Austere August come join us!!

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takeaway2 Wed 31-Jul-13 18:42:47

New thread. smile

AdoraBell Wed 31-Jul-13 18:58:15

Thanks for the new thread takeaway smile

I'll update after I've tidied up my July loose ends.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 31-Jul-13 19:08:03


confusedofengland Wed 31-Jul-13 19:12:50

Thanks takeaway

Can't believe it's August already. Went to docs today for my booking in appointment, I am 9 weeks pg already apparently, due on 6th March (but will more likely be end of Feb as will be elective c-section after 2 EMCS).

This is the month that DH & I must buy our house or else not get a mortgage for a couple of years sad. Latest on that is that our vendor has booked the bailiffs, who can definitely come on 23rd August or maybe on 19th August. Tenant is ready & willing to go once bailiffs come, but she needs to be kicked out so that council will class her as unintentionally homeless & give her top priority. All a bit close for my comfort!

So potential (hopefully!) big spending there, plus we go camping for a weekend on bank hol weekend - although I am wondering if we'll be ready as all our camping gear is in storage!

BeingMoreDog Wed 31-Jul-13 19:16:50

Can I join?
And confused - wow, sounds like busy times ahead!!

macuser Wed 31-Jul-13 19:31:53

I am new to Mumsnet and would like to join in please smile Just downloaded and am now using YNAB to try to keep a better track on my spending as need to make cutbacks. Hello everyone x

AdoraBell Wed 31-Jul-13 19:33:07

Everyone's welcome BeingMoreDog

* confused* good luck, fx for you.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 31-Jul-13 20:44:37

When do you exchange confused? What a horrible thing for you to go though to get your house.

It can't be nice for the tennant either, it sounds like she has few options left to her.

confusedofengland Wed 31-Jul-13 20:52:03

We exchanged ages ago Fluffy, a couple of months I think. We just now need the property to be vacant & we are all ready to complete. I do feel sorry for the tenant, too, it is obviously a bad situation all round. She has has about 3 months notice & knew before then that we'd made an offer, so surely the council could have done something by now sad

AdoraBell Wed 31-Jul-13 20:54:58

Confused I think the council can't /won't do anything if she makes herself intentionally homeless, ie, leaves without being forced to by bailiffs. That'll be why she's said she'll leave when they turn up to evict her.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 31-Jul-13 20:55:05

So she's on your insurance then isn't she? The wheels of justice turn very slowly for civil cases.

confusedofengland Wed 31-Jul-13 20:56:58

I don't know how it works with insurance tbh. I do know that she's had notice from the court to leave & that is why vendor is being allowed to call in the bailiffs. They have had a great LL-tenant relationship for 9 years so I think he feels bad about it, too sad

AdoraBell Wed 31-Jul-13 21:04:06

Double check the insurance, find out if you have any liability.

AdoraBell Thu 01-Aug-13 02:59:51

NSD after all, I got the date of the school meeting mixed upblush t'is next week.

Helenagrace Thu 01-Aug-13 07:16:52

Hope you get your house sorted confused.

Just waiting to hear if our tenants want another 6 months in the house in the north. I hope they do as I'd rather try to sell it next year rather than now.

Hoping for an NSD on Sunday. Still trying for 2 a week - might be tough with the holidays!

jaabaar Thu 01-Aug-13 07:19:18

Good morning all and August! Happy national day switzerland! (Sorry just a bit patriotic today..)

Does anyone know how to get a smart meter? British gas planning to give free electricity on saturdays to customers with smart meter.
Thank you.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 01-Aug-13 07:51:37

Every Saturday?

takeaway2 Thu 01-Aug-13 07:54:03

Hello all and good morning!

Taken the day off and going to a spa with couple of girlfriends. Can't wait. Paid through groupon so hopefully it's a nice place.

Got one of two credit card bills yesterday and it was £750. But that included £250 of spend on insurance (house) so really £500 on regular spend which was £150 less than last month's. so I'm happy. smile

Happy Thursday everyone.

ExasperatedSigh Thu 01-Aug-13 08:57:42

Welcome macuser smile

confused that all sounds like more stress than necessary, even for house buying. Why hasn't the tenant sorted herself out with a place? She's had loads of notice.

