I just thought I’d add this recent Guardian article on The Frugalwoods for your amusement. Obviously you can read the article, but I think the comments are hilarious and really call out the truth behind the lies! Here’s a selection of my favourites and it’s nice to see I’m not the only one thinking this way:
“Reading the comments has saved me from reading the article. Thank you one and all”.
watching them chop vegetables for forty-five minutes just to cook you up a stir-fry
“If this marks your level of skill/ability with home cooking skills don’t give up the day job. Oh you did”.
“Such a small, modest house they have too! I think the book should be called the The Smugwoods: Our transformational journey from city work slaves to rural phoneys who live very far away from everyone, only because we are so annoying”.
“I’m staggered by the fact that you think that living frugally in this way is exceptional. Having to make many of the ‘savings’ you describe in this article is just normal life for many people – and many are worse off than that…”
“I’m too frugalized to buy this ridiculous book”.
“And according to the article it only took them three years. 2014: decided to be frugal. 2018: Retired (!), own 66 acres and a house, book published”.
“Dear Liz (frugalized your name), Will you accept my well thumbed copy of The Bonfire of the Vanities in exchange for Meet the Frugalwoods?”
“Food, our mortgage, gas for the car, electricity, an internet connection, toilet paper. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, 2018”.
Another discovery I made when reading my Grandma’s old recipe book is that you can make your own caster sugar!
I decided it was about time I gave this a whirl, since to buy 1kg of granulated sugar costs around 60p and the same size bag of caster sugar costs around a whopping £1.50! More than twice the price and for what, a slightly finer grind.
So I got out my liquidiser attachment and thought, here goes nothing. Et voila, I had caster sugar within moments and I shall simply re-use my old caster sugar bag and re-fill it.
I’d really encourage you to give this a whirl, or to try and get hold of a liquidiser/ blender (try eBay or Freecycle) because it could pay for itself in no time.
I think icing sugar might even be possible, so that’s my next experiment. You would just need to whizz it up for a little bit longer to get the finer dust.
Do you already grind your sugar? Is this something you’d be prepared to try? Let me know your thoughts and tips!
Do you eat those lovely little Nakd bars? Nakd Cocoa Orange Fruit and Nut Bar, 4 x 35g Bars
? I love them, but they’re so expensive- around 75p each where I shop. I decided it was time to try and make my own, since there’s only a handful of ingredients listed on the back of the packet.
I bought a liquidiser attachment for my Kenwood mixer in order to make these (and other dishes). I think you’ll find it quite effortful to make them without a liquidiser or food processor.
- 100g/ 4oz pitted dates
- 60g/ 2oz cashews
- 40g/ 1 1/2oz raisins
- 7-15g/ 1/4- 1/2 oz cocoa (depends how strong you like it)
- Blitz all the ingredients in the liquidiser or food processor, you might need to give them a shake down until they are fairly fine
- They wil naturally start to come together but you can press them or knead them by hand
- Press into a small tin lined with foil or clingfilm, or you could shape into balls or anything you like really! If you press them flat, like this:
Then make sure to mark them into bars before you refrigerate, so they’ll be easier to break up.
And there you have it- your very own Naked bars in around 5 minutes! No cooking required and best of all- zero waste! How easy was that? I’m never buying these again.