Books, Life, Writing

Book: The No Spend Year by Michelle MaGagh

I’ve just put down the book ‘The No Spend Year’ by Michelle McGagh. One of the library books I thought could possibly help me with my frugal research.

I wasn’t disappointed. I couldn’t put it down. I read it in less than a week. Easy to read. I loved her writing and being honesty about her experiences. It can be hard to find true experiences from those close to home meaning some of the advice I could utilise.

As Michelle lives in the UK, I was about to look into the tips she wrote about. Most of what was written I hadn’t heard of before. It opened my eyes to what I could be doing or where I should look to help me live a more frugal life.

Although I don’t wanna go the whole hog for a no spend year. I would like to cut down on my spending. Using the information within her book. I feel this could be more likely to happen.

Over the last two pages of her book, I thought of at least two items to put in the charity bag.

  1. A Penguin Onesie: This was a gift (from someone we don’t talk to anymore) which isn’t any excuse. I do like being cozy but wearing a onesie isn’t my idea of cozy. I get too warm. I’ve only worn it once or twice and now it’s just getting dusty in the wardrobe.
  2. Pink Vans: Although I do like them and have warn them a number of times. My toe doesn’t feel the same. Each time after wearing the vans my tendons in my toe swell and cause pain for at least 24 hours. No matter the prettiness of them, the pain each time isn’t worth it.

Actually even though I said two things going to the charity shop. We have put a third item in the chairty bag. We put the film Mad Max: Fury Road in too. That’s all I’ll say about that film.

In the end I really enjoyed the book. I don’t wanna buy it but I feel I’d get it out of the library again one day.

Now, what shall I read next?

Watched: Mad Max: Fury Road > 2 out of 5

Books, Goals, Life

Book: The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg

I’ve just finished reading ‘The Cozy Life’ by Pia Edberg. Pia writes about the Danish concept of Hugge. Pronounced Hoo-gah. As I tend to say things how they are written, when I come across a new word, saying Hugge throughout the book was a mindful task.

I really like this book and how Pia incorporates her Hugge world into her stories. I certainly felt cosy reading it. Put a smile on my face and felt peaceful. The book encouraged me to start my digital clean up (yet again).

As I’ve no internet still, I concentrated on my computer files and started my hard drive clean up. I deleted 2606 files! I haven’t even finished. Photos and music are the ones I’ve left to fully complete on my computer. I’m sure I’ll find something else hiding somewhere.

I’ve got into the bad habit of trying to get ‘free’ money. To do this I’ve to either spend money or use my time downloading and playing games. I’m not a game person and so far out of x amount I’ve downloaded only one is something I like. I’ve decided to get rid.

I’ve done so for majority apart from the game I do like. Thankfully, I don’t need internet for that one. With another, I am so many points away from about £10 Amazon voucher. I’m gonna search until I’m eligible then remove myself from all.

For someone who wants a simple life, I do make things harder for myself. I’d like to use Hugge in my life. Be part of my frugal project.

Goals, Life

Q2 Goal 2018: Frugal Research Started

Money is very tight. It’s hard saying no to going out with friends because it’s not doable. I can’t say yes otherwise I for fit a tank of fuel.Saying yes and no both have butterfly effects.


I’ve started doing my frugal research. Put frugal living in a search engine and 1000s of pages come up. It’s mind-boggling. I’ve certainly a lot of thinking and research to do to find what best suits me.

So far I’ve found a list of books that talk about frugal living. I’ll first look at our local library for that. They may have other options too. Another list I have found is ‘How to make a frugal budget’.

I think this will be best once we’be moved and everything is less hectic.