#Woman Zone

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I hope you all enjoyed Valentine's Day. With the Greetings Card Association estimating 21 million Valentine’s Day cards sent in 2015 in the UK, I wonder how 2016 will compare? This blog is about the fascinating history of Valentine's Day and its associated gift and card giving.

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As the quest continues to transfer many years' worth of old posts over onto the newer platform, this is one that first appeared in 1999 as part of our 'Saltire Satire' and 'Woman Zone' categories. It is for entertainment value only, so those of a delicate disposition or who are really easily offended had best avoid this one!

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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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Weather comes to us free in every way, shape and form possible. Here in Scotland, we can get everything in the one day - rain, hail, sleet, snow, fog, wind and sunshine. We can't control the weather but we can prioritise our spending to weather any financial storms. smiley

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15 Years down the road and round the bend but not quite over the hill... Our satirical 'Woman Zone' columns first appeared in print in 1999. Those responsible for the rants, raves and ramblings included Shona Prophett, the Bishop, Rosemary, Eddie Elwood, Jordan, Millie May, Agnes and Senga... names that many of you may recognise and characters some of you met.

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Just popping into equine enthusiasts' blogland for a quickie! It's not often I say this, but I just found a 'must have' bargain for summer in the shape of this super tee shirt for ladies with a passion for horses!

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Since Valentine's Day has been and gone, some may be left wondering if it happened at all. Were there flowers? Were there chocolates? Cards? Fine dining? Lingerie? Jewellery? Or are you still stuck within the jaws of austerity, just grateful to have made it halfway through February without running out of milk, eggs or flour by pancake day?

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Frugal living is an active lifestyle choice, it does not mean that we all suffer from self-imposed poverty or do without little luxuries that life has to offer. In a society driven by consumerism, we are all susceptible to spending, but frugal living teaches you to think before you buy. It's finding ways to make luxuries affordable that can be the most fun part of frugal life!

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50 Shades of Frugaldom - A short blog post to introduce the forthcoming makeover of our very popular WomanZone, for all things 'women on a budget' who are seeking frugal and affordable fun. Look good, feel good and spend wisely.

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I've done it! I have gone and invested in a cheap mobile phone, a brand new one, at that! It isn't fancy, we still have zero signal at Thrift Cottage and I have an allocated annual budget of miniscule proportions for such technology, but it seemed like the sensible thing to do when travelling or working away from the immediate vicinity of home.

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