Welcome to Everyday Life On A Shoestring! We have been interested in simple living since the 1980s. Inspired by the philosophy 'Live simply that all may simply live' and motivated by the desire for a greener lifestyle, we are certain that simple is good for the soul!
Everyday Life On A Shoestring shares one family's attempts to live simply and frugally. We are an ordinary family, living in a medium-sized house with a medium-sized garden (and an allotment) in a medium-sized market town in landlocked Wiltshire in the UK. Sadly there's no smallholding, wind turbine or solar panels for us, but we like to share the small everyday things we do to try and keep it simple, green and frugal. There are four of us, ranging from 9 to 44. Ooh and a hamster and two chickens. Both the 44 year olds work in the public sector and have managed to escape redundancy so far. One member of the family likes to write and tries to post on this blog at least three times a week. The other three family members provide the inspiration and the ideas. Most of the blogposts have a frugal/green issues/simple living connection, even if that connection might be a bit obscure sometimes!
Living frugally has meant we have been able to maintain a fairly healthy work/life balance, and keep ourselves relatively debt-free. As you'll see from the blog, we're always striving to be frugaller and greener; there's always room for improvement! If you have any suggestions for things you would like to see on the blog we are always open to ideas.
In 2012, the benefits of a frugal lifestyle, both on a personal and a global level seem more relevant than ever. We're thrifty not only through necessity and because we know it benefits our bank balance, but also because we believe it's better for the planet.