Thursday, 30 December 2010


Well, my Happy New Year greeting is a bit early I know, but Happy Frugal Christmas will be a bit quieter now the festivities are over, unless or until I find any urgent Christmas ideas or bargains!
Carry on your frugal efforts all year along with me at Happy Frugal Year and save, save, save money!

Friday, 24 December 2010


At the depressing news that Marks and Spencer's sale starts on-line tonight and in-store on Boxing Day my heart sinks. Haven't we already spent enough? My inbox is flooded with "up to 50% off " sales notices - and you know what? I don't care. If I buy anything in the sales it may be a box of decent crackers for next Christmas - couldn't get any this year as stores were asking £8-£10 for rubbish or £15-£20 for slightly less rubbish.
At least this year I won't still be moving plastic keyrings, hippo shaped bottle openers and metal puzzles around the sideboard until April! Yep - it gets to Easter and, guess what? I throw them away or send them to the charity shop. Why do we bother with crackers? Because we're being brain-washed. Christmas is a retail and media construction, pressurising us into believing that it won't be a great Christmas unless we buy this or that and eat this or that.
As for the sales - well they can stick their sales - if it was ALL genuinely 50% off it may be worth looking at - but it's not. The tat that no-one would be silly enough to buy is 50% off - like that weird plastic belt, strange hat, ugly clutch bag or tiny rubbish chain necklace. Anything that you'd really want has a quid knocked off it if you're lucky.
Enjoy your Christmas Day, spend quality time with your family and watch rubbish TV - forget the sales - who cares? Save your money - in 2011 you're probably going to need it.
Happy Frugal Christmas!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Sunday, 12 December 2010


Fave Crafts has on offer 15 free ebooks . There's a great choice - all free to download. Titles are:
14 New Year's Eve Party Ideas,
12 Fun and Fabulous Mod Prodge projects, Perfect for Christmas Giving: 6 Gift in a Jar Ideas, Quick and Easy Decoupage, 9 Thanksgiving Decorations to Make, The Make My Own HolidayGifts Guide, Homemade Halloween Decorations, How to Halloween, Make it a Red Heart Holiday Knitting & Crochet ebook, 12 Thrifty Trash to Treasure Crafts, Cheap Home Decor, 8 Free Apron Sewing Patterns, 25 Afghan Patterns and Fun With Fabric Dye.
Happy Frugal Christmas!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010


Fill up those Christmas stockings with these lovely stash-busting gifts to knit or crochet from Bernat's free patterns. There are patterns for Cuddly Caterpillars, Topsy Turvy Doll, Owl, Bunny, Petunia Piglet, Mouse, bear, Bunny and Kitty Finger Puppets, Teddy and more. These small gifts should be quick to make and easily done from oddments of yarn.
More Happy Frugal Christmas shopping!


The story of Goodnight Mister Tom is available as a Puffin paperback book - another frugal gift - priced at just £4.89 - again, from Amazon with free delivery.
If you need a frugal gift for toddlers, Debenhams has My First Animals now £1.95 with free standard delivery, a 10 board book gift box with simple text, bright, vibrant colours and photographic images. The small books are perfect for young children as they can use the books and turn the pages themselves, improving dexterity and motor skills as well as learning about the world around them. Another frugal gift for the little ones is Peppa Pig - Peppa's Christmas DVD, just £4.02 from Amazon with free delivery.

Teenagers might enjoy The Twilight Saga: Eclipse DVD, £3.99 or the book Dimensions Behind the Twilight Zone: A Backstage Tribute to Television's Groundbreaking Series both from Amazon with free delivery.
More Happy Frugal shopping!