Go Back   British Expats / Living & Moving Abroad / Europe / France

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old Feb 11th 2017, 6:15 pm   #16
BE Forum Addict
 
petitefrancaise's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 4,056
petitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: If your a tad hard up thread.. "All ideas welcome"

There's a whole load of sites on the internet with good ideas on how to save money....
a google search of "frugal living" will give a good many of them

One of my all round favourite sites is mrmoneymustache.com The forum is excellent with people always willing to help out and encouraging you to learn how to do something rather than pay someone to do it.

If you are very hard up - and I knew of several expat divorced women in France who were in this situation - then there are the restos du coeur that will give you a meal for free. A friend of mine was in a very tough spot financially for a while, her kids got free meals at school so she went to resto du coeur at lunchtime and her grocery bill went right down, allowing her to survive this awful time.

Don't forget to go and see the assistante sociale at the mairie to ask for sources of help.
petitefrancaise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 11th 2017, 6:34 pm   #17
dmu Female
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Hérault (34)
Posts: 6,316
dmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: If your a tad hard up thread.. "All ideas welcome"

Quote:
Originally Posted by petitefrancaise View Post

If you are very hard up - and I knew of several expat divorced women in France who were in this situation - then there are the restos du coeur that will give you a meal for free. A friend of mine was in a very tough spot financially for a while, her kids got free meals at school so she went to resto du coeur at lunchtime and her grocery bill went right down, allowing her to survive this awful time.

Don't forget to go and see the assistante sociale at the mairie to ask for sources of help.
As far as I understand, you have to take a ton of paperwork to prove that you're in need, before the Mairie will grant your children free school lunches and before the Restos du Coeur will register you.
I feel so sorry for divorced women/mothers, with few resources if their spouses don't pay the alimony due - French bureaucracy adds stress to the distress....
dmu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 11th 2017, 6:38 pm   #18
BE Forum Addict
 
petitefrancaise's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 4,056
petitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond reputepetitefrancaise has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: If your a tad hard up thread.. "All ideas welcome"

Quote:
Originally Posted by dmu View Post
As far as I understand, you have to take a ton of paperwork to prove that you're in need, before the Mairie will grant your children free school lunches and before the Restos du Coeur will register you.
I feel so sorry for divorced women/mothers, with few resources if their spouses don't pay the alimony due - French bureaucracy adds stress to the distress....
yes, french bureaucracy.

I should also add that these divorced women were also unable to move back to the UK because their fathers refused to allow the children to move permanently.
petitefrancaise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 11th 2017, 7:01 pm   #19
Forum Regular
 
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 98
White Trash has a brilliant futureWhite Trash has a brilliant futureWhite Trash has a brilliant futureWhite Trash has a brilliant futureWhite Trash has a brilliant futureWhite Trash has a brilliant futureWhite Trash has a brilliant futureWhite Trash has a brilliant future
Default Re: If your a tad hard up thread.. "All ideas welcome"

I'm very pleased to see new interest in reviving this thread. Spare a thought for those who are struggling here and add your bit.
White Trash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12th 2017, 8:17 am   #20
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Dépt 61
Posts: 2,924
EuroTrash has a reputation beyond reputeEuroTrash has a reputation beyond reputeEuroTrash has a reputation beyond reputeEuroTrash has a reputation beyond reputeEuroTrash has a reputation beyond reputeEuroTrash has a reputation beyond reputeEuroTrash has a reputation beyond reputeEuroTrash has a reputation beyond reputeEuroTrash has a reputation beyond reputeEuroTrash has a reputation beyond reputeEuroTrash has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: If your a tad hard up thread.. "All ideas welcome"

Quote:
Originally Posted by petitefrancaise View Post
she went to resto du coeur at lunchtime and her grocery bill went right down
Lunches are a very cheap meal for me. In the cold weather it's usually bread and soup and the soup is basically leftover veg and whatever, so the only cost is the bread. And I suppose, the cost of electricity to heat the soup. Doesn't get too samey because the soup kind of evolves day by day according to what I chuck into the liquidiser.
EuroTrash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12th 2017, 9:38 am   #21
dmu Female
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Hérault (34)
Posts: 6,316
dmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond reputedmu has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: If your a tad hard up thread.. "All ideas welcome"

Quote:
Originally Posted by White Trash View Post
I'm very pleased to see new interest in reviving this thread. Spare a thought for those who are struggling here and add your bit.
Some things are so obvious that I normally wouldn't think of suggesting them. For example, choose inexpensive cuts of meat and make pot au feu in a pressure-cooker with cheap cuts of beef/pork/lamb; choose mackerels (baked en papillotte) or "lieu noir" instead of more expensive fish. Drink tap water, not bottled water. The list is endless....
I mentioned above that those who are struggling should avoid entertaining - I meant long visits by family and friends, not the odd dinner, and should have added unless the guests pay their share of the shopping bill. Not good for the morale if you don't socialise!
dmu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 23rd 2017, 9:25 pm   #22
BE Enthusiast
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: North Kessock, Ross-shire Scotland and Treignac France
Posts: 401
Scots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to all
Default Re: If your a tad hard up thread.. "All ideas welcome"

Three years ago , I wrote about Megabus.


