Week 2 – January 14th, 2019
‘Tis the season to be snuggly. The weather is not inviting, so why not make like the Danes with their hygge and get cosy indoors?
Hygge involves actively creating a comforting environment in which to sit out winter. Just turning up the central heating doesn’t cut it. You need snuggly throws, wholesome food, good company… and warm, twinkly lighting. A log fire is, of course, the gold standard, but keeping out your festive fairy lights would help too. And there are always scented candles – twinkly lights and comforting aromas in one swoop. You could descend on Ikea for cheap tealights. Or, you could get your cosy on by creating your own. That way you get to be on-trend and on-budget. Have a go at my Teeny Tiny Teacup Candles or Luxury Scented Candles.
Wax melts at a fairly low temperature, making this a child-friendly activity. Make candles with the kids and that’s you nailed hygge and a new, cheap family activity without actually leaving the house.
(If you want to read a less cosy take on hygge, read The Hygge Conspiracy by Charlotte Higgins.)
It is way too early in the year to do any gardening but the perfect time to start planning how to save money by growing your own when spring comes around. Click here to find out how to save money – and avoid wasting it – in the garden this year.
I will be back next week with a fresh Thrifty Habits Planner and advice on how to make preserving work for your purse.
Free, Downloadable Thrifty Habits Planner To Keep You On Track
So, you want to get into the habit of spending less without putting in more effort? You need something to remind you what to do and when, so you don’t have to keep thinking about it. The Thrifty Habits Planner is a simple tool to help you do just that. Use it to pencil in which thrifty things you plan to do this week and to pin yourself down to when you plan to do them. If you take control this way at the start of the week, you are far more likely to have stuck to your plan by the end of the week. Sticking your plan up somewhere you will see it every day helps you to stay on track too.
Take time at the end of the week to give yourself a little treat as a reward for your thrifty efforts. Little splurges will actually help you to stay thrifty – read this to find out how.