Frugal Feb

Frugal February – the rules, the links, the buttons


A few people showed interest in Frugal February when I mentioned it the other day, so I thought it’d be worth putting together a full page of info in case anyone fancies joining in. It’d be great to have some other people to share the torture with!

I’m not super-strict on the rules – if you spot this on 3rd Feb it’s not too late to take part, just run it into the first few days of March! Really this is about saving some cash, making the most of what you have and realising that you don’t need to spend on loads of new stuff to create some fabulous outfits. At the bottom of the post are a few hastily made buttons if you fancy popping one in your sidebar so other people can join in too. It’d be great if fellow FFers could spread the word!

So, here are the basics of Frugal February…

I vow, for one month from 1st Feb, to avoid shopping for anything other than essentials.

This means buying no clothes, shoes, accessories, makeup, cosmetics, books, DVDs, music, magazines, gadgets etc for a month.

Food and drink don’t count, though it’s worth paying attention to unnecessary expenses in this area – do you really need that bottle of wine? Do you have stuff in the cupboard you could use to make dinner, rather than getting convenience food? I also suggest banning takeaways and any unnecessary eating out if you’re really serious!

Daily use items such as toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo etc are fine to buy, but only if you’ve run out completely! Same goes for any makeup you might ‘finish’ during the month. On the off chance you use up the last dregs of your only foundation during the month, you can replace it, but only if you don’t have an alternative.

Frugal Feb doesn’t mean waving goodbye to a social life. Though you may choose to cut down on nights out to save a bit more cash, my time spent with friends is important to me! My Frugal February ‘no spend’ rule doesn’t include things like the occasional ticket or cover charge, or travel expenses. If I want to go somewhere and there’s a cost associated, that’s fine.

Frugal Feb is mostly about not buying clothes and unnecessary items, and using the ones you have, so I’ll be keeping track of what I wear, the things I’m getting use out of that I wouldn’t otherwise, and blogging about it. I would, of course, encourage anyone else taking part to do the same, and don’t forget to tweet / email me the links. Obviously this can be teamed with any other challenges you may be doing (like the 30 for 30 challenge or Frocking Fridays).

If you’d like to take part, pop a comment below with your URL and I’ll add you to my links list and check out your blog during the month. It’d also be lovely if you followed BGB using google friend connect or bloglovin’ and follow me on twitter too – nudge nudge, wink wink. I’ll try and do the same for you, of course.

I’ve made a few Frugal February buttons that you’re more than welcome to pop in your blog sidebar too (you don’t have to). They’re a bit rubbish, so please feel free to make your own if you’d rather. Give me a shout if you do and with your permission, I’ll add it here.

The Frugal February hashtag on twitter is #frugalfeb – make sure to add it to the end of any tweets so I see them!


Gemma | @GemmaCartwright
Blog: Big Girls Browse

Emma | emma_cossey
Blog: Emma Cossey

Sophie | @sophcrownglory
Blog: Crown & Glory

Lauren | @LaurenEACooke
Blog: A Typical Atypical

Abby | @abbzzw
Blog: Abbzzw

Michelle | winyeemichelle
Blog: Daisy Butter

Lauren | @dollipopsB
Site: Dollipops

Courtney | @knorkyat
Blog: What Would Darcy Do

Alyse | @AlyseIntegral
Blog: Integrating Alyse

Helen | @ohthedecadence
Blog: Clear Your Heart

Blog: Laura Laments

Hannah | @theroxyloves
Blog: The Roxy Loves

Alex | @alexsheppard
Blog: Alexandra Sheppard

Vicky | @utterlyconfused
Blog: Confused in Bristol

Lauren | @noirnouvelle
Blog: Noir Nouvelle

Blog: River’s Day Zero Project

Blog: …And Other Stories

Ria | @RCagz
Blog: Wishing For Chanel

Blog: Make up and Me

Aimee | @theaimeeshow
Blog: The Aimee Show

Selina | @NeverEnoughShoe
Blog: Never Enough Shoes

Lou | @Lou_tweets
Blog: Nearly Thirty…

Victoria | @VicThompson
Tumblr: Things I Thought About Today…

Leanne | xXxStundonxXx
Blog: Stundon

Kitty | @KittyBonkers
Blog: Life With (Kitty) Bonkers

Sian | @Sian_lb
Blog: Shutterbug

Tori | @mythriftychic
Blog: My Thrifty Chic

Ash | @ashvw87
Blog: Emerald Doodles

Steph | @stephsimplelife
Blog: The Simple Life…

Tamsin | @miss_believer
Blog: Miss Believer

Blog: sickbunnyy

Vicky | @Vanityfashionis
Blog: Vanity-Fashionista

Jess | @LovelyChaos

Kelly-Marie | thekeletubbie

Kerry | @egokerry

leave a comment or tweet at me if you’re not on the list and would like to be, then pop one of the banners below in your sidebar (if you wish).

[photo: Confessions of a Shopaholic, Touchstone Pictures]

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  • Reply Lauren January 30, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Ooh, I’m definitely doing this! I have to save so much before my holiday that pretty much every month will be like this for me, and anyone else doing it is going to make me more determined to succeed!

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    Going to give it my best! Haircut/sorting inch long routes counts as a necessity though, right?!

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    I am totally up for joining this… I might not spread the word to my customers though haha.

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    I’m definitely going to do this! Found quite a few dresses I’ve never worn in my wardrobe, so have no excuse to shop for at least a month.

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    I’d already decided to do this, as am so skint! But it’s nice to find other girls who are doing the same! I think I’ll need the support! x

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    Roll on frugal Feb – count me in!!! x

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    Ooh this looks like a really good project, I desperately need to save the pennies (: Count me in!

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    This is a great idea! And I need the pressure of having committed myself. My work mate is sitting next to me wetting himself at the thought of me not buying stuff for a whole month. He doesn’t think I can do it. But I can. As long as I’m not trying to do it on my own… So count me in! :-)

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    EEeekkk I’m starting to get scared!!

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      the 28 days will fly by! *fist bump of solidarity*

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    I’m going to start this! Glad I discovered it today, just in time!

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    I LOVE THIS IDEA. Can I take part? I seriously love this! Just the thing I need.

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      BTW, linked my name in the comments to my blog, but if it’s easier –

      And I made a button in my sidebar on the bottom! Check it out if you’d like :)

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    I would love to join Gemma!

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