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“The Green Thing” and the older generation

One of the consequences of having a octogenarian grandmother who is all fancypants and computer-literate, is that you end up getting a lot of email forwards. Yes, Frugal Grandma: I’m looking at you! The jokes, the funny pictures, the PowerPoint … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty9 October 25, 2011

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Halloween House

I know we don’t go all out for Halloween on this side of the pond, but in America the decorations have already gone up – and I can’t resist sharing the picture of this fully decked out Halloween house. These … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty4 October 3, 2011

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How to turn a water bottle into a light bulb…

Take a bottle of water, some bleach and make a hole in the roof… I’m not sure how much use this one is in the Western world, but isn’t it the best kind of thrifty idea? I love it. [Full … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty8 September 13, 2011


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Make your own multi-surface cleaner

This homemade cleaner works for both kitchen and bathroom, disinfects, works out a lot cheaper than store-bought cleaner, is gentle on the environment and doesn’t pong of chemicals. It takes a few seconds to make, if you have the ingredients … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty6 July 24, 2011

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Question: What’s in the box?

Answer: my latest delivery from Summer Naturals! It seems to follow on neatly from this week’s cleaning theme… I’ve been a Summer Naturals customer for more than three years now. The company sells bulk quantities of natural (and frugal) cleaning … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty7 June 21, 2011


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Shiply: a cheap and green way to move furniture

Shiply describes itself as “an online marketplace for transporting goods”. Users list the items they need to move, plus the final destinations, receive “bids” from various transport companies and take their pick. It’s rather like eBay for couriers and delivery … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty5 May 19, 2011


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Scrapping a car? Get it collected and raise money for charity

Giveacar is a social enterprise that organises the free collection and recycling of any car or vehicle, anywhere in the UK. Cars are either disposed of, and the value of the scrap metal donated, or placed into an auction, and … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty1 February 22, 2011

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Wire hangers? Time to untangle them!

Like lots of people, I keep my clothes away from flimsy wire hangers, which do nothing to help preserve a garment’s shape. I read somewhere that 75 per cent of wire hangers are thrown away, but doesn’t that seem like … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty3 July 13, 2010

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Chipped cup or mug? Don’t throw it away!

I used to get really annoyed when I chipped a cup or mug, especially if it was one of my favourite Cath Kidston ones. This past few months it has been even more annoying, because of my New Year’s Resolution … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty6 July 3, 2010

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Guerilla Gardening: seedbombs in London

“What is guerrilla gardening? “Guerrilla gardening is the art of using a piece of land which you do not own to grow something. One step removed from actual guerrilla warfare, guerrilla gardening takes land not for the people, but for … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 May 10, 2010

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Attention, non-shoppers: do you lead the ultimate thrifty lifestyle?

A nice television lady called Katy asked if I knew anyone who fitted the bill for her production company’s new programme idea. She is looking for people who spend just £1 or £2 a day. I  said I’d put the … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 November 16, 2009

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Make Your Own Floor Cleaner – I Do!

We ran out of floor cleaner so I’ve started making my own. It costs pennies and works just as well as the relatively expensive, chemical equivalent. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty6 May 21, 2009

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Bin Your Fabric Softener!

White vinegar comes in handy: it’s an ingredient in my thrifty leather food, and I also use it when I’m mixing up my own kitchen and bathroom cleaner. I buy the stuff in bulk: this five-litre vat (left) from Summer … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty10 April 7, 2009

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Nuts About Soap Nuts

I bought a packet of soap nuts from the Summer Naturals site, and I’m loving them. Soap nuts grow on sapindus trees in China and India; they are sticky and gooey with a surfactant called saponin. Forget laundry detergent; put … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty13 March 25, 2009

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Secret Freegan’s Christmas Shopping

Hey, do you remember the other day, when I listed Secret Freegan (@Freegan ) as one of my Favourite Frugal Twitterers? Well, it turns out that Secret Freegan also has a Secret Freegan blog, which makes for eyeopening reading. Just look … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 December 5, 2008

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Freecycle is amazing

  Yes, I know I’m really late to the party. I’d read all about Freecycle, which reduces waste by encouraging people to post their unwanted items online, and pass them on. But I hadn’t really paid much attention, because (a) … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty5 October 21, 2008