About me

Hello, my name is Laura and I live in France. I’m dedicated to living frugally while also appreciating the beautiful country in which I have made my home.


I live with my husband, our spoilt cat Ralphy and way too many plants in a small village deep in one of the forest-like national parks of Haute Vienne, central France.

We left our previous home in Bristol, the south west of the UK in December 2018, and we have spent every day since adjusting to our new and exciting life in the Limousin (or Nouvelle Aquitaine as its now known). We’ve given up our old hectic rat-race life in Brexit-Britain, for a new, quiet, calm and crucially frugal life in France.

My work:

In my day job, I’m an online talking therapist and counsellor. I work from my office here in France with anglophones all over the world thanks to the wonders of telemedicine and online therapy. You can find out more about my online counselling work at www.harleycounselling.com.

In addition to my French micro entrepreneur business, I’m a writer and am currently working on a novel based around the things that I know best: people and relationships. In addition, I write for both websites and magazines about counselling, therapy, relationships, the experience of moving to France and of course, being frugal.

French Property News – June 2019

French Property News – October 2019 (coming soon)

Expat Focus – May 2019 (link to read interview here)

I’m fortunate to have some interesting news to reveal about this part of my work in the coming months…

My husband is also a micro entrepreneur as an artisan bijoutier (thats an artisan jewellery maker to you and I) selling resin jewellery made with local French wilflowers and leaves gathered from the forest floor of our commune. You can see his work at www.straightfromthepath.com and at many local artisan markets and fairs. If you see us, do say bonjour!

Future collaborations:

If you like my writing, are looking to collabrorate and are interested in working together please feel free to email me at laura@frugalfrance.com (laura at frugal france dot com) or you can contact me via my Instagram account @frugalfrance (for influencer related enquiries only please).

I do hope that you enjoy my writing and please do comment if you have something to add!

Laura x

Email: laura@frugalfrance.com

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Facebook Group: The Noz Appreciation Society