Although this post is slightly late, the Frugal Cottage is 2! I started this blog on June 1st, 2014 and here we are two years later, still talking about money and early retirement ๐Ÿ™‚


I am still constantly amazed that people want to read what I post here and are interested in our story about early retirement. There are so many personal finance blogs out there to read, yet you choose to come and read mine. Thank you so much! As I continue to write about personal finance and our journey, the more and more I truly believe that we are doing the right thing, and hopefully inspiring others along the way. I am so grateful for all of you that take the time to comment on posts, to offer more advice and insight, and to cheer me along as well. Thank you also for those of you who tell me I’m being too critical or harsh on myself, as it is difficult to see how much you’ve achieved sometimes when you still have so far to go.


Although my posting schedule hasn’t been as consistent as it was in the first year of the blog, I am proud that I’ve managed to keep up a fairly regular posting consistency, even with becoming a new Mum and juggling motherhood (and all the sleepless nights that come with it!) and all the other challenges that brings. I have loved looking at saving money as a new parent and look at ways to avoid the spending traps that can become the norm.


Another thing I’m proud of achieving in the second year of running this blog is that fact that I have finally started investing. I haveย opened a stocks and shares ISA ย with Hargreaves Lansdown and am just now beginning to receive dividend income which adds another income stream into the mix, which will help down the line. Although the numbers are relatively small at the moment, that’s hopefully going to go up and up!


So, the top 10 posts on The Frugal Cottage over the past year have been:

  1. How I Organise Our Finances
  2. The “Pay Yourself Rule” And Why It Works
  3. We’ve Got Some News…
  4. How To Organise Your Stockpile
  5. How To Save Money When You Have A Baby
  6. Why Everyone Should Be Aiming For Early Retirement
  7. 5 Easy Ways To Spend Less
  8. The Effect Of A Magic Snowball
  9. 11 Reasons To Own Less
  10. How Much Does Your Job Cost You?


I want to thank everyone who has visited, left a comment, followed me on any social media platform, sent emails or general encouragement. I absolutely love blogging, and having recently shared my blog with friends and family, I am looking forward to seeing what the next year brings me and my family.ย I hope that I can share more knowledge so you can live the life you want to live, on a budget.


Here’s to Year 3!


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