DS insistent that he wants to go to soft play today, despite the blazing sunshine outside hmm and after the hideous child abuse case that was all over the news yesterday I feel like dishing out as much happiness to my children as I can sad So we're off to the cheapy leisure centre soft play this morning, then I need to get a few bits in the afternoon. DH has asked me to make sure there is lots of easy food in the house as I'm off to Belgium for the weekend tomorrow grin

Tommetipsy Thu 01-Aug-13 09:54:15

August already! LSD today I hope as already paid for kids swim lesson then friends are coming round to play here as we are all skint.

Bought lovely Turkish bread and biscuits in the turkish bakers for £3 then peaches 5 for £1. I do love my local shops.

Hope you get things sorted Confused. Sounds like a right mare you are having with your move.

jonbonjovismissus Thu 01-Aug-13 14:03:48

Have been watching previous months for ideas and am determined to be more thrifty from now on! Am starting with the cash-only from today, and have managed to get our food shop for 5 for just over £50 today and even managed a couple of v pleased. Hope I can keep it up smile

AdoraBell Thu 01-Aug-13 14:48:15

Well done on the food bill Jonbonjovismissus

Should be NSD here although Dd2 plans to buy wool after school. Tomorro I need to go into town on errands.

Exhasperated I know exactly what you mean sad

Thatsinteresting Thu 01-Aug-13 15:22:58

Fluffy British Gas are going to offer free electricity on Saturday's but it'll be dearer the rest of the week in an attempt to stop people using it when demand is already high. They have claimed it'll help the poor which is a joke. I loathe British Gas.

I can't believe is already August. I spent nearly £20 on bus passes yesterday but they give us access to lots more free activities for the week. I have £60 for food and entertainment for 7days. I only need some milk and fruit so I'm hoping I might even be able to buy a pair of school shoes this month. I've realised we have car insurance and Christmas on the horizon so I've put aside £200 and need to do that on the 1st of every month. Car insurance will use a lot of that. We're not extravagant at Christmas.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 01-Aug-13 16:12:13

I thought there would be a catch with the British gas thing. I'm about to order loads of LED light bulbs, they cost a lot but running costs are very low and they last over 20 years.

Dh only leaves the expensive eg high wattage lights on all night if he forgets to switch them off so I'm going to make them all cheap.

£2.50 on lunch, I need to start freezing sandwiches again.

confusedofengland Thu 01-Aug-13 16:33:29

Not done too badly today, although almost all the spends have been on junk food blush £4.97 on Happy Meals for me & DS1, then £3.60 for my DSes plus DS2's friend to have an ice-cream at the park, it was just too hot not to! On the plus side, I arrived home to a bag of clothes for DS1 (& then DS2, naturally) from my Dsis & she has loads of money & her 'cheap' stuff is from John Lewis, so am pleased with that grin Also got some PE shorts for DS1 from a mum at the school, 2 pairs for £2. They have a slight pull at the back, but you can barely see, plus I don't know how long he'll be at that school, as he is down on the waiting list for the village school, if we ever move!

The move is a bit nightmarish, I think we started looking in around October last year, so It's been dragging on! The tenant has apparently been looking for other accommodation, but been turned down. So, she needs to be kicked out by bailiffs in order to be unintentionally homeless, or they won't rehouse her as a priority. It's tough all round, but it does strike me that something needs to be done about renting in this country - in so many other countries it's the norm & really easy to do, yet we seem to make a big hash of it! And don't get me started on the schools' admission system, which pretty much means that should a child move between putting in a primary school application in January & starting school in September, that child is not in any way guaranteed a school place where he will be living...

Welcome to all the newbies!

That British Gas thing sounds like a bit of a con, tbh. Unless you save all your baking, washing, tumble-drying, hoovering, ironing till a Saturday. But then often that's the day when people want to be out doing things confused

Thatsinteresting don't talk about Christmas! It feels like ages still

Exasperated lucky you going to Belgium! Whereabouts are you going? I lived in Brussels for a year & loved it!

Tommetipsy Thu 01-Aug-13 18:02:23

Please don't mention the C word Thatsinteresting!!

Freezer dinner tonight of spaghetti and meatballs. I could climb into the freezer though. It's hit 30 degrees here today.

Wow Confused, John Lewis being the cheap stuff...

takeaway2 Thu 01-Aug-13 18:47:52

Hello! Unexpected NSD! Went to spa and the lady who did my back massage was the best ever ever. Seriously. I have v bad knots in my shoulders and wow she's the first to ever sort them out. If I lived nearer I'd be living on toast and joining up as a member...!

Because I drove my friends to the spa (an hour in total) they paid for my sandwich and a crepe/coffee. smile

But I paid £30 for a cake for Sunday - dh's birthday. Yums.

