Inspiration….Frugal Resolutions

Daisy Park autumn leaves

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!

Mirror 2THE BIG FRUGALLY FABULOUS RULES

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 botched creations.

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

17 thoughts on “Inspiration….Frugal Resolutions

  1. Laura

    Yes! This is a most excellent challenge! I going to try and join you on as many of these as I can! If nothing else it will be a great education for me! Plus, I might save a few £££ along the way. I’m also making the assumption if I save enough I can come to Sweden and live & work out the rest of my days in the gnome factory too!

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    1. emma@missberrys.co.uk Post author

      woohoo! Come join in the frugal fun….naturally I’ll have a place for you in my Swedish cabin, knitting gnomes! SEE YOU THERE! xx

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  2. Hayley

    Great rules =) I’m going to follow along as best I can! I love hunting through charity shops and I’m trying to save as much money as possible. I’m also going to start browsing ebay, I’ve never thought of getting clothes off there before! Xx

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    1. emma@missberrys.co.uk Post author

      Ah thanks Hayley – charity shops are such meccas, I discovered some great ones yesterday, planning to go back and haul-up when I’m sans the pushchair! eBay can be a little hit and miss for clothing but I’ve got some amazing bits from there and sometimes just getting some fabric can be good too x

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  3. Chloris Boris

    Good luck with your frugal year Emma, so exciting, and best of luck – though you are such a creative chick I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
    p.s can I come to Sweden with you? x

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  4. Chloris Boris

    Good luck with your frugal year Emma, so exciting, and best of luck – though you are such a creative chick I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
    p.s can I come to Sweden with you? x

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    1. emma@missberrys.co.uk Post author

      Thanks Vicki! Yup…come join the Sweden train, there’s gonna be a huge influx of creative lovelies at this rate!!! xx

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    1. emma@missberrys.co.uk Post author

      Thanks so much Louise! I’m really excited and have had no urge to shop….yet! Hope you enjoy reading xx

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    1. emma@missberrys.co.uk Post author

      Thank you so much Chiaki! WOW! I did not know this, I’m just dying to visit that beautiful country…whereabouts in Sweden are you from?? How lovely! No wonder I love your blog so much…you’re wonderfully creative and inspiring AND of Swedish origin! xxx

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      1. Chiaki L'Argent

        Haha, thank you so much Emma! I come from a very small place in the Western part of Sweden, between the two biggest lakes. It is indeed beautiful. :) I really miss the snow and the proper winters! I also miss having gorgeous, cheap Scandinavian design available pretty much wherever you go! xx

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  5. Gill Forrester

    Good luck with this Emma!
    You really have made me think about being more frugal and I’m going to try to follow you in your quest this year. I was thinking about it this morning and had already decided underwear was not going to be included…I have stuck with a particular brand all my life, and not about to change 😉
    I have loads of fabric I have accumulated over the years for “projects” that have not even been started (partly because I loved the fabric so much, I couldn’t bear to cut it!), but I have my scissors ready now.
    In between my soapmaking (my “proper job”), I am going to be making as many Christmas gifts as I can this year, and I’m going to make some clothes for the Summer. I’m learning to crochet, so am aiming to make a blanket too!

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    1. emma@missberrys.co.uk Post author

      Hi Gill! Ah that’s great news…yes we do have to draw the line at underwear…for the time being anyway! That sounds really exciting I can’t wait to see what you come up with, I love that people have been inspired to do the same sort of thing – we’re going to change the world!!!! xx

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  6. Cheryl

    Good luck with your challenge Emma! I am doing a similar thing although haven’t quite articulated my rules yet. Here’s my first post about my Operation Hygge if you fancy a read – basically trying to make life cosy like the Scandis do but in a make do and mend stylee http://thepurlyqueenknits.wordpress.com/

    There’s also a blog that you might like by a lovely lady called Jen who did a similar challenge and has lots of ideas http://mymakedoandmendyear.wordpress.com/

    Looking forward to sharing your adventures!

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    1. emma@missberrys.co.uk Post author

      hi Cheryl thanks so much for reading – I’m going to head over and look at your blog and the lovely Jen’s too – lovely to support each other! I love that so many people have been so supportive of this challenge, I can’t wait to see more of your Operation Hygge challenge – perhaps a collaboration is in order?!?! xx

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