Tips for thrifty living in France
6th July 2014 at 09:16 #757312
HendrixfansParticipantJoined: 01 Mar 2012Location: 16 CharenteTotal posts: 1018
I thought it might be good for members to exchange ideas here. My first would be to ditch all the fancy cleaning products in favour of vinegar for a lot of things. I’ve also found cheap bubble bath (e.g. leclerc “eco”) good for bath cleaning.
Any more, anyone?6th July 2014 at 09:29 #1026185
lindal1000ParticipantJoined: 09 Jun 2011Location: franceTotal posts: 4844
Ditch the landline and go for a Free mobile.6th July 2014 at 09:47 #1026184
Dig a veggie patch in the autumn; beg some bags of horse poo (neat preferably -no straw or hay) from horsey friends or leave your trailer at their place:-) , unload manure onto plot, fork in a bit and leave till spring, then dig over again. Sew loads and loads of seeds, dead cheap from Lidl or begged from friends. Wait, water and weed occasionally, then eat or freeze all your (nearly) free food.6th July 2014 at 10:13 #1026182
mysty2ParticipantJoined: 29 Jul 2012Location: N/ATotal posts: 9603
Have lots of children6th July 2014 at 10:14 #1026183
Take up small animal rearing for meat. Rabbit and chicken is easy to raise, kill and prepare. They don’t require a lot of room or expensive feedstuffs.
As above – ditch the fancy cleaning stuff. Soap and water with a bit of elbow grease is all you need (that’s all hospitals use unless cleaning up body fluids!)
As above – grow your own veg.
Don’t be a fashion victim – replace clothes and shoes only when worn out.
Optimise your energy consumption.
I could write an essay on this topic……
Ziggy6th July 2014 at 10:31 #1026181
ChanceuxParticipantJoined: 17 Mar 2010Location: PicardieTotal posts: 13130
Ditch the landline and go for a Free mobile.
Only if you dont need or get the internet by other means.
Definitely dump the FT abonnement if you are dégroupée saving €16 per month, consider moving to Free.fr not that they are any longer the cheapest but to benefit from a completely free mobile phone package, also to recognise that but for them we would all still be paying loads more for internet and mobile phone use.
Change car insurers every year surfing the on line ones and comprator sites, a bit of a fag this one, I am guilty of having remained with what was the cheapest insurer and suffered heavy increases every year.
I did my surfing yesterday and by and large all the sites have improved and they did give me prices, the big names were often more expensive than with their high street agents I had quotes from €400 down to €98, the one I will go with, that was by a comparison site and then knowing the name of the insurer going direct to their web-site.
What is really ironic is its the insurer that I am with and currently paying 80% more to who have sent me a letter of résiliation saying that due to a change of strategy they will not allow me to renew my Policy
Property insurance is also a lot cheaper on line, its up to yourself to decide the value that you place on being able to deal with a high street agent.
Bank charges, check that you arent signed up to some expensive forfait, nobody need pay more than €37 per year for a high street bank account with chequebook and debit card, one or two of the on_line ones offer “free” banking but with many conditions attached, for me the €37 is worthwhile to be able to use the branch to pay in cheques and cash.6th July 2014 at 10:45 #1026179
honeybeefranceParticipantJoined: 05 Jun 2014Location: FranceTotal posts: 226
Stay away from british who come round a meal times6th July 2014 at 10:45 #1026180
SylviaParticipantJoined: 04 Jul 2004Location: Where Champagne spills into BurgundyTotal posts: 1026
Great thread Hendrixfans! I am following with interest. Thanks Chancer, I am going to compare car insurances next time. I am guilty of just letting it renew automatically without checking…
Freelance journalist. Life's a pitch.6th July 2014 at 10:59 #1026178
Stay away from british who come round a meal times
..and don’t invite your French mates round for dinner unless you dare just give them water to drink and two cheapy courses6th July 2014 at 11:10 #1026177
saph n steelParticipantJoined: 06 Nov 2013Location: Midi-PyrénéesTotal posts: 864
eat only once a week
good on the pocket and the diet lmao
just do everything sensibly
but seriously never go shopping on an empty stomach – scientific fact you spend more if you don’t eat first.
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kathycParticipantJoined: 30 Aug 2005Location: MussidanTotal posts: 3579
Don’t buy a house and land much larger than you need – then you’re less likely to need to mess round saving pennies.6th July 2014 at 11:29 #1026175
CloverParticipantJoined: 31 Jul 2003Location: N/ATotal posts: 8226
I have to be very thrifty now I am alone so……..
1.Only use the car for absolutely necessary journeys doing several things at once in the same location if possible. Get a bike and do some errands on that and get exercise at same time.
2.Don’t go shopping every week, buy what you need to last some time when you do go – veg,fruit and salad does keep if you store it properly.Bread also freezes well if you choose something decent and not baguettes although the part cooked ones are fairly good.
3.Turn everything off electric-wise when not in use, even those red standby buttons use power!
4.Lidl do a very mild,sans parabens shower liquid soap that is for shampooing as well and not expensive, saves on expensive brand name shampoos that don’t give any different results at end of the day.5.
5.Get a dishwasher, you would be amazed at how much water you save from not doing it by hand but you need plenty of crockery for a few days until you have filled the machine up.However I do not use the eco programme as that takes 3hours to do whereas a 1hour intensive wash uses less power.
6.Don’t buy brand names, own brands are the same but the eco brands are not ALWAYS good, depends on what you choose.
7.The obvious “grow your own veggies and fruit”,but for me it does not pay as I end up with far too much and I hate frozen veg, a couple or family however will benefit far more.
8.Buy decent shoes that cost a few bob but will far outlast any cheap ones and be better for your feet.
9.Visit Decathlon for end of serie reductions, you can get some really good stuff – I got a heavy waterproof full length,fleece lined coat with hood for €30 the other year.
10.Use up your scraps or left overs and invent some great meals regardless of what tradition or etiquette dictates.
11.Update any electric heating for new energy saving thermostatic radiators and change your windows if not double-glazed, plus install a good insulation in your roof.
12.Collect firewood when you find some out and about and cut,store and dry for a year or so.
13.Cut down on washing machine usage and only wash when youhave a machine full and half the time you do not need as much detergent as you think either.
I could mention lots of other things but living alone is not the same as a couple or family in that for example keeping chickens would not be economic for me when I can get 10eggs for €0,99 in SU as against the cost of feed etc.6th July 2014 at 11:34 #1026174
Don’t buy a house and land much larger than you need – then you’re less likely to need to mess round saving pennies.6th July 2014 at 11:43 #1026172
To be honest I have no idea how they can sell eggs at .99!
Meat on the other hand is more economical to raise as long as you don’t compare it to the factory farmed, full of water, antibiotics etc stuff that is so cheap.
Even as a couple, I grow too much veg occasionally. Neither do I like frozen veg. I do however turn surplus into meals, soups, pickles and chutneys. The meals and soups freeze just fine and I can batch cook a recipe for 4 or 6 and divide it up far easier than messing with half quantities, try halving an egg! I have to put anti theft tags on my pickles as my children half inch them at every opportunity.
Ziggy6th July 2014 at 11:44 #1026173