Dec--k--(ember) the halls with discount holly,

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economymode Sun 02-Dec-12 15:06:52

New thread, complete with tenuous title, to help us keep track of finances this month. Come be a Scrooge with me!

economymode Sun 02-Dec-12 15:07:46

damn, strikethrough didn't work. Now I just look a bit dim...

Mum2Fergus Sun 02-Dec-12 15:22:34

Haha, well I still found it, thats the main thing smile so much for NSD today. Quick pop into Tesco after recycling...whole fresh chicken for £1.64! Thats on for dinner today with lots of veg, will strip it for chicken and potato pie tomorrow and boil up whats left for basis of soup on Tuesday. Also got a pack of bacon wrapped sausages I can freeze and use for Christmas dinner for 43p...

Helenagrace Sun 02-Dec-12 15:35:45

Lots of non spendy days here but only cos we move tomorrowgrin.

Sold a drawer unit for a desk for £10.

I've got a Lidl voucher to use next week so so far so good!

2Old2BeAChristmasElf Sun 02-Dec-12 16:59:23

Evening everyone, I spent £1.55 today as I forgot gravy granules for our roast dinner. Not too bad considering Saturdays spending! grin

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 02-Dec-12 18:25:35

Marking place.

Mum2Fergus Sun 02-Dec-12 18:42:37

Good luck with the move Helena!

economymode Sun 02-Dec-12 19:01:52

Phew, you found me and my dodgy thread.

It's been a spendy few hours, but all needed.

- £6.25 for a used, warmer coat for the toddler from ebay (that includes postage)
-£11.90 on a duvet set for the toddler
- £25 on present for my dad's birthday from Lakeland. By using a promo code I got £5 off when I spent over £25 - his present was £24.99 so I added some vanilla extract, which I then got for free smile. Also, because it was then technically over £30, I got free delivery.

We're meant to be getting the oven cleaned in December, but I think I am going to change it to Jan as I want to prioritise stuff for the new baby this month (carpet for their room, fleecy blanket like the Bug in Rug (current child was a May baby, so have no really warm stuff!)...)

Mum2Fergus Sun 02-Dec-12 19:47:10

I need to get my finger out and get some Ebaying/Gumtree done. Ive 7 items listed just now 6 of which have bidders (the 7th is the car...but I live in hope lol). Ive been decluttering in anticipation of having to move and have an Ikea bag full of clothing to list. Picked up some packing boxes at shop today too so will get another couple packed up tomorrow!

I couldn't get any sparser if I tried. sad I have nothing spare. I have two pounds in my past to last me till tues, my mum gave me a tenner for gas today so at least we will be warm and I have some food in the cupboard.

I hate being poor

Purse even

roguepixie Mon 03-Dec-12 06:47:48

Found you grin!!

economy - I think the Method stuff smells lovely and it actually works!! Was quite surprised about that as I didn't expect it to.

fluffy - my DH was the same when I got a free shower head water saver thingy ... he put it on though smile and now we save a bot of water. A good thing too...DS is half fish and can spend 45 minutes 'rinsing' shock.

INeedALieIn Mon 03-Dec-12 07:09:37

Hope you don't mind me asking a question. I am trying to save some money and thought about selling some wicker furniture from next. A chair, 2 seater and a 3 seater sofa. I thought about trying on eBay but in the past when i have sold some excellent furniture it has raised no more than a few pounds.

Do you have any eBay tips how I could be more successful. (Or is there any other place to try to sell).

I think £350 for all 3 items would be great value for the purchaser and also helpful for me.

roguepixie Mon 03-Dec-12 07:23:44

Ineed - Ebay has changed a lot over the years and changed significantly in the last few years, in particular. I sold a chest of drawers - got £20.00!!!

If I can suggest anything I would say: photographs - make them clear and adds as many as you can (Ebay often do 12 photo's for free) so do use your allowance. Clean the item to make sure you are showing it in the best light. Be honest in your description but do write it up - make suggestions for use.

This isn't terribly helpful but, back in the day when my parents were younger the second hand market really was good. People had a different attitude to making do and recycling (we tend to think it's a new concept but my Grandparents and Parents did this during and after the war because they had to). There didn't seem to be the stigma attached to taking on a second hand item or buying used clothes. I know people now who spend £1,000's on their DC in terms of clothes ... one woman I know gave her DS's clothes to her local charity shop and they called to say they had raised £1,000 from her donations alone!!!! Now, it's totally up to the individual but nowadays things are sooooooo cheap that perfectly good items go to landfill because we want new rather than used. <<<rant over>>> Sorry blush. I am a bit passionate about making do and mending (to coin a phrase) and firmly believe in selling/passing on.

I went to list baby clothes on eBay 2 weeks ago and I found that no one seemed to want them. A few years ago you could stick a bundle of next clothes on and have them sell for a lot of money, people used to pay fifty quid for decent clothes. Now they seem to be going for 99p and only having one or two bids on them before the auction ends. Maybe it's the time of year, being Christmas and all that. I've had more success selling things on the fb selling pages.

eBay has changed I think, I used to buy a lot from there. I don't bother so much now and it's a shame really.

INeedALieIn Mon 03-Dec-12 10:21:12

I wonder whether photo/advert in the local shops may be more successful. I think I will give it a try.

AdoraJingleBells Mon 03-Dec-12 13:19:46

I found you toogrin

I had my NSD yesterday, it was the rest of 'em wot spent money!

DDs finished their Xmas shopping (buying my presents so they were allowedwink ) and OH bought casual trainer type shoe things. To be fair he hardly ever buys shoes as shops here don't stock big enough sizes.

Today I need to get veg/salad and a bar of chocolate, also need puppy food in the next few days.

Rogue I completely agree with the passing on instead of chucking things. Yesterday I was treated to a pre-teen "who recycles bras confused " from DD1. The answer was - I do when you've outgrown them in 2 months and someone else can use it.

economymode Mon 03-Dec-12 13:24:25

INeed and Ghosts, welcome smile.

With regards to ebay and alternatives, have you tried Gumtree? LOADS of people buy furniture from it round here and we shifted a wardrobe on it recently. Could have sold it 10 times over. I agree about baby clothes - I've never managed to sell any on ebay. I gather Facebook groups are meant to be good for kids' stuff, so maybe worth a try?

Now, a question for Aldi shoppers. Do your local stores still stock bread flour (NOT bread mixes, but the 1.5kg bags of strong white and wholemeal)? The two near me don't have it and haven't had it for a month or so. I'm beginning to think they've discontinued it, but the staff don't know.

Spent £68 on a carpet this morning. £30 to pay for fitting next week. That was on card.

£35 at Aldi, using the £5 off voucher.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 03-Dec-12 14:01:20

My Aldi had bread flour.

Would bulk buying it off amazon work out cheaper?

CremeEggThief Mon 03-Dec-12 14:02:30

Found you!

Welcome newbies and thanks for starting the new thread, economy smile.

Total spend of £33.47 today. £25.37 on food and £8.10 on lunch and bus fares.

Walk up to an inch of snow this morning shock, so the snow boots I invested in a couple of weeks ago came in very handy for our mile and a half walk to school. It's currently 7° and sunny, so I really hope the slush won't ice over...

CremeEggThief Mon 03-Dec-12 14:02:54

Woke, not walk!

economymode Mon 03-Dec-12 14:19:14

Hmm, maybe Oxfordshire has done something to upset the bread flour gods then fluffy. I was going to look and see if there is somewhere I can order in bulk online. I got some at Sainsbo's yesterday, but I try not to go there too much and it's really expensive at our local coop. Aldi was my saviour!

Creme.., where are you to have all this snow?!

Buddy80 Mon 03-Dec-12 14:43:10

ha ha love the title.

I really need to get myself in gear and start saving some money.

As I posted in my other message, Tesco have a good deal on Daz powder. Bought 10 boxes, via online delivery and got cashback. What should have cost £80 cost £30

CremeEggThief Mon 03-Dec-12 16:02:28

County Durham, economy, and there's meant to be a LOT more on the way sad. To save on grit, they don't always bother putting it on side roads and footpaths, so it can be really treacherous getting around.

Mum2Fergus Mon 03-Dec-12 16:57:40

Buddy...what site do you use for cash ack with Tesco?

NUFC69 Mon 03-Dec-12 18:16:52

We had snow this morning, too (waves to CremeEggThief from Northumberland). I did think that the twenty odd ladies I had coming for a meeting wouldn't turn up (they are elderly), but there were twenty five of us for lunch (the committee brought it), but I was so busy that I had a NSD as I didn't even get to look at the "Bring and Buy" at the meeting.

I do not yet admit to being elderly, though I am getting there; but someone upthread mentioned secondhand furniture - when I got married 40 years ago that's about all you had - handmedowns from everyone for which you were very grateful.

Buddy80 Mon 03-Dec-12 18:32:49

Mum2Fergus I used TopCashback - hope it helps. The deal is still on. X

AdoraJingleBells Mon 03-Dec-12 18:39:34

shock got my CC bill, takes ages to arrive here, too much went through in Nov (bad planning on my part) and it's too much to pay this month. And it's on full payment DD. so I'm going to have bank charges, and missed payment charges and it's all my own fault <goes off to sulk in a corner>

Good news though is when OH was going through the joint acc online asking me "what's happened hereshock " it was all his business costs.

economymode Mon 03-Dec-12 20:40:44

OK, so have made all one-off purchases that we need to for the month. Bar £30 that we need to pay the carpet fitter next week. I feel slightly sick at the amount we have spent, but we still have £600 to spare (I hope). I just spent £99 on a fake xmas tree, reasoning that if we spend £30 or so on a real one each year, this will work out more cost-effective. Several years of toddler-dom to come, so I think a real one would be asking for trouble.