Think the British gas deal is abit of a fraud thing. Unless you really don't live at home during the week I don't see how you can use electricity mostly on Saturday. I guess you could save all the washing on that day but still it'll more than made up by costing much more on the weekdays.

northender Thu 01-Aug-13 19:05:51

confused fingers crossed your house gets sorted.
takeaway I could do with a spa day like that. Still, holiday in 9 days so can't really complain smile
I've had a good week for spending and the weekend shouldn't be too bad either.
Had to send ds off with £10 this morning but that was to get him to Old Trafford for the cricket where he got to play Kwik cricket on the pitch at lunch time (his idea of heaven on earth!). Maybe that will make up in part for having his bike stolen sad angry. He saved up birthday, Christmas and pocket money last year and spent a lot of money so is gutted.

hannahem Thu 01-Aug-13 20:06:58

Hi, can I join you lovely ladies please? I seriously need to budget better as every month we spend the last 10 days scrabbling around to keep the bank account from reaching the overdraft limit. Not sure what we're doing so wrong as in theory we should be able to manage with our income sad. I will be reading all the tips and hoping to pick up some sage advice! northender sorry to hear about your ds's bike, it's awful to think someone would steal a child's bike.

BeingMoreDog Thu 01-Aug-13 21:15:32

We've been having freezer and cupboard meals all week. I wish our leftovers were more like Nigel Slater's! Shopping tomorrow though- we get everything at tesco and use their credit card on things we can't get in store, and then use the clubcard points for days out, etc. Just means ignoring my lofty principles in favour of a cheap day at Thomasland wink.

what kind of massage did you have takeaway? I have a dodgy shoulder from lugging the DC around.
oh, and confused, I also spent a year in brussels grin. Loved it.

AdoraBell Fri 02-Aug-13 00:04:48

Unexpected spend for me, but not too much. Should have been a freezer dinner night but I haven't managed them as feeling rough, worked out it's the sleeping pills so they are being changed. So, £4-ish on frozen pizza and ready chopped salad for dinner. Then another £4 om wool, DD2 needs it for a school thing so that comes under my remit.

Have canceled Pilates tomorrow so that cost will be next week now. Still need to go out to do errands and pick up a new prescription.

Will catch up when feeling more human.

takeaway2 Fri 02-Aug-13 07:16:06

It was just a back massage. The person who did it though was fabulous. I slept really soundly last night too. Amazing as the last few nights have been rubbish. Wake up about 2am and that's it... shock Rubbish when I needed to be at work etcetc.

Today may be spendy. Need to get some basic supplies like milk and bread - and some of dh birthday presents. Happy Friday everyone!!

ExasperatedSigh Fri 02-Aug-13 08:21:50

confused I'm going to Antwerp to stay with my dearest friend. Am actually posting from the Eurostar grin Have a great weekend everyone!

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 02-Aug-13 08:54:17

Have a good time Exasperatedsigh.

Today WILL be a NSD. I'm going to look into new dual fuel and BB providers <yawn>

Dh gave me a back massage once, I have never slept so well before or since.

jonbonjovismissus Fri 02-Aug-13 09:39:47

fluffy I've just moved our dual fuel & broadband etc with top cashback, saved abt £40 a month and got over £100 in cashback too. Moved to scottish power and virgin.........

roguepixie Fri 02-Aug-13 10:37:12

Welcome newbies.

Happy Friday too, to everyone.

Enjoy your day in Antwerp Exasperated.

Today I have spent £4.00 on bagels - DS has a serious bagel habit at the mo smile. However, that will be the only spend today.

I will do a freezer/fridge/larder dinner tonight...and over the weekend!!

HelgatheHairy Fri 02-Aug-13 12:01:12

Hi all,

I was on these threads before but I think it was back in January or maybe February!!

We've had 2 years of fairly heavy spending on renovating our house and garden (and splashed out on a new car a few months ago) and we're having a baby in a few days (hopefully, 39+5 and ready to have her now!) so there was a bit of spending for things like travel systems and clothes and stuff! Luckily we had the money for all of the above but now we really do need to cut down a bit, especially as all the MAJOR spending has been done.

I LOVE budgets but I'm going to wait until January before tracking everything and until then just keep an eye on things. Left this year to pay is farm insurance, house insurance, DHs birthday (although it's in August so this year I'm just giving him a baby!) and BIL birthday (we just give him €20 in a card).

