Gimme Some Hygge
Getting Into The Habit Of Being Thrifty
Tartan Thrifty is all about getting into the habit of spending less without living less well. Some habits need to be carried out every day, some every week. Some only need to be carried out once a month – and, surprise, surprise, they are the hardest ones to keep up. To help with that you can find a wall-planner to help you keep on top of this week’s Thrifty Habits – the dailies, the weeklies and the ones that only come round once a month – here. Use it to plan when exactly you are going to carry out the Weekly and Monthly Habits.
Thrifty Things To Do This Week
‘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”, by the way, was almost Collins English Dictionary’s Word Of The Year in 2016. It was pipped to the post by Brexit. I suspect we would all have had happier 2016’s if we had focussed more on hygge and less on Brexit…
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 while embracing this weeek’s Thrifty Habit – Make Something – 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 or visit the Tartan Thrifty Make Something Board on Pinterest for more inspiration.
(If you want to read a less cosy take on hygge, read The Hygge Conspiracy by Charlotte Higgins.)
If you drew up a budget last week, then this is also the week to lift cash for anything you won’t be paying directly from your bank account and putting it into as many different purses as you need. You can find more about why this is an essential Thrifty Habit here, along with other small changes that can add up to big savings.