Mum2Fergus Mon 03-Dec-12 21:04:55

Evening all smile very spendy day for me today! However all of DS and DP Christmas presents had been budgeted for throughout the year, and are now safely in the loft! I had some budget leftover so DP and I had a very rare DS free lunch together smile

Very excited as received a call a few minutes ago...someone enquiring about my car which is for sale on Gumtree for £6.5k...and he's coming to view it in the morning!! Fingers crossed for me folks!

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 03-Dec-12 21:51:31

Good luck with the car

AdoraJingleBells Mon 03-Dec-12 22:54:36

Fingers crossed here for you Mum2Fergus

roguepixie Mon 03-Dec-12 22:59:04

Good luck Mum2, I shall be keeping everything crossed for you.

Mum2Fergus Tue 04-Dec-12 10:59:43

Ooooh folks...I think all your finger crossing has worked! Garage going to do inspection for buyer, if ok he's happy to pay full price!!

CremeEggThief Tue 04-Dec-12 12:19:04

Fantastic news, Mum2Fergus smile.

2Old2BeAChristmasElf Tue 04-Dec-12 13:27:31

Great news Mum2Fergus smile

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 04-Dec-12 13:31:48

Do we all know about superdrugs MUA make up? most items are only a £1 and it's actually quite good.

Perfect for the party season.

roguepixie Tue 04-Dec-12 13:42:27

£11.00 yesterday in Sainsbo's.
£21.00 in Post Office - did include Ebay and Christmas stamps.

So glad to hear at your car looks to be sold Mum2Fergus - what fantastic news.

CremeEggThief Tue 04-Dec-12 15:21:37

Just £1.50 on bus fares today. A necessity, as our footpaths were ice rinks and totally ungritted. shock

Mum2Fergus Tue 04-Dec-12 15:40:47

Ooh, some rare access to a PC so can do a proper post for a change!

HelenaGrace – how did the house move go?!

INeedALieIn – how has your listing gone? I’d suggest some really good pictures and very descriptive text for Ebay. Watch your listing and keep fees as low as possible, and remember the Final Value fee which can be a rip-off IMO! I’ve only recently returned to Ebay as had been using Gumtree (and continue to do so) but I’ve such a load of stuff to work though Ebay seemed easiest option.

Buddy80 – thanks for cashback site. Going to have a look at that tonight!

Fluffy/Adora/Rogue/Crème/ToOld – thanks for your messages!

So … have spoken to buyer again this afternoon and he’ll be round on Monday to collect the car! He’s paid deposit today, and I’ve agreed to have it valeted for him – least I can do given he’s prepared to pay full asking price. I also had the old MP3 player I had on Ebay sell today for £32 – to think I was going to chuck it in the bin!!

So between one thing and another, I’m well on my way to house deposit so have made appointment with Bank of Tuesday to go through approval in principle. Please god the wee house I’m watching doesn’t sell in the meantime! Oh, and NSD today for me.

roguepixie Tue 04-Dec-12 15:46:51

That's brilliant news Mum2Fergus - what a fantastic result. And congrat's on the MP3 player sale as well. smile

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 04-Dec-12 17:00:05

Fantastic news, you must be over the moon.

Professional fees for Podiatrists next year are £370, due on 01.01.13. Something to look forward to good excuse to be frugal over christmas too and rein dh in

You never know what things will sell for on eBay. It's always worth a punt isnt it.

Now, where do I get a cheap roll of blank stickers from? I want to re-use envelopes people send you and I need to blank out the return addresses on them.

Mum2Fergus Tue 04-Dec-12 17:10:05

Thanks Rogue/Fluffy...very happier, and happier still when balance transfers to my ac lol

Try Poundland stationery aisle for printer labels, they should do the trick!

Mum2Fergus Tue 04-Dec-12 17:11:17

Or would a run over with a black marker pen not cover return addresses for you?

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 04-Dec-12 17:19:08

Ooh I can get to poundland in the morning. Black pens not cutting it, they have to be neat and frugal.

Love poundland. We have poundworld which according to them is the Harrods of the Pound shops. I can get soap for my laundy gloop, I just need somewhere to hide it from DH now.

You all try and hide your jealousy of my upmarket shopping trip now wont you?

roguepixie Tue 04-Dec-12 17:39:04

fluffy, I am green with envy envy grin

2Old2BeAChristmasElf Tue 04-Dec-12 18:14:36

NSD here grin however tomorrow we have DS1's preschool Christmas Fayre and Thursday to have to venture into town.

Fluffy I am so jealous wink

Mum2Fergus Tue 04-Dec-12 19:21:02

Given the day I have in store for me tomorrow, Id much rather be in Poundland lol

AdoraJingleBells Tue 04-Dec-12 19:46:44

Fluffy not sure I can keep up with your heady shopping tripwink

Mum2Fergus fantastic news, good luck with the house

Helena how a things, hope the move went well.

Today I bought DDs a bottle of water each after school, it's 33C and they'd finished their all their water. That was about £1.20. Roads were £3, but nothing else today. Need to take DD2 for a check up later, that'll be £60 - I think.

Tomorrow I'm hitting the supermarket. I have a voucher that will give me 3,000 Nectar points if I spend £30 grin, which I would have spent anyway.

SlinkyPebbles Wed 05-Dec-12 06:59:02

Was someone here looking for an Octopod? They're currently £23 on Amazon (rather than the regular £36 ish price).

economymode Wed 05-Dec-12 13:03:37

Just catching up...

Mum2, big hurrah for the car sale. HURRAH!

Fluffy, PoundWORLD, eh?

Helena, hope the move went well and was as stressless as possible.

Yesterday I spent £33 on, ahem, WI membership. Yep, that's right. I'm not yet 30 but was lured in. It's actually one of the new-fangled, younger branches and it's right on my doorstep, doing things I like.

50p today at playgroup but that should be it for the day.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 05-Dec-12 14:40:19

Dont worry Economy, I had National Trust membership at 32. I really like going too.

Think of all the entertainment you'll get for that £33, cheaper than blockbuster.

roguepixie Wed 05-Dec-12 14:44:41

Ooooooh economy, I'm WI too grin. I am way on the wrong side of 30 now but not quite at the traditional WI age grin. I have just joined (2 months ago) and have, so far, learnt how to play poker and come first in a quiz!!! It's our Christmas get together tomorrow ... I am looking forward to it so much (it's sad really wink.

Helena - hope your move went well?

Well, I finished my Christmas shopping today - £231.00 in John Lewis!!! But that includes all necessary presents and a new top for me. Spent £50 in Waitrose (top-up shop and odd Christmas items). Apart from the food delivery due on 22nd I am done grin.

CremeEggThief Wed 05-Dec-12 17:08:09

£2.50 on bus fares and £1.90 on milk and Mr. Kiplings cakes. Much more snow again this evening sad.

Enjoy the W.I., economy and rogue, and hope everyones' shopping trips went well.

roguepixie Wed 05-Dec-12 20:02:29

Creme - part of me is so jealous of you for getting snow envy but the other part is relieved we don't have any yet ... getting DS to school becomes an exercise in futility and horror.

Additional £2.70 on bus fares today.

CremeEggThief Wed 05-Dec-12 20:08:20

Rogue, our footpaths are ice rinks. And our walk is 1.5 miles. The council save the grit for the main roads and don't bother with the pavements, so I am counting down the days until we break up for Christmas. It's awful, wondering if you'll be on time every day...

AdoraJingleBells Wed 05-Dec-12 20:36:07

I could kill for some snow, it's 34 bleedin degrees C here. Take care on those paths though Cremeegg . My DDs break up Friday next week, I can't wait.

I don't know if I'll ever be ready for the WI, I hope you enjoy your's though Rogue and economy

Today I topped up on loo rolls, half price, and my toothpaste (there have been times I couldn't afford it) I need Sensodyne everyday and it's about 1/3 more here than in UK. All other brands have been tried and none work on my teeth. A few snacky bits for Christmas, some chicken, new tooth brush heads for DDs and it came to £60 [fshock). Then I spent £18 on two gifts, forgot someone, and £6 on stocking fillers for DDs.

£2.40 on roads today

Yesterday, only £45 at the Dr's, but then another £30 on 2 month's worth of vitamins, need to get 1 more pack. Plus, £10 in the cafeteria because OH wanted to come with us which meant dragging DD1 out too. Another £2.40 on roads for that journey.

Tomorrow will be an NSD other than tolls on the school run.

Mum2Fergus Wed 05-Dec-12 22:05:19

NSD today smile dropped into local second hand car dealer and have found a wee runner for when the tank goes on Monday! Only 1.4k so still plenty left over to bulk up house deposit...and will be much cheaper to run...Ive calculated a saving of approx £40pm with it smile

roguepixie Wed 05-Dec-12 22:18:28

creme - that's the thing ... it looks lovely when you are all tucked up inside but trying to get DC's to school, get any food in or get anywhere is a nightmare ... and I worry myself sick when DH is out in the car going to and from work. It horrifies me. We live at the top of a very steep cul-de-sac and get gritted at the merest hint of snow. My DParents are less than 10 minutes walk away, live on the flat and have to navigate a skating rink if they want to leave the house when the weather turns ... they are nearly 80 so it really is scarry.

Adora - I can imagine after that heat you must want some snow. What are the winters like there?

Well done Mum2, that sounds like a good deal.

Tomorrow is NSD for me.

AdoraJingleBells Thu 06-Dec-12 01:09:56

One of the packs of chicken I bought was on the turn when I opened it, it's use by Dec 12th, so should have been fine. Oh well, dogs will enjoy their breakfast tomorrow, I'm not doing another 60km round trip to complain about 1 packet of chicken. It's the only supermarket that refrigerates things properly, but their sister store is opening locally soon. FX they'll be reliable.

