About Everyday Life On A Shoestring

Everyday Life On A Shoestring shares one family's attempts to be green, frugal and to keep life simple in a complex world.  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.

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 13 to 48.  Plus two cats.  One member of the family likes to write and blogs sporadically, according to the time available - sometimes it's three times a week, sometimes it's once in six months.  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!


In 2016, the benefits and necessity of a frugal/green 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.


  1. Hi :) THanks for visiting my site this week; I'm super excited to see you are in the UK (I@m not that far away in Glos); so many bloggy people are across the pond. Funny you mention food waste friday; I used to take part, right from the first time it started and was considering joining in again as some bad habits have crept back in. Anyway, loving your blog; keep up the great work and I'll follow your RSS feed :)

  2. Thanks for repaying the visit and thanks for following! I think you are probably the nearest-to-home commenter there has ever been on this blog! Food Waste Friday certainly keeps me on the ball, and as they are my most-read blogposts I hope they inspire a few others to look closely at their food waste too. I shall definitely link to your food waste post this Friday. It goes without saying that myzerowaste is a big inspiration to us!

  3. I'm not so far away either ;-) In Ledbury, Herefordshire.

    Not much food waste goes on here - so I tend not to post about it - my wormeries, Hotbin, compostbins and cats mop up the very tiny amount we might generate.

    Sympathies about the teeth - Compostgirl has this to go through in a week or so :-((

  4. Hello! I am enjoying your blog. My spouse is from East Sussex and I have been to Wiltshire once - to Stonehenge, of course. Otherwise we live in Canada. Being a librarian, I like your library and book-related posts! But I am always trying to simplify my life and reduce waste as well. Cheers!

  5. Hi, can you find space to mention this please?
    A unique “self-sufficiency” work & life opportunity for the right creative person.
    Due to the tragic death of the MAUREEN ROOKSBY, life-partner in EL POCITO (http://elpocito.wordpress.com) - a project to create an edible forest in SW Spain - and also creator of MONKEY & SOFIA (http://monkeyandsofia.wordpress.com) – a very special crafts enterprise - a new muse/ goddess is sought. Maureen loved: wilderness, planting trees, growing the food we eat (both organically and bio-dynamically), she was also a passionate vegetarian and always surrounded by many cats. I hope therefore her successor will share some elements of all those qualities, as well as bringing new ones.
    The offer is for an equal share in EL POCITO, located in Almonaster la Real, and MONKEY & SOFIA (which is planned to expand as a shop in the future), in return for a life partnership working to develop both projects.
    If this is of any interest to you, please study the pages of both sites and then write directly to me by post or email:
    Phil Rooksby
    El Pocito
    Oficina de Correos
    Huleva, SPAIN


    Also, if you could pass this on and reproduce it in any way you feel fit, to friends/ volunteers/ staff/ customers/ anyone you can think of, anywhere, it would be a great help at a time when even the simplest task is awesomely difficult. Many thanks for sparing the time to read this.

  6. Well life on a shoestring I have to be frugal as I am unemployed at the moment. I went from a £30k a year job to living on £10 a day, that was a shock to the system. I have started to be very minimalist in my life style as you can appreciate and have found some brilliant blogs and websites out there. One that springs to mind is the Resourceful cook, planned weekly menus that you can set and a shopping list that can be transferred to the online supermarkets. I walk, Cycle or use public transport so I have sold the car, I didn't need it Just makes you think. Will I keep this lifestyle when I get back to work? You bet I can save and retire earlier that I should have. I wish I had found this lifestyle sooner in life, my life would have been a much richer experience. Take care all I will look back from time to time as I got rid of the broadband and use the computers in the library, another saving :-)

  7. Hi, I've just come across your blog and just wanted to say I'm enjoying reading through your posts

  8. Hi, I've just come across your blog and just wanted to say I'm enjoying reading through your posts