A Homemade Life
Welcome to Homemade Life.

To take full advantage of everything offered by our forum, please log in if you are already a member or join our community if not ....

Chilli-head
Who is online?
In total there are 2 users online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 2 Guests

None

Most users ever online was 62 on 10th April 2015, 8:24 am
Latest topics
» What are you harvesting today?
by Ploshkin Today at 9:38 pm

» What are you preserving today?
by FloBear Today at 8:19 pm

» Hugelkultur
by Chilli-head Yesterday at 8:08 pm

» Insect hotel
by Chilli-head 24th June 2017, 11:30 am

» Heat in the June garden
by Chilli-head 24th June 2017, 11:23 am

» What are you reading now?
by Dandelion 18th June 2017, 7:41 pm

» Bees Behaving Badly
by Dandelion 2nd June 2017, 5:52 pm

» Compost - question and answer thread
by FloBear 1st June 2017, 9:40 am

» The May garden - catch up time !
by Dandelion 30th May 2017, 11:18 pm

» What have I done in the workshop today?
by Chilli-head 30th May 2017, 4:01 pm

» This year's challenge
by Chilli-head 30th May 2017, 3:51 pm

» National Mills weekend
by Chilli-head 9th May 2017, 10:33 am

» No-dig gardening & weed control
by Ploshkin 5th May 2017, 11:06 pm

» April - busiest month of the gardeners year ?
by freebird 29th April 2017, 5:34 pm

» Amazing Hotels
by Dandelion 17th April 2017, 3:49 pm

» The art of enough
by Dandelion 13th April 2017, 11:04 am

» The Repair Shop
by FloBear 6th April 2017, 9:10 am

» Knitting in the round
by Ploshkin 2nd April 2017, 6:12 pm

» Marching into the spring garden
by Chilli-head 30th March 2017, 8:22 pm

» Birdbox cam
by Chilli-head 15th March 2017, 4:04 pm

Statistics
We have 631 registered users
The newest registered user is BrendaP

Our users have posted a total of 44348 messages in 2304 subjects
HML on FaceBook
RSS feeds



Donate to our Charity
The Homemade life supports Kiva - microloans for people in developing countries working to change their lives.  These loans are repaid to our KIVA account, so your donation is used many times to help different people - literally the gift that keeps on giving..

Dealing with the squeeze

View previous topic View next topic Go down

default Dealing with the squeeze

Post by Dandelion on 7th April 2011, 10:13 pm

What changes have people made (if any) to their lifestyle to help them cope with the current financial situation?

................................................................................................................................
The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers and sisters.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.
avatar
Dandelion
Admin

Posts : 4448
Join date : 2010-01-17
Age : 60
Location : Ledbury, Herefordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: Dealing with the squeeze

Post by polgara on 7th April 2011, 10:31 pm

Less shoping, once every 2 weeks instead of every week.

More meals from scratch, & more homemade ready meals in the freezer.

................................................................................................................................
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Elenor Roosevelt


] Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think...

So take care of yourself, be Happy, Love Deeply and enjoy life!


avatar
polgara
Homemade Moderator

Posts : 3029
Join date : 2009-11-16
Age : 70
Location : Sunshine Isle

Back to top Go down

default Re: Dealing with the squeeze

Post by Compostwoman on 7th April 2011, 10:53 pm

More homemade soups. Less stuff bought from the supermarket/shop.

More pulses/grains bulking out meat stews.

Drinking more of the home made stuff and less of the boughten wine/beer!

Compostwoman

Posts : 5689
Join date : 2009-11-08

Back to top Go down

default Re: Dealing with the squeeze

Post by MrsC on 8th April 2011, 9:57 am

Buying different things to usual - i.e. own brand toiletries and cleaning products, cheaper food where I can. I've also been making the most of special offers either by buying things in bulk or planning meals around fresh products that are on offer. I'm also making the most of the flood of pound and 99 shops that have recently come to St Albans. They have some branded stuff there at very low prices and interestingly some other shops like Superdrug and Tesco (who are their neighbours on our high street) have reduced the cost of some branded items to match them.