Rogue winters are cold, but short lived. Technically we have 4 seasons just like you, but 3 of those are much warmer so it feels like winter only lasts a few weeks. We get rain, altough the last few years nowhere near enough. Parts of the central region ran out of water before the end of spring this year. We don't usualy get snow where we are, nor the capital, but the surrounding hills get tons of the stuff. It looks fantastic grin

Mum2Fergus Thu 06-Dec-12 19:22:33

Evening all smile NSD again for me today...will be a different story tomorrow though. Shopping to be done , and need insurance for new car. Anyone any recommendations?!

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 06-Dec-12 19:46:12

aviva, topcashback or quidco will be doing cb of £60-80. my car ins worked out at £157 this year, Hastings wanted £420

Bakingnovice Thu 06-Dec-12 20:12:52

Mum2 I'm looking for home insurance. Through topcashback it's coming out cheap with RAC and fifty quid cash back. Good luck.

Helenagrace Fri 07-Dec-12 07:15:51

I survived the move!!

Quite a few extra expenses like takeaways but I can cook from today (couldn't see the kitchen for boxes yesterday!!). We had to buy some house stuff including extra storage but most if it was cheaper at Argos so we took advantage of their voucher deal and got £20.

Won't spend much today except for a smoke alarm battery as we discovered last night that the previous tenants have removed it angry

roguepixie Fri 07-Dec-12 09:51:00

Thanks Adora, it sounds lovely ... especially the snowy mountains.

Well, spent £5.00 last night on two soft drinks at the WI Christmas meal. Had a lovely time.

Will spend on Oyster today as have to get to Richmond to see my DS swim (it's the School House Gala). Another Mum may be going so might get a lift (oh, I do hope so 'cos it's soooooooo cold today).

Just watching Housewives of DC with my coffee (a seriously guilty pleasure blush and then the cleaning/tidying/chucking continues. Have cleaned the kitchen and done a wash since being up so not all sitting an watching grin. Have to be ready to go sometime around 4:30/5:00pm depending on mode of transport.

roguepixie Fri 07-Dec-12 09:51:35

Also, glad you survived Helena smile.

CremeEggThief Fri 07-Dec-12 11:09:48

That's great, Helena- apart from the smoke alarm! What an odd thing to take away!

Regarding getting around in treacherous weather - exactly, rogue! It was even worse this morning, as we had heavy rain last night sad. Even in snow boots, you still feel at risk of falling. Enjoy your son's swimming gala and I hope you get a lift.

Right, housework and then wrapping!

AdoraJingleBells Fri 07-Dec-12 11:16:32


Well done on survivinggrin and btw, take aways are allowed in the first few days after moving house. It's in the contractwink

Nothing other than roads yesterday, not even a sneaky coffee as I had a crown fitted at the dentist and she told me to avoid hot liquids. She knows I need a coffee after visiting her, it's the only way to get over the ordealshock. I have to confess to being a very nervous patient, I nearly bit her hand yesterdayblush. My total was £4

Today I need to get a birthday present, DD1's boyfriend is turning 12. Can't get him anything that would cause activity, like anything sport related as he had a sever neck injury and needs to avoid aggravating it. So I'll be shelling out far too much money on some Lego. Also need fuel again, but it's the first fill up since Sat. because of OH doing the am school run. Only 1 more week of school, yay!

Rogue it is a beautiful place, but the other things are beginning to outway the appeal of the nature/wildfile aspects. Hope you enjoy the swimming gala, and good luck to DS's House.

economymode Fri 07-Dec-12 12:57:12

Glad it all went well, Helena.

Mum2Fergus, we have a multi car policy with admiral. It's around £300 each.

Bakingnovice, I just got our home insurance with Legal and General through Top Cash Back. I should get £50 in six months or so.

I'm on a bit of a winning roll! Yesterday I was selected to test Aldi's mince pies via Twitter and today I got an email to say I had won a year's magazine subscription through a Garnier promotion I had long forgotten about. Happy days!

roguepixie Fri 07-Dec-12 15:32:20

Congrat's economy - that's fantastic. Can you chose which magazine? And should you need a hand tasting the mince pies ... <<<ahem>>> look no further ... will sacrifice myself in the interests of such scientific endeavours grinwink

economymode Fri 07-Dec-12 17:59:47

Haha, rogue. I think Mr Economy will be more than happy to lend a helping hand with the pies, sorry! And yep, I have a choice of mags - have gone for Red.

Yesterday I got a cot top changer on eBay for 99p as I was the only bidder. I feel a bit embarrassed about handing over less than £1, but then they should have started bidding higher.

roguepixie Sat 08-Dec-12 08:58:55

economy, I listed a whole load of stuff for 99p - most rose in price but a couple of items sold for 99p which means the buyer has got a massive bargain. Just got to smile and say 'you win some you lose some'. I don't understand people who start bids at 99p, assuming they will go up and then withdraw item or complain that Ebay 'isn't what it was'. Be happy you got a great bargain - you did good [frgrin].

Btw, most upset about the mince pies wink, I hope Mr Economy realises how lucky he is gringrin

roguepixie Sat 08-Dec-12 10:52:44

Just got an email ... free listing weekend on Ebay this weekend (8-9th December) - last before Christmas (apparently). 100 listings of £1.00 or over. smile

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 08-Dec-12 11:39:05

Thanks rogue, I have stuff to list.

Just made laundry gloop (without borax) and it's setting hidden out of sight of DH who will disapprove. Cunningly hidden in the utility room under an old hoover.

NSD yesterday, need cat food today.

2Old2BeAChristmasElf Sat 08-Dec-12 20:50:48

Hi all, well Thursday I spent £2 on car parking had to run into town to close my work bank account as I didn't want to start paying an account fee. I also called the local womens refuge who took all my unwanted baby bits for a lady who is due in two weeks and has nothing grin that's, my Christmas Charity Donation this year.

Friday I spent £7 on playgroup and homemade fudge.

Today was the annual family meet up so we drove from Cambridgeshire to Warwickshire and all had a meal £45 for the for of us including drinks. DS2 screamed and hit/kicked me most of the time so I couldn't even enjoy it! sad

Oh well onwards and upwards, food shopping tomorrow!

AdoraJingleBells Sun 09-Dec-12 01:50:11

Today I spent £20 on Lego set, birthday gift, and £15 on veg and fruit juice. OH surprised us by suggesting taking DDs to the cinema, £20, they loved it. Roads were £2.40

Yesterday was just roads and a coffee on the school run. Had to pick DD1 up after a party so that doubled the road costs, £5 in total and £2.50 on a large coffee.

Tomorrow will be a spendy day, dropping both DDs at the party then OH and I will shop for gifts from the ILs. It's far easier and cheaper for us to shop here rather than them sent gifts, which may not arrive.

Congrats on those mince pies and the magazine economy

roguepixie Sun 09-Dec-12 09:43:53

fluffy - can I ask...what is the 'laundry gloop'? I am intrigued? grin

2Old - what a lovely thing to do. You have gone straight to the top of the 'lovely things to go at Christmas' list' smile

Adora - love the '^large^' coffee. I soooooooooo understand grin.

Well, it's doing top-up food shop today and then the delights of the ironing board are beckoning (oh, be still my fluttering heart grin). Next week will be spent doing more cleaning and tidying in an effort to get the house under control. I am a bit of a magpie whilst DH is a spartan so we tend to clash...must admiit, his way looks better and makes cleaning easier too confused

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 09-Dec-12 12:08:19

Laundry Gloop off the money saving expert site;

Laundry Gloop

Equipment req.

1 v. large saucepan (stockpot is ideal)
1 wooden spoon
Bucket or similar v. large plastic storage container with lid.

For the gloop:

1 bar of ordinary soap, finely grated (c. 100g in weight if you are wanting to grate up unloved mini soaps that have sat in the bathroom for years.)
8 oz (250 g) washing soda
8oz (250g) borax or borax substitute (not essential but stops gloop from foaming and acts as deodoriser)
9 litres hot water.
A few drops of essential oils (not necessary, but adds a bit of scent)


Grate the soap as finely as you can. Old, hard soaps seem to grate the best.
Put grated soap in the large pan and add one and a half litres of boiling water. Bring this to a simmer on the stove and stir until dissolved. When the soap has dissolved, add the washing soda and borax together and stir until this is fully dissolved.

Remove the pan from the heat and allow this to cool SLIGHTLY then pour into a bucket or other large receptacle, pref. one with a lid.

Add up to 8 litres of hot water, pop lid on and allow to set in a cool place.

Mine took about eight hours to set.
When set, it will look like blancmange.

To use:
Add a small cupful directly to the DRUM of your washing machine (not the dosing drawer) with the laundry.
If you have v.smelly laundry you may wish to add a scoop of Oxy -clean type granules to the dosing drawer.

Each washload will cost me about 2p, I calculated. It would have been 1p if I hadn't used the borax.

The borax is actually borax substitute - there's no need to order this from the States, it's made in the UK by a company called Dri Pak. They do mail order.

I havent used borax as I didnt have any. Someone on the frugal resoloutions thread said to use a deoderant cap as a measure.

I'm going to use it on once worn stuff and towells etc.

It cost me £1.17 to do and I have about 7 ltrs of it.

CremeEggThief Sun 09-Dec-12 16:56:00

Sounds intriguing, fluffy. Have you tried it yet?

NSD today.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 09-Dec-12 19:58:08

No, not tried it yet. I only wear stuff once so I thought for things like my stuff and towels it would be ok, DH's works shirts go through the mill so I will try it but not be too upset if it's not as good as the aldi powder.

I'm sad enough to note down each wash in blocks of 5 too so I know cost per wash. Yes, the winter nights do fly by with me around.

£3 on JL baubles for the tree (half price) and £15 petrol. £42 for food shop in Aldi.

Pets at home are doing a loyalty scheme for those of us (and the lurkers) who have pets. 10% off first purchase but havent read all the pamplet yet.

