Spicy rice stuffed peppers
So when Mrs Frugal left a comment on yesterday's post it got me thinking. What advice could I give to someone starting their frugal journey?
1. Live beneath your means.
I live on less than half my salary. The other half is saved. In the last few years we've bought (and sold) a campervan. We've been on 2 major family trips to Singapore for a wedding and to Australia to visit my middle son. Plus I was able to buy a flat for my oldest son.
2. Cut your food budget.
Cook from scratch. If you can't cook, learn!
Look for yellow stickers.
Eat more veggie meals.
Look at budget ranges in supermarkets. Work out what can be substituted eg Basics ketchup v Heinz ketchup and what can't eg my Percol coffee is non negotiable!
Use up every single bit of food you buy.
3. Research every single major purchase
Shop around for the best price. Consider second hand options.
4. Cut your clothing budget
If you don't have a budget make one. Mine is £500 a year for everything. Buy from Ebay and charity shops. I get a lot of new stuff with the tags still on
5. Just stop buying stuff
Only buy stuff you 'need' not what you 'want'
6. Teach yourself new skills
Why pay someone else to do something if you can DIY? OH and I will have a go at most things before considering getting someone else in to do it. Yep you'll make mistakes but you get better every time. OH is a pro at tiling now 👍
These are my main ones but maybe you could add to the list. I did write an article with my tips for a US blog a few years ago. You can still read it HERE
I had 3 wrinkly peppers left over from last week's shop. So I mixed some onion, rice, black beans, salsa and fajita seasoning together, stuffed the peppers and topped them with goats cheese. They were very tasty and cheap!