new to frugal and thriving? here’s a little road map to help you find your way

iStock_000006637619XSmallWelcome to the Frugal and Thriving blog. Come in, make yourself a cuppa, put your feet up and have a look around. Get comfy. Have a read, take notes if you like.

I created this little page to help you navigate some of the main features of the website and introduce some key articles for living a frugal and thriving life.

If you would like to read more about me or the Frugal and Thriving philosophy, you can do so on the about page or check out this post on how to live frugally.


Keeping in touch

There are several easy ways to keep up to date with what’s going on at Frugal and Thriving:

If you like RSS and reading blogs in a reader, you can subscribe via RSS here.

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You can now also keep up to date via the Frugal and Thriving facebook page. I also post links, frugal tips and various other bits and bob on the facebook page.

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The Frugal and Thriving Newsletter

As well as the blog posts, there is a bi-monthly Frugal and Thriving newsletter (delivered to you by Mail Chimp – that’s him on the left). This year’s newsletter theme is ‘thriving’. In the newsletter there are articles, interesting links, freebies and a monthly to-do suggestion for living more frugally.

If you would like to sign up to receive the bi-monthly newsletter, you can do so here.

If you would like to check out past newsletters (there’s lots of information in these that you won’t find on the blog), you can view the newsletter archives here.


PLAN COOK SAVE – how to save money on the groceries

PLAN COOK SAVE is the Frugal and Thriving eBook (available for purchase) all about saving money on the groceries.

The eBook covers a solid strategy for:

saving money on the groceries

saving time; and

eating healthy foods on a budget.

To find out more, visit the PLAN COOK SAVE page.

Key posts from Frugal and Thriving

There are three years worth of articles on the blog (that’s over 600 posts plus newsletter articles). You can navigate the blog either using the category links in the sidebar on the right, browse the archives page by date or browse the archives by category using the links in the green bar above. To help you discover what the blog has to offer, I have collated some key articles from Frugal and Thriving below.


Gaining control over your finances

I’ve gathered all of the articles related to ‘getting started’ with personal finance in the one page, which you can view here.

The collection of articles covers goal setting, budgeting, using excel saving money, debt reduction and financial management.


Saving money

While nearly all of the posts on Frugal and Thriving are about saving money in some way, here are just a couple of specific savings posts.

Saving electricity around the home

Saving on heating costs

Saving on cooling costs

Saving water in the home 


Frugal Recipes

There are over 100 recipes on the blog. You can find all of the recipes on the blog here. Below are the top five most popular recipes:

Savoury pumpkin pie

Best ever rissoles

Chicken schnitzel

Tuna rissoles

Pumpkin and feta salad



Making things yourself is not only a great way to save money, it’s a great way to take back some your independence from big business.

You can find all the handmade articles here; below are some of the most popular:

Bag tutorial roundup and more bags

Apron tutorial roundup

Knitted dishcloth roundup

Making your own nappies roundup

Creating simple embroidery designs using GIMP


Around the home

Frugality begins in the home. Here are just a couple of frugal tips for around the home.

Housework hacks: how to have a tidy home without the effort

Frugal (and green) cleaning

Homemade laundry detergent

Homemade all purpose cleaner

Budget entertainment ideas

How to menu plan

Gardening for free part one, part two and part three

I hope that you enjoy your visit at Frugal and Thriving and that you visit often. You are always welcome.


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