Frugality around the home
Basically - getting your House in order!
Downshifting / downsizing will usually mean savings all round and some of the social events you used to attend may become simply too expensive to keep up. But there are many new horizons to look at and although you may be taking the less expensive option - it certainly doesn't mean to say you're going to have a worse time - maybe even better !
There again, you may not have to 'sacrifice' , take off in your new business and who knows.
But for most, downshifting is a change of life which entails a certain amount of material and financial sacrifice, so it's always a good idea to look into other things to keep you occupied socially. Personally, I have less time on my hands than I did 10 years ago & only work about half the hours !
On the holiday side, you have to see this as often a necessity for your partner and yourself. You are spending much more time at home and working on it, that a break is a mercy.
A fine way of maintaining a 'not too regular' visit to the local House of Fine Ale is to do the odd jobs for the Landlord in exchange for a few pints now and again.
As you find new skills you will find new hobbies and if you are in a more rural situation will get much pleasure from exploring the countryside through eyes and ears which, before, never knew was there.
The good news is that in many cases people will feel sorry for you. They don't have to and you don't want that, but if asked around for a meal or a summer barbie, take them up. You may as well make the most of it !
These are some hobbies I've taken up; dowsing, coin detection, general walking, camping (after 30 years 'rest'), reading and actually having time to return to my beloved guitar and keyboards.
Always fully check any statements, bills etc. when they arrive
One degree set lower on central heating can save 5% in costs
Dimmer switches save electricity and lighting looks better
Use junk mail envelopes by sticking labels over them
Avoid using an immersion heater, even in summer
Frugal and Self Reliant
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. Dalai Lama
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