We used to do our weekly shop in Aldi/Tesco but due to lack of energy we've just been going to Tesco the last few weeks and our spending has definitely gone up. There's a big new Aldi opening soon in our town and we're going to JUST shop there. Although I have to say - I was quite happy using Aldi cleaning/laundry products but now that I'm back to using branded products I really do notice that certain branded products are better - so maybe keep an eye on the Special Offers in Tesco and stock up when on offer.

Ok, really need to stop waffling now. I'll check back in when I can.

daisychicken Fri 02-Aug-13 12:17:11

Ended up spending today... £6 in Lidl for a bit of baking stuff and 4 cans of cheap beer for DH (who bought wine last night - I'm trying to stop him buying extra booze... ) plus £100 for a weekend away in Nov (it was booked months ago when money wasn't tight..... and I can't cancel). Oh and DH went to dentist so £17 ish for check up and another £35 for a replacement filling..

This budgeting lark is getting to me... I can budget and I will stick with it but DH still keeps buying stuff (unessential stuff such as something for his car). I ask him not to spend or to discuss it with me but he still spends.... I don't know how we can sort ourselves out if he doesn't help me stop non-essential spending.....

ValiumQueen Fri 02-Aug-13 12:52:51

Hello all smile

I have been on threads previously, but an unplanned baby kinda put a spanner in the works, so I have been living with my fingers in my ears going 'la la la' about money for the last year or so. Baby no.3 is a delight, and so worth it grin

I am back on full pay now thankfully, and go back to work in 4 weeks. My childcare costs will be £385 pw, and that is just for the younger two. Thank fuck for tax credits!

I am now selling baby stuff with great enthusiasm.

I also have a husband who likes to spend. Grr!

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 02-Aug-13 13:38:36

I have a husband who likes to spend too, but he is getting better.

I remember you Valium, you were about to have the baby when you were here last.

Aldi cleaning stuffs not tested on animals though, and the bio powder beat Persil in Which? Tests to come level with ariel. I use e-cloths ALOT and it's saved me loads over the past few years. My cleaning cupboard is now;

Washing up liquid
Multi surface cleaner
Astonish cookware paste (also not tested on bunnies)
Dishwasher tabs
Rinse aid
Dw salt
19 ecloths blush
Laundry gloop (home made laundry detergent)
Sp vinegar.
Bio powder.

AdoraBell Fri 02-Aug-13 13:41:48

Mine spends his time looking at yachts for sale we have two DDs to feed clothe and educate, and they are not getting short changed in comparison to his son but we can't afford toys like that. He's always wanted to sail around the world.

Exhaspersted hope you have a fab time with your friend

Valium congrats on DC3, but those child are costsshock how do people afford to work with costs like that?

North that's rottensad, my bike was stolen when I was a kid, then we saw the toe wrag on it and the police said they coudn't do anything because there was no proof that he had stolen it, and of course we coudn't just take it back because that would be stealing.

Takeaway glad you got such a good massage and hope DH has a lovely birthday.

Helga great idea for a birthday present

I will have to spend some money today, have to go into town to swap something and pick up prescription for different sleeping pils, it's two different areas which is a pain. Another agent, one that we fired, has said they have someone who might want to view the house tomorrow, so I need to dust and vacuum etc in case they turn up. It's not in a bad state but we do get a lot of dust here.

ValiumQueen Fri 02-Aug-13 13:45:11

Hi Fluffy smile gosh I did not realise I was on the thread that recently. Well, he is 9 months old now, so not that recent.

DH had said we were doing ok financially, but had kept quiet about the credit card bill which is over 3K. Men eh? Still, no point worrying, but hence why I am back here. I need to regain control.

takeaway2 Fri 02-Aug-13 14:08:57

Have spent too much. shock Got wellies and shoes for DD and a pair of geox trainer looking shoes for me. All on discount but still £70. Then dh presents about £50 (bought other things already). Then a hot dog which Dd and I shared £2.75 and a happy meal for £2.49. I should really be banned from the shops.

Gave away DD's old wellies though - so I feel good about it.

Re child care - yup they are that expensive. When DS and dd were in childcare it was nearly £1500. Now it's 'only' £750 per month. Yes I get the childcare voucher which allows me not to be taxed £243 (yay...) but bloody hell. And they say we can afford it.

