As many of you longtime TMM readers know, I love a challenge. It motivates me to think differently, and this week has been no exception. Hopefully this example of frugal living in the UK will go on to inspire you to do more frugal things in your life going forward.
So, without further ado, here is my Frugal Living In The UK…
1. Repairing My Jeans
One of the first frugal things I’ve done this week is repair my jeans. I’m a minimalist. I hate clutter in any part of my life. It stresses me out, which is why when something is broken I know I’ve got to get it out of my life.
That pretty much explains why when my ripped jeans became too ripped they had to go… or did they? Helen has a degree in Historical Costume Design – This means she’s super nifty with a sewing machine!
Which is why we decided to repair my jeans instead of throwing them away. We managed to pick up patches of fabric from one of our local charity shops for 10p which cover the excessive rips in the jeans perfectly.
I went the entirity of last year without going clothes shopping, repairing instead of replacing became the norm. However, because I only opt to purchase designer, long-lasting quality clothes, repairing the jeans instead of replacing them saved me circa £70.
2. Using What We Have
At the start of this week, our kitchen was chaos!
Since moving in eighteen months ago we’ve acquired a wide range of cooking equipment that we’ve never used, as well as tinned goods, frozen goods, sauces etc. again that we’ll never use. Our diet has changed dramatically in the past nine months or so, and therefore so has what we buy in our weekly food shop.
I therefore, decided it was time to face the music (or clutter in this case).
I did this in two ways;
Firstly, I took out all the things we’re never going to use. The random packets of jelly, that sauce that’s almost out of date etc. We donated it all to either Helen’s sisters or the food bank.
Next, I took what we had left and went back to my meal planning routes. That means for the past six days or so we’ve had rather odd meals, but healthy none the less.
This has saved us around £30 on a weekly shop and helped us plan our meals better going forward. With the Christmas season upon us (yes, I did just say Christmas) there’s no better time to do this.
3. Getting Free Mail Supplies
Over the past two weeks I’ve been working on transferring my companies postal services over to a Royal Mail business account. Now this may not seem frugal, but trust me it is… Not only does this service offer us reduced postage rates, it also offers us free postage supplies including;
To be eligible for a Royal Mail account I believe you need to post eight items or more each week (easily achievable for many resellers)
However, I’ve also been informed that UPS offer a similar service offering you free boxes with the UPS branding of various size for free just by opening an account – whether that be business or personal. This can be done online, it’s completely free and as far as I’m aware there is no minimum posting amount.
4. Car Sharing
Today, myself, Helen and a bunch of our friends are heading to Billund, Denmark to visit Lego Head Office.
Billund isn’t a popular holiday destination and therefore getting a flight direct from the UK can be difficult, in this case, we’re having to fly from London Stansted – 200 miles from our house.
Luckily as we’re going with some of our friends we’ve been able to car share. The benefits of car sharing are amazing;
We’re able to save money on petrol, for this particular journey, it’s saving us around £20 per person return.
We’re able to help the environment by producing less Co2 emissions – going from three vehicles to just one.
Personally, I’m not driving so I’m able to sit in the back and get on with some work. Increasing my productivity and helping me arrive feeling refreshed rather than stressed out.
In this particular case, we’re also able to save on airport parking which can be so expensive. Last time I flew from London Stansted I used Just Park. However, this time, it’s only costing us around £7 per person – which is awesome!
5. Selling Clothes
Not all clothes can be repaired.
That was certainly the case with my running shorts that I bought six months ago from our local Nike outlet for £4.99.
They are a size large, and over the course of the six months in which I’ve owned them they’ve become bigger or I’ve become thinner. To the point in which I now have to hold onto them when I go running – not good!
After postage and fees, this leaves me with around £7 to go out and buy a new pair.
Helen and I have been doing a lot of reselling on eBay recently, both of things we own personally and things we’ve bought to resell. I never thought second-hand clothes was the market that it is, and it’s a niche that we’re exploring a lot in our Youtube videos.
There we have it. My example of frugal living in the UK this week. Let me know what you think of what we’ve been getting up to in the comments. Also have you guys been doing anything frugal and fun this week? Inspire others by sharing what you’ve been getting up to.