The Frugally Fabulous Year, despite the appearance of the ‘F’ Word, is not just about saving money. I’ll be popping my budgeting
malarkey advice, frugally fabulous recipes and ‘wardrobe versus wants’ comparisons in, for good measure, but my decision to take on this challenge comes from a place of questioning ethics and psychology in our consumerist nature and the companies from which we consume. What was once a challenge about clothing, has become a whole heap of politics about whether or not I can spend a voucher in John Lewis in 2014. Which got me to thinking…how am I going to go about making 2014 The Frugally Fabulous Year? It’s an exciting yet difficult task in hand and I want to make sure I complete it to the best of my ability…here’s how I plan to do it!
1. My challenge involves buying for JUST ME and not other members of my family! As much as I dream of the day I possess the skills to make a whole miniature wardrobe for Daisy, the truth is, she grows and needs things all the time – the Frugally Fabulous Year is about me and my attitude to my wardrobe! I will however, be attempting some tiny-person sized crafting projects and I will be looking to source her wardrobe from ethically sound companies too.
2. Aside from the making projects I am setting myself; I aim to purchase 100% of clothing in 2014 from second-hand sources such as vintage and charity shops as well as good old eBay. I am NOT ALLOWED to buy new clothing from high street stores.
3. The above does, however, not apply to underwear and tights – two absolute staples in any fabulous lady’s wardrobe. I will, however, aim to purchase with a frugal mindset and from a responsible and ethical source.
4. Whilst I am not specifically not spending on beauty and cosmetic products, I aim to research and explore ethically-sound beauty companies that work for my skin and work for my wallet – where they can. By the end of 2014 I would like at least 70% of my cosmetic products to be organic and ethical (which may well be the case now)! The same applies to homeware.
5. Throughout my year, I aim to bring exciting and creative projects to brighten up my wardrobe, home, garden, kitchen and general lifestyle; that are easy on the pocket, reflect my taste and personality and are challenging in the craft department. I aim to resource frugally fabulous, if not free, materials where I can and learn also to work with what I’ve got.
6. The biggest mountain to overcome is learning to use the sewing machine PROPERLY. Not to mention using up my Yarn and Fabric Stashes – of which I solemnly promise to use PRIOR to buying new bits and pieces. Where I can. Honest.
7. Gifts do not count.
8. Wardrobes vs Wants will be a huge part of my blog – once I am able to fit into most of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe that is. As an ex-employee of the fashion industry, I have a vested interest in trends, clothing and beautiful things. The challenge is to try and emulate this through my existing wardrobe (I’m lucky enough to have a lot of clothes I wouldn’t be able to afford now) and my
And what do I get if I manage to complete my challenge? Well…one or two of the following will occur, I’m sure
1. I will be immediately whisked off and awarded a Nobel Prize for services to being both Frugal AND undeniably Fabulous.
2. I will be able to treat myself to one, expensive, lovely thing that has been on my wishlist all year.
3. I will have learnt how to be even more creative in my lifestyle, will want to continue learning and so Frugally Peachy will live on.
4. We will put the money we have saved into the ‘Sweden’ pot, to fulfil our dream of a family roadtrip around Sweden.
5. On aforementioned trip, I will meet Alexander Skarsgard, will refuse to return to the UK and will, instead, set up home in Sweden running a hand-knitted gnome shop.
One of them…definitely.
I think that’s about all I can do to pick apart my challenge, so it really is all GO! Are you planning to follow The Frugally Fabulous Year? What rules are you setting for yourself? What do you think you’ll struggle with the most? As ever, I would LOVE to hear from you!
Stay Peachy x