ValiumQueen Fri 02-Aug-13 14:26:20

Adora, are you in Chilli? I seem to recall it is somewhere rather exotic. I seem to have vague recollections of toll charges to go everywhere.

macuser Fri 02-Aug-13 14:35:57

Just been on an emergency visit to the dentist for severe pain a week after having a tooth prepped for a crown ouch and ended up having to pay for a prescription for antibiotics, so my NSD didn't happen sad then to make things worse I did a bit of retail therapy in Sainsburys (where the car was parked) but kept it down to 14 pounds spend so not too bad and I did pick up my favourite quiche smile Really didn't need any food shopping so a bit disappointed with myself, but was feeling sorry for myself when I came out of dentist ha

jonbonjovismissus Fri 02-Aug-13 18:07:43

£5 at the park for icecream and £4 for dd dance class which isn't too bad, leaves £35 for the week for petrol and anything else out of the £100 I want to have as my weekly budget.
Also swapped some of mt nectar points for cinema tickets so a treat for the children for next week, hoping for NSD tmrw and Sunday

AdoraBell Fri 02-Aug-13 18:17:06

Yes Valium, and yes the fecking tolls, and we have a tag on the car for the roads without toll booths.

AdoraBell Fri 02-Aug-13 20:13:42

I also have to confess to retail therapyblush a sweater it's a lovely shade of purple so that's okay £40, I don't usually spend that much on my clothes so it must have been those pills that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it

confusedofengland Fri 02-Aug-13 20:36:52

Spent £13 today at Tesco on nappies, doughnuts to take round my grandparents' house & mince. Plus £3.50 at Costa as a treat to say well done to DS1 for completing his swimming lessons - he has done an intensive course this morning & was in bits the first morning & swore he wouldn't go back, but by today he was really enjoying it & even swimming half a width or so with just armbands smile Although, in other ways, he has been an absolute toe-rag this week (whingey, demanding 4-year old) so I'm definitely focussing on the positive!

HelgatheHairy Fri 02-Aug-13 21:11:10

DH did the weekly shop by himself this evening as I didn't feel up to it. He did it in about half the time and spent €30 less. Guess we know who the impulse shopper is!blush

Leilandri Fri 02-Aug-13 22:47:23

Hello all smile Can I re-join?

I posted last in June (I think) and DH had just been made redundant and things were looking very grim indeed.
Pleased to say that after 5 days of gut wrenching panic and despair, he got a job again :D
We've now actually benefitted from his redundancy, as his old job paid him 2 months salary as a package, and he got paid quickly from his new job.
He also heard back from a PPI claim, and has paid off his outstanding loan, so we are now ahead with our plan to be completely in the black financially by year end. I have 3 payments left to my IVA, and then we're done grin
So far this year we've paid back - £1080 to nursery, £400 to my parents, £750 overdraft and £7300 DH loan. HUGE thanks to everyone on these threads from last year and earlier 2013 as your money saving tips and support have been invaluable.

The problem is that now our finances have improved somewhat (still along way from being comfortable) I have slipped into old habits of sporadic and non essential spending sad So I'm signing back up again to reign myself in!

AdoraBell Sat 03-Aug-13 00:15:46

Well done Leilandri and I'm glad DH found another job so quickly.

In addition to my rogue spending I spent 16 pounds on my prescription and 4 pounds on dohgnuts etc with DD1 because DD2 is at a sleepover, and 2.40 on the roads with about 2 in parking

Confirmed somone viewing the house in the morning.

Hope everyone has a good weekend

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 03-Aug-13 07:30:42

You little star leilandri, I had wondered if things had got better for you. I'm glad things have got easier for you, life can be so cruel sometimes.

Well yesterday was a bit of a disaster.

6 months supply of cleanser £28
£3 random stuff in sainsburys
£7 box set DVD

Today I need to find out which LED lights bulbs I need.

Primus is doing unlimited bb and landline (pay 12 months LL upfront or £120) for £12 a month for 6 months, then £14 for twelve months, £15 cashback off the first bill and £42 cashback from topcashback. I need to get it set up ASAP too but I don't know how these things work in a newbuild. I want to order it now but we've not exchanged.

OnTheNingNangNong Sat 03-Aug-13 07:41:30

Morning everyone, I joined at the end of the July thread. Really need to reduce the school holiday spending when we get back from holiday- have saved a modest amount for our daily spending and hopefully we won't have to take money from the house account while we are away.

Spent quite a bit yesterday blush DS2 hasn't enough socks to last him the holiday so I had to buy some and I needed more than three tops and some shoes as I only have flip flops and holidaying in the UK guarantees rain!

So I spent almost £50 on everything, which after adding it up is far too much to spend at the start of the month.

