Thursday, 31 October 2013


If the bad weather is keeping you in this half-term, here's some ideas for free or cheap things to do!
  • drag out your old Monopoly set and teach a another generation to play!
  • gather together blankets, bedspreads, cushions and pillows and build a den in your living room! Equip it with books, comics and sandwiches for a cosy hideaway!
  • use a cereal box with one large side removed to make a collage of all those pretty leaves you've collected on your autumn walks!
  • Cook! Anything- get the kids baking cakes, making biscuits or cooking dinner! And make sure they help with the clearing up as well!
Happy frugal holidays!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013


B & Q are offering free* kids DIY classes where they can learn DIY skills such as sawing, drilling, glueing and nailing. From the 1st-27th October they can make a Halloween sign, but other choices are bird boxes, planters and mug holders.
Check the site for classes near you.
*for Club members. Join HERE if you are not already a member (it's free).

Monday, 21 October 2013


Food waste has hit the headlines today just because Tesco has published some figures about its 28,500 tonnes of food waste- generated by its own stores in just 6 months! I think it may be trying to win favour by "coming clean" about that and then promising to do something about it!
I'm not surprised at their figures - I waste very little food indeed and not shopping at Tesco any more has helped that. I found that their fruit, veg and salad, generally, does not last very well beyond one day in the 'fridge. I can buy fresher, longer lasting fruit, salad and veg in the so-called budget supermarkets.
As their wasted food figure includes a percentage wasted by the customer, (how do they know that?) Tesco could help with that by replacing all their BOGOFF offers with 50% off ones!
But in the end, it's up to us. We can all wise up - we mustn't be persuaded into buying perishable food we cannot eat in time and will end up throwing in the bin, just because it's cheap.

Saturday, 12 October 2013


This potato and pea soup is a tasty frugal soup made from a very few cheap storecupboard ingredients!
2 tsps butter or oil
1 large onion chopped
600g potatoes, peeled and chunked
1litre vegetable stock (use a cube with a litre of water)
250g frozen peas
2 cloves garlic (optional)
a handful of mint chopped (optional or use minted frozen peas)

1. Heat the oil or butter in a large saucepan and gently fry onions and garlic (if using) for 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and stock and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the peas 3 minutes before the end of cooking time.
2. Blend the soup with a stick blender or in a liquidiser until smooth (loosen with a little water if too thick), season with black pepper, reheat if necessary and stir through the chopped mint if using.
3. Serve with buttered toast or chunky bread - or any bread you have!

Serves 4
Happy frugal eating!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013



Those of you hate Marmite - look away now! 
I always struggle with the awkward shape of the Marmite jars (I love them, but they're difficult) when it comes to those last iddy biddy little bits all round the inside of the jar, but now I have a neat little frugal tip that will use every last bit of Marmite in the jar.
When you have used all the Marmite you can scrape or spoon out of the jar and given up, boil some water and fill the jar, screw the lid back on and leave to stand for a bit (half an hour should be enough). Shake gently (be careful as I've discovered to my cost that Marmite jar lids are not always water-tight) and you have a quantity of stock (depending on jar size) which you can use in gravy, soups and stews or as a nice warming winter drink - but then you may have to reheat it in a mug!
Freeze as you would normally freeze soup if you can't use it straight away.