What I… Natalija from Frugal in SA

When I came across today’s feature blog recently I was thrilled… you see this particular niche of blogs has hardly been touched in SA. They are massive in America, but I’ve yet to discover a South African based blog focused on frugal living. (Blog tip: If you want to make it big in SA’s blogging scene my advice is to go niche… I didn’t and sometimes think it wasn’t the best choice… but for now, 5 years in, I’m making the most of my broad “lifestyle” theme. If I were to start over, I’d go niche!)

Today I’m interviewing Natalija from Frugal in SA

Her blog is about living life more frugally, more simply, more wisely, more economically. She wants to encourage others to spend more wisely, be less wasteful and be more resourceful with we have. To embrace and lead a more fulfilling life. She loves sharing ways to save, how to live debt-free, manage household expenses and a few favourite recipes on a shoestring. I know moms everywhere are heading over to her blog right now!!

Natalija loves gardening, reading, and all things crafty. Read on to find out more about her…




What I…

I know that each one of us can achieve anything that we want by setting goals for ourselves. It may take a great deal of patience, perseverance and hard work but we will get there.

Spending time with my family: my husband, the light of my life and our 3 pawsome little pooches that I just adore to bits. By nature, I’m a very homely person and I love spending time at home. I enjoy cooking, baking, sewing and crocheting, all on a budget, as old-fashioned as that may sound but that’s just me. I love pretty flowers and I spend a great deal of time looking after our own garden which is such rewarding work. I’m passionate about helping animals in need, and whenever possible I love to be outdoors, capturing the beauty around us through a lens. Oh, and coffee, lots of coffee.


I love a good story! I can devour a book in one go, time permitting. I love all kinds of fiction, and spending a bit of money on books, when I can, is one of my small pleasures in life. I also enjoy reading personal finance blogs and books, and learning more about the different ways I can save and be more frugal and resourceful with what I have.

I started my blog Frugal in SA in the hope that it will become a useful resource to others in South Africa who are also on the journey of living life more frugally, and more resourcefully, and becoming debt-free forever. By sharing my own experiences on the blog, I hope to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Comfortable clothes. My outfit for the day, any day, would be a baggy cotton top, a pair of soft jeans and a pair of flat, comfortable shoes. I don’t particularly like to wear make-up except a bit of mascara and lip gloss from time to time.

More time. I have so many interests, hobbies, projects and ideas on the go but there never seems to be enough time for all that I want to do and experience in life.


Thanks Natalija for sharing your story here!

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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