I want to help you live your best life
I want you to work less
I want you to have financial freedom
I want you to love every minute
I want you to achieve those dreams that you thought you could never afford.
You just have to take care of the pennies. And that’s what I can help you with. That’s when it’s handy to know a cheapskate like me. Please don’t trade the valuable hours of your life for money – especially if you’re working in a job you don’t enjoy. Because you’re never getting that time back.
And you don’t need as much money as you think to live a happy, fulfilling life. So, if you can spend less and free up some cash for savings, what would you spend it on? Travel? Your dream wedding? A new business venture? Your first home? New experiences and adventures? A family?
Whatever is important to you, you CAN make it happen.
My blog Cassiefairy.com started off as a way to document my own life but I soon realised that something ‘different’ was happening here. I was sharing post after post of money-saving advice, upcycling projects, thrifty tips and low-cost recipes. All my content had one thing in common: living a thrifty life.
I was sharing it and living it daily and I quickly realised that my way of life wasn’t as ‘normal’ as I thought. I find it hard to believe that not everyone lives the same way as me. I’d been a student for a total of 9 years and that experience had taught me to budget well.
I wasn’t even your average student: I was married, ran a ‘grown-up’ household, commuted into university and took care of my fur babies. And my husband was also a student. You’d think that money would be exceptionally tight, right? But we enjoyed the same holidays, days out with friends, theatre, music and movies that everyone else was enjoying. Even on the day that I only had £1 left in my pocket, I didn’t feel poor. I had a lovely home, plenty of food in the cupboards and a wonderful future planned.
The thing that I learnt most during that time is you live to your means. Whether you earn £9K in your first job (yes, that was me), £30K+ after your promotion, £12K while on maternity leave, or only have a £3K student loan to live off (me again), you will make it work.
Think back to a time – maybe in your first full-time job – when you weren’t earning as much as you are now. Were you homeless? Did you starve? I’m guessing not. I think you lived on that wage just fine (otherwise you wouldn’t have been able to take the job, you would have looked for another that covered your expenses, right?) So, how much was it you were earning back then? Half what you earn today? A third? Sure, the cost of living has gone up but so has your salary over the years, so you could still spend less if you wanted to.
Just imagine how big your savings account could be if you just spent what you used to earn – and saved the rest?! And don’t worry if your income hasn’t increased in line with the higher bills we’re experiencing these days – you can still save money to cover your expenses during the cost of living crisis and improve your financial situation at the same time.
After university, I carried my thriftiness through into my adult life and have since cleared all my student overdrafts, have saved a deposit over and above what I needed to buy my first home, and I have fully renovated my 3 bedroom house. And I’m still saving. In fact, I’m on track to pay off my mortgage in 7 years.
It’s not because we’ve got high-flying careers with massive salaries – my husband and I are both self-employed and work part-time hours. We prioritise having free time over money so that we can actually enjoy all the days of our lives (not just the weekends) but it just goes to show that saving more while earning less can be done.
And so, my thrifty life continues. But without the stress of a full-time job, only doing work that I love, having time for self-development (I’m studying an online course and read for pleasure every day), keeping myself healthy with enjoyable movement and taking days off here and there to spend time with my family and friends. All with savings in the bank and a future of financial freedom ahead of me.
I want the same for you too. That’s why I continue to write this blog every day. I want you to be happy with your lot. I want you to be able to afford the wedding, the adventures and the home you’ve always dreamed of. And most importantly I want you to have time.
That’s the most valuable, finite commodity of all so please question how much you’re selling your time for and decide if it’s worth it. Or could you – just maybe – live a little more thriftily and afford to work less and live more?
Head to the resources library for free downloadable workbooks, guides and checklists to get you started on your money-saving journey.
Visit my wellbeing section to take care of your mental health alongside your financial wellbeing.
If you want to make some extra cash, check out the money-making ideas on my side hustle business page.
Rummage through my interiors and DIY posts for inspiration to create a gorgeous home on a budget
Cook up a storm and save cash on your shopping with my low-cost recipes
Let me help you look good without spending all your hard-earned money
Don’t forget to have fun! My frugal fun page shares ideas for enjoying travel, days out and special occasions the thrifty way.
And if you want to know more about me, what I do and how I live – I’ve spilled the beans right here.