HIBS100 Whipround – Frugal Friday


Yay, it’s Friday, and what better way to celebrate the end of the week than with a special look at all our marvellous HIBS100 thrift bloggers, saving money with style.

First off, we’re going to plunge straight into that C word we’re all avoiding. Yes, Christmas. It’s definitely coming, but never fear, Ricky of Skint Dad has some clever ways to lessen its impact on our purses. He has a great feature this week on all kinds of nifty ways to swerve those tills and get your hands on some festive freebies.

Becky Goddard-Hill from Thrifty Home is featuring a great post on the easiest and cheapest way to revamp your home decor – by throwing a few new cushion covers on your existing pads. This simple step really does so much to change the whole look of a room. Pop over to Becky’s to see some of the bright and beautiful covers she’s found.

Over on Mum’s Savvy Savings, Emma has some brilliant tips on saving money on car repairs. I don’t know whether it’s just me, but as soon as my car is being serviced, the red pound signs start flashing. I’m certainly going to take note of Emma’s great advice and see if I can save a few pennies here in future.

And, for some extra special inspiration, there’s a rather amazing open letter to herself from Emma at The Coupon Queen, explaining how she’s turned her life around in just one year, using her money-saving blog and a lot of positive thoughts, via the law of attraction. How great would it be if you could do that, too?

Have you got some great money-saving tips that you’d like included in our November Frugal Friday post? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us at @HIBS100.

Alice Cullerne Bown is a blogger, author, journalist and fanatical cushion-plumper. She spent much of her childhood creating room sets in shoe boxes and now attempts to style her real-life home, despite the best efforts of her husband, two children, two stepchildren and two cats. She is addicted to home makeover shows and likes to Hoover while watching Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners. She blogs at DD's Diary, www.dulwichdivorcee.com, and you can catch her on Twitter at @DDsDiary

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  1. I’d love to be included in November’s Frugal Friday post, please. I am a lifestyle blogger, featuring my thrifty finds. Christmas is very much on my mind and with a wedding to pay for next year, I’ve started early. My frugal tips for the festive season would be to set aside one hour at the beginning of November, with a hot drink, and list everyone that you plan to buy for.

    Write down the run-of-the- mill gifts, for example, selection boxes, ideas that pop to mind. Doing this will mean you can visually see what needs to be bought, and will mentally prepare you for those impulse buys in December. Start your buying early – watching the supermarket offers (chocolate seems to be cheaper the earlier you buy) and also see if you can source any of your gift ideas cheaply on eBay, possibly buying cheaper from other eBay sites – stocking fillers, especially!

    Remember to be vigorous in ticking each item from your list and place each item bought away, ready to wrap in December. This should enable anyone to spread out their purchases, buy them cheaper and save some money this Christmas.

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