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Frugaldom
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:35 am    Post subject: Welcome to Frugaldom!  Reply with quote

Hi Maggie! Welcome to the frugal forums and good luck with your house move. What an incredible transformation you have witnessed over the years! That is a huge number of houses to have sprung up around you.
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Ellen_81
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Location: Ermelo, the Netherlands

PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:02 pm    Post subject: Hi everyone Reply with quote

Hello. I decided to join this forum. I live in the Netherlands with my DH and 2 cats. We just bought our first home this year. As well as adjusting to this situation I have decided to make a step back at work. At the moment I get a lot of stress from my job. So I decided someone else can do the management and I can enjoy my job again. It also means that I will be turning back from a full time job to 4 days a week. So we will have to adjust to less pay. So I am looking for tips on that but also to just realize and enjoy the live we are living.

So already thank you for the advice I have found from everyone so far.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:01 pm    Post subject: Welcome :) Reply with quote

Welcome to Frugaldom, Ellen, I wish you health and happiness to enjoy your new home.

My best piece of advice regarding spending habits is prioritising needs over wants then allowing yourself the luxury of time to think things through, rather than feel rushed into buying anything you may later regret. I find it gets easier as time passes and I can now do a near-instant comparison to x bags of coal or x amount of groceries.
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Shaz_mum_of_2
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Ellen, sounds like you have already sorted some of life's big problems out less stress is always a good idea, hmm maybe ought to follow my own advice on that one.

Pop over to the daily chat boards for some good ideas
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Ellen_81
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:48 am    Post subject: Thanks for the warm welcome Reply with quote

Thanks for the warm welcome Shaz and Frugaldom. I already track our spending and menu plan. We always lived in very small appartments. So we always had to think: do we need it and do we have the space for it? That is still stuck in our minds. So we usually don't spend too much on things we don't need. We rather save for travels. I will have a look at the daily chats.

I hope everyone also is staying safe in this storm today. So take care.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:15 pm    Post subject: Re Reply with quote

Hi there i  joined you today having spent a bit of time frugal surfing i am Caroline and have a very  busy husband who works from home for a company in sales .He is bashing away on his computer as I type this . At the moment i am working but off sick and have realised that I need to take early retirement to keep sane ,hence the frugal surfing as my pension will be very small .We have 2 sons both working thank goodness so at the moment i don't have to worry about them .We have been growing our own fruit for several years and love the autumn time but we live on a housing estate at the  moment so haven't been able to branch out much as we would like into veg growing / having hens but hopefully 2014 will see us moving to somewhere more suitable and which will make Phils job easier he travels miles and miles as we live on the coast in East Yorkshire .I will be sad to move from here but work at the moment dictates a move inland .Phil is my jam and chutney maker extraordinaire and restorer of vintage stationary engines .I hope you will inspire us to try new things and relearn the joys of simple living.xx
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:44 pm    Post subject: Hello :) Reply with quote

Hi Cheapandcheerful, welcome to Frugaldom! (I must try not to mix you up with Cheap and Cheerful.)

Hope your plans will be underway and your goals met quickly, we are all here to support one another through whatever challenges we set ourselves to get to where we want to be.
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Taran
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Click this Link to Introduce Yourself Reply with quote

Hello Everyone,

I've been registered for a while, and keen to join in, so here I am now, and I'm especially interested in the 2014 frugal living challenge - which I'd love to join in with please, Nyk.  I'm female, not quite 60 yet! and I live in beautiful central Scotland.

I view frugalling as a mix of adventure and necessity: adventure because I like keeping as much income for me rather than losing unnecessary amounts of it to commercial forces, and I love a bargain, re-cycling and re-purposing items. I'm shocked when I see what gets thrown away at the local tip!

And necessity because poor health has adjusted my ability to work.  The first financial haircut a few years ago was 40%, as I had no option but to reduce to 3 days a week of work.  Then there has been the impact we've all been feeling over the past few years as the screws have tightened on the cost of living.

I was very fortunate to have gone hell for leather on paying down my mortgage prior to my health crisis, and this enabled me to do up the house for sale, and downsize last year to a newbuild.  It's a mid terrace, so it's thankfully easy to heat.  

I really enjoy my job, which is health related, and take great pleasure in helping my clients improve their quality of life as much as possible.  

I love cats (I have three - my biggest indulgence), knitting, browsing the internet, and I'm a young-ish member of my local U3A, where I started a Scrabble group and also play Mah Jong.  

I'm amicably divorced, and most of my family, including my adult kids, have ended up living overseas.  So joining the U3A gives me companionship as well as some fun activities, and is reassuringly frugal - the groups take part in each other's houses, and we pay the host 50p a session for tea/coffee & biscuits!  Any profit covers their heat and lighting whilst we're there.

