Frugal Summertime, and the living is… easy?

frugal summertime for the nasturtiums

Summertime…

And the living is easy… That may be the case for the wild nasturtiums above in our home made polytunnel, but for many, today in the UK, it is not so. With prices of basic necessities rising left, right and centre, being frugal has, in itself, become a necessity. Frugal summertime is upon us.

Our Frugal Summertime Basics

Frugal Food Shopping
All our Frugal Recipes
Frugal Living Around the House
Foraging and Gardening
OLIO: download the app, and get or give free food (and other things).

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Make Money, earn a few pounds
The 25p Meal
Frugal Holidays and Days Out

Featured Recipes for an Easy Summertime

Frugal summertime: tattie soup

Tattie Soup (and a wee frugal story)
Tomato Rice Soup
Potato Bake
Banana Peel Pasta Sauce
Mixed Bean Casserole
Flapjacks
Crumble

Featured Site

Join the Bonny Prepping Quine as she takes a woodland walk, foraging on the way, here on YouTube

Hoping things get easier for everyone soon,

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The Mermaid and the Bear quote
Excerpt

Set in a fictional castle in Aberdeenshire, Ailish Sinclair’s debut novel, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, blends an often overlooked period of history, the Scottish witchcraft accusations, in particular the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, with a love story.

Frugal Garden: recycling, compost, self-seeding

frugal garden - meadow
Ox eye daisies in the meadow

The frugal garden has been somewhat neglected due to health problems here this year. But nature carries on regardless. Things still grow. And now a little catch up is happening, slowly, as can be managed.

Frugal Garden: Polytunnel

Life goes on in the polytunnel. This was built of pallets and food hygiene plastic discarded by a food factory. Cardboard box path.

frugal garden: polytunnel built from recycled materials
Polytunnel interior

You can see nasturtiums which self-seeded from last year and lettuce seedlings from a cheap pack of Lidl seeds which we just scattered onto a layer of homemade compost (see compost post here). Last year’s winter lettuce, kale and cabbage are still providing copious leaves. Some beans have been planted in the gaps. And some things have grown out of the compost by themselves:

A sturdy butternut squash grows among pak choi seedlings. Some tomato plants have come up like this too.

Upcycling

The latest upcycled pallet project, a corner seating unit, just in need of facings:

frugal garden: pallet furniture

Our favourite place to buy seeds (apart from Lidl!)

Thompson and Morgan because the seeds (and plants) are super high quality and always grow.

Other frugal garden posts and pages

Frugal Holidays

House sitting and/or pet sitting can be a simple way to get really cheap holidays or maybe even free ones if you don’t have to travel far. TrustedHousesitters have owners registered in over 130 countries, from townhouses in London to renovated farmhouses in Tuscany, apartments in New York to beach homes in Hawaii. They connect pet and home owners with reliable sitters, saving costs for both home and pet owners, and sitters looking to travel and stay somewhere new. You can register as either a sitter or an owner on their site with a range of membership options available.

Is Eating Banana Peels Actually a Thing?

banana peels made into a pasta sauce

To answer our own question: yes, eating banana peels is most definitely a thing. It’s a sustainable, no food waste, frugal and nutritious thing too! See our new pasta sauce recipe here along with more information on eating banana peels.

Potato Milk, another unexpected thing, is the most sustainable of the plant milks. See a recipe for it here.

Popular pages:
Free Food: gardening/foraging/giving
Cheap Holidays and Days Out
Sourdough Bread for Pennies
Healthy Eating and Exercising on a Budget

Bargains:
Everything5Pounds – clothes, accessories.
Low Price Foods
Approved Food

radish top soup

Featured and Seasonal Recipes:
radish top soup
wild garlic pesto
nettle soup
sweet and sour red cabbage
mixed bean casserole
banana raisin flapjacks

It’s almost summery here now. We hope it’s lovely where you are too.

