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Warminster family’s frugal life continues
A mum-of-two who committed to not buying anything new for a year says she will continue to be more aware about what she buys, after coming to the end of her Make Do and Mend challenge on Saturday.
Jen Gale, who lives with her husband Ben and sons William, four, and Samuel, two, has been blogging her efforts to buy only second-hand goods and where possible to fix anything that breaks since September.
The 35-year-old embarked on the challenge after being inspired by Suzy Prince, who was blogging her own attempt at buying only second-hand goods for a year.
The family was restricted to buying every non-perishable item either second-hand, pre-owned, vintage, retro, upcycled or re-conditioned.
Mrs Gale, of Hillwood Lane, Warminster, said: “It’s been far easier than I first thought it would be and to a certain extent nothing will change, as I will carry on being much more aware about what I buy.
“I’m now much more aware about the alternatives to buying things new. It’s shown me that we don’t need a lot of the things that we think we do.
“The kids and my husband have been really good and it’s been enjoyable to be able to spend time making stuff together. My husband has quite enjoyed fixing things, as he likes that sort of thing.”
There were exceptions to Mrs Gale’s make do and mend year, with toiletries, underwear, shoes for the children and car tyres not included.
She added: “There were some toiletries that we didn’t include, but I have been making my own deodorant, which worked really well, and I’ve even learnt how to make my own cleaning products.
“I have had lots of positive feedback on the blog, with people saying that they have been inspired to make changes, and that’s been very motivating. It goes to show that if everyone makes small changes it will go a long way.”
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