I need to research chick crumb for cat litter, I'm sure someone on the litter tray section said chick crumb can replace litter and is cheap.

roguepixie Mon 10-Dec-12 07:19:52

Now I have another question fluffy ... what the heck is 'chick crumb'? Not that I have a cat but all these strange and wonderful things are so interesting (I know, I am totally sad) smile. And fluffy, are you a one woman 'good lifer' grin? I am in awe of your 'make it yourself' attitude. Could you not do a double scoop wash on your DH's shirts?

I need to go to the Post Office again today to post off the majority of my Ebay sales - did really well last week. I have the unsold items on again as it was a free listing weekend but that will be the last one before Christmas.

Spent £75.00 on top up shop yesterday, so not so much top up as major ... it did have a few things for Christmas as trying to spread the load rather than buy everything in one go. Am really cutting back this Christmas so am doing much better than usual. Will only need to buy some veggies later on in the week.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 10-Dec-12 09:03:54

Afaik, chick crumb is a corn based feed for baby chickens, it clumps when wet and is flushable but is cheaper than cat litters. It seems to be comparable to "the best litter" or somesuch brand. The cheap litters dont absorb well so one wee fills half his tray not a nice little clump like with the more expensive litters.

We have an animal feed place near us so I can see if they have any.

No, not a good lifer I just think soap is such an old recipe and yet we pay loads for it in the supermarkets. I could double scoop for the mucky wash.

Should be a nsd today, pil want me to switch their landline so I will be researching that, primus is cheap but gets bad reviews for internet but they dont need internet. I cant find any bad reviews for land line.

Mum2Fergus Mon 10-Dec-12 10:20:39

Morning all ... been v busy weekend so just catching up! Car gone this morning and money in the Bank-happy days! Pick up my wee runner at some point today. Also have a few big Ebay items finishing in the next few hours so that will keep me busy for a bit!

This laundry gloop - is it okay to use on kids/baby clothes?

Hope everyone is well?!

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 10-Dec-12 11:56:49

I think it's only wool and silk you cant use it on but I use Alur from homebargains/poundshop/asda for that. It is just bath soap and soda crystals after all.

My bottom sheet from The White Company has a hole in it! a big patch has gone bare and now it's a hole. 300tc and I only bought it the year we married so only 2 years ago. So trip to TK Maxx to replace that, then we need to find the reciept for it as it should last longer than that. I can try and return it. I dont want store credit though, strangely gone off them now.

Fergus, so glad you got rid of the gas guzzler. You'll notice the difference when you fill up and get more miles out of it.

Nothing worth having on the freestuff sites this morning. I got a coupon off one of them for £3 off an Isle of Jura malt whiskey so thats fil pressie sorted.

Mum2Fergus Mon 10-Dec-12 13:28:16

And the savings keep rolling tax now £66 instead of £ now less than £200 instead of £550 (Im also due a refund of nearly £290 too!)... happy days!

Spending this afternoon documenting finances in anticipation of mortgage meeting with Bank in the morning!

Bakingnovice Mon 10-Dec-12 14:43:19

Mum2 fergus I'm trying to find home insurance too. Am hoping to go via topcashback. Any good deals?

CremeEggThief Mon 10-Dec-12 18:04:40

£5.50 today- £3 on dairy and £2.50 on bus fares. Good news about the car and eBay, mum2fergus and rogue. smile

Hope you find the receipt, fluffy and let us know how you get on with the gloop!

Mum2Fergus Mon 10-Dec-12 19:28:32

Mine was car insurance Baking...ended up going with Bank I work with...10% discount and a voucher for a free MOT.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 10-Dec-12 20:51:07

Aviva was good for my car ins, I went via quidco as they had the highest cb amount and the lowest quote. They have sent me a leaflet offering 50% off house insurance and 20% off that for having car insurance with them so I will be trying to use them for the house cover when that comes up for renewall in March.

£3.35 on marked down sirloin joint. No new bedsheet yet, cant find receipt angry

You dont mind paying for quality when it's worth it, I thought I'd still be using those sheets when our 10th anniversary came round but already one sheet is threadbare. TK Maxx has some lovely bedding, christy and dorma, designers guild.

I had no idea anyone would be remotely interested in laundry gloop.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 10-Dec-12 21:35:20

Hi everyone, I've been AWOL with poorly children. DS1 has been off school since Wednesday and is still really poorly, bless him sad

The upside is that we've been stuck at home a fair bit so lots of NSDs.

Mum2 well done on the car sale, and good luck for tomorrow and the mortgage meeting!

rogue well done on Ebay!

DH still doesn't have any work lined up, although he is on some shortlists and will hopefully hear about a couple of interviews this week. We are doing well on this month's budget and should be able to save about £600 extra into our emergency fund.

Tomorrow should be a NSD, and probably Wednesday as well.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 10-Dec-12 21:37:42

Be careful with Christy and Dorma, I don't think the quality is as good as it used to be. We have some Christy towels which have got loads of loose threads, and I had to ditch a whole set of Dorma bedding after only a year because all the elastic went in the bottom sheets, and the poppers on the duvet covers would no longer do up.

We've got John Lewis bedding now, which is going strong 4 years on.

roguepixie Tue 11-Dec-12 07:05:20

Fluffy - I second Alibaba's John Lewis recommendation. I buy my bedding from them and have only just replaced a bottom sheet that wore through after approx. 12 years!!!! It does wear very well. The duvet covers and pillow cases are still good to use. A fitted bottom sheet is somewhere in the region of £18-22 from John Lewis but is really does last for years. You may get a better price in the upcoming sales?

Thank you also for the gloop recipe. I find all these things really interesting. I don't have cats (am allergic) but had never heard of crumb - thank you for the explanation.

DS is off school today - he got a whack across the hand in hockey yesterday and now can't move his fingers. Looks like they may be broken! Am seriously pissed off - not with him but the timing - he has a bake sale today in aid of a local charity, he has a concert coming up this week which I now need to chase the teacher for information about...poo!

Mum2Fergus Tue 11-Dec-12 15:50:19

Sooo, mortgage approved in principle this morning smile Solicitor has copy of home report and we've discussed/agreed initial (and possibly cheeky lol) offer. Waiting to hear back from her now. Had a few Ebay sales paid for and picked up...gutted I missed the free listing weekend as Ive loads still to list. Approx £100 in Paypal ac at minute, intend to let it sit until we (hopefully) move then maybe a treat for new bedding smile

Weekly shop today too...stayed under £50 budget and had a total of £17.43 using vouchers, happy with that!

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 11-Dec-12 16:02:34

Good luck mum2Fergus, It's torture waiting to hear from estate agents.

CremeEggThief Tue 11-Dec-12 18:13:19

Ooh, best of luck, mum2Fergus!

Fluffy, I think of you as a bit of a scientist, as you always seem to have a project or experiment on the go! grin

Ali, hope everyone feels better soon.

Almost an NSD here - ran out of tape whilst wrapping, so had to dash out for some. £1.25 from our lovely, cheap newsagent.

Leilandri Tue 11-Dec-12 20:30:08

Found you all! grin

Well done everyone on savings this month - cars, insurance, gloop... so inspiring.

We're doing ok so far this month, and I am loving having had some wages paid in.
Have a small stash of nice food squirrelled away for Xmas now, which is cheering me up as for a while it looked like we'd be lucky to have bread and water for Xmas dinner! hmm

AdoraJingleBells Tue 11-Dec-12 21:25:39

NSD here, DD2 has been off school. She has my cold and has soldiered on through the end of year exams, last one was yesterday and she decided to stay put this morning when I went to wake her. Which put paid to my shopping trip. I need to get a gift and toothpaste tomorrow now.

So, just roads today, double because of picking up after a party, 6 quids

Ali best of luck for DH's interviews. Mine is just keeping the bills paid at present, didn't need much persuading that DDs have no need of a fancy new phone just because it's Christmas.

Fluffy hope you get a refund on those sheets .

I'm just a tad pee'd off with the school, having spent money on clothes and shoes specifically for the drama presentation it turns out there's no time for a drama presentation, I can't find the right brackets on this pc but I am angry faced.

roguepixie Wed 12-Dec-12 07:05:16

Adora ... here's a angry for you. That is just so annoying. I am angry too - bought rugby boots for DS to play in house rugby and now it's cancelled...knowing him his feet will have grown by the time it's re-scheduled.

Ali - sending lots if lucky wishes to your DH for interviews.

Hello Leilandri, I do that to.

Helenagrace Wed 12-Dec-12 08:38:26

Hello fellow scrimpers!

I've so far managed to stay within my food budget. Went to Asda to buy some chocolates for Christmas and spent less than I thought I would. Need to do an Aldi shop this week. Lots of NSDsgrin

Looking for a job as I'm fed up of working for myself. It's lonely and I work better with other people.

We have a mortgage in principle for a buy to let mortgage for our Lancashire house. If we can rent that out we'll have an extra £700 a month which will make a huge difference. We have, however, decided to try to save most of it. We're managing with living frugally and realise how much we've wasted in the past blush. The future will be different!

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 12-Dec-12 09:05:48

Helena, I am exactly the same, I cringe at how much money I've wasted over the years and how we would be in a much better position now if I had lived like this since leaving home.

Adora, I dont suppose you can take those costumes back either can you? I have always thought of south american countries as cheap places to live compared to countries like Switzerland or the UK but you seem to get charged for everything out there.

I'm making new draught exluders today, Draught excluders #1 are 2" too short and we have draughts so I'm going to cut up my old white company dressing gown and wonda web it to make extra long ones. I do like to have a little project going. My feet are freezing sitting at this table.

NSD yesterday.