LSD hopefully today, have a MN meet up this morning so have to pay entry and I have to still find the illusive Dylon to dye my clothes. I need to sort a photo of DS1 and take it to a station to sort out his rail pass.
Packing and cleaning should then keep me out of the spending zone until we go away.

Have a great Saturday all flowers

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 03-Aug-13 08:30:48

Homebargains do dylon in black, you'll need a bag of smart price salt too.

Amazon do dylon too, as do some house of Fraser haberdashers, I love a haberdashery dept. I haven't got a clue how to sew though.

takeaway2 Sat 03-Aug-13 21:12:57

We are not doing well for August. Did shop yesterday which amounted to £60.

Today spent £15 on dry cleaning 4 coats, £13 on cinema (having swapped £10 of sainsburys vouchers for £20 of vue) and watched despicable me 2 (hilarious ... Loved it). Tbf could have saved half that money as dd wasn't into it (maybe her attention span isn't there yet - whereas DS' first movie was when he was 2.5, she's nearly 3...). Then £20 at nandos which was a bit of a disaster as DCs weren't too taken by the taste...! Doh. They are usually good with different tastes, eating Mexican, Chinese, Indian but somehow piri piri stumped them!!

Oh and some stuff from boots but paid with points so free!

Tomorrow is dh's birthday. Need to somehow sneak the cake home. Other than that (which has been paid already...) no real spend I hope.

confusedofengland Sat 03-Aug-13 22:19:24

Happy birthday to your DH for tomorrow takeaway

Fluffy I also cannot sew (except for a seam that's come apart & maybe a button) but I would love to learn. Same goes for knitting. Am thinking of asking my Dnan to show me. She is 83 & has bad arthritis in her hands, but is knitting a matinee jacket for my newest Dniece, I think it helps her hands actually.

NingNang £50 doesn't sound too bad, and presumably clothes will get worn again after the holiday?

Adora good luck with house viewing.

Welcome back to returning frugaleers.

Not too bad today spending-wise. Walked 3 miles into town, even 4-year old DS1 walked the whole way & did really well! Had lunch at Yates', £16 for all of us including drinks, which seems quite good value. Then present for my Dmum from DCs, as it's her 60th birthday tomorrow - £13 for a biscuit tin from Lakeland shock. Then bus home, £5.60 for 2 returns as DC under 5 so don't pay (I think DS1 may be under 5 for a good year yet wink)

Not planning to spend tomorrow as clearing out a shed & have food in, even ice-creams & biscuits for treats.

AdoraBell Sun 04-Aug-13 03:19:51

Thanks Confused they liked it and the lady wants to come back as her husband coudn't make it today. Also, a friend has said he knows someone who wants a house in our area. Trying not to get our hopes up though.

NSD for me today, but OH splashed out on cinema tickets. We saw the Brad Pitt zombie thing, not really my scene but this was a slightly better class of zombie flick iyswim.

confusedofengland Sun 04-Aug-13 07:56:54

That sounds hopeful then! Where are you hoping to move to? Still within Chile or elsewhere? Are you or DH Chilean or are you there for work [nosey emoticon] ?

daisychicken Sun 04-Aug-13 13:36:30

Yesterday and today have been NSD's and I'm hoping to stretch what veg we have for another day to make tomorrow a NSD but will have to shop for veg on Tues...

Hope you get more house viewings Adora - are you downsizing or moving area?

Happy Birthday to Takeaway's DH

Ds2's birthday is Sept 1st - I have gifts sorted (always try and get them bought before the summer hols start) just need to wrap. He's started talking about what we are going to do ie as in a party... not sure if a film night (@ home, dh has a projector) with pizza and popcorn will cut it this year... any thoughts anyone? Needs to be mega cheap and appeal to a 9yr old boy who had girl best friends......

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 04-Aug-13 13:49:58

£2 today on nair cream and a cheap ecig for dh.

Daisy, ask him what he wants and we can see how to make it cheaper.

confusedofengland Sun 04-Aug-13 13:50:12

daisy how about a bowling or swimming party? I noticed that you can covert Tesco Clubcard voucher to bowling vouchers, I think that's the kind of thing that age group like? You don't even have to have the party there, just have a few games, then have everyone back for pizza/nuggets etc.

NSD so far, may need to get milk shortly but that should be it. Been sorting out our old shed & found loads of memories <sigh> plus quite a few foreign coins - Icelandic Kronur, old UK 5ps etc. Anybody know if banks will exchange them or should I just donate to charity? Or any other ideas?

