much easier to resist temptation when the pebbles are reminding us that we've already been naughty that month!
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