A mum in my village has come up with a great idea for her kid’s party. Instead of the traditional method of everyone spending more money than they would prefer on gifts, that you don’t necessarily know the birthday child will like, everyone just puts a pound in an envelope and then the birthday child can use the money to buy something they really want.
I think it’s a great idea! Stops over spending and also the problem of what to buy. Also, I don’t mean to sound ungrateful but, it stops the problem of trying to figure out where to put all the presents. I hope it catches on.
The snow has cleared and the sun is doing it’s best to come out so my thoughts have turned to my veg garden for this year. Last year was my first real attempt at a veg garden. Courgettes (zucchini) were the most successful crop. Even made a chocolate cake with them – really! Lost potatoes and tomatoes to blight and something ate my radishes. Carrots didn’t seem to do much, not sure why. So tomorrow I will be quizzing the father-in-law, he has an allotment, for advice and then drawing up my plan. I’ll keep you posted.
You may think sitting down and figuring out exactly where all the money is going would be a bit daunting but it was actually quite a comforting exercise. It’s really made me think about what we are spending and where we might be able to cut back to allow spending in other areas. If you haven’t done your family budget for the new year I definitely recommend it.
This afternoon I will be making Nigel Slater’s marzipan cupcakes for my lovely hubby who has been away with work this week. He’s a marzipan lover and it’s a quick & easy recipe to use up leftover marzipan from my Christmas cakes. I hope to be able to share the recipe soon.
Charity shops are one of the things I’m really enjoying as part of my new frugal life. As I broke my big measuring jug last year and I’m doing more and more cooking and baking following my new frugal ways … Continue reading →
“Frugality – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Frugality is the quality of being frugal, sparing, thrifty, prudent or economical in the use of consumable resources such as food, time or money, and avoiding waste, lavishness or extravagance.
In behavioral science, frugality has been defined as the tendency to acquire goods and services in a restrained manner, and resourceful use of already owned economic goods and services, to achieve a longer term goal.”