5 Brilliant mind-blowing living frugal tips to try.
Hey, Bestie let me share with you my 5 brilliant mind-blowing living frugal tips to try. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to leave a smaller footprint in this world and be happier? Well, here it is, totally possible and I’m going to tell you some tips that you can try out today.
What is Frugal Living?
Let’s first talk about what frugal is in the first place and how it can help you in many areas of your life such as transportation, household expenditure, shopping, clothing, entertainment, health and wellness. Areas of your life that you never thought of.
Many others agree that living frugally gives a sense of satisfaction such as Latoya from Life and a budget, listing a whopping 162 frugal living tips to try in 2021. There are definitely loads to choose from. I have decided to whittle down my top 5 tried and tested frugal living tips that I think you should not miss out on.
Frugality is about de-prioritising to the extent that you focus on what matters. It encompasses simplicity and minimalism in the same brushstroke. It’s more than just a bank balance but an optimisation between cost/time and happiness.
Main reasons for being frugal
The main reasons for frugality are, well you just simply don’t want to spend too much money. You might want to save for your retirement. You don’t have enough money or you are always chasing your tail from payslip to payslip. Something such as just avoiding credit card bills and debt isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Frugality doesn’t just deal with these things. It’s about simplicity that doesn’t just save money but often time as well. It’s also about a frugal mindset and your outlook of the world.
Why I became more frugal
Being a busy mum of three I’ve never been an extremely frugal person. Cynthia has a great post called 42 Extreme Frugal Living Tips. if you are looking to jump right in at the deep end.
I’m fairly inventive and frugality has brought that side out of me. I’m a person who comes up with money time-saving tips in almost any circumstance and the funny thing is it gives me a buzz when I come up with totally new ideas! It does give me a sense of satisfaction and well, my three kids are always impressed, to say the least!
It all started in 2016 when I left my full-time job to look after my first child. So frugality came to me due to circumstance and I want to get rid of the myth that being frugal is cheap because it’s not. I think it brings out the ingenious in you and I’ve never been so creative as when I started practising basic frugal tips and tricks which I’m sharing with you. Now a mum of three at home, you would think I had all the time in the world. Wishful thinking 🙂 I’m always finding tips and tricks to save time and money. You can find out more about me here!
Frugal living tips for families – my latest frugal adventure
My latest adventure was growing some organic strawberries. You might have heard of the “Clean 15” and in conjunction with that, the “dirty dozen” and so this was a win for me.
It took me about 10 minutes to plant the strawberry seeds in a pot. Well, I may have needed some help with that from my husband and two elder children. I have never had green fingers. To cut a long story short, we made a makeshift greenhouse from the frame of an old one and wrapped it up with strong cling film. We separated one pot of strawberries into multiple ones. The result is a greenhouse filled with strawberries.
If that’s not your jam (excuse the pun), different frugal tips suit different people.
Top Frugal Living Tip 1. Grow your own
My first top tip is to grow your own. No, I’m not telling you to be a farmer and start growing everything from your cereal to your potatoes and your salads but some things are fantastic to grow. For example, I found that strawberries and herbs are the easiest.
Start small and easy – Frugal living tips with a big impact
Starting small and easy not to mention keeping things simple, is my thing. Why not grow some coriander or Mint, herbs that you like to use regularly in your meals. This is a really good way to get started and you don’t have to spend an awful lot of money or have a large amount of garden space to get started.
You can be frugal with a tiny windowsill. Just find a small space you call home
My neighbour grows lovely herbs and flowers on her windowsill and they look beautiful. Just on that point I’m so into self-care and eating more organic food where it’s affordable. You can read my blog on organic food and how to eat more of it on a budget.
Top Frugal Living Tip 2. Invest in a capsule wardrobe on a budget
So these tips I’m sharing with you are ones that I’m trying myself or that I’ve tried before and I strongly believe they work. We’re all busy people and I’m not talking about extreme frugal tips or things that you need to do often or particularly need a large amount of money just to get started. In fact, with all of these tips, you can pretty much get started the same day or the next and it’s not something that you particularly need to learn.
How Covid has affected frugality
You can be as ingenious and creative as you like and you can also spend more or less and the same with spending time. Frugality is a matter of deprioritising time and money putting things in life lower on your list that just don’t seem to give you that same satisfaction.
Our wardrobe just needs to get smarter!
The lockdown has ended and I know that for myself, I’m looking forward to catching up with friends and family for a coffee and perhaps you’re going to be doing the school run more or going back to work and it means that our wardrobes have to catch up more. Gone are the stylish loungewear and hello to casual smart wear for these occasions.
So much more tempting to just zoom it
It’s going to seem quite an effort just getting dressed up to go out somewhere. Many of us are more anxious when we go out, thinking perhaps we have forgotten things. Its so much easier to FaceTime or have a Zoom call.
Be frugal and spend less money
A lot of people have been out of work and it means less spending power. The rise of inflation by 2.5% is also a factor as recently mentioned by the BBC. With wages remaining stagnant and the Furlough scheme ending for many people, it means that we have less money to spend as we did before and so we need to be smart with buying or clothing and also ease the stress of actually going out somewhere and adapt to the changing lifestyles since Covid began.
Frugal living tips with a big impact – The capsule wardrobe on a budget
The idea of having a capsule wardrobe can be pricey but not if you have one on a budget. I have put together a unique Capsule Wardrobe List and Quiz that you can try out now. Depending on your style you can work out what type of person you are. Is your dress sense stylish or casual? I have put together the top 15 items that you can have in your closet. Coming soon.