I'm frequenting charity shops more (if that's possible!) and especially so when buying things for LMC. When I do need to make big new purchases I'm spending more time researching them online and looking for offers where I can and sometimes waiting until there is an offer on before buying something. I'm also making use of cashback sites, especially kidstart.co.uk where I put money into LMC's child trust fund (definitely worth looking if you do buy things online from the companies involved)

I'm also growing my own (even though this makes a small difference) and going out much less. Going to visit friends with LMC rather than meeting people in coffee shops etc.

Hmmm - seems this is a subject I know quite a bit about!

Mrs C x

................................................................................................................................
My blog, Being Mrs C: http://www.beingmrsc.com
Mr C and my other project, UK Nature Blog: http://www.uknatureblog.com
avatar
MrsC
Homemade Moderator

Posts : 1876
Join date : 2009-11-10
Location : St Albans

http://www.beingmrsc.com

Back to top Go down

default Re: Dealing with the squeeze

Post by mark barker on 8th April 2011, 10:37 am

On a day to day basis I've reduced the coffee shop visits (and that really hurt!), and rarely go out for an evening (child care & night out woks out very pricey!).

On a larger scale not having a car makes a huge difference (estimate that I'll save over £1k this year), and I'm not going to be heading off to any overseas F1 races this year Sad

................................................................................................................................
It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.
avatar
mark barker

Posts : 659
Join date : 2010-07-29
Age : 42
Location : Swindon, Wiltshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: Dealing with the squeeze

Post by Jaded Green on 8th April 2011, 1:31 pm

I was thinking of starting a thread about the "Superscrimpers : waste not ,want not" programme on Channel 4, but this seemsa good place to mention it.

There have been two episodes and it is interesting how the people involved have spent money without even thinking about it, despite being so overspent, and how much waste there is.

I'm looking more closely at the cost of everything I buy.
avatar
Jaded Green
Homemade Moderator

Posts : 2235
Join date : 2009-11-09
Location : London

Back to top Go down

default Re: Dealing with the squeeze

Post by mr_sfstk8d on 8th April 2011, 1:37 pm

We've been onto the charity shops and discount grocers for years. Forever, really. Just cannot wait for boot sale season to start up here!! Prior military, didn't pay well at all, and having four young ones in the house it's been our necessity for a long time. More recently, we've been doing fewer driving tours of the country side, which is something DW and I love, and just going when we have at least one other freind along, largely. Also, cut back from home phone and net to just net for the house at half the price. Since everyone has cells, it was supurfluous anyway. And as for myself, cut back from lunch at cafeteria perhaps 2-3x week to only 1x. Just can't break from Pizza Day, lol. A few other small changes for DW from some of the brands she has been particular about, even in the discount shops, to the less pricey names. We still look at the ingredient/compound lists though.

It's a tough struggle: How do I live now, but still keep as much of the same ecological decisions so we may live in the future. Oh, and as to discount grocers, don't know if you have these in UK, but Aldi has been a favorite of mine all of my life. I can get almost everything on my list, and the prices and quality are fair. Also, they still sell 5 lb bags of sugar and flour (~2.5 kg), wheras other grocers brands have years since gone to 4 lb (~2 kg) bags at a less than impressive percent reduction of price. Mind the small print!!!

I believe we've a few threads around on how to make nearly free cleaners and such form base ingredient you already may have at home, correct? These have been a mainstay for us for a long time, and I imagine will be very helpful for others as well.
avatar
mr_sfstk8d

Posts : 584
Join date : 2010-12-01
Age : 39
Location : Peoria, IL, US

Back to top Go down

default Re: Dealing with the squeeze

Post by Imagine on 10th September 2011, 9:30 pm

I grew a bit of my own vegetables this year but then started bartering with people. I help with the harvesting and delivery and get free vegetables out of it. I am canning, freezing and preserving everything in sight. I no longer buy bread but make it and have been trading it for ground beef. I also have been sewing and knitting a lot of things as well. The sewing is even with a treadle sewing machine so no electricity cost Smile
avatar
Imagine

Posts : 2
Join date : 2011-09-10

Back to top Go down

default Re: Dealing with the squeeze

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum