Saturday, 11 October 2014

The Joys of Cycling

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Frugal living and green living aren’t always easy to combine so switching to bikes after giving up the car seemed like a good idea in 2011. Here we are, in 2014, and my £40 second hand bike has reached the point of uneconomical repair. No shame on it, after carting a variety of heavy ‘stuff’ like logs, groceries, paint and me about the place for the past few years. In the past year, I think it has done about 1,000 miles carrying extra weight.
This is what happened next – we really do live in times of plenty where everyone can pretty much have everything the need and even we of the frugal ilk can have much of what we want! Read more by clicking here…

Monday, 29 September 2014

They, We, Them and Us.

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When your earned income dictates that you fall below the Government’s definition of poverty, it can get really frustrating!

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Blog post can be found HERE: They, We, Them and Us.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Carbon Footprints and Planting Trees

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Today I calculated the household's carbon footprint at 3.5 tonnes per year. (This is a big reduction on previous years and is well under half of the national average, but more than the ideal global average.)

I then proceeded to calculate how many trees we need to plant to offset that. Averages suggest one native broadleaf tree per tonne of CO2 per year, so I'm making an effort to catch up over my own lifetime. Are you?

Find out how to calculate your own carbon footprint then if you haven’t space to plant your own trees, we can plant them for you.

Find out more about our Frugaldom wilderness and woodland project HERE

Monday, 15 September 2014

More Simple Savings in September

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Into week three of our 'Simple Savings in September' Challenge and the courgettes are still growing - fabulous plants that just keep on giving more and more - I cook them in everything at this time of year, even omelettes and chocolate cake.

Having already begun setting up the project and welcoming various visitors, my thoughts are continually wandering over there, plotting and planning the overall lay-out and design of what will become a horticultural farm or smallholding with its own nature reserve. It has to be self-sustainable, in keeping with the frugal living ethos and with open access to allow our members the opportunity to become a part of it. The first plantings have been done but with all these … read more here

More Simple Savings in September

Friday, 12 September 2014

Simple Savings in September – Garden Foraging

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Foraging is frugal fun whether done in your own back garden or along the roadsides and through the local woodlands. Today’s post is about garden foraging at Thrift Cottage and picking the last of the home grown produce as part of our Simple Savings in September challenge.

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You don’t need a garden to grow or harvest your own food. Check out the photo blog and… read more here