Austere April Advances (even though it's mid March.....). Frugaleers Unite

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needastrongone Fri 11-Mar-16 15:43:50

New thread. Can't link. smile

CremeEggThief Fri 11-Mar-16 15:51:32

Thanks Needwine.

WreckTangled Fri 11-Mar-16 15:59:46

Thanks need.

Em that sounds exciting.

Such a busy day at work with two Drs off sick shock nightmare. Didn't get lunch until 3pm.

Bought a couple of bits from eBay for dd's dress up day I decided she can go as a tennis player. Lsd about £4.

WreckTangled Fri 11-Mar-16 16:00:27

Oh and curry for dinner. Having something like that stops me craving a take away. I came home from work with 5 pens in my pocket WIN!

SpaceKablooie Fri 11-Mar-16 16:13:24

I do the opposite wreck, I buy pens to take to work (fussy blush)! I buy Tippex mice too (because work won't).

Wolfcub Fri 11-Mar-16 16:32:38

Thanks need
Em that's very exciting about the house, fingers crossed

I am currently angry as sat on the train and a very talk gentleman sat down next to me and has proceeded to noisily adjust himself right into my seat and leg space. My hip is killing me. I've huffed a bit but I'm too polite (wussy) to say anything outright.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 11-Mar-16 16:34:05

Thank you Need.

IdStillRatherBeKnitting Fri 11-Mar-16 17:19:56

Wow guys I miss a few days, and so much has happened.
Brilliant news fuzz am so pleased for you, it must be such a relief. Now rest up a bit!

Been not to bad spend wise, have not touched my current account since last month, but the money dp gave me has gone blush, but I do have a full chest freezer.

My baby dd3 was 8 yesterday, so busy with a frugal homemade pizza and cake party for 9. Will post pic of cake, as it was one of my better ones! Thats 16 flakes on it's back.

Will spend tomorrow, we have decided to try ds at swimming (even a bath was exhausting until about 6 months ago, he simply hates the feeling of water), as there is the chance of a (free) day out at center parcs soon. Problem being me and dd1 don't have cossies...she is just 13 and takes an e cup, so will have to have a proper swimsuit instead of a pretty teen thing. I am 3 stone heavier than the last time I wore one. But if we can all have some fun with it then that would be great.

Oh em I bet that house is beautiful. If it's meant to be...things done on impulse tend to be I find.

Took the dogs out on dp's bike this morning, 6 miles, and the stupid bike has thrown my hip out, apparently the pedals are much wider apart than my normal bike, who knew.

Ememem84 Fri 11-Mar-16 17:34:02

knitting no. It's not beautiful. It looks awful inside. Dated. Dark and stained carpets. But could be revamped into my Barbie dream house if we went for it

I love hedgehog cake. My mum used to make that for us for birthdays!! Love love love. Looks delicious.

space I buy pens for work. We are provided with shit yellow biros. I like the uni ball pens. So bought a box and keep them locked in my desk. Might see if I can expense them.

Researching trip to Israel today. Am going to tel-Aviv as well as Jerusalem Didn't know it was on the coast! I hate being too far from the sea for too long
Boss laughed that I didn't know this. But I also didn't realise Gothenburg was a real place. I thought it was where batman lived.

WreckTangled Fri 11-Mar-16 17:56:37

Knitting that's amazing!! Looks delicious.

This is what I pulled out of my work pocket no shitty pens allowed

WreckTangled Fri 11-Mar-16 17:57:57

Knitting that's amazing!! Looks delicious.

We have nice pens at work with the soft comfy bit where your fingers go. No shitty biros allowed.

WreckTangled Fri 11-Mar-16 17:59:28

Oh I didn't think that first one posted blushhmm and yes I took a picture of my pens to show my friend who loves to steal pens too grin

fuzzpig Fri 11-Mar-16 18:41:40

Awesome cake! Hungry now grin

Thanks for the new thread need smile

Em gosh that's exciting. Sounds like a great idea to go and see it! Even if you decide not to go for this one, having a nose round different properties will be great to give you more comparisons etc when you are ready to move.

Had a nice but tiring afternoon. DD has her dance shoes thanks to my parents. Nice lunch too so feeling rather spoiled blush and I seem to have reacted to yesterday's good news by spending all the money... and yes it did involve chocolate (and lychees so that's ok right?)

I went to Gothenburg when I was younger. My parents used to do doll fairs (they made incredible costume dolls) and that was one of them.