Roll on the new year sales for christmas cards and wrapping paper! card factory here I come. <sharpens elbows>

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 12-Dec-12 10:41:28

Helena same here. DH has earned really well since the beginning of the year, and while we had a lot of commitments that we had to meet - hen dos, weddings at home and abroad which were expensive, we have also frittered a LOT and it stops. We have a bloody great mortgage to pay for one thing, and I don't want to be working when I'm 70!

AdoraJingleBells Wed 12-Dec-12 12:49:41

Rogue thanks, that was what I needed grin, so it's not just our school then?

Fluffy nope, one dress was altered to fit and the shoes and dresses have been worn in rehersals. Otherwise I could have exchanged them for more practical things.

Lot's of countries here are cheap to live in, but we picked the one that boomed. It's a toss up really, do you live in a dirt cheap country with poor education and medical care, or go for the sparkly one with all the bells and whistles. The clinic we use is consistently voted 2nd best in Latin America, and the area we moved to, semi rural, small towns but within reach of the capital has become the place for footballers and TV types. Which has pushed prices of everything up. I now use the supermarket on the wrong side of the road. It literally is the other side of the motorway, but it's definitely over there as opposed to this side. Still need to go to the city for meat/fish as there's only one place that uses reliable refrigeration.

Anyway, another NSD here as DD2 is still in bed, again. She only has a cold so I don't need to spend good money take her to the Dr.

I was tempted to get Crimbo decorations at 70% off at the weekend, but we have more than enough already, so I saved my penniesgrin.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 12-Dec-12 15:56:15

Just butter, milk and gravy powder today.

Mum2Fergus Wed 12-Dec-12 16:58:55

Im so in agreement with posts on regretting historic frivolity in terms if finances. When I left exP it was with some debt, but I worked hard and got it all paid off. I then had 5 years if well paid singledom which with hindsight I regret most...holidays, cars, gadgets...stupid, but didnt feel like it at the time. Now, with DP we have a good joint income, with Id say average outgoings, but we still manage to fritter it away. The last 3 months (since being told rental property going up for sale) have been a real eye opener.

By being more frugal and accounting for the pennies Ive been able to save the last of a house deposit without too much of a challenge. We honestly dont feel as if we're doing without...definitely set a new foundation for our approach to things going forward.

On the house front, initial (and cheeky) offer declined. We've since met in the middle and offer has been accepted subject to satisfactory gas safety report, which is lined up for next week...woohoo!

Had to post some Ebay sales today, and one large item being picked up/paid for tonight. Other than postage, NSD here. Hope everyone is having a great week!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 12-Dec-12 17:49:57

£7.76 today on fruit and treats to try to tempt DS1's appetite. He has barely eaten for a week and isn't very well covered to start with. Starting to think he isn't going to be well for his nativity on Friday sad <sob>

Mum2 - I think I remember your thread about your rental being put up for sale. You were wondering about buying it IIRC?

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 12-Dec-12 18:05:41

Hopefully the conveyancers wont be too busy in January and the sale will go through quickly. It's always worth a cheeky offer.

I think there is a £5 off voucher in the mirror tomorrow for aldi.

economymode Wed 12-Dec-12 18:54:35

There is indeed a £5 off Aldi voucher tomorrow, fluffy. Happy days! Still waiting for my mince pies from them to turn up.

Haven't had a chance to have a proper read through all the recent posts, but seems like you've had a good few days, mum2fergus.

Ali, I know how you feel re poorly kids. EconomyBoy came down with chicken pox Saturday night (after we'd been at a 1st birthday party in the afternoon, so dread to think how many people will be having spotty Christmases...) so I've been stuck dealing with him whining and crawling the walls. On the plus side, I can't really take him to any shops in case we spread the love, so my spend has been mimimal this week. But my sanity is barely intact.

Annoyingly, the 99p changer I got from ebay is too big - turns out our cot is super-tiny (or space saving, as they like to call it) so anything meant to fit a standard cot is too big. So, back to the drawing board there.

Mum2Fergus Wed 12-Dec-12 21:35:22

You remember rightly AliBaba! We're not buying the rental (we have first refusal on it) ... the place we are already has us on our 2nd choice of school for DS, and planning permission for another 450 houses has just been granted which is likely to put us into 3rd choice. So cutting our losses and moving to a village nearer Edinburgh. The Primary School there has Breakfast/Aftershool/Summer clubs and is literally at the end of our path, so no issues in terms of catchment!

roguepixie Thu 13-Dec-12 15:04:25

Really minimal spending here - just the Oyster bus/tube fares. Everything else is carefully considered. Took some 'rash' purchases back to John Lewis and returned them so that was £123.00 back on the card. (It was three items of clothing and, to be honest, I can make do, so returned them).

Off to the Royal Albert Hall tonight. DS is singing there <<proud Mum emoticon>>. Tickets were massively expensive (£42.50 each + booking fee by the time I got details from the school ... and we needed two) but I figure that it is not often that you get to see your son sing there so I considered it money well spent.

Have reading the above posts and totally agree that when you put your mind to it and really examine what you need, rather than what you want, you can save so much money. We spend without thinking so often that it is a really useful exercise to spend consciously - the savings are immense.

economy, sorry your ebay bargain was not suitable. Is this something you can alter to make smaller?

Anyway, well done to everyone. There are some truly amazing savings going on here and you are all inspirational.

Am I right in assuming we are going to carry this on into 2013????? <<hopeful emoticon>>

Mum2Fergus Thu 13-Dec-12 15:11:45

Afternoon all...few bits n pieces today, milk, bread etc but bill was just over £12 as needed camera battery too. On the upside I had an Ebay sale paid for and collected, it was £21 so £9 better off than I was this morning. Spendy day tomorrow...petrol and works Xmas lunch but that is paid for up to £35 each, return train fare to Edinburgh.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 13-Dec-12 16:13:08

rogue wow that is amazing for your DS, have a fabulous time!

Mum that sounds like a good move re. schools and so on, really pleased that things are working out for you smile

Spent £35 today on nappies, milk, bread, and a few other groceries.

Checked bank accounts again this morning and went through spending for the month. I think we should be able to save closer to £800 than £600 provided nothing unexpected turns up.

CremeEggThief Thu 13-Dec-12 18:24:20

Just wanted to wish your DS well, rogue. What an amazing opportunity!

Ali, hope your DCs are on the mend? My DS came down with a tummy bug yesterday sad. He hasn't been sick since last night, so fingers crossed. I'm keeping him off school tomorrow anyway.

£22 posting a box of pressies to my family in the Rep.of Ireland! shock. But I bet it would cost more than that if I'd chanced adding them to my 15kg luggage allowance when we fly over on the 27th...

AdoraJingleBells Thu 13-Dec-12 22:48:16

Rogue wow, I am impressed. I'm sure you'll enjoy it, hope DS enjoys performing. It really is an amazing venue, not surprising that you're proud of him.

Ali hope DCs feel better very soon, and Cremeegg hope your's gets over his stomach bug quickly.

Bit of a spendy day here, a few odd Xmas gifts, ironing lady - hand cream set and choc selection boxes on special offer-. £60 total in the supermarket, £13 on three birthday gifts for 3 classmates- hurray for the likes of Claire's, and £2.40 on the roads.

Mum2Fergus Thu 13-Dec-12 23:51:04

Another £102 spend today for the gas safety inspection on new house...its being done Tuesday am. I think I might be getting paid tomorrow...jeez, its really early this month, usually 20th. Need to try to forget its there...on the plus side ir will include the bonus of money Ive been setting aside for past year grin

roguepixie Fri 14-Dec-12 07:18:03

Thank you ladies, he is an amazing boy in all ways but he is a truly excellent singer. When he joined his school he decided to audition for their Chamber Choir all by himself (he was in his Primary School Choir) and got accepted. He loves singing and so enjoys himself. He had a wonderful time last night and got to sing with Michael Ball (very nice man, DS tells me) and a variety of other singers. I am so proud of him - he really does commit to it. He has rehearsals all day tomorrow. as well, for the School Christmas concert - Haydn etc etc, which is tomorrow night. After that he can relax until next term!!

Sorry - thread hijack to bore you all with not so stealthy boasting <in a very positive way>> grin

Spend yesterday was bus and tube fares, £4.95 in Pauls (yes, I know, too expensive but I needed a coffee and had to have a bun too hmm. Another £3.50 on programme so DS has memento and £5.00 donation in aid of Comic Relief (which was the Charity benefiting from last night's concert.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 14-Dec-12 09:12:58

rogue I love Pauls grin I'm glad your DS enjoyed his evening. I did a lot of music when I was younger and had some great opportunities to rehearse and perform with amazing musicians. It is incredibly life-enhancing and so good for self-confidence.

DS1 is much better today, the antibiotics he was prescribed yesterday are kicking in.
I'm so relieved, because DH and I are going out tonight to see The Hobbit and I didn't want to lose the £28 shock that the tickets cost, but we couldn't leave a poorly child with a babysitter.
We are also off to see SIL, BIL and the DNs tomorrow for the weekend and we've got a hotel booked and paid for so we would have been seriously out of pocket if we had had to cancel.

So today will be £30 for babysitter, £10 for snacks and drinks at the cinema. We may need more milk, so £1.20ish for that, more Calpol and I want to get some nice chocolates and other Christmassy snacks to take to SILs with us.
Tomorrow we will need to fill the car up which will be about £35 - it is only half empty. Not sure what else, but I've allowed £30 for incidental expenses while we're away because you never know what will crop up.

So a spendy weekend, but it is all budgeted for smile

CremeEggThief Fri 14-Dec-12 09:35:29

That's great that your DS is on the mend, ali. Enjoy your weekend away smile.

