Friday 30 August 2013
I am planning to join in with the Septimus Frugalus Challenge over at the Frugal Living Forums. It's a month long polish up on your most frugal of frugal skills. If you are new to the idea of frugal living it's a chance to test the waters and see just how far you can go, or if you are already into the frugal lifestyle this is your chance to get back into the swing of frugal life and hone your skills.
In TFHMH we are planning to;
*Buy nothing that isn't at it's most basic. Milk but not milkshake, butter, flour and sugar but not biscuits.
*Put any all pennies we gain from the challenge into our house fund.
*Reuse and recycle as much as possible and reduce our rubbish.
I will start blogging from Monday about what we are up to in the challenge and how we are getting around any issues we might be facing. Wish us luck!
And don't be afraid to join in either! The Frugal Living Forums are a mine field of frugal tidbits and friendship. And best of all it's free to join, so why not sign up and have a nosey. Don't forget to say Hi :)
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Thursday 29 August 2013
1x Chicken Tikka Sandwich filling
1x Coleslaw and Potato Salad
1x Wholemeal Pitta breads
1x Living Salad
5x Tomatoes (5 1/2lbs all together)
3x Snack grapes
1x Bunch of 'nanas
The cards were today's chazza shop bargain for 20p, along with the fab 60's pillow shams everything is sat on.
Tonight I will be planning what to make with all those tomatoes.
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Tuesday 27 August 2013
But long story short I have an eye infection and now have some stronger Anti - B's to pour into it at various intervals.
On the plus side though all that sitting around waiting with no kidlets has meant I have some fantastic knitting time. The pattern above only uses knit and pearl stitches so I barely needed to watch what I was doing. So I have now completed my second lot of a cardigan and bonnet for a set a twins. I just need to pop on the buttons and deliver it to the lovely lady who comissioned me and I can another £10 to my Home fund.
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P.S - £4 in the £2 saving pot today and 70p in the house fund.
Monday 26 August 2013
Happy Bank Holiday to you all.
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P.S - A massive £8.57 in the savings today. A mixture washing machine money, change from shopping and under the sofa.
Sunday 25 August 2013
Also my mum chucked in some of her delicious banana and chocolate muffins to. They take such lovely care of us :) Love you both!
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P.S = A no spend day for us today means we were nearly stuck for an addition to our housefund. But clever OH remembered a pot of change we put in the car for our holiday and we found another £1.50. Whoo hoo.
Saturday 24 August 2013
I was looking for inspiration on Pinterest for something useful to do with baking trays and ended up here on this page. I love the idea of travel board games when the girls are a bit older but I need a more toddler friendly version for now.
One upcycled tray ready for playing with in the car. And when it gets to grubby, or DD just gets bored I can change the background and the pictures on the magnets (or make more as my psychic senses are telling me).
Hours of fun, and not a penny spent. Well done me I think!
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P.S - Cleaned out my handbag today and added another £1.60 to the house fund.
Friday 23 August 2013
So you may have noticed that I have had a fiddle about with a few things on my blog. Sometimes it's nice to change things about and make them more interesting again don't you think?
I've added a counter to the sidebar tracking our savings for our first home. It's going to take us a lot of work, saving and sacrifice but inspired by the wonder people over Our New Life we have decided to try.
We are starting out with some inheritance money I received from my grandmother and aiming for a £25,000 deposit. A mountainous amount but will will power and clever thinking I just know we can do it!
The only rule we are setting ourselves is to add to it every single day - even if it's only a penny.
Today I am starting strong and have found 7p in the washing machine so that's now in a jam jar labelled house fund. We will add it into our saving account at the end of every week when we do our other banking.
So watch this space for lots of money saving, money making and penny stretching in the near future.
My plans for the day are to finish sewing up some knitting I was commissioned to do. £20 will be winging it's way to the house fund shortly.
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Thursday 22 August 2013
Monday 19 August 2013
Its not all good news though because the fab baking boy muffins were awful. They remind me of babybath sponges that have been dipped in cheap cocoa powder. YUCK
Things feel like they are slowly returning to normal. Thank you for all the emails and comments of support. I love you guys.
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Friday 16 August 2013
Short post from me today. After all our hassle yesterday with the shop we felt it had been an awful day, then we got a phone call from SIL concerned about a relative of OH's who had missed a family do. OH zoomed over in the car to check on him but sadly it was to late.
This chap was something of a father figure for OH and his sisters so there is a major feeling of loss here at the moment.
I will resume blogging when I can but need to concentrate on my helping my husband and family through their loss first.
Prayers would be very welcome for them all.
Thursday 15 August 2013
We just need to wait till Monday for the electrician to check if the circuits are dry yet. Then we can start to see what is and isn't damaged.
On the positive side though, OH now has a long weekend off with us. Might even get him out berry picking with us tomorrow and get some Blackberry Fizz started for the winter. I will tell you more tomorrow.
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Monday 12 August 2013
I like a bit of variety in my jam so this is it for Blackberry jam this year, but I will still be picking them for mixed jams, pies, ketchup, syrups, and blackberry fizz which is a new experiment this year.
He has 2 huge Apple trees.
In addition there are blackcurrants, gooseberries, raspberries, pears and rhubarb. I can't believe how lucky I am to have free access to it all. :)
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Saturday 10 August 2013
We start off with reading a book all about Pirates called Pirateology.
this for are afternoon/night time story.
Sometimes it's just so much fun having a theme day.
What theme would you choose for your day?
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Wednesday 7 August 2013
Today's goodies were;
Falafels - 45p from 2.00
Peach Punnet - 85p from £1 (My favourite fruit!)
Spring Onions - 32p from 1.10
Quorn Chicken slice - 49p from 1.60
3X corn on the cob - 79p from 2.00 and on 2for3 so a teeny tiny 37p
Most of this will be used up in lunches, possibly a pasta bake for the Quorn.
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Tuesday 6 August 2013
However it has meant we realise just what we have here, and how lovely this flat it so we are kind of rediscovering it.
The photo above is of the girls bedroom, we used it for all the furniture and boxed up stuff. DD was sleeping on the sofa and Baby D's cot was in with us.
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Friday 2 August 2013
DD's hair seems to have had a growth spurt in all this sunshine. It was in desperate need of a tidy up.
OH heard about a new hairdressers opened locally that gives trainees/students a chance to get practical experience. The prices are also heavily discounted and sometimes even free if they are desperate for people to practise on. Children's haircuts at the moment are just £3 (we tipped a £1)
DD loved sitting in the big chair and being pampered. I think I have a future beauty queen on my hands lol.
No more tantrums first thing in the morning thanks to tangles. Whoo hoo.
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