Nicola has used her envelope stuffing system for her savings for a number of years. The mum, who runs the award-winning blog The Frugal Cottage claims the method is responsible for her amazing savings success.
She once saved a huge £17,000 in a year and plans to save £10k in 2022.
Nicola uses a cash envelope system she calls envelope stuffing. She uses the system for her expenses, which she divides into six categories.
Her categories are:
- Eating out
She said: “I like using the envelopes, having different categories and the fact they fit in my purse easily.”
So, how can you emulate Nicola’s savings strategy. The way it works is to take out the weekly budget in cash, then divide up the budget in each envelope.
“The food envelope is one of the two envelopes this year that is going to be really different from last year,” she siad.
“This is because the money that is going to fill it is purely coming from last year’s savings.
“The food budget, in comparison to last year, is going to be really small. It doesn’t change from week to week, that budget.”
Her miscellaneous budget, which pays for things not included in the rest of the envelopes such as cleaning products and food for her cats, is also coming from last year’s savings.
Nicola was thinking about changing to using her card to pay for petrol, as she will be required to drive more with her new job.
Nicola only plans to spend on three eating out events this year, for important family occasions.
“The cash envelope system works really well for reining in your impulse spending. It has absolutely transformed my spending habits, my impulse spending, everything, for the better,” she said.
She is aiming to pay off her mortgage early to enjoy mortgage-free living with her family.