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January is over, and with it have gone the challenges of Veganuary and Dry January. But are you still feeling the pinch from Christmas and New Year? You’re not alone. January was a long month for people eagerly awaiting pay-day, and lots of us are still out of pocket. So why don’t we start a new challenge this month? I’d like to propose Frugal February!
Do you think that you could survive a whole month without buying any non essential items?
If you read my post at the start of January, you may already know that I have marked 2019 as my Year to Clear. I have already made a start on this, selling my clutter on eBay and getting rid of some stress whilst doing it.
I will report that I have made a pretty good start! And whilst clearing my clutter I realised that I probably wouldn’t need to buy toiletries or perfume for ages. And that I have enough clothes even when I’d cleared out my wardrobe.
So I thought, how much money could I save by not buying things all month? It’s only a short month anyway. 28 days. 4 weeks. And so I challenged myself to only purchasing essentials this month. I need to save a little bit of money, as at the end of the month I am going on a spa retreat couple of days for a friend’s hen party.
But how do you survive a frugal February where you are only allowed the essentials? With no nights out and no little luxuries?
It is tough if you do have birthdays coming up this month. But maybe there is something you were given at Christmas that wasn’t quite to your taste and you could re-gift? Think of it as more thrifty than being tight. (And P.S. everyone does it! )
Maybe you could make something? Or, you could give an alternative gift? Maybe a gift of your time, where you offer to babysit, or do a job in someone’s house rather than give a material gift? These gifts are often remembered fondly and appreciated more than material things anyway.
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And yes, I haven’t forgotten about February 14th. Again, a gift of time (or a voucher for something naughtier!) is always appreciated from a loved one. Maybe a back massage or a week of breakfasts in bed? Instead of a night out why not cook a romantic (and frugal) meal? And if you are crafty you could make a heart garland….
Instead of a night out at the cinema (which let’s face it costs an arm and a leg these days) why not cosy on in under a blanket at home on the sofa? You can even get popcorn from the supermarket that tastes as good as the cinema these days, without the massive price tag. Make it a proper movie themed night in, with all the lights off and the surround sound on.
Instead of paying to go somewhere, why not walk to a local attraction instead? We are very lucky here in Yorkshire to have so many lovely places on our doorstep. But even if you do have to take the car, why not find a free museum or park to visit, preferably with free parking to save even more?
Why have a night out when you could have a night in? Some of my favourite girls nights have been the nights when we go to each others houses and watch a movie or play a board game. You could even host a bit of a disco with a disco ball and Spotify.
Now, I love a good book. And I have a massive stack to read under the bed. But if I read all those and still hunger for more there is always the local library. You can even reserve the books you want now online! Why would you need to buy a book again?
There are so many ways to save money around the home that I also covered in my Lagom series of posts last year. Best of all you can be helping to save the environment by being frugal.
And I will point out, that any money I make whilst decluttering may go on treats once the month is over. Which is a great incentive to declutter in the first place!
Do you think that you could do frugal February easily? How much money do you think you would save? I would love to know how you think you’d get on. Do comment, or find me on social media.
Enjoyed this? Why not read my Frugal Ways To Keep Warm In Your Home This Winter?