How to have a frugal Christmas – Christmas Dinner….


The Frugal Family Christmas Day Menu Starter Figs with Parma Ham Main Course Turkey Breast and Slow Cooker Gammon served with Yorkshire Puddings, Roast Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Honey Roasted Parsnips, Carrots, Broccoli and Pigs in Blankets. Dessert Nutella Mousse What do you think of our Christmas Day menu then? We don't tend to go over the top with our Christmas dinner because to me, when it comes down to it, it's just a glorified Sunday dinner and I'd much rather spend time with my family on Christmas Day than be running in and out of the kitchen doing a big all out … [Read more...]

Family Friendly Frugal Meals – Mackerel Risotto….


Winter's really setting in now isn't it?  It's so cold here tonight so this week's meal plan is filled with lots of Winter warmers ;-) Monday - Smoked mackerel risotto.  I've blogged the recipe below for you as this is delicious and something I would never have thought of cooking. Tuesday - Sausage and bean casserole with mash. Wednesday - Roast Pork and Yorkshire puddings. Thursday - Macaroni Cheese. Friday - Chicken something or other ;-) As some of you might know, I've been working with Fish is the Dish recently to try and show you how easy fish can be too cook and how cheaply you can … [Read more...]

What do you spend on Christmas….


It's OK, I don't really want to know how much you spend ;-) But I do want to share with you something that I've found out recently about the amount that parents spend on their children each year.  Research shows that in 1995 the average British family spent around £75.00 per child at Christmas with this figure increasing massively to an average spend of £168.00 per child last Christmas. I'm not sure if the increase is due to the fact that parents are willing to spend more these days or if it's because things cost so much more now.  The top item on Miss Frugal's wish list this year is … [Read more...]

Club rules….

club rules

Miss Frugal and her friends have a club. I've absolutely no idea what they do in their little club, I just know that when they have their meetings at our house they giggle a lot and require me to supply lots of jaffa cakes. They have their own club rules and everything.... Shame they don't stick to the rules judging by the amount of arguing over that goes on who's the boss of the club ;-) … [Read more...]