The Frugal Family

  • To Freeview or not to Freeview?
    on 24 September 2009

    To Freeview or not to Freeview?

    Our Freeview box has died so the question is - what should we replace it with?
  • The benefits of insulation
    on 09 September 2009

    The benefits of insulation

    We're already feeling the benfit from insulating our loft and cavity walls - but will it make a difference to our fuel bills, too?
  • Cook what you have, not what you want!
    on 19 August 2009

    Cook what you have, not what you want!

    The food budgeting experiment is going well, with some serious savings being made. But can we do better?
  • How to stretch that food budget
    on 06 August 2009

    How to stretch that food budget

    I'm about to start an experiment - can I manage to stick rigidly to a menu and make as many meals from store cupboard ingredients as possible? And importantly, how much money could we save?
  • Eat out for less
    on 04 August 2009

    Eat out for less

    Careful use of discount vouchers means even frugal families can afford to eat out!
  • More of the good life
    on 28 July 2009

    More of the good life

    The vegetable patch is doing well and it'll soon be time to think about preserves - but will making jams save any money?
  • How to save if you have a pet
    on 23 July 2009

    How to save if you have a pet

    Pets can cost a fortune - but there are some tricks that can save you a few quid.
  • The summer holidays are coming!
    on 14 July 2009

    The summer holidays are coming!

    With schools about to break up for the summer, here are some ideas to keep your kids entertained if you're on a tight budget.
  • £17k on baby clothes?
    on 08 July 2009

    £17k on baby clothes?

    A mum has admitted to spending £17k on designer clothes and shoes for her baby son who isn't even a year old yet. What could she have done with that money?
  • Free energy rules!
    on 01 July 2009

    Free energy rules!

    We're all enjoying the hot weather - and for some of us it's saving us some money, too!
  • One way to save at the supermarket
    on 26 June 2009

    One way to save at the supermarket

    Genuine offers can really save you money - find out how a friend of mine saved £30 by carefully timing when she bought nappies

  • The good life...
    on 23 June 2009

    The good life...

    We've finally started eating some of the fruits of our veggie patch labours as the broad beans and courgettes are ready - but have we actually saved any money?
  • Cluck, cluck...more questions!
    on 19 June 2009

    Cluck, cluck...more questions!

    Many questions about keeping chickens have been answered but even more have been raised - what are pop-hole door openers and hopper feeders? And will we ever make a decision?
  • To chicken...or chicken out?
    on 17 June 2009

    To chicken...or chicken out?

    I'd like to keep chickens. They apparently make great pets, the kids would love them and we'd save a fortune by no longer having to buy free-range eggs. But are they worth all the extra work?
  • How not to have a money-saving holiday!
    on 10 June 2009

    How not to have a money-saving holiday!

    I don't know about you, but my family at least is on a bit of an economy drive. So while I do love my luxurious foreign trips, for the last couple of years we've been watching the pennies and staying closer to home.

About this blog

The Frugal Family

I'm Ally Hunt, personal finance writer, mum of two, and top money-saver. Here are my views on living thriftily, raising kids and making those all-important pounds go further.

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