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 04-Aug-13 14:00:40

eBay the coins? Collectors might want them. It's worth watching a few coins and seeing what they go for.

daisychicken Sun 04-Aug-13 16:07:02

Above budget Confused, we literally have minimum coppers.... I could do kids am but that depends whats on but I don't think we can stretch to McD's (seems miserable to do cinema with popcorn/drinks (from home) and then just drop home)...

Good idea Fluffy I'll ask him & post for ideas smile

Tommetipsy Sun 04-Aug-13 21:04:10

We're on our holiday now and it has been fairly spendy so far...

However I've taken loads of basics with me and am pleased with myself as this cottage is nice but no dishwasher tablets or loo roll included.

Told the dc's we are having macaroni cheese tomorrow after splurge on chinese tonight.

AdoraBell Mon 05-Aug-13 00:37:29

Movie night, or afternoon, at home doesn't sound miserable. Can you buy some sweets To go with the popcorn? I know it's a sugar OD but aren't most DC parties?

If we sell we'll be downsizing and moving back To the UK. People today like the house but total ley out if touching with market prices, they are returning from many years abroad too.

We are lunch out To not have cooking smells, OH paid but I think it was around £25.

Despite trying not To get hopes up I found myself trying To find out many bottles of pisco I can bring into the UKblush

AdoraBell Mon 05-Aug-13 00:38:23

Totally out of touch

takeaway2 Mon 05-Aug-13 07:26:38

Good morning all!

Thanks to everyone for dh's birthday wishes! Had a lovely day. Went with kids to pick cake up and snuck it back to the house. Made lunch whilst dh worked in that garden (cleared out a lot of bramble - we've found another metre square of land!! grin). Then friends started turning up - he didn't realise! I was making food in the kitchen and the kids were making up party bags - for the kids of our friends. Hilarious.

Yesterday I spent £5 on party bags and 2 helium balloons. Today I anticipate a NSD. Fingers crossed.

Happy week everyone.


I ask DH later when he gets home from work where he bought our LED lights and which ones he got.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 05-Aug-13 09:29:01

I'm thinking of getting Phillips led lights, I need 18 of the buggers too angry.

I notice the big electric companies aren't subsidising them.

I know he ordered his on line but I don't know which company he used. As he would have investigated which one were the best and who had the best offer as he is bit anal about these things.

Leilandri Mon 05-Aug-13 11:08:08

Spent £5.10 on Saturday at our local flower show on herbs for our allotment, and gave my mum a £5 morrisons miles voucher towards our lunch out.
NSD yesterday, took my mum and my boys to visit my grandparents in Cardiff, mum paid for petrol and bridge toll :D
DS2's 2nd Bday on Thursday, need to get him another pressie, as he only has a 2nd hand Night Garden teddy at the mo blush hopefully it'll stop raining long enough to take them to the zoo on Thurs. I have various enrty discount vouchers so works out much cheaper than a party grin

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 05-Aug-13 13:15:14

60p on tesco value crisps. For my lunch boxes. Ate 4 bags in the car park.

AdoraBell Mon 05-Aug-13 13:21:23

Sounds like my shopping trips Fluffy, I swear the chocolate evaporates between the shop and homeblush

Takeaway well done on the sneaky party planning, glad DH enjoyed his birthday.

northender Mon 05-Aug-13 13:49:11

Takeaway glad dh's birthday went well
leilandri, I kept wondering how you were getting on. Glad your dh got another job so quickly
We go on holiday on Friday so I went into town for some last minute bits of clothes for dh and I and some sunglasses for me (half price in Boots). I took some lager and cider that was unused at our bbq back to aldi and got an £18 refund smile
Managing to get things used up in the kitchen. Only buying fruit and veg top ups but won't have much at all left by Friday.
Was tempted to buy ds a new book (or 2!) to take on holiday but came home and went to the library and ordered them instead and managed to find my next book club book in the library so didn't need to pay the 60p order fee.
Dh has taken the dc to the cricket today (tickets paid for ages ago). I sent them off with lots of food and drink so should be a minimal spend.

confusedofengland Mon 05-Aug-13 14:53:52

Ended up spending about £2.50 yesterday for milk, ham & chocolate blush

Today has been quite spendy but shouldn't need to go out again or buy anything else. £11.80 for me & both DSes to go to pool fun session, where they have all the toys out, plus £1.60 on parking there. Then about £6 at McDonald's on happy meals for DC & coffee for me. Then £12 in Farm Foods on milk, bananas, apple juice, crisps, cheese & loo roll. Then finally £1.58 in Lidl on baby wipes (theirs are by far the best I've used & only 79p for 80 wipes).

