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Frugal February

February 5, 2012

I’m signing up for Frugal February, which was started by Gemma at Big Girls Browse. I spotted this on Keris Stainton’s blog and thought I’d give it a go.

Frugal February participants stick to one simple rule, which is…

I vow, for one month from 1st Feb, to avoid shopping for anything other than essentials.

Food and drink don’t count but I’ll try to make frugal choices. Essential beauty products (toothpaste, shampoo etc) can be replaced, but no expensive ‘treats’ – just the stuff I really, really need.

This is also about looking more carefully at the stuff I already have, and making sure that I use things up and read the books and watch the dvds I’ve already got rather than splashing out on new stuff. I will even try to stay away from the charity shops – my next few ‘Magpie Monday’ posts will be featuring finds from before 1st Feb.

I’m not very good at being frugal all the time, but find it useful to set myself this kind of challenge every so often in order to make sure that I think more carefully about what I’m spending.

For example, by taking a break from online shopping last year I had some success in cutting my credit card bill. And my credit card bill has stayed low, but I want to keep it that way.

Our household income is half what it used to be when my husband and I were both working, so expenditure needs to be kept under control. Also, we’ve had some success on the decluttering front over the last couple of months so I don’t want the clutter to build up again.

Wish me luck! And let me know if you have any tips, or if you decide to sign up for Frugal February along with me.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Missus Tribble permalink
    February 5, 2012 5:37 pm

    This is a great idea! I think that my redcurrant bushes and any future garden supplies are essential as I like to grow (and preserve/pickle) my own, but I can buy fewer clothes than previous months now that my weight is back to normal (Lyrica made me pile on the pounds – I’m thankfully off it now).

    I’m getting married in May but, since I’ve already ordered and paid for my gown and shoes, my bridesmaid is buying her own outfit and the fiance and I went halves on the ring which has now arrived (it only seemed fair since he doesn’t want one and they’re not cheap) I think I can relax and start saving up again!

    This month’s slightly pricey weekend away to visit my autistic son is essential, but I could go without any new Doctor Who merchandise or new cross-stitch kits for a while 🙂

    • February 5, 2012 8:35 pm

      Glad you’re joining in too. I think I probably need to ban myself from buying any more cross stitch kits for a year or two 😉

      • Missus Tribble permalink
        February 5, 2012 8:39 pm

        Haha, I know what you mean about the cross-stitch kits! Husband-shape thinks I should simply be banned from Amazon and other sites where I can obtain kits!

  2. Expat Mammy permalink
    February 5, 2012 6:21 pm

    sounds like a good plan

  3. tiggsybabes permalink
    February 5, 2012 7:47 pm

    I’m in!


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