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How I’m doing with Frugal February

February 14, 2012

I  signed up for Frugal February, which involves one simple rule:

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

I must admit that this has been quite hard to stick to, but I’ve been doing my best. There have been lots of tempting offers arriving in my e-mail inbox every day but I have just deleted them straightaway.

I have also avoided going in any shops apart from food shops and the food sections of supermarkets. I’ve even stayed out of charity shops so far this month, except to quickly hand over some donated items.

The shopping basket on Amazon has had a couple of items added to it, but I will revisit those items next month and only buy them if I still want them then. I’ve also replaced some essential items in the bathroom (including deodorant, which is definitely essential in my book!).

I haven’t been perfect though. I couldn’t resist buying the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine just in case they all sold out before the end of the month!

Why I have switched to real porridge oats

Food and drink are essential but I’ve been trying to make more frugal choices. For example, I used to have Oat So Simple every day for breakfast. It was convenient, because the portions are already measured out and it cooks quickly in the microwave. But it works out quite expensive, even when compared to the price of posh organic porridge oats.

Here’s the comparison:

  • Oat So Simple 55p per 100g (£2.99 for 20 portions at 14p a portion)
  • Flahavan’s Organic Porridge Oats 21p per 100g (£2.09 for 1kg, which is 25x40g portions at 8p a portion)
So I’ve switched to porridge oats from now on. They take a bit longer to cook, but the end result is much nicer to eat. Real porridge is also more satisfying, meaning that I am less inclined to snack as soon as I get to work in the morning. As an added bonus, there is less packaging too.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2012 2:33 pm


    To my mind the Porridge Oats also taste a lot better than the Oats so simple stuff. I like to add things to the porridge, my favs being coconut and chopped dates, get them in big bags from the home baking aisle in the supermarket. Just throw a small handfull into the pot for the last few mins of cooking. Fantastic.


    • February 24, 2012 4:51 pm

      Hi Jim
      That sounds lovely – thanks for the suggestion
      I’m still enjoying having real porridge every day and can’t ever see myself going back to the instant stuff.

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