Money Talks with The Frugal Frenchie

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Every Thursday I will be bringing you another instalment of my guest series, Money Talks. I’ll be featuring bloggers from all walks of life giving their answers to money-related questions. Hopefully, you will find a new blog to read and learn more about other people online. Money Talks will be live every Thursday and I’ve got some absolutely fantastic bloggers taking part! Hope you enjoy it. If you’re a blogger and want to take part then get in touch. This weeks instalment features The Frugal Frenchie. You can check out the The Frugal Frenchie website here.

Money Talks with The Frugal Frenchie


When did you start blogging?

I started blogging as The Frugal Teen two years ago, but upon my 20th birthday in December 2017, I created The Frugal Frenchie blog instead.

What inspired your blog name?

At first, I was a very frugal, money-saving teenager, and upon seeing that that blog name was available, I lept to it!
Once I stopped being a teen, I found that choosing a blog name was harder! I wanted to keep the work frugal in there so that people would still realise I was the same person, however, I didn’t want it to sound too cringey or something I would regret in later years. I ended up going with “Frenchie,” because I am half French and because I felt that that part of my identity didn’t always show in my day to day life.

What is your attitude to money – are you a spender or a saver?

100% a saver! Despite being 20, I have big money saving goals and do my utmost hardest to earn as much as possible so I can put it away! In fact, I didn’t get a debit card until I was 19 in order to avoid the temptation to spend!

What is the best bargain you have ever purchased?

In the days when Primark was even cheaper than it currently is, I managed to find a dress for 10p as not only was it a return, there was no stock left, but one strap was broken. I still have that dress and it was the easiest thing ever to sew back together so totally worth it!

What is the biggest splurge you have ever made?

Apart from a holiday to Bordeaux, which I paid £105 for two people return flights (we stayed at family so accommodation was free), the biggest splurge on myself I have ever done is becoming self-hosted as a blogger. I was hesitant at first as I wasn’t at all established at the time but I feel like it was the right move to make.

If you have £100,000 right now what would you do with it?

Put it towards a house definitely! I would love to have more independence and to move in together with my boyfriend. I feel like my generation especially, we have a reputation for staying with our parents until our late 20s, however, with such high accommodation costs (even a garage in my area costs £150,000) it’s hardly surprising!

If you could go back 10 years & give yourself one piece of money related advice what would it be?

10 years ago, I was only 10, however, I do think that even then I was aware of the value of money and what it meant to save and be frugal, so I’m not sure what I would change. Maybe ask me that in a decade’s time!

What was the last item you purchased?

A baguette from the coop and some coronation chicken filling. Not the most glamorous or exciting purchase, however my boyfriend and I made nice sandwiches and went to the beach so that was nice!

What is your favourite ever blog post?

I think my favourite ever blog post is about my trip to Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam which only cost me 5 euros! Not only is it a good example of my savviness I find, but it was a really good memory and a thoroughly enjoyable experience!

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