Penny pinching ideas from the ‘auld git’: Learning basic skills can save money


Hi, all you wise and wonderful people. I was going to write about shoes in this article, however a sad event occurred.

My Aunty D died on Mother’s Day. She was my life-long inspiration and teacher when it came to saving money using DIY skills. 

Aunty D could bake the best scones you ever tasted. She created amazing greeting cards, each one special to the recipient.

She was an expert in sewing, embroidery, painting and many more crafts. Aunty D was more than an aunt to me. She was the closest relationship to a loving mother I had.

We spoke often of how learning basic skills could save money.

My younger cousin Flossie – her daughter – is very creative but she just could not master sewing and knitting skills. These were skills Aunty D and I shared a love of.

For six decades I learnt many crafts, tips and tricks from her. Now it’s my turn to pass on age-old knowledge of the perfect loaf of bread.

In the time-honoured traditions of frugal women everywhere aunty Ds last instruction was:
“Hand me over to the crematorium in a coffin and collect me in a cardboard box.”

Next time kinky boots, bread pudding and two-ingredient fudge.

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by the ‘auld git’.


  1. Sympathy for you loss.Aunty D sounds just like my type of woman, reminds me of my Gran who taught me to knit and sew, read, write and do basic arithmetic before I went to school.


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