Hi, thanks for stopping by. I am currently a mature student studying fashion and design. I became ill with renal failure and my job became too stressful. Irrespective of earning two degree’s and a MSc my illness made working impossible. I suddenly went from spend, spend, spend to skint, skint, and skinter! I was ill and financially broke, and life did not feel at all positive.

The medication I am on also has side effects. Unfortunately, this includes skin conditions. I was unable to afford my usual monthly expensive moisturisers and Spa treatments. In the end the expensive face products did not help my skin either. I developed issues with pimples, acne and dark marks around my face. I hated looking in the mirror. I researched the chemicals used by manufacturers. I found that the chemicals and medication together triggered the skin condition. I tried different products, but nothing worked. I researched why medication can be causing these issues.

I had no idea what to do. So, I let myself go. I was a mess. I just wanted to shut myself away from the world. Sit on the sofa and eat biscuits and treats all day.  However, as tempting as that was. After a couple of weeks and a few pounds heavier I knew this wasn’t the answer.

I started thinking about what I can do as opposed to what I can’t do! 

I had in the past made soap. This includes using lye. However, its only one chemical. Lye when used appropriately is safe. I made a batch and found that using just the lye and natural oils had no negative effect on my skin. My skin started to look better. The other benefits were that I also saved money from the buying manufactured soap. I could make what I want.

I learned how to save this tiny investment. I will discuss this in a later another blog. Making my own soap was my first step to economising. 

I moved on from soap making to making natural skincare products. My kitchen cupboards and soap cupboard to my garden and local supermarkets and market became an Aladdin’s cave for me. I learned to make natural beauty products. By using these natural products i.e., fruits, veg, foods, herbs and spices in one years I saved £1000! 

I also learned to economise with my food. I now have fun cooking and baking the nicest foods at half the price. As I’m unable to go out as much this new hobby encourages me to have friends around for dinner. 

I also learned the values of bargain hunting online. I have gone from skint to thrifty and nifty.  I am now learning to make my own clothes. This also has made me interested in the arts and culture.

I am writing these blogs because I never thought economising could be addictive. I want to share this with you. I want you to try out recipes and learn the art of saving. I will put up recipes for you try out. All I ask is for feedback and new ideas.

DIY has been a great influence on my physical, mental and financial well-being. My little piggy bank is now gaining pounds. I am gaining more motivation and love being thrifty and nifty!