About Me

We moved out to Portugal to live a frugal but better , simpler and peaceful life, our house is a very basic, semi ruin, up in the hills outside Figueiro Dos Vinhos, where we work our land, enjoy life with each other and our dogs, and hope to make the smallest carbon footprint we can,

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Frugal Living ..Update

Well its been so long since Ive had the chance to update this blog properly, I thought I'd have a real spluge today. Im in town in the internet space where its free, so am using my time wisely. Now we have the use of a laptop at home that costs us 1euro an hour... I only click in check mail and quickly get out again.. all the nice stuff like this... has to wait till we come into town.
But the good part is, we dont have to come in now hardly at all. So we are saving tons on fuel... we make each trip we do make, have to do many things while we are here, collect water, buy shopping, pay bills, get fuel and do all our internet stuff in one go...
Well  life with us seems to be picking up somewhat, we are getting some bookings for the cottage, which is helping our finances.  We still have a long way to go to dig ourselves out of the hole that a bad summer and even worse winter left us in, but we are happy and reasobaly content that its starting to happen. Our frugal lifestyle really helps and we enjoy the way we live too...
The hardest part for Rick at the moment is that he has no work... he hates to feel that he doesnt contribute to our finances... silly sod.. He works so hard around the place , his contribution means this place keeps ticking over regardless of lack of money. He is so resourceful when it comes to making things out of nothing but scrap... but he has found it hard to adjust to the idea that for the foreseeable future, we'll not be doing any more work to finish the house, it just isnt an option finacially.
Im not that bothered, yes as far as most folk are concerned, we live like hillbillies.... hehehe but I love it..
We are warm and comfortable during winter. This year more so than ever before. In summer we have a lovely cool breezy place too... the food is all homegrown and tasty, we can just about pay our bills and get by. Yes its tough, but we have more than some and less to worry about than the poor people in Japan.
The house improvements will wait... I cant spend my whole life worrying about what we dont have, we must enjoy what we do!
The frugal living has become a huge part of our life now, I look at everything as a challenge, to try to find a way to do it cheaper, better or even for nothing... and I love that challenge.