tomato soup recipe

Thrifty Food

The best tomato soup you’ll ever make

This homemade tomato soup is something else. It is fresh and full of flavour. This is a Frugal Grandma recipe, so it is as inexpensive and simple as it is delicious. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty6 May 23, 2014

Thrifty Outings

Holed up at Frugal Grandma’s

With the May bank holiday looming, I’ve taken some time to recharge batteries this week. Thrifty Baby and I went to see Frugal Grandma and Frugal Grandad. We were completely spoilt, of course. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty8 May 3, 2013

Thrifty Holidays

How to Find the Best Cruise Deals.

You can find cruises for less than £75 a day if you hunt around. But it’s a complex industry so you do need to do your homework. Here are a few top tips, from travel journalist Jeremy Head. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty3 February 13, 2013

ornamental orange plant

Thrifty Food

Ornamental orange tree? Turn the fruit into jam…

This is a niche post, for the benefit of a select band of pot plant owners. In short, if you own one of these ornamental orange trees (left, as seen on the Cherry Heaven site), this one is for you. … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 September 5, 2012

Thrifty Food

Frugal Grandma’s Jam Explosion

I’ve just spent a week down in Essex, introducing Thrifty Baby to the massed ranks of his nearest and dearest. We spent a couple of days staying with Frugal Grandma and Grandad. They may be in their eighties, but they … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty12 March 30, 2012

the green thing

Thrifty Planet

“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

vintage pearls

Thrifty Fashion

1940s jewellery for a Blitz Party

One of my lovely work colleagues was off to a Blitz Party the other week, and asked if I had anything that she could borrow. She had the dress and the shoes, but not the accessories. At a Blitz Party, … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty4 September 28, 2011

keep runner beans fresh

Thrifty Food

How to keep your runner beans fresher for longer

I think it’s fair to say that every year, without fail, Frugal Grandma & Grandad manage to turn a few runner bean seeds into a runner bean explosion. It fills the vegetable patch, the fridge, the freezer and more besides. … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty4 August 14, 2011

battersea knitted mice

Thrifty Homebody

Cheer up a bored cat

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home cares for 200 cats over the summer period. Apparently it’s a rubbish time of year to be a cat in the market for rehoming, as people don’t want to get new pets when their holidays … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty4 July 5, 2011

Thrifty Food

Frugal Grandma tip: devilling your leftovers

Asking Frugal Grandma if she has any good thrifty tips is like asking Diarmuid Gavin if he has any good gardening pointers. When I asked for good ideas for leftovers, this quick and easy recipe for leftover meat was emailed … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty1 October 19, 2010

Thrifty Food

A jam-packed cool box: what can it mean?

Were you wondering why I had been quiet these past few days? Well, this packed cool box, which was sitting in my kitchen on Friday, should provide some clues as to why. It contains: – 2 x locally caught trout, … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 July 28, 2010


Yorkshire’s Thriftiest Granny: the hunt is on!

Do you know Yorkshire’s Thriftiest Granny? Perhaps you are Yorkshire’s Thriftiest Granny? If your answer to either of these questions is “yes”, I have the perfect competition for you. Yorkshire Water has launched a contest to find… yes, you guessed … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty6 June 19, 2010

Thrifty Home

Garden pests? Cucumber them.

Yes, cucumber. We’re talking chopped cucumber here, rather than a whole one wielded, lightsabre style, against the creepy-crawlie armies. So you have a plant covered in holes? Salad vegetable to the rescue! Here’s the deal. 1. Chop a chunk of … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty4 April 25, 2010

Thrifty Food

Frugal Grandma’s Thrifty Lemon Tips

Frugal Grandma spotted the Six Thrifty Uses For A Lemon post, and kindly forwarded a couple of tips of her own. They have a lemon+saucepan theme: When you boil a Christmas pudding – or any pudding come to that – … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 October 1, 2009

Thrifty Beauty

Get rid of mouth ulcers the thrifty way

Yes, I know that Bonjela tastes nice, but here’s a cheaper idea from Frugal Grandma. Speaking from personal experience, it works very well. I must warn you though: this is a very British cure that isn’t for the faint-hearted. It … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty20 July 6, 2009

Thrifty Food

Marie Rose sauce recipe – by Frugal Grandma

Make your own Marie Rose sauce for prawns (or shrimp). It’s so much tastier and cheaper than the bought variety. If you use frozen prawns, make sure that they have been slowly defrosted or they lose their taste. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty1 April 8, 2009