Looking forward to frugal adventures with you all in 2014.

Taran
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Frugaldom
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:42 pm    Post subject: Welcome Taran! Reply with quote

Hello and welcome to Frugaldom!

By the sounds of things, you are pretty well organised and, like several of us on here, looking for some extra fun and some more like-minded others. Quite a few of us are in Scotland, too.

Looking forward to sharing your 2014 journey with you and please do feel free to post anytime. A handful of us frequent the daily chat-about-anything section.
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frugalnanny
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello all, my name is Jane and I will be 62yrs this year anyway I gave up working fulltime three and half years ago and now work 30hrs over 4 days. This suits me fine and I have come to terms now with having a greatly reduced income, but it has left me with a bit of debt (my own fault still spent like I earned former wage - which was a lot, lot more). Anyway I have become quite frugal since I started but I would like to be even more frugal, so Im eager to learn even more.

I only have a smallish garden but still manage to grow a bit in pots and a small raised bed, but I reckon I could do a lot more, so Im looking forwards to new challenges and hopefully I will find a lot of help and information on here.  Thanks for listening
Jane
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Frugaldom
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:43 pm    Post subject: Welcome to Frugaldom Reply with quote

Welcome to the virtual hideaway for frugal eccentrics, frugalnanny! At leats, that's how I like to think of it here, while indulging myself in frugal habits to enhance a frugal lifestyle.

Feel free to join in anywhere you like and there's usually somebody about to ask any questions you might have.

Best wishes for 2014!
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kippers garden
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I'm new to this forum and wanted to say a big "hello".  I have two daughters ages 14 and nearly 16 and a lovely husband that goes along with all my daft ideas lol.  I have four allotments and absolutely love growing veg.  I use old fashioned cleaners and cook from scratch.

Up until 15 years ago I was a career girl with a good income and I couldn't boil peas!...Infact my friends used to call me the 'Packet Mix Queen'.  This all changed when my DD1 was born and I wanted to be a stay at home mum....and things changed for the better, though it was hard at first I am so proud of how we coped and now our life is so much better for it....though I'm sure there are more things to learn which is why I've joined you wonderful people on this forum.

Thank you for having me here.
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mama67
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Location: rural coastal lincolnshire halfway between Louth & Grimsby

PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to all the newcomers.
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Frugaldom
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:06 pm    Post subject: Welcome Reply with quote

Welcome to out forums and the 2014 money challenges, kippersgarden. 4 allotments - wow! I'll be asking you to keep me right on my path to growing more veggies this year!

Good luck with all your own challenges and feel free to join in any of the ones you find on here. Most of all, have frugal fun.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:36 pm    Post subject: Frugalphryne Reply with quote

Just happened to notice this posted elsewhere instead of here and thought I'd bring it into the correct place and extend a welcome to Frugalphtyne.

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Hi all,

I'm new on here and just wanted to say hi from Ireland.

Phryne
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:16 pm    Post subject: Hello Reply with quote

Hi, my name is Joanie and I live very near the Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, so at the minute it's blowing a gale outside and the sea is in mountains. I like to live simply and I love reusing and recycling. We have a few chickens and a rather sorry looking veg patch. This year's aim is to get my husband closer to retirement, so Frugal is the mantra!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:37 am    Post subject: Hello from SW Scotland Reply with quote

Hi Joanie!

You live in a very beautiful part of the country - Tad and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip there last year, although I wouldn't like to be journeying along that Antrim coast road during these storms we've been having - hope you are a safe distance from the surging sea!

Welcome to the frugal living forms and please feel free to join us in any of the money challenges. Good luck for 2014.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the welcome. I am definitely going to join the challenge and I feel excited ! At the moment I am browsing all the forum to try and understand how this all works. :)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:07 pm    Post subject: Forums Reply with quote

It can be quite a daunting task reading through the forums as so many have been and gone over the past few years. If you have any questions, I have an 'Ask' section plus there is always someone about in the daily thread.
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mummytomartha
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I am 53  and live on the south coast of Cornwall and love where I live. I try to walk the dog (Martha) on the beach at least 3 or 4 times a week. I have had to give up work due to ill health so am now living on a greatly reduced income, so I am embracing the frugal life style. I have never been a big spender but have had to cut my coat according to my cloth even more keenly over the last 3 or 4 years. I keep 5 chickens in my front garden who give me 3 or 4 eggs every day and eat everything that the dog doesn't.
I am always looking for new and exciting ways to save money and am looking forward to sharing hints and tips with you.
Karen

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