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I’m curious.
I’m aware many of us are frugalistas on GP, and we love sharing our ‘how to save money’ tips but I’d love to know which areas of your life have no expense spared.

Is there a hobby you won’t compromise on? (I’m hearing stashes of yarn calling from the cupboards!)
A ‘must have’ gadget you can’t be without? (hello iphone)
Something you feel so passionately about you will buy it no matter what? (do shoes count?)

I’d love to know where you splash out and what the value of that is to you.

For me I eat about 80%+ organic food - my food bill is pretty extortionate but I won’t eat non-organic because I value the way I feel when I eat organic food and I feel good about the lessened impact on the environment.
Another area I don’t skimp on is therapies; I currently have reflexology and see a healer because I’m not particularly impressed with what orthadox medicine can offer me to support my health.
If my laptop broke there would be no hesitation; I’d replace it straight away (but then I do need that for business, but even if I didn’t I’d replace it for pleasure…)
Ditto the vitamix; if that broke I’d buy another straight away - it’s revolutionised the way I eat; I eat far more healthily now and I use it every day twice a day, so it earns its keep. I’d rather have a one ring camping stove with no cooker and splash out on the vitamix if I had to choose one or the other.

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organic food /eco cleaning stuff
green electricity/gas
sacrificing second income to h.ed and be at home with kids…

Oh no, is this the thread where I have to fess up to my deluge of yarn, some of which I just have one ball of it because it was ...well…so…tactile and pretty?

Growing my veg and my garden. I love my garden, it IS my therapy. I know that ultimately it probably costs more to grow my own, but, it tastes SO good.
My chickens! Ditto above!

I’m sure there’s more.

I also buy as much organic food for the family as possible.  I wouldn’t say our food bill is that much higher then when we ate “normal” food but we did eat a lot more junk then.

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organic and top quality food here as well.And also I dont shop in supermarkets.farm shops small and local shops where possible,am happy to pay more for this.
When I do buy clothes and shoes for myself or the children I buy good quality/ethical type clothing as this lasts longer.Though most of the time i shop in charity shops,car boot sales etc.
Education,children go to a steiner school,which costs us a fortune,but I feel is well worth it.I always think we spend the money on this that we would usually spend on going on holidays.We just do camping type holidays now which are fun…...until it rains!

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If my iPhone/ pad broke I would replace pretty quickly…..

We always buy as much fair trade as poss, Eco cleaning products and local meat- have a friend who has a small holding- so we buy his meat and stock the freezer

We did have green energy until very recently but with the rises we thought we thought we need to put that one n hold for a while

I like to have a small pile of unread books so I have a few to select from- but a lot come from charity shops and quite a few from the Book People…..

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We only buy organic or free range meat (so we don’t eat much of it!) and organic milk.

Other than that, we don’t really spend much at all, as we haven’t got it! We will only buy organic/fair-trade non-European fruit and veg, as the pesticide controls can be a bit lacking further afield, resulting in dangerous working condition, but in practise, that rule just means we rarely eat exotic fruit! It is lovely when European grapes and melons start to appear in the shops though smile

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Food, gardening, and crofting supplies are essential quality spends. If any of the tetchy stuff broke - laptop, iPad or iPhone then they would be replaced. I am very prone to spending crazy money on Amazon. If I see a book recommendation that appeals then it is immediately winging its way over - trying to curb that one a bit.
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Great thread x

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Organic food, we buy around 95% organic each week. We’re currently attempting to renovate our cottage and I know we could save more money for renovations by eating non-organic but it’s an area I just can’t compromise on.

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organic food - i struggle sometimes when i read other peoples’ accounts of feeding their family on a shoestring, then i look in my basket at all the items which i could have bought for half the price or less, if i didn’t insist on organic, but we’d have to be really struggling before i could give it up. farm shops are opening up in this area but they would mean a long car journey, and they’re not organic.

the charities we support with a direct debit every month - it’s not much but knowing it’s coming every month is important to them; we always feel guilty when they ask us to increase the amount because we can’t now i’m not working and dh is self-employed after being a manager for years, and we’d like to add some more, but we never think of stopping the payments while we can spare the money.

our camper van - it’s not green (except i could argue that owning a 40+ year-old vehicle cancels out the carbon footprint of buying a new car but it would be based on no research!) although as it never drives anywhere since dd was born 3 1/2 years ago it probably is! it is a money pit, but we’ve had some fab trips in it, and every year we have the discussions about selling her, but she’s like our first baby red face

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edited to add: and my income of course to stay at home, but we always used any spare money to get ahead on our mortgage pre-dd to allow for this, so we got used to not spending the money for years.
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Organic food, toiletries and cleaners here too - but we don’t spend a fortune, we just have less.  We don’t have a huge variety of foods (which is fine because I don’t like cooking).

We live in a very small house, and don’t have a car (cycle to work etc) but I pay 50 % fees for my daughter’s education at an independent school.  I teach there and it is important to me that she is near me so I can still work but play a part in her every day life.  We both love the school and I worked out that I would be paying a similar amount for child care before and after school if she went elsewhere.  On one income, I am never going to be rich but I am happy - moreso than ever I think smile

I don’t (ETA - don’t not do!) have money to spend on clothes and holidays etc but I am happy with the choices I have made so far and if things change, then I can look again. An interesting thread smile

Lou

Yup, food for us…organic or local for a lot of it. Fabric and yarn, but mainly because I don’t like acrylic and polyester so it is more expensive.

We also spend a lot in books. Between us we read around 8 books a month and as well as books for Ava we spend a lot on books, but both feel it is worth it.

I guess other things would be toys (we buy less, but try to get wooden/fairtrade/local and handmade where possible)

For us, we don’t mind spending on smaller luxuries because we don’t spend on bigger ones…we don’t go on holiday

We would love to travel more hut can’t really afford to, and don’t really but much else in terms of expensive clothes or gadgets.

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Food—we buy mostly organic and/or local/free-range, but we mostly eat beans, pulses, and grains to keep the bills relatively sane;

Books—I do buy hardcover ones if they’re by authors I want to support (especially young, new authors);

Travel—because we’d never see our families if we didn’t, and I want my kids to grow up knowing the country/culture in which I grew up.

We’ll probably home-ed, but as the kids grow older we also expect to spend money on their education, on such things as music or dance lessons.

But DH and I don’t really buy new clothes for ourselves, and our only hobby is reading.  We have a laptop each and that’s about it for gadgets!

Lots of children’s books, adding each month to their collection.

Art supplies. I despise cheap art materials, so when we do buy them, it’s the more expensive stuff.

Craft books. Guilty pleasure. Have vowed to stop to buying these until I explore more of the others! wink

LOTS of fabric. Both for work and to add to my own personal stash.

Steve likes to take really good care of his car, so little bits towards the upkeep and polishing of that!

Steve also likes to every so often buy a new piece of equipment for his music studio.

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Our grown up children! DS1 recently lost his job (again! - so much for work part time, support yourself through college, then Uni, get a good necessary degree (accountancy pff) then get a decent career and standard of living….) so is having to survive on £57 per week plus housing benefit, so I am currently supplementing this so he can at least have a decent night out and keep up a social life!
Organic food - fairly expensive for a family currently consisting of 6 adults and 4 younger children! (Links in with point number one !!!!)
I would say yarn but the first two always win. And gadgets I’m not fussed over. I recently acquired a preloved iphone which I use a lot but wouldnt rush out and replace if it got damaged/lost etc.

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