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Sadly, money does not grow on trees!  Money is also something that annoys me every so often when I do want to buy an item and my budget doesn’t allow it.  I am trying my best to be more frugal and only buy the items I need.


That’s the problem though, what I need to live is a roof over my head, food on the table, heat, clothes and probably travel costs to get to work.  I don’t know about you but I can often get caught up on what I WANT rather than what I need.


So in my quest to be more frugal I want to share with you the things I’m doing in the hope it inspires you too!



I’m not that great a gardener I have to admit.  I like growing things but if it requires much attention then it dies!  Having said that I managed to grow onions this year and we are feasting on the last of them at the moment.  They are not the largest onions you have ever seen or the prettiest but I am so delighted with this achievement.  So much so that I am looking at what to grow next.


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There are often stunning homewares that I find while browsing the internet.  As much as I would love them, they are often out of my price range.  One such item is a stunning basket with pom poms.  So instead of purchasing the expensive one, I purchased a basket from Ikea and made my own pom poms!  Again I am over the moon with my decision to make it rather than buy it.


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We have so much stuff in the house that it gets on top of me at times.  So in an effort to declutter and earn some extra cash, I am going through the whole house to sell unwanted items.  While I have used EBay in the past, I have come across this great app called Mercari.  The reason I love it so much is because there are no fees!  So 100% of what you make is profit.  If you’d like to check Mercari out, just download the app from here. It’s so easy to use from your phone and no fees – what’s not to like?


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So that’s what I’m doing at the moment to stay frugal.  What are you doing to be frugal?  I’d love to hear from you.




Head over to read my post on what three frugal things I'm doing this week from growing, making and selling. #frugal

I’m taking part in the Monday Money linky with Lynn from Mrs Mummy PennyFaith from Much More With Less and Emma from EmmaDrew.Info


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  1. February 6, 2018 / 8:53 am

    Great suggestions! Growing your own veg brings great satisfaction, I think, as does making your own diy decorations etc. And I’m forever trying to sell things we’ve collected over the years… 😉

    • admin
      February 6, 2018 / 9:01 am

      I’ve had such fun with it all that I’m thinking of my next projects!

  2. February 6, 2018 / 11:34 am

    I’d love to beable to grow my own vegetables! So productive and money saving!!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales, I hope to see you back next week!

    • admin
      February 7, 2018 / 8:45 pm

      Indeed, I love a good clear out and making money is great!

  3. February 6, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    These are fab ideas! I have grown my own veg before, I definitely want to get stuck in again this year! Also, I have the same basket! Haha

  4. February 6, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    Fabulous suggestions! I wish I had a green thumb! I have managed to grow a single pumpkin, some strawberries and failed at artichoke and a ton of other vegetables and fruits. I adore making things on my own and am thrifty as all get out. I haven’t tried selling anything in a while! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • admin
      February 7, 2018 / 8:45 pm

      Oh I haven’t got green thumbs at all just pick the right stuff that is easy to grow!

  5. February 7, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    I used to grow my own veg all the time before my son was born. I need to at least do something this year, even if it’s just peppers on my window sill #TRiumphantTales

    • admin
      February 7, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      I agree something small is very much worth it and doesn’t require too much work!

  6. February 7, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    I had a big clearout of books a couple of weeks ago and sold them to webuybooks.com, it wasn’t a huge amount, but it all helps right x

  7. February 8, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Homegrown veg always taste so much nicer. What a great idea to make your own basket, I bet it was a fraction on the cost and has so much more meaning because you created it.
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

  8. February 9, 2018 / 10:40 am

    We’ve cleared out! Selling is the next step! Thank you for your reassurance! #TriumphantTales xoxo

  9. February 10, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    It’s always great to grow your own vegetables and make your own things. A great achievement. #FamilyFunLinky

  10. April 30, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Love the pom poms! Glad you’re finding great frugal ways to make the most of your money, and many thanks for joining #MondayMoney.

  11. April 30, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    I’m really keen to start growing my own! I’ve got a bit of a lacklustre herb garden, but I’d love to be able to have my own supply of vegetables. Maybe this summer I’ll finally get started!

  12. April 30, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    Try growing courgettes. Once they get going you’ll have them delivering for months, until October. You just have to work out what to make with them all! You can grow courgettes and many veg in pots.

    Green beans or runner beans are also easy to grow and can also be grown in pots. Now is the time to sew their seeds, ready to plan out when the danger of a late frost is gone.

    • admin
      May 2, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      Really must try other veg!

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