HOW TO BE FRUGAL WITHOUT BEING MEAN
Don’t buy stuff you can’t afford Try to distinguish between what you need and what you want. Postpone buying the ‘wants’ until you have sufficient cash. That way you will feel the giddy power of self-discipline and avoid risk of debt.
Write shopping lists There’s nothing like shopping with an actual list of ingredients for actual dishes, to feel as though you are the master of your spending. All you have to do now is resist the lure of the impulse buy. Batch cook and freeze Cook more portions than necessary, then freeze the leftovers. It’s
thrifty, avoids waste, and means you have a stash of nourishing ready-meals in store. Shop in your own wardrobe Ever bought an item of clothing to find you already have a similar one buried in your wardrobe? Dig around in there before buying new.
Exchange skills Rather than pay people for services, barter with friends and neighbours. I’ll feed your cat if you’ll put up a shelf in my kitchen – that sort of thing.
Repair things Fixing stuff rather than buying new not only saves money, but also feels good. You learn a new skill and you have the thrill of self-sufficiency.