On of my top favorite quotes regarding frugal living goes something like this: ”it’s not about going without, but enjoying the things you love on less.”
Well, that is indeed the angle I want to approach. I’m not trying to be more frumpy, to starve my family, and have a less beautiful home. I still want nice clothing, good food and to enjoy the home we live in, but my mission is to accomplish these tasks for the next month on less.
Perhaps you’re in a similar boat as I’m in. Grocery prices are sky-rocketing, and so is the cost of living. Not to mention the value of food and packaged goods is becoming skimpier and skimpier while the cost is increasing (thanks to inflation).
My strategy is to look at what our family is currently spending, and where we’re getting hit the most with high costs. I’m going to research and investigate a cheaper alternative in the areas of groceries, personal care, toiletries, clothing, home decor, and whatever else trickles out.
I’m fairly “cheap” as it is, but I’m not a purist. I currently do not thrift shop, use coupons, or make everything from scratch. But I do like sales, do a pretty good job at curbing my expenditures, and do not eat out a lot. Perhaps you’re like me or perhaps you’re already hardcore-frugal. In any case, I’m going to share my honest no-holds-barred report on being hardcore frugal for a month and share the changes we make step-by-step, as well as menus and tips and tricks I pick up along the way.
I’d love to hear your input, and things that work for you in the comment section during this little journey.
I’m not sure if I’ll end up with a chicken coop and a victory garden by the end of this, but with the way the economy is going, I might just go there.
Week 1: Frugal Grocery Shopping
- Day 1: Frugal Grocery Shopping Part 1, Making The Menu
- Day 2: Frugal Grocery Shopping Part II, (The Cheat Sheet)
- Day 3: 3 Easy Changes
Week 2: Frugal Decorating
- Day 4: Frugal Decorating, Wall Art
- Day 5: Frugal Decorating, Small Changes: curtains, a spare chair, and a pillow.
- Day 6: Frugal Decorating: Handmade Painting.
Week 3: A Frugal Life
Week 4: A Frugal Wardrobe.
Week 5: The Frugal Report.
- Day 13: Make-Ahead & Freeze Cookbook
- Day 14: 15 Minute No-Bake Energy Bar Recipe
- Day 15: Bright Pants
- Day 16: Thrift Store Clothing
- Day 17: 20 Dollar Thrift Store Challenge
The Final Report: