My favourite list of 13 best thrifty living blogs in the UK and Great Britain for 2024 with money saving advice, thrifty living, frugal way of life and budget friendly recipes.
Whilst I love writing my blog posts for Practical Frugality I also love reading other blogs for inspiration and to see other people’s perspectives on thriftiness and frugality.
In this list of 13 thrifty living blogs I wanted to specifically focus on the UK and Great Britain, because when you talk money, saving and all that practical stuff, where you live it’s quite important. Not everything is transferable, like advice on bank savings or investments as each country does something different.
I also wanted to compile a list of my 13 favourite thrifty blogs for 2024 based on the information you can’t find here on Practical Frugality, like for example homeschooling, things to do with kids or investment financial advice, since I don’t have that much expertise in either of those topics.
Also a little note about this list. The order is random, as I wouldn’t want to upset anyone by rating them! All of these blogs are great to read and worth subscribing too!
And if you run a thrifty blog yourself (and you are not listed…), please do get in touch if you’d like to be included.
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1. Much More with Less
I just love this blog name! It says exactly what the blog is about, living on less, but without feeling like you are missing out on anything.
Faith, who is the writer behind the ‘Much More with Less’ blog writes about her daily life the countryside, making the most from what you have (like planting vegetables in your garden) and also how to stay healthy and fit on a budget.
Faith finance advice is particularly useful since she has worked as a personal finance journalist for The Daily Telegraph and Woman & Home.
2. The Diary of a Frugal Family
If you have a family and you want to live frugally, this is the blog for you! There are plenty of ideas of how to save on household expenses, food and how to organise your family.
You can find helpful and free printables on the blog, including household budgeting, colouring pages for children and financial planners.
I really like the ongoing updates on five frugal things the family did in a particular week. This is a fab way to start changing your life bit by bit, without too much of a hardship.
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3. Practical Frugality
There is a difference between living frugally and living on a cheap and this blog is all about the practical way to be frugal without feeling cheap.
It’s about enjoying making things ourselves, like a homemade jam or fragrant soap and finding ways to save money on things that are not that important so that we can spend it where we want to.
There are also plenty of recipes, tips for foraging and easy crafts to make with the whole family.
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4. Thrifty Home
Next time when you want to re-decorate a house or update a room in your home, have a look at Thrifty Home blog. It’s full of amazing inspiration on how to update your look without spending a lot of money.
This is definitely mine kind of blog! You’ll find ideas for every room and garden too, including a home hacks to make your life a little easier.
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5. Shoestring Cottage
Just because we live frugally, it doesn’t mean that we live on cheap! Jane, from Shoestring Cottage, writes about tips on saving money, frugal ways to follow a fashion (but not to spend too much) and travelling on a budget.
I love the frugal recipes, which encourage not only to buy frugally but also gives tips on keeping the food waste to a minimum.
6. Thrifty Lesley – 1 person, 1 day, £1
Well, here is a challenge for you! Try to feed yourself for a £1 day! Lesley has started her blog in 2013 and has been on a mission to prove that indeed you can eat on £1 a day!
And what’s more important, her website is full of inspirational recipes that are not only nutritious but also filling and look really tasty! You can even find a weekly meal plans to help you to plan ahead.
7. Eco Thrifty Living
I like the combination of being thrifty and living in a sustainable way. It’s about being kind to the planet, but also being kind to your purse.
You’ll find plenty of inspiration on how to reduce food waste and ways to subsidise your food budget with foraging.
8. Skint Dad – where every penny counts
Some great advice especially around being financially savy, learning how to save money in your daily life and plenty of inspiration for making money too. You can find the latest food deals on the blog as well as recipes on the budget.
I particularly love the ‘fakeaway’ recipes which are great and you (and your family) doesn’t need to feel like you are missing out, if you can’t always afford to eat out.
9. The Frugal Cottage
Nicola from The Frugal Cottage writes an easy to follow and action blog posts on investing money, paying off the mortgage and being financially independent. I love her honest blog reviews of each month, where she shares her expenses, income and saving targets and how each month plans out.
10. Savvy In Somerset
Savvy in Somerset is an award-winning UK personal finance blog focused on helping readers live frugally and make the most of their money.
Run by finance blogger Fiona Hawkes, Savvy in Somerset covers budgeting, saving money, earning extra income, getting freebies and deals, simple living, and general money-saving lifestyle tips. Fiona shares detailed guides, deals, competitions, recipes, reviews and her own experiences stretching a budget as a parent.
With a down-to-earth tone, the blog provides practical advice and inspiration for affordable living through savvy spending, shopping sales, meal planning and more. Savvy in Somerset has a loyal following thanks to its honest, realistic approach to personal finance and money management.
11. Looking After Your Pennies
Looking After Your Pennies is another UK money-saving blog focused on helping readers improve their finances through budgeting, frugal living, and smart money management.
Run by finance expert Charlotte Jessop, the blog provides practical advice, tips and inspiration for managing money wisely. Topics covered include creating a budget, reducing spending, earning extra income, getting freebies and deals, side hustles, meal planning, and general money-saving lifestyle changes.
I really like how the blog features detailed guides, worksheets, reviews and personal finance stories. With a friendly and upbeat tone, Looking After Your Pennies will help you take control of your money, reduce stress, and build secure finances through savvy budgeting and spending habits.
12. Slummy Single Mummy
Slummy Single Mummy is an award-winning UK parenting and lifestyle blog created by Jo Middleton. With a self-deprecating tone, Jo shares funny and honest stories about life as a single parent on a budget.
The blog covers topics ranging from money saving tips, meal plans, and DIY projects to travel adventures, parenting fails, and the ups and downs of single mom life. Slummy Single Mummy aims to provide a humorous, relatable perspective on juggling work, family, and a tight budget. Jo’s candid advice on saving money through budgeting, shopping deals, and more resonates with single parents across the UK.
13. Katie Saves
Katie Saves is a blog that covers topics like budgeting, earning extra income, reducing spending, getting freebies and deals, side hustles, and frugal living. Katie Saves aims to provide tips, inspiration and encouragement to help readers thrive on a low income.
The blog features detailed guides and advice on creating budgets, saving challenges, finding bargains, and being thrifty in everyday life. Katie also shares her own experiences and money stories as a low income earner. With a friendly and relatable tone, Katie Saves offers practical money saving advice and support for everyone on a budget.
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