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forest garden book

Creating a Forest Garden: a great book on this novel way of growing edible crops – with nature doing most of the work for you. A forest garden is modelled on young natural woodland, with a wide range of crops growing in different vertical layers. Unlike in a conventional garden, there is little need for digging, weeding or pest control. Buy UK

Frugal Spring: wild food, gardening, slippers…

Frugal Spring

Frugal Spring. We’re saying it’s spring because we’re so desperate for it to be so, and it may still feel like winter, but it WILL be spring VERY soon!

Wild garlic and nettles are already starting to grow in the garden and woods, great for recipes such as wild garlic pesto and nettle soup.

We’ve been doing a little bit of early gardening. In the pots pictured above are: red chilli seeds bought for 10p last autumn from Asda, coriander seeds from a Thompson and Morgan sale (their special offers are always worth checking out though we also saved the seeds from last year’s coriander and will be doing later plantings with them), rosemary that we grew from cuttings (so easy, just snip healthy looking bits and stick them in pots or the ground), and some thyme that was reduced to 30p in Tesco last year. These herbs have survived the winter well.

See our gardening/foraging/free food section here for more information.

The Cheap Slippers (and other clothes/shoes):
Everything5Pounds have their last winter sale on here with lots of things at £2.50 including some sweet slippers, unicorn style or Fairislse patterned!

Popular pages:
Cheap Holidays and Days Out
The 25p Meal
Make Money, Earn a Few Pounds

Bargain Food:
Low Price Foods
Approved Food

Frugal Spring

Featured Recipes:
Tomato Rice Soup
Leek and Potato Soup
Singapore Noodles
Beer Battered Onion Rings
Chocolate Cake

Wishing you all some lovely spring sunshine soon!

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Aberdeen’s 1597 witchcraft panic (mermaid) and 18th century kidnappings (fireflies) combine with love and hope in THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR & FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE.

Both books are available on Kindle Unlimited and from the library!

Golden Soup: Turmeric Quinoa Vegetable

golden soup

This golden soup is light and nutritious and fragrant, the perfect panacea for all the rich food around at this time of year (post written in December). The quinoa is a great source of protein and turmeric is nicely anti-inflammatory for this hectic season. (See Frugal Christmas).

Quinoa has come down in price in recent years and most supermarkets now have it. We found it cheaply at Approved Food recently (also check Low Price Foods). Rice would also work well, as would rice noodles.

Golden Soup Ingredients (serves 4)

  • a handful of quinoa
  • 2 large carrots, cut into thin inch long strips
  • 2 sticks of celery, cut similarly
  • half a leek, ditto
  • 1 small sweet potato, same cutting
  • 1 yellow pepper, thin strips
  • a cup of frozen peas
  • 5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek
  • salt to taste

Golden Soup Method

It’s very simple. Place all the ingredients except the salt in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, turn down to simmer and cook for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are soft and the quinoa has swollen and released its little tail things. Add salt to taste and enjoy!

If you liked this golden soup recipe, check out all our other tasty offerings here

Frugal Gifts

Everything5Pounds have a great range of clothes and homewares. All for £5, sometimes less. Designer items end up in the mix too.
The Works are fantastic for selling sets of books for the price you would normally pay for one, so great if you have lots of kids to buy for (or adults!).

Frugal Holidays

Travelling over the festive period?

Near the Motorways - a book to make holidays and days out cheaper

Near the Motorways: Affordable Alternatives to Service Stations (10th Edition). This book lists places that provide a meal or a quiet rest just five minutes from a motorway junction. The author has personally visited and selected over 200 entries in the guide which are included for their ambiance, friendliness, imaginative menus or peaceful surroundings. They do not pay for inclusion so each is chosen solely on merit. Each entry is illustrated by pen and wash drawing by the author, for ease of recognition. Special mention is made of the welcome for dogs and children and of any places of interest which are nearby. Buy from Amazon.co.uk

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