It's February, time to be frugal againSunday, February 02, 2014
I'm not sure where the idea for Frugal February originated but having successfully taken part a few years ago (inspired by Big Girl's Browse) and with a wish to save money this year, I've decided to do it again.
You all know the rules by now - only essential spending is allowed. Although I have to own up to having two rather fun outings already planned for this month. What's a girl to do? I'll just have to spend wisely on those days.
To help me spend less I'm going to plan my weekly meals by using more of what I have in the pantry and ban myself from buying any clothes. In January I spent just under £130 on clothes so I can't pretend I need anymore.
Since taking part last time, I've cancelled three magazine subscriptions and unsubscribed from almost all of the emails I received from online retailers. I realised that I was just flicking through the magazines before putting them to one side and forgetting about them, and my online impulse spending diminished because the I'd removed the temptation. Admittedly, I've swapped online retail therapy for a hefty Pinterest addiction instead, which is at worst a waste of time, at best it's free!
Have you taken part before? Did it change your spending habits? Any tips for saving a few extra pennies would be greatly appreciated!