The 90’s were all about materialism being the way to go but I say let’s look after our guilty consciences, save some money and do some good. I think we can all safely admit to needing to cut back financially in some areas of our lives, not only for our bank balance, but living beyond our means or being anymore wasteful than we need to be, leads to our conscience strings being pulled harder than they need to be and lets face it – doing good makes you feel really good so it’s a win win situation. So come on girls let’s show some leadership and share how we personally live frugally. I think there may well be more benefits that we never thought of. So here are some ideas I think might help the working girl:
1. Have a clothes share lunch day in the office
Share outfits that you have moved on from but your work colleagues are completely over the moon about. Basically what is old becomes new – you feel great that that old skirt is going to a new loving home and you might just pick up something you may love that you didn’t have to spend a cent on. Money saved, conscience eased, terrific new outfit – tick.
2. Introduce the bottle exchange
Now who doesn’t get the odd bottle of wine from a dinner party guest that doesn’t quite cut it. It may just be a bottle of red where you are a white wine drinker. Bring it to work and do a swap or better still use it as an opportunity to share some love around and give it to a mate who would love it. Less waste, conscience eased, friends love you – tick.
3. Introduce a frugal recipe file
You too can create delicious feasts cheaply and help the time poor working woman. I think every woman has a handful of recipes that become her weekly staples and we can all admit to them being our simple and hopefully frugal fallbacks. Let’s not keep them to ourselves let’s practice ‘the frugal’, and share our simple, quick and no doubt delicious recipes, the feeling of goodness will rain all over you. Husbands or friends and colleagues who just pop in for a meal will be thrilled at trying something new and hopefully the stressed time lacking woman in the kitchens can now sit back and relax with her husband/boyfriends or friends. Happy husbands, simple cheap meals, a domestic goddess – tick.
4. Make home made lunches the hip new thing in the workplace
Sure we are all time poor in the morning and whilst one always starts the week with great intentions of bringing their lunch from home I think we all know that reality doesn’t always work that way. To remedy this get together with your colleagues and do a home lunch rotation. This not only saves money given the cost of buying lunch daily, it keeps ‘the frugal’ alive and your rostered mornings off calm, plus the added benefit of feeling the comforts of a friend making you lunch. You get inspired by the potential of new lunch ideas plus it keeps colleague relations building where working as a team is always a work place asset. Improved your workplace, saved money, eating healthy food – tick
5. The food pool
Bulk buying food is the way to go – and it’s a fabulous money saver. There will always be the staples that every working girl needs, bread, flour, sugar & they are much cheaper buying in bulk. Get together to do a monthly shop on line and get items delivered to the workplace. Go one step further and do the market bulk buy. If you are lucky enough to have local markets with fresh produce – then cut out the middle man and have a market shop roster. It makes shopping a fun experience, the hub of a market will always feel good and something to be a part of. Plus with the added benefit of knowing working together saves money and time and you can always take a friend and make a morning of it. Given you only do the shop maybe every 4-6 weeks you may be able to afford a splurge and do breakfast out with a work colleague or for the mothers amongst us a friend or family member. Save time, save money, make friends, feel terrific – what more could you want?
We have mainly covered it for the working girl but it’s the same for the full time job of mother’s as these ideas can be adapted to suit mothers who let’s face it have to expect the unexpected at all times. Extend these ideas and adapt them to the mother’s club, play group or to your precious group of family or friends. So let’s remember that our focus is to do ‘the frugal’ and at the same time hopefully ease our guilty consciences by saving money, working as a team and using our time better. Hopefully there will be the added positive of a smoother running home.