I follow a blog called ‘The Non-Consumer Advocate,’ where the author frequently posts her five frugal things.
I honor of her, and because having started a new job recently and not having much time or energy for a full long post- here are my five frugal things.
- I asked on my local freecycle if anyone had any fruit trees and I got two responses. A lovely lady that lived fairly close invited me around to her garden, where she had a number of mature apple trees and a big plum tree, just covered in ripe plums. So far I’ve made a load of prunes, spiced plum chutney and have a bucket of mashed plums in the fermentation bucket, on their way to becoming plum wine. We also just ate a ton, because they were so juicy and ripe.
- We signed up the the Government’s Taxfree childcare scheme. Childcare is so expensive, but at least if we use the taxfree scheme we’ll save 20% on our childminders fees.
- I made my own peanut butter. It’s the easiest thing. Take some roasted, shelled and deskinned peanuts, toast for a few minutes and then stick them in a food processor. Blitz them until you think you should stop. Then blitz for another 5 minutes until they’re a paste.
- I made my own yogurt. Easiest thing in the world, and one that I’ll cover in a future post.5. I found a pound coins in a trolley, €2 euros in a carpark and have made about £15 over the past week or so with job spotter. All of that is hoing towards Christmas presents.