Hello Dear Reader,
It's the end of my Christmas break and I'm off to work tomorrow. I love the new start to the year and I'm always champing at the bit to get back at it. I'm one of those people who is always happiest when I'm busy and it's all very well saying this is easy or that is easy but all I can say is that it works for me. You have to do what works for you, if it means you can work less or do more with the resources you have then good for you. My simple solution for living cheaply no. 4.
4. Do it your way.
I keep an eye on my finances! I read my energy meters every Monday. I know the readings will be high tomorrow as we've all been home, showered more, laundered more clothes, cooked more and that will settle down as we all return to work. Once I got used to doing this it became easier to reduce my energy bills as I became conscious of my usage. It's the simple way I save money. I also keep an eye on prices, for example, I've stopped buying tuna as it's too expensive but tinned herring is really affordable. There are items I just don't buy any more. I know when something is a bargain and know when it's not, even if they tell me it is and I buy or don't buy accordingly. My supermarket actually reduced milk from 59p to 39p a litre today so I bought ten litres to store (I buy UHT). I keep an eye on expenses and I don't suggest you do what I do, I just write about how I pay off my mortgage by saving money.
There are many things that I do to save money that I know many don't agree with, that's OK, I don't have to be perfect. I try to avoid consumerism as much as possible as I don't feel the need to 'upgrade' anything I have but to make do with what I have, it's my way. I don't feel the need to follow trends and therefore I don't really care that my house and my granny's house wouldn't really look a lot different. I don't really care that my shoes and clothes are not fashionable as they are good enough for me.
Over to you Dear Reader,
What do you do your way? Does it simplify your life and do you save money whilst doing it?
Love Froogs xxxxx