Author : Nicola

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This post came to me whilst I was picking blackberries outside. Foraging for food isn’t a new thing, far from it. There’s something quite satisfying about being in the fresh air, picking ripe blackberries knowing that they will taste fantastic later on in the year. I’m hoping that along with some of the apples from …
We’ve had such a lovely week this week here at Frugal Cottage HQ, I thought I would do another Life Update. I don’t regularly do more personal posts, as I’m not entirely sure that’s what people want to come and read?   Firstly, Frugal Baby turned 2 this week! We had a little party at …
I have been dividend investing for a while now, to create another passive income stream. Although I need to keep an eye on the market and the companies I am invested in, it is fairly passive in its nature. And, as I have said many times before, it is so exciting to log into my …
I must be getting older as this update seems to come round even quicker! It is one of my favourite updates though, even though some months are better than others. Each month, I can see us inching slowly towards our goal. There is nothing more transparent about aiming for something than documenting it. In fact, we’re …
Hello August! Is it just me, or is 2017 going really quickly? How is it the eighth month of the year already?! August is always a good month as I’m off work 🙂 I work in education so August is always the summer holidays in the UK. Hopefully the weather will be good and me …
As I said for June, July has also passed in a whirlwind. We have been busy! We had a family wedding, plus another wedding during the month so weekends have been full of travel. We finally got our back garden sorted, though I need to buy some more plants for the border. It’s a much …
You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t posted as frequently recently. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, we’ve transferred Frugal Baby to a toddler bed and it isn’t going well. He absolutely loves it – we’ve got him this bedding set as he loves anything with wheels – but …
Comparing oneself isn’t a new thing. People have been comparing themselves to others forever, so it feels. Recently, I find myself comparing myself to others more often that not. I suppose it isn’t uncommon, but it’s beginning to change how I feel about things.   This blog, for example.   I keep comparing myself to …
Budgeting for the current week, month or even year are all things we know will help us get our finances into shape. But while looking a year ahead is just about manageable, it’s much rarer – and often trickier – to look further into the future and pull together a budget that will see us …
Even though it was a disappointing month for the Ultimate Dream Fund, it was still exciting to log in and see dividend payments received. I honestly don’t think that it’ll get old! No matter how small the payment is either, it’s just great. Just for owning a tiny part of a company and investing in …
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