It’s a year since I started this blog and it seems like a good time to take stock.
Before I had this Frugally Challenged blog I already had Trundling Through Life but I wanted somewhere to muse on how it is to be frugally challenged. As I have said many times over the past year, I know all the frugal theory but I’m not so good at the practice. However, I still live below my means, I am retired (and so not saving for retirement) and I am in a much more fortunate position than many. I simple want to be able to do as much as I can with my resources and that includes my time and my possessions as well as my cash. My underlying principle is that I can have anything I really want – but I can’t have everything I want. I have to work out what it is that I really want and my answers may not be the same as anyone else’s.
During this last year I’ve faced my habit of hoarding food. I’m getting better and this blog has helped but I know I still have a long way to go on this. I don’t waste much food but I know that if I controlled my food stores better I could eat more healthily and more economically. The quest for food stock control is on-going and I doubt if it will ever be fully solved.
My other huge hoard is of craft material. Making good use of my craft stores is a good way to save money or rather not to continue to waste it! I make bags, quilts, clothes, whatever for myself, for my friends and sometimes for charity. I have also given away quite a lot of stuff to be used by Brownies and various other groups.
And then there is The Mess, exemplified by The Room of Doom. My hope was that 2015 would be the year that I would have less messy places and I am happy to say that this is true. I've still got far too many messy places but there are less of them than there were on 1st January 2015.
Thank you for your encouragement and your interest. I wonder where the next year will take Frugally Challenged?