2Old2BeAChristmasElf Fri 14-Dec-12 16:31:15

Hi all, been a bad week this week. Garage roof leaking so that's £900 I've flushed down toilet as the cowboys who did it are nowhere to be seen sad Fridge broke down Monday, just fixed today, kicked off at British Gas who are sending me a £70 cheque for the spoiled food as they failed to fix it within 24 hours. Oh and the dishwasher leaked. Hopefully that's my 3 things. I've had 3 no spend days as I've been waiting in for British Gas to turn up (a lot!) But hey ho, DM and DMIL have both offered to help us out but luckily we have savings so nothing but my pride and my wallet hurt from being ripped off blush

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 14-Dec-12 18:16:47

That's awful elf, I wouldnt know where to start choosing builders and there seems to be so many dodgy ones around too.

£6.99 on a bottle of Prosecco from aldi (needed it)
£8 on petrol.

I will be washing with gloop this weekend.

I'm going to buy a spin dryer in the new year, I'm going to wait for a catalogue code for money off a spend over however many £ then go through quidco too. Some of the catalogues are fairly reasonable if you do it that way and pay by cash. Fed up of washing taking 3 days to dry.

If I had a tumble drier it would save me money but I dont use it.

All the good codes dried up just in time for christmas.

AdoraJingleBells Sat 15-Dec-12 00:27:42

Yipee, DDs off school for our summer, no moré daily road tolls grin - will read later, have To run now.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 15-Dec-12 09:30:31

Got a £5 off voucher from Waitrose as I have their loyalty card (never actually shopped there since I got the card) but it will pay for some frozen veg or something.

Fitted my shower regulator, it has reduced the flow from power shower to normal shower so I will have to take it out for DH's showers <stealthy> or he will notice and have an opinion about it.

Laundry gloop working well, didnt get turmeric out of 2 Ecloths so they will go through again with bleach on them. Only thing I've found to shift turmeric and I have a big pack of ariel stain remover I got for free I can try as a last resort.

You must be so relieved Adora, I honestly dont know how anyone in this country could cope if they had to pay to use the roads for the school run.

Helenagrace Sat 15-Dec-12 09:34:23

elf are there any trusted trader schemes near you? Often Age Concern run them but it's a good way of finding out who the good guys are.

Apart from our Saturday papers planning a NSD today. Although the outlaws are coming do I may need to replenish the Aldi rip off Baileys when they leave as I'll have drunk it all.grin

2Old2BeAChristmasElf Sat 15-Dec-12 11:41:23

Oh buggery bollocks, Spark plug misfired in DH's car and has destroyed the catalytic convertor, that's £720 sad when will our run of bad luck end?

CremeEggThief Sat 15-Dec-12 12:14:10

Oh elf sad. Nightmare! Wish I could offer more than sympathy. thanks

Great to hear about the gloop working well, fluffy smile, and that must be a relief, adora. How long do you get for summer holidays?

£3.80 total for today, on the paper and sending a parcel, but that should be it for today. Spent £15.50 yesterday.on a top-up shop.

2Old2BeAChristmasElf Sat 15-Dec-12 12:23:57

Thanks cremeegg, just watched the news and have slightly more perspective after watching that poor town in conneticut mourning for those poor children, teachers and their families sad

2Old2BeAChristmasElf Sat 15-Dec-12 13:55:43

Just got a quote from someone else (guy we used to drink with) they can do it for led than £500.

Also the bloke who did my roof was on one of those rated websites, so don't trust them people!

AdoraJingleBells Sat 15-Dec-12 23:53:50

DDs are off for 3 months, the whole summer effectively. That's a lot of holiday to fill up, but I don't have to go out and pay road tolls 5 days a week grin we have bikes, roller skates, scooters and a lot of time to use them. There wil be the odd day out but mostly they'll spend the long weeks playing with friends

Elf can you leave feedback on those sites that recommend trades? Or call them about the shoddy work/disappearing trick?

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 16-Dec-12 08:36:05

Trading standards is the place to go, they may well be building a case against them and need more examples of their dodgy work.

I'm genuinely surprised they dont do school buses for you Adora, I mean one bus will emit less fumes than 30 parents per class all driving in.

2Old2BeAChristmasElf Sun 16-Dec-12 08:42:52

They have already been kicked off the website, we went back to leave feedback and they've berth removed sad Yes we are going to trading standards about them too.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 16-Dec-12 17:47:27

£1.67 in Waitrose using my voucher, got frozen green beans, frozen cauli and sprouts, soya yoghurts for xmas and milk for dh.

£30 MIL xmas present, £2 for wrapping and ribbons in poundworld

£20 petrol.

£33 for FIL's present but got 15.15% cashback at topcashback.

Used the gloop again, I think my annual bill for clothes washing stuff (highbrow) will be about £8. Plus colour catcher sheets but I use homebargains cheapy ones and the occaisonal laundry whitner. I think I'll only need the box of bio I have now for sheets. smile

AdoraJingleBells Sun 16-Dec-12 18:11:39

They do have school buses Fuffy but I won't use them other than emergencias. I've seen then pass me way over the speed limit with the driver on the phone, which is ilegal here. Last week a class mate said they watched Ted, rated 18 here and these kids are between 3 and 12. The DCs run around while the bus is moving too. This is also why I take a friend's DCs home, she went back To work FT but didn't want use the bus. One driver was fired for hitting a sleeping dog on the drive of one house, it diedsad

That gloop seems To be impressive stuff, I may have a go but I 'd have To make a long journey To get the bórax, so I'd try To do with out. <can't make my phone do that as 1 word confused

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 16-Dec-12 18:36:40

Blimey, that school bus sounds a proper education in all the things you wouldnt want them learning. I've watched Ted... I wouldnt let a kid under 15 watch it.

Poor Dog angry

I didnt use borax in mine, you cant get it in the UK anymore probably due to health and safety. Mines just grated yardley lavender soap and soda crystals.

economymode Mon 17-Dec-12 13:36:20

Jeez, elf, so sorry to hear about your run of bad luck. Fingers crossed that's it now and you can relax and try to enjoy Christmas.

£35 in Aldi yesterday (would have been £40 but used my £5 off voucher).

£1.50 on Saturday paper and £1.50 on potato waffles for dinner (MrEconomy and I had been up puking Friday night and it's about all we could stomach).

EconomyBoy's chicken pox is over, so we can go out and face the world again. So that'll be a few £ on playgroups this week.

Happy holidays to your daughters, Adora!

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 17-Dec-12 17:16:40


Helenagrace Mon 17-Dec-12 19:17:49

Well I spent £135 in Asda and there's another £130 coming from Sainsburys on Thursday but then apart from bread, milk and my turkey that's it until about January 4th. I might need to top up veggies after Christmas but shouldn't be too spendy.

I intend to busy myself baking all week so I won't venture near any shopsgrin

AdoraJingleBells Mon 17-Dec-12 22:53:59

Thanks economy and I hope you both feel better.

NSD, plus weekend heregrin. This week I'm getting the christmas groceries, can't decide wether To look for a smallish turkey or just get a rolled breast like I usualy do. Must get DD2 some sándals too, she's still using last year's but has now outgrown them.

roguepixie Tue 18-Dec-12 07:18:16

Hello All,

Adora, so glad your DD's are finished for 'summer' now. It is a wonderful thing not to have those deadlines to meet - all those journeys and road tolls...enjoy the peace .smile.

Economy, glad economyboy is now free of the pox smile and you can face the world again.

Elf, I hope this spells the end of your run of bad luck and that things improve.

I did my food shopping yesterday, with the exception of the turkey. Came in at £192.00. Have another £80.00 to pay on additionals on Thursday and am paying the major balance of the turkey this afternoon (I get mine from my local butcher and it is so worth the extra money it costs - and it does so many meals and then I make stock so, all in all, I get as much from it as humanly possible.

All presents have been bought - just need to wrap the blessed things now.

Tree went up last night with RogueJr helping (so the tree leans towards wherever he was standing!!!!) so looks lovely grin.

Helenagrace Tue 18-Dec-12 09:58:58

For anyone in the SE who wants a free day out - Kew Gardens have free entry tickets on all dates between 22/12 and 4/1. I just got some. There's a link on their homepage and you just have to print the tickets off at home. Usual entry is £14.50 so quite a good saving!

roguepixie Tue 18-Dec-12 12:34:28

Thank you Helena - I have just ordered mine. That's a nice day out and an even nicer saving. DH will have no cause to complain - especially if I take a packed lunch and a thermos of hot coffee grin.

Helenagrace Tue 18-Dec-12 13:22:04

That's our plan rogue grin

economymode Tue 18-Dec-12 13:55:03

Wow, thanks Helena. I'm trying to book tickets, but the website is being a bit of a pickle, guess everyone has the same idea!

Helenagrace Tue 18-Dec-12 14:43:16

It was creaking a bit when I ordered mine economy. Stick with it and I'm sure it will work out.

What date are you going? I've booked for the 27th.

2Old2BeAChristmasElf Tue 18-Dec-12 14:57:49

Thanks everyone smile DH's car cost less than £250 in the end, pays to use an independent garage.

We almost had a major let down last night. We were on our way to London to see our favourite band. Tickets booked months ago. At the station we went to the wrong platform as advised by staff at desk bump into our good friend who DH use to lodge with, he bunged us on first class, Nice smile Except a train had ripped down all the overhead cables between Hitchin and Stevenage, train terminated sad

Feeling very sorry for ourselves my Mums neighbour and longtime drinking buddy of my Dad was sat near us and had to get to London for work so drove us there grin

We made it on time, they were still queuing outside when we turned up! Managed to get ok the last train running home too! Plus DH had been back to the station this afternoon and we're got a full refund too! grin We're going to get our rescuer and chauffeur a bottle of something to say Thank you.

2Old2BeAChristmasElf Tue 18-Dec-12 14:59:01

*Sorry for typos on phone grin

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 18-Dec-12 17:29:16

£6 christmas stuff wine and choc in Aldi, £30 vet.

economymode Tue 18-Dec-12 18:03:47

Got tickets for the 2nd in the end, Helena. Hope the weather holds out, but at least we won't have lost any money if we can't go!