Megabus sold their business to flix bus about a year ago although you might still see the blue megabuses on French roads.


Since Megabus opened up the market by their challeng in the French Courts, there have been a number of companies operating long distance buses.


I think the main players are Flix bus and Ouibus (SNCF)


The cheap rate for trips other than Paris seems to be 12 euros,


For Brive to Bordeaux, this is probably less than the autoroute tolls.
Scots in Treignac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 23rd 2017, 9:32 pm   #23
BE Enthusiast
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: North Kessock, Ross-shire Scotland and Treignac France
Posts: 401
Scots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to allScots in Treignac is a name known to all
Default Re: If your a tad hard up thread.. "All ideas welcome"

I'm assuming most folk avoid the airport shuttlebus and use the local buses instead. Remember most cities have a ticket which lasts for an hour so the need to change buses does not increase the cost. The ticket is valid for boarding your final bus an hour from the time you boarded the first bus.


If you visit London , this system now operates there as well. After years of Boris saying that it was not possible, the new Mayor had it installed in two days.
Scots in Treignac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 19th 2017, 1:02 pm   #24
BE Enthusiast
 
Joined: Sep 2012
Location: Provence
Posts: 671
grannybunz has a reputation beyond reputegrannybunz has a reputation beyond reputegrannybunz has a reputation beyond reputegrannybunz has a reputation beyond reputegrannybunz has a reputation beyond reputegrannybunz has a reputation beyond reputegrannybunz has a reputation beyond reputegrannybunz has a reputation beyond reputegrannybunz has a reputation beyond reputegrannybunz has a reputation beyond reputegrannybunz has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: If your a tad hard up thread.. "All ideas welcome"

I am not hard up but on the other hand we live on UK pensions so the way things are going we could get there fairly soon.

My expertse is in food and I could and maybe write a book on the saving that can be made here.

First, i want to mention somethhing we have done all our lives which is use the skills you have and sap them for skills you need rather than get into the hassle of getting paid cash and all that entails.

For example if you were a teacher then help a local youngster with their brevet or Bac' That way we have had a rood repaired, a large tree felled and a load of stuff taken to the dump, a load of firewood etc

We gorw our vegetables and have hens and we swap surplus with other gardeners. I make all my own preserves and swap some of them for rabbits, hares and joints of venison and wild boar.

We help a couple of restaurants with the English translation of their menus in return for a bottle of wine or a free meal.

At the same time as saving money it has meant we intergrate with our neighbours and friends.
grannybunz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Today, 6:36 am   #25
BE Forum Addict
 
Tweedpipe's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: Halfway between Ricard & Absynthe
Posts: 2,811
Tweedpipe has a reputation beyond reputeTweedpipe has a reputation beyond reputeTweedpipe has a reputation beyond reputeTweedpipe has a reputation beyond reputeTweedpipe has a reputation beyond reputeTweedpipe has a reputation beyond reputeTweedpipe has a reputation beyond reputeTweedpipe has a reputation beyond reputeTweedpipe has a reputation beyond reputeTweedpipe has a reputation beyond reputeTweedpipe has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: If your a tad hard up thread.. "All ideas welcome"

Quote:
Originally Posted by grannybunz View Post
I am not hard up but on the other hand we live on UK pensions so the way things are going we could get there fairly soon.

My expertse is in food and I could and maybe write a book on the saving that can be made here.

First, i want to mention somethhing we have done all our lives which is use the skills you have and sap them for skills you need rather than get into the hassle of getting paid cash and all that entails.

For example if you were a teacher then help a local youngster with their brevet or Bac' That way we have had a rood repaired, a large tree felled and a load of stuff taken to the dump, a load of firewood etc

We gorw our vegetables and have hens and we swap surplus with other gardeners. I make all my own preserves and swap some of them for rabbits, hares and joints of venison and wild boar.

We help a couple of restaurants with the English translation of their menus in return for a bottle of wine or a free meal.

At the same time as saving money it has meant we intergrate with our neighbours and friends.
GrannyB Excellent initiatives!
So sorry to learn of your health difficulties in another post.
Bon courage.
__________________
.....Sent from my Sinclair ZX81.....
Tweedpipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Go Back   British Expats / Living & Moving Abroad / Europe / France


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT. The time now is 12:02 pm.


Powered by vBulletin: ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
© 1999-2010 BritishExpats.com