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SONY DSCWelcome to the Frugal and Thriving blog. I’m so glad you’ve dropped by.

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.

There are hundreds of articles on the Frugal and Thriving website, all about saving money and thriving on less.

This little page will help you navigate some of the main features of the website and introduce some key articles for living a frugal and thriving life.

First, you can read more about the Frugal and Thriving philosophy or me, the person behind the blog on the about page.


Keeping in touch

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

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PLAN SAVE THRIVE online workshop

plan save thrive online workshop

Want an easier, smarter way to budget your money and save?

Plan Save Thrive is self-paced online workshop that will take you through a series of small tasks to help you build your Payday Plan – an automated system for managing your money.

Find out more on PLAN SAVE THRIVE workshop page.


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 five years worth of articles on the blog – that’s over 1,000 articles!) lots of ways to save money and thrive.

One of the best ways to navigate the blog is to use the category pages on the green bar at the top of the page.

You can also browse the archives by date.


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.

How to make big savings on your energy bill

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 come back again soon.

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