£51 filling up car and £15 at Sainsbury's on stuff I can't get at aldi.

Leilandri Tue 18-Dec-12 20:55:43

Spent ALL day wrapping DS's presents today. Have managed to locate them everywhere where I have squirrelled them away during the year. Considering how skint we've been this year, I am very proud of how excellent my boys' Christmas will be grin

Have also recieved the very good news that DH will be paid half of his wages early tomorrow, which is also our 15% staff discount day at Morrisons, so I shall be buying our veg etc early smile

Mum2Fergus Tue 18-Dec-12 22:00:45

Evening all! Busy few days though thankfully not expensive! Christmas work events now finished, made 2 of them and stayed on my budget. Few Ebay items due to end in the morn, annoyingly have had to open a case of non payment on one from last week.

House passed gas safety inspection this morning so offer confirmed ... appt with Bank in the morn to go through full mortgage application.

Still have main Christmas food shop to do. Was paid a week early but trying not to dip into it until 20th.

AdoraJingleBells Wed 19-Dec-12 12:19:11

Thanks Rogue, they are already enjoying the freedomgrin

Elf very glad you managed to get to the concert, I would have been megasad if I missed a good concert. Well done on the car too.

Had a spendy day yesterday, dentist for DDs, £120 for DD2 and £160 for DD1. That was sealing new molars, we still have to do X-rays and flouride treatment. I'll be sending all this off to BUPA, but it's painfull to pay it up front.

Supermarket was £118, just need to top up veg/salad and get the turkey. DDs topped up on Xmas choccies, which were reducedgrin, as we're quite a few things in my trolleygrin [frgin]. Also spent £14 on summer sandals for 1DD, still can't get anything for t'other. £2 on the dreaded road tolls, and that was my lot. OH agreed to a dinner out that we couldn't afford after the school prize giving, they do this after they break up, I didn't see the bill as I was too busy nattering. I haven't had to fill the car up, and shouldn't until the weekend.

Hope everyone enjoys the days out at Kew Gardens. just a tadenvy here

Mum2Fergus Wed 19-Dec-12 14:25:02

Christmas food shop done, £73 inc alcohol. Have enough in freezer to do us til Xmas Eve. Been shopping around for utilities at new house, thinking of dropping BT and going with SKY for everything - that should save approx £25 p/month on top of £150 saving between rent to mortgage and lower Council Tax.

Mortgage app gone to underwriters for approval this afternoon smile

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 19-Dec-12 17:00:49

Sounds like everything's going really well Mum2Fergus, we will switch to sky for BB and line rental next year when our contract with Bastard Twats is up.

It will cost me half what it does now because I will only keep it for the 12 month period then look around for someone else, I'm hoping talk talk will have got their act together a bit by then. They dont get good customer service ratings at the moment.

£2.23 today on sandwich (too tired hungover to do a lunch) and £15 on fuel.

I'm not doing our xmas shop until sunday morning, every week aldi is full of newbies clogging up the aisles and not knowing how to pack at the till. Very annoying, I keep hoping they'll bugger off back to sainsburys.

I bought the sausagemeat for our stuffing in the summer when it was reduced to 39p.

Mum2Fergus Wed 19-Dec-12 17:52:29

Email just in from Bank...all approved and with Sols for the legal bit...woohoo!

AdoraJingleBells Thu 20-Dec-12 02:42:30

NSD heregrin, fingers crossed for your mortgage aplicación Mum2Fergus

roguepixie Thu 20-Dec-12 06:23:29

Congrats Mum2Fergus. 2013 is going to be a good one for you grin.

Mum2Fergus Thu 20-Dec-12 08:37:40

Aiming for NSD here apart from Ebay parcels which are already accounted for..DP a parent helper at nursery today...all off to Cinderella panto...oh yes they are!! Lol, so some quiet time for me smile plan to clear 1-2 kitchen exciting lol

2Old2BeAChristmasElf Thu 20-Dec-12 09:27:27

Great news Mum2Fergus grin

roguepixie Thu 20-Dec-12 10:25:24

Final Christmas food delivered this morning ... just need to collect turkey on Saturday. DMum orders from the same butcher so I shall take her with me.

Must do the wrapping today. DS home from school now so will have to find some distraction to keep him away from the wrapping. Silly silly me - I should have wrapped them yesterday when he was at school ... every year I do this and every year I promise to wrap early the following Christmas ... when will I learn grin.

Found a lovely recipe on the 'All About You' website (linked to Good Housekeeping) - it looks and sounds delicious. Here's a link for those wanting something Christmassy but different:

roguepixie Thu 20-Dec-12 10:29:41

Oh, Helena, told DH about the free trip to Kew and he was very impressed. Thank you again for the heads up.

AdoraJingleBells Thu 20-Dec-12 13:07:19

Oh congrats Mum2Fergus, I missed that last night, sorry.

Rogue I didn't get my wrapping done either, I'm going to do after DDs go to bed tonight, definitely this time.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 20-Dec-12 15:19:19

£1.37 for a ristorante pizza (which I will get a refund on from them as it's on a love me or get me free promo)

£4 for frozen chicken breasts for the cat with a runny tummy who has been told off 3 times since I got home so is clearly feeling better.

roguepixie Thu 20-Dec-12 15:48:48

Adora grin. I shall be taking a glass of wine up there with me so who knows what I'll end up wrapping wink

economymode Fri 21-Dec-12 12:51:48

Oh yeah, there's wrapping to be done, isn't there? Damn.

£2 yesterday on hospital parking for an appointment I had. It would have been more expensive to take the bus, even taking petrol into account.

£1.45 on a selection of books from the charity shop for EconomyBoy.

50p so far today for playgroup. Need to do a fruit top-up at some point, too.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 21-Dec-12 12:59:43

£20 for dry cleaning a dress
£11 in asda for cat litter and bits and pieces like soya custard and smart price brown sauce that aldi dont sell

£1 in farm shop for 2 packs of sugared dates.

The search for chick crumb continues.

roguepixie Fri 21-Dec-12 14:40:07

Well, didn't get the wrapping done last night ... can't even blame wine as I didn't have any!!! Have managed to get all the wrapping done today though ... DS not feeling well so propped him in front of a film and disappeared upstairs for an hour or so. Why does wrapping take so long?????

DS meant to be going to a party tonight but have had to phone and say he probably won't be there. He's been feeling a bit under the weather but vomited about an hour ago so it probably wouldn't go down well if I took him and he managed to pass it on ... not a popular parent. We still have the Ripper tour tomorrow, if he feels a bit better.

Collecting turkey tomorrow morning, with DMum, then I can relax that all is done.

I hope everyone is on track and, may I say, glad to see you Economy and fluffy ... I thought the Mayans may have been right for a moment there this morning grin.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 21-Dec-12 14:45:12


I'm working out my costs for heating using the fire V central heating and different levels on the boiler.

If the mayan prophecy doesnt finish us off reading that will!.

The fun never stops at chez fluffy.

roguepixie Fri 21-Dec-12 14:51:31

[frgin] fluffy. DH has just pulled the old fireplace out in the living room. He is talking about putting in a wood burning fire. Apparently it cuts heating bills etc etc etc. Yes, yes, I say, that's fine but I know, I just know, he will think it's a fine idea to send me out to Hampstead Heath in the middle of the night to gather firewood!!!!!

roguepixie Fri 21-Dec-12 14:51:56

meant grin, of course ... need wine ...

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 21-Dec-12 15:15:00

I would love a wood burner, I would forage for free wood any day. I think local forests do licences for this kind of thing or ask tree surgeons for wood or landscape gardeners....

We spent £60 on gas in the last 4 weeks. I am hoping to get that down.

Costco do woodburners at

AdoraJingleBells Fri 21-Dec-12 17:07:08

I managed to wrap 2 presents, and the Mayans didn't get megrin.

Yesterday I tried and failed to take DDs to the cinema, film had ended and nothing else suitable on, so I decided to finish the Christmas grocery shop, other than the turkey, so as not to waste a trip into town. That was another £80 in the supermarket, £6 on a snack, and £2 on the cheap old roads.

Today I'm having afternoon tea with a friend, taking DD1 along. Number 2 has a free afternoon out with a friend, not a free activity but friend as insisted on treating her. Tomorrow DD1 has a genuinely free afternoon with her best mate. Friend's parent's firm is paying for a family & friends day out at one of the amusement parks. They can't take hundreds of friend's along, I think it's 1 per child.

Rogue I hope DS feels better very soon.

roguepixie Fri 21-Dec-12 18:45:51

fluffy, I will look into that licence once the wood burner goes in. I would love one but I know he's going to think it a wonderful idea for me to go and collect it all grin. Thanks for the link to Costco - we are members there so will have a look.

Adora, sorry the cinema was a blow out. DS is distraught as he was due to go to a party tonight and really wanted to go. Also cancelled the Ripper tour - just too much to try and do with a sick child. Thankfully the others involved are all ok with moving it to another date. I hope your DD enjoys her day tomorrow - it sounds great fun.

roguepixie Sat 22-Dec-12 14:32:31

Everything is wrapped, some presents delivered and turkey got. Now looking at what needs to be baked/prepped beforehand. Having lots of brew as it is a cold and miserable day here.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 22-Dec-12 17:53:52


Christmas shop tm.

