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Farewell to Frugal February!

March 1, 2012

Last month, I signed up for Frugal February, which involved me agreeing to one simple rule:

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

This did help me to save money. I didn’t go in a single charity shop all month. (I asked my husband to take the charity shop donations on my behalf, to avoid temptation). This meant that all my Magpie Monday blogposts during February featured items purchased before the start of the month.

I did not buy any items of clothing, shoes, kitchenware or make-up. Some essential toiletries were replaced, but I steered clear of luxury products.

Despite being a magazine addict, I did not buy any cross stitch magazines or any womens magazines (but couldn’t resist grabbing the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine just in case they all sold out before the end of the month!).

Food shopping was fairly frugal too, including a switch to real porridge and more making things from scratch. Actually this is part of a general trend for us. We stopped buying Waitrose ready meals from Ocado when I took a break from online shopping last autumn.

The one thing I did splash out on was a MiaTui bag. I was given a discount code that would save me £15 on condition that I used the code before the end of February. I thought very hard about this before placing an order but it seemed silly to wait until March and end up paying full price. (I’ll write a blogpost about how lovely MiaTui bags are later this month)

In spite of succumbing to temptation in a couple of areas, I still reduced my spending fairly significantly during the month of February, and that feels like an achievement.

And today I have celebrated reaching the end of Frugal February by treating myself to Marie Claire magazine, which comes with a free Neal’s Yard Rehydrating Rose Daily Moisture cream 😉

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. tiggsybabes permalink
    March 1, 2012 5:33 pm

    Well done 🙂 I was frugal every day, apart from half term. I did try my best over half term, but really had to accept that taking the girls out for the day a few times had to involve soending money! i bought nothing for myself that wasn’t essential. I stayed out of cafes, had no posh coffees, browsed in Paperchase, but bought nothing & looked at coloured skinny jeans in Asda. I may buy the jeans this month though.

    • March 1, 2012 8:18 pm

      I am so impressed! And your Frugal February post was featured on BritMums. Well done you!

      • tiggsybabes permalink
        March 17, 2012 5:02 pm

        I missed that!!! I need to do a follow up post too, of what I learnt from it (mostly that I spend too much on posh coffee!)

      • March 18, 2012 2:58 pm

        Yes I’d be interested to hear how you got on. I definitely saved money, so it was worth it from that point of view.

  2. March 2, 2012 8:12 pm

    Wow, well done you! I’m not sure I would have managed so well!

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