Declutter and making money while you’re at it
Whilst decluttering, you could make money contributing towards new items that you might need in your wardrobe. You can start with as low a budget as possible. For example, two people wear black trousers as part of a staple clothing item in their wardrobe. You can buy a cheap pair of trousers from Asda to an expensive pair from Next to the extent that you might want to buy second-hand items to make your wardrobe work harder and smarter. I am particularly using the Vinted app and will be writing an exciting blog on this. Read the Vinted. About us blog.
Top Frugal Living Tip 3. Shop online more
Online shopping can help you to be more frugal. I always thought that if I made a list, I was less likely to steer off it. Well, that is a start but it’s not the only thing you can do. I had a list but then I tended to make several trips more than what I needed to or ended up taking the car more often.
Make less frequent trips and use less fuel
Covid has changed the way we shop. I know from myself since the lockdown and the temporary shop closures that I’m a bit of a convert, shopping online more than I used to and I found that not only am I taking less frequent trips by car or to the supermarket and buying more items regularly.
I now make shopping lists, deciding what I need and it’s filtering through down to meal planning and organising myself for the week. This is becoming increasingly important as one of the effects of Covid is panic buying and overstocking. These little steps have helped me to stockpile less and save more pennies.
Being frugal can save time and money by comparing prices
It’s so much easier to compare prices online than at the supermarket, searching on my phone. I have become more disciplined partly because my last basket has been saved online in my favourites. I can copy over all of my previous shopping items to my current shopping basket and edit it. So items that I know are good value for money are saved in my basket. Prices and products change so just a caveat on that! Being a regular shopper means I’m likely to stay within budget.
Change your supermarket and break the trend!
I have found that changing the supermarket that you shop at can mean that you break the trend and habit of stockpiling, overspending and impulse buying hence again more likely to buy what you need and stay within budget.
Top Frugal Living Tip 4. Cook more at home
Cooking at home can be healthier and cheaper
Since the lockdown, I found that when the shops were closed I had to improvise on some ingredients when I was cooking and this led me to be a better and more creative cook. Being able to substitute ingredients for things you don’t have is a skill!
If it’s not broken, why fix it? Keep those good habits going
Lockdown also meant people were at home more. It meant avoiding grabbing that panini for lunch or the Costa coffee on your way to work. We are spending more time with family and cooking healthy homemade meals from scratch and this is something that I think that we should partially continue if we can or at least have as part of our weekly meals.
Supermarket bargains and reduced items
You could also take frugality a step further and check with your local butchers or find a time when the supermarkets reduced some items and used that to create a great meal that day.
My leftover chicken makes a mean taco
Using leftovers from the day before is one of my favourite things. I love using leftover chicken in tacos for lunch the next day. It’s one of my family favourites.
Top Frugal Living Tip 5. Be more frugal when washing clothes
I don’t smell, do I?
When it comes to washing clothes we’re more than quick to wear them once and slam those clothes in the washing machine but with certain items like jeans or clothes that you’ve simply worn for a couple of hours, there’s no reason to just wash these after one wear. Frankly, if it’s not stained, doesn’t smell and you’ve not worn it for a long time then don’t wash it! With that comes a caveat. Everyone’s frequency of washing their clothes varies and obviously due to covid you’re probably washing clothes more often than you did before.
Ice ice baby!
Why not wash your clothes at a lower temperature. We are recommended to wash our clothes at a 30-degree cycle. If you want to be extremely frugal then you can watch it on a cold cycle. I find washing on a cold cycle does not get rid of all the stains especially with small kids dirtying their clothes.
I sometimes use Vanish on those stubborn stains to avoid washing the whole lot on a hotter cycle.
Get to know your washing machine
Sometimes we get accustomed to routine or using the same washing cycle options. We sometimes fail to even recognise how modern technology in the home has progressed. Did you know that your machine is most likely a quick wash option? I rarely use the pre-wash / rinse option for example unless clothes are really dirty and have some physical dirt or muck on them. Just shows how messy my kids are 🙂
You are my only sunshine
Fact. The sun helps to get rid of clothes stains. Often in the summer, I tend to hang out my clothes to dry on a makeshift washing line using a simple washing line rope and a couple of nails (courtesy of my other half, thanks!). Take a look at my insta reel. Hope you like my palm 😉
Not all cast in stone
You don’t have to hang your clothes out to dry all year round or every time. Why not alternate according to the weather or if you are short of time. For instance, I hang out my clothes to dry in the garden during summer. In winter, I confess I love using my dryer.
There are also days when I rush, so dumping wet clothes in the dryer seems to be an easy alternative to hanging them out to dry. The only snag here is that the clothes tend to have more creases, some items shrink, and it seems to be more of a hassle to fold them. Whereas whilst I’m taking dry clothes off the line, I can fold them at the same time.
Have less & do less
This goes back to my main point about how having a capsule wardrobe means having key top 15 essential clothing items or so, which then drastically reduces the volume of clothes and energy used to wash, dry, fold and iron them not to mention the money you save if you buy on a budget. Win-win!
Living a frugal life
I hope you enjoyed sharing my 5 top living frugal tips. It’s totally okay Bestie if all of these tips are not your cup of tea. Why not set yourself a goal and try out just one of these tips once and see if you like it.
With Covid leading to a change in our lifestyles, I’ve come up with frugal ways to update your wardrobe, a way to continue with good eating habits not to mention keeping your home frugal friendly. I also realise that most of us want to save time and money and on this basis, I have selected my tried and tested living frugal tips that you should try.
Tiabah x x