#How to...

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Clean, safe drinking water is an absolute essential, so I have been wondering how to get it at Frugaldom when we are entirely off the grid, off the mains and off the idea of spending thousands of pounds drilling a well, installing pipes or fiddling with filters.

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How to join us and become official 'Friends of Frugaldom'. Support this amazing outdoor project in Dumfries and Galloway, where we are attempting to combine nature and the environment with self-sustainability and the Arts.

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2016's frugal living challenge budget here is, once again, £4,000 for the year. This is a comfortable amount and allows for every other available penny to be saved, spent or invested elsewhere. How it is done is no mystery and nobody ever died from saving too much, nor from sharing such knowledge freely, did they? So let's go...

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Now You Know how to make bread without any bread flour! I got through January spending less than £30 on groceries for the household but ran out of bread and bread flour. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, so let's get inventive.

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Frugaldom the place, Frugaldom the project, Frugaldom the experience... we're planning out first FRUGALFEST!

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As we progress through winter, thoughts turn to preparing the land for whatever food we are going to try and grow and I've decided to learn more about how to grow rhubarb.

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The world, according to Frugaldom, is a complete package. We have all we need to create all that we want and if we break it, we have the wherewithal to fix it. Nothing is fake, everything is real - just take the time to look into this amazing frugal bubble that is our world. It's like the life of pie!

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It's the final countdown! Winter solstice has arrived, we're about to see out the shortest day of the year and Christmas is almost here! Today I made snow sprinkled marzipan berries, a clove pomander and a cinnamon & berry horseshoe garland.

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Today I calculated the household's carbon footprint at 3.5 tonnes per year. I then proceeded to calculate how many trees we need to plant to offset that. Averages suggest one native broadleaf tree per tonne of CO2 per year, so I'm making an effort to catch up over my own lifetime. Are you?

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