As we welcome the New Year, I thought it would be a good time reflect on my top 6 posts that have been viewed, liked, shared and commented on the most in 2016!
Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog, subscribed to my Newsletter, liked my page on Facebook and followed me on Twitter in the past year. I look forward to interacting with you even more in 2017.
For now, here are my top 6 posts in 2016!
- Make Sushi at Home: It’s Much Cheaper
If you’re a fan of sushi but not quite the fan of paying for sushi takeaways, which can be a bit heavy on your budget, then this is the post for you! Watch my video tutorial and learn how to make sushi at home. The ingredients you need are affordable and all it takes is a couple of fun (and messy!) practice sessions until you get the hang of it! But when you do, I promise you’re going to enjoy making sushi and afterwards savouring the delicious taste of homemade sushi on a budget! Read the post here…
- How We Reduced Our Monthly Expenditure
‘Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.’ – Benjamin Franklin
In order to find “extra” money in our budget, we had to reduce our monthly expenditure. We wrote down all our expenses on a piece of paper so that we could see very clearly how much we spent, where, when and on what exactly. Once we had these figures on paper, it was easy to see how much was too much and where the leaks in our wallets were! We then had a better idea of which leaking tap we needed to tighten or close for good. In this post I share with you how we fixed those expenditure leaks so that we could find “extra” money in our budget. Read the post here…
- Homemade vs. Store-Bought
Have you ever wondered whether it would be cheaper to buy something or to make it at home? I know I have. In fact, it’s something that’s almost always on my mind. I love to do things at home – to cook, bake, sew, crochet and I enjoy all sorts of DIY projects. So I always have to ask myself whether it would be cheaper to buy something or to make it at home. Let’s look at the pros and cons. Read the post here…
- Becoming Credit Card Free: Our Journey
Proverbs 22:7 ‘The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave to the lender.’
Becoming credit card free and living life more frugally hasn’t been an easy journey for us. But the option of living life as borrowers, ‘servants to the lender’ and to credit card debt certainly didn’t feel that great for us either. This post details the beginning of our journey to becoming credit card free and living live more frugally and more economically. Our journey inspired me to start my blog. Read the post here…
- Stick to Your Grocery Budget
South Africans spend, on average, 12,8% of their income on food and beverages per month, making this one of the top 3 expenditures in South African households along with transport and housing. We used to spend roughly the same amount of our income on food, and sometimes even more than that, if truth be told. We now spend about 10% of our income on food and beverages each month, and in this amount I also include all the food and treats for our 4 doggies as well as all our household cleaning items and our toiletries. And we pretty much stick to our grocery budget each month. This post tells you how we do that. Read the post here…
- How to Save Money Grocery Shopping
Statistics show that food is the 3rd highest household expenditure, after housing and transport, in South Africa. As I do most of the grocery shopping in our household I pay attention to the prices and it seems to me that each time I go to the shops something else has just gone up again. I try my best to be as frugal and careful as I can be when it comes to grocery shopping and here’s how I save money on our monthly grocery shopping. Read the post here…
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these top 6 posts and thank you again for your support in 2016! I wish you all a very Happy New Year.
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Happy Frugal Living in 2017!