Learning to survive on a budget

Replace spend, spend, spend, with save, save, save!

Surviving on a budget for some is just second nature. But if like me you have found yourself in a position of a need to curb your spending obsession learning to budget is tough. I will discuss how I have learned to economise and still look and feel good.  I have learned new DIY skills in fashion design, cooking and baking, soap making and skin care.  These are all lucrative businesses for manufacturers. My first few weekly blogs will concentrate on budgeting with skin care. I will gradually move on to other ideas. 

If you are serious about budgeting. You will learn to economise and major changes to your finances will eventually be visible in your bank account. For me economising has become not only a hobby but liberating. It has opened me up to new ideas.  For example, DIY skin care and beauty treatments. The beauty industry is worth a staggering £265 billion. These companies are thriving on our obsession with ageing. Our worries provide these manufactures a solid investment and a life style we couldn’t even dream of. 

A plastic surgeon and good friend once informed me that anti-ageing can’t be halted. Mother Nature always wins. These so-called wonderful alternatives are simply one big money trap.  A get rich quick scheme for fancy surgeons and big companies. All cosmetic treatments and procedures are only short-term. They must be followed up and add to the cost. There are also other added costs post-surgery. For example, specialised face treatments. In the end people pay thousands. Its like treating grey hair. Treatment is temporary and the grey develops quicker. Surgery and other cosmetic treatments according to some people’s experience can also advance age signs. This also causes skin damage that in many cases cannot be reversed.  (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1043362/THE-NIP-TUCK-STITCH-UP–Could-cosmetic-surgery-actually-SPEED-UP-ageing-process.html)

The fact that such treatments are above my budget is a blessing in disguise. However, my renal treatment and medication was causing side effects. Some of these effects were visible on my face. I was having blotches and, acne as well as pimples. My skin was starting so sag too. I began researching the products I was purchasing. Many of the factory bought chemicals did not work with my medication. I needed something more natural. But after months of research I found no product to be free from the magnitude of chemicals.

In the end I decided to make my own. I had already made soap in the past. Homemade soap requires only one chemical, lye.  Lye is safe if used appropriately. Making my own skin care products was a necessity. But I made it into a hobby. Not only has it saved me a fortune on store products. But it has also saved my skin from the unhealthy chemicals in manufactured products.

However, whilst DIY soaps smoothed my skin. It did not prevent the daily smiles from small wrinkles around my forehead, eyes and mouth.

After further research. I found that manufactured products also included natural fruit and nuts, and veg, spices, herbs, foods, and oils. I realised that I had access to these ingredients in my kitchen, soap cupboard, garden. local markets and shops. 

I decided to have a go. Each week I try something different. Not only do I see the benefits on my skin. But I also see great benefits to my budget. Now its become addictive. I have spread my saving wand in other directions. Now I have replaced spend, spend, spend with save, save, save. I can also help you to do the same by following my weekly blog.


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London, UK

Author: thrifty2niftylady

I live in London. I am currently awaiting a kidney transplant. This has caused a huge slump on my finances. I am now takng action. First I have cut down on my spending desire and have replaced expensive manufactured beauty products with natural home made soaps and home remedies for my skin.The money I have saved on these products has allowed me to pay for an online course in fashion design. There are a lot of things I have found free and have saved me money. I will talk about these more in my blogs and put up recipes and instructions. Thanks for stopping by

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