Home ed friend is setting up a Spanish club. Should work out pretty cheap per family so hopefully will be able to fit it in.

northender Fri 11-Mar-16 18:55:13

Thanks for the new thread need

Dh & I had a big chat last night about the funding of the loft conversion and I think we've got a plan. It involves adding borrowing to our mortgage. That would normally scare me but we've been over paying by more than the extra payments will be so its definitely affordable, even if there's a rate hike and it won't lengthen our mortgage term. Without boring you with all the detail, it will make this our "forever" home, so it is really exciting.

Still need to meal plan for the coming week.......

CremeEggThief Fri 11-Mar-16 19:18:52

I had a choice between Frugaleering and Minimalism over pens this week. DS keeps losing his pens for school, so I had to choose between a pack of 8 for £1, or 16 for £1.19. The Minimalist in me balked at it, but Frugaleering won out.smile

Colliefeatures Fri 11-Mar-16 19:25:04

Lovely cake! knitting

northender that sounds exciting!

need thank you so much for the new thread

Right so this month I've been frugaleering as its the end of the financial year and a year since we moved house - so a few bills can be amended.
Here is what I've achieved so far!

£212 tax rebate
£60 broadband cash back
£100 PPI claimed
= £372 lump sum

£10 a month saved on broadband
£20 a month saved on council tax
£11 saved per month as we paid something off early
£7 saved per month as we paid another thing off early
£24 a month saved with Scottish Power
= £72 per month saving

Really chuffed! smile

CremeEggThief Fri 11-Mar-16 19:34:10

Good going, Colliesmile.

Pointlessfan Fri 11-Mar-16 19:43:03

I don't check in for 2 days and there's a whole new thread!
Love the hedgehog cake, it's fab!!
Almost NSD but banging headache called for medicinal chocolate!

Ememem84 Fri 11-Mar-16 19:49:34

fuzz your parents used to make dolls? Cool!

£44 in waitrose on Sunday lunch bits. Crisps humous wine red cabbage etc.

Now watching exodus gods and kings.

8FencingWire Fri 11-Mar-16 19:52:47

It was time for a NC, but I'm back smile
We've done the tax rebate this year, £212, yaay, really happy with that!
Actually, Collie, a sum up of the savings thanks to the Mighty Martin Lewis:

Did the collective switch, £34 less a month, that's £408 savings a year. That's without the £30 cash back still due, so £438 in total.
Did the tax rebate: £212
Did the car insurance through MSE, I saved a whopping £180 a year.
Did the BT deal, £9.99 a month down from £19, that saved me £120.
Opened the recommended bank accounts and got £25 cash back.
So, since January, MSE has saved me £972. That's very very good going there!
Oh, and I also opened a save to buy ISA on his recommendation. I have put in £1600 so far. If I am to close it now, it would be worth £2000. That's £400 earned in 3 and a half months without lifting a finger, just being on the ball and listening to the man.

Laska5772 Fri 11-Mar-16 19:59:54

Checking in to new thread..
£30 on food today .. £11.65 of which was on a mega chicken from the farmers market!! but its huge and free range local.. it will be worth it.. I have 7 people to feed tomorrow lunch time, and so a big roast chicken meal is in order ..ill also be defrosting the rest of the pigs in blankets left over from christmas and making stuffing.. this will be with salads , and DHs h/m foccacia.... I might do an apple pie also ..

It will be chicken soup from the carcass for me all next week

Laska5772 Fri 11-Mar-16 20:11:42

need I saw that £200 offer.. its certainly a good one,

But ive had my Smile account forever! (so long in fact that it used to be a girobank account before the co op took them over.. ) ..

I dont want to switch everything , just get another account. the 'switch' service seems to close your old account.. ill keep looking ..

babsmam Fri 11-Mar-16 20:24:05

Thanks need for the lovely , lyrical and thread.
Fuzz what a lovely post and go your dh. That'll show them.
grin at be cool with jl staff
Thanks for the congratulations guys. We shall see how it goes.
Needs must on summer clothes adora especially for Chile.
I never TD jumpers even if it says so.
Think that's everything off the last thread. Will put dc to bed and catch up on the new.

babsmam Fri 11-Mar-16 20:26:05

Ooo em potential house love it

babsmam Fri 11-Mar-16 21:10:55

We have shitty yellow biros so I write mostly in pencil at work.
Fab cake.
8 it will take me a while to work out who you are please don't be offended
Well done collie and 8

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