AdoraJingleBells Sat 22-Dec-12 18:58:16

Well, tea with my friend didn't work out, she was stuck at work, so we had coffee this morning. She wouldn't let me contribute, my turn next time. Just spent 1.60 taking DD1 to a friend's, 25 on petrol and 9 on a gift I'd over looked. Yesterday I spent 10 on the afternoon tea as DD1 and I were already there when friend cancelled. Shouldn't need to spend anymore today but I do still need to get a turkey.

rogue is DS feeling any better? well done on the present wrapping, I still have a couple to do.

roguepixie Sat 22-Dec-12 20:23:07

Adora, thank you for asking. He is feeling a bit better, I think. He is a bit perkier. but then he has spent the day lounging in my bed!!! What is it about a double bed that just feels wonderful when you are young? No more vomiting though so that's good.

roguepixie Sat 22-Dec-12 20:23:55

Oh, and good luck with getting the turkey. Glad you had a nice time with your friend.

economymode Sun 23-Dec-12 08:50:34

£11 at Sainsbo's yesterday:
- suede cleaner for my boots
- cheapo wellies for EconomyBoy after I left one of his old pair somewhere
- top up fruit and milk

Then that was it. It'll be a NSD today and hopefully for the next few days too!

Hope Rogue Jnr is on the mend.

My parents have two wood burners, fluffy and rogue - they don't have gas but it saves them loads on the cost of oil. And they warm the house brilliantly.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 23-Dec-12 11:32:05

£49 in Aldi for xmas shop.
£2 in Iceland for aunt Bessie Apple pie and ambrosia custard for dh.
£3.99 on alma seller in home bargains for dh that he will pay me back for because I object to branded painkillers.angry

CremeEggThief Sun 23-Dec-12 18:21:17

Hi All, hope you're all well and as sorted for Christmas as possible. I just have to get a few things tomorrow and fill up DS's stocking tomorrow night. It will be our first Christmas just the two of us, but I'm hopeful it will be okay, as nearly all of our previous ones were just the three of us. Then we're off to see family in Ireland on the 27th and will be away until the 4th of January.

Hope you all have a lovely Christmas grin.

(First NSD for a while today).

AdoraJingleBells Sun 23-Dec-12 19:29:21

I got my turkey, plus fresh Veg, fruit and salad and parma type ham. OH added some office supplies, whisky for a gift and champers To take To a party, DDs added a teddy bear each which they'll back- a few random bits and the whole came To yet another £120, then I spent £8 on a cream for my rash-alérgica to dog slobber

Are your wood burners clean burning over there? Here we get horrendous smog and old fashioned wood fires were banned a few years ago. Hasn't stopped peo

AdoraJingleBells Sun 23-Dec-12 19:31:07

ple using them.

Sorry, had a case of sausage fingerblush

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 24-Dec-12 22:02:23

Well dh used the shower with the shower saver device fitted and never noticed, if I tell him of course he will say he knew something was wrong, so I will keep quiet as it has saved us loads of water.

Nsd for me despite online sales smile

AdoraJingleBells Mon 24-Dec-12 22:27:06

NSD here too, vet delivered puppy food but we haven't paid for it yet.

Well done with the shower thing Fluffy, he doesn't need to know.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.

roguepixie Tue 25-Dec-12 09:14:59

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope your day is filled with happiness and joy and that the year to come is prosperous, healthy and happy.

Love Roguepixie xxx

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 25-Dec-12 09:23:25

Merry Christmas everyone!

Have a lovely day grin

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 25-Dec-12 09:29:50

Merry Christmas!

<goes back to sale websites blush>

Helenagrace Tue 25-Dec-12 10:38:00

Happy Christmas!

Just warming up with hot berry punch having just returned from eating bacon sandwiches on a VERY breezy beach this morning. On our way back I realised that our local shop is open!!! What on earth could people be buying!?!?!

Mum2Fergus Wed 26-Dec-12 01:13:50

Merry Christmas everyone! Well , no surprise in a NSD today lol wll need milk and bread in the morning, dinner will be courtesy of Mum smile

Avoided online sales today which is good for me! Need to get back to serious budget purchase due to complete (fingers crossed) soon so want to be sure to have some contingency funds.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 26-Dec-12 09:39:16

£55 on turtle mats in their sample sale.

It was that or murder dh and the cat for crimes against a clean house. sad

economymode Wed 26-Dec-12 19:54:51

Hello and a belated Happy Christmas from EconomyVille smile.

EconomyBoy got given far too much for Christmas by my in-laws. I know they like to spoil their grandchildren, but it also makes me slightly cross, as half of the stuff he won't even play with, or I'll have to exchange for something more suitable. Yep, I am being ungrateful, aren't I?

Nothing spent here since xmas eve, but I am now browsing the sales online...

economymode Wed 26-Dec-12 19:56:26

PS, anyone know where I can get a nice, cosy dressing gown online? What with EconomyBaby due in the next month, I think I'll be needing one. Tried M&S and John Lewis, but they all seem a bit grandma like.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 26-Dec-12 20:23:29

M&s men's dressing gown for me I'm afraid. Long sleeves so warm wrists

CremeEggThief Wed 26-Dec-12 21:06:02

Wow, economy, didn't realise you are due so soon! Seems no time at all since you shared your good news smile.

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. DS and I are off to Ireland in the morning until the 4th January, so I'll wish you all a happy new year now, as I'm turning off my data while I'm away. It's staggeringly expensive!

Helenagrace Thu 27-Dec-12 07:42:54

economy my DH got me a lovely fleecy one last year with a hood from BHS. I went mad when I saw the bag because their stuff is awful usually but it's really lovely.

Off for our free day out at Kew Gardens today. Taking lunch so, apart from train fares, it should be an NSD. It's chucking it down though sad

AdoraJingleBells Thu 27-Dec-12 12:06:41

NSD's here the last two days, but today I need to pay for the dental X-rays and then dental treatment for DDs. Might need a coffee too if we're out too long.

Helen hope you enjoy Kew Gardens.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 27-Dec-12 20:37:33

NSd today.

Mum2Fergus Thu 27-Dec-12 21:32:58

Back to work today (but only today and tomorrow then off til 8th Jan smile ) so needed petrol, £49 and some pence for full tank-huge difference now the guzzler has gone!

Need some stamps tomorrow, fresh bread/milk then will redo fridge/freezer/cupboard contents list before shop over w/end.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 28-Dec-12 00:22:54

Hi everyone, hope you all had good Christmases?

NSD here since christmas eve, and just £2.50 today on milk and bread on our way home.

Massive shop coming tomorrow, £124, but that will last for two weeks except we will need more fruit, milk and bread.

AdoraJingleBells Fri 28-Dec-12 01:56:28

Ali we had a lovely Christmas, thanks, how was your's? Just the four us and and loads of turkey scoffed by OH in the freezer now.

OH is having a night in the clinic, he has a digestive thing that he doesn't take proper care of. He's okay but they couldn't let him home after the mega pain killers. DD's missed the dentist today as I was trying to get at least one bit of the kit we have here to actually phone BUPA and let them hear what I was saying. Never mind, the clinic have spoken to them now.

I feel a slice of Xmas pud coming ongrin

roguepixie Fri 28-Dec-12 12:17:33

Hello All, I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas? Ours was lovely - made all the better because I have spent a fraction of what I usually spend at Christmas grin. Strangely, none of us has felt deprived at all!!!! grin.

Have had a number of NSD's - I think we are about 5 days in with no spend, which is brilliant.

Have just done an online food shop which is about £100 (don't want to go over this) - this is the first food shop since December 21st and will last us into New Year.

Adora, I do hope your DH feels better soon as is able to come home. Digestive problems are awful.

AdoraJingleBells Fri 28-Dec-12 13:03:31

Thanks Rogue

Glad you had a good Christmas, and without breaking the bankwink. I spent more on the actual Christmas dinner than usual because of splashing out on a whole turkey, but still less than previous years overall. Need to get some bread and salad today.

economymode Fri 28-Dec-12 21:29:35

Glad everyone enjoyed themselves!

Fairly spendy today as I braved town: £46 in primark on some new pjyamas for after the baby comes, vests, socks, tights etc. Not sure how it all added up, but it did.

Then £17 or so in Boots on dummies and formula powder (learnt our lesson from first time round), breast pads and other unglamorous items.

Then £33 on 3 maternity bras - thought I'd just get cheapo ones for now, then wait and see how breastfeeding pans out before getting better ones.

My sister treated me to lunch (cheese and tomato toastie, the king of lunches!) and I waddled, so only had to pay the bus fare back.

Mum2Fergus Fri 28-Dec-12 22:00:18

Free listing on Ebay til 1st Jan folks...

AdoraJingleBells Sat 29-Dec-12 00:10:50

Glad you got treated to lunch economy, we said goodbye to our sarnie toaster this week, all the non stick has come off. It is amazing how things add up, isn't it? I went in for bread and salad, spent £56shock.add £2 on roads and £45 on petrol and my run of NSDs is well and truly oversad

OH is home, with enough pills to make him rattle and a slight flea in his ear about his eating habits. He spent about £100 on his medication. We don't know what the clinic cost but they are sorting that out directly with the insurance. Drat, just realised I forgot to pick up X-rays, have to wait until Monday now.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 31-Dec-12 17:32:25

£26 on new sheets in TK Maxx. White company sheets have been sent to poor quality control.

£20 for a new thermal fleece dressing gown for DH, he's so toasty the heatings only on for a couple of hours a day.

£7 set of 4 mugs in John Lewis.

£6 fizzy wine and marked down food in local co-op.

Weekly food shop tomorrow.

Happy new year!

AdoraJingleBells Mon 31-Dec-12 22:39:47

Tríed To post last night but the battery gave up.

So, Monday we took DDs to the movies and bought food for a party.
Cinema -£15, drinks -£5, supermarket-£35 and roads -£2.

OH is on the mend.

Happy new yeargrin

roguepixie Tue 01-Jan-13 00:34:54

Happy New Year All.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May our credit crunching continue...

Rogue xx

roguepixie Tue 01-Jan-13 12:04:26

Link to new thread here:

Hope you are all well and enjoyed the NYE celebrations wherever you are?

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