We shouldn't spend much for the rest of the week though. Do have playdates lined up most days but to free places like park or farm & will take picnics.

Getting really concerned about the whole house situation now sad DH has said the vendor is going to try to get private bailiffs on to it tomorrow & they can evict within a week, but I'm at the stage now where I have to see it to believe it. At least if it all goes belly-up, we'll be able to pay off every last scrap of debt, including the 20% of the house that my parents put in as an investment but need back in a couple of years, but it will leave us with no deposit for a new place & round here, you'd pay at least £250k-£300k for a 4-bed place, which is why this one is such a bargain - and you need a 15%+ deposit to get a decent mortgage deal IME. This country is terrible for getting onto the property ladder, I can't see any of our DC's generation managing it without parental input or a lottery win!

Also have DS2's speech therapy assessment tomorrow & am really nervous! I guess I'm scared they'll say there's something wrong & I don't want anybody to think my baby is less than perfect blush sad

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 05-Aug-13 15:47:16

What made them refer him to salt?

confusedofengland Mon 05-Aug-13 16:00:40

I asked them to at his 2-year check, 4 months ago (he will be 2.4 this week). He has only about 10 words, none very clear, although a fair few animal/vehicle/general sounds. At that time he didn't seem to understand many instructions & didn't do many actions to songs or pointing etc. He now does point, understands a lot more, does actions to songs, but still not very many words. Just seems behind most other DC his age sad. He has had a hearing test which showed fluid in the ear which the audiologist thought was impairing his hearing, but they won't do anything about it or even confirm their suspicions on this until he has a second test, which I couldn't get until after the SALT appointment (next week or the week after, I think). Like everything in my life, it's a wait & see situation sad

roguepixie Mon 05-Aug-13 17:21:01

confused, I hope you DS's test goes well tomorrow.

Adora, good luck with the viewings. Any idea where you're aiming to live when you get back to the UK?

£1.50 on muffin for DS today. No other spends. Will need to go food shopping tomorrow - we get through an obscene amount of fruit and veg so need to go to the supermarket to re-stock plus there will be other stuff to buy...DS wants noodles!!

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 05-Aug-13 18:59:58

They are making you jump through hoops aren't they? He is progressing though from what you say.

Poor little love.

HelgatheHairy Mon 05-Aug-13 19:10:09

Had NSDs Saturday and today but yesterday wasn't so good. We wanted (and it was wanted rather than needed) a few things so went to shopping centre. Got a new collar for the dog (that actually was a need as his old one stank), toy to hang from handle of cars seat for baby (who was due yesterday but is being lazy!) a GIANT slice of cake, a frozen coffee drink, a safe and floor cleaner from Argos, and coke, caprisun & a Sunday paper from Tesco.

Really the only thing we NEEDED was the dog collar, everything else we could have done without. We have been talking bout getting a safe for ages though so wasn't quite an impulse buy.

takeaway2 Mon 05-Aug-13 19:37:49

NSD! Finally.

Sorry to hear about your DS confused. If its any help at my DD's 2 year check I worried about her non speaking. She'd nod and point but more significantly she was vvvv shy. To the point that I started to think she might be selectively mute.

She's now nearly 3 and she's fine. I don't think she'll be super chatty but she's getting on fine at nursery and when her friends come round to play she's really chatty and really plays with them. I hope they can reassure you some how.

jonbonjovismissus Mon 05-Aug-13 20:15:56

NSD for me too, although have been really struggling with it being the holidays! Am going to try for another tomorrow as we are going to have spendy week next week with uniforms etc......they just won't stop growing smile

daisychicken Mon 05-Aug-13 22:45:38

Confused - ds2 was the same at 2, he had about 5 words. In his case, ds1 was talking for him (we think) but now at nearly 9, he never shuts up! Also the problem with fluid in the ME space, is that it can clear up just as quickly as it comes (and is very common in young children), the audiologist wants to see if its persistent or if it goes away on its own hence waiting - they don't want to interfere if there's no need due to anaesthetic risks for grommets (as with all ops & most people choose grommets over hearing aids as a first resort). Fingers crossed the fluid clears up, SALT are not worried and ds starts talking!

Spoke to ds2 re birthday party - he wants to go to swim pool with slides but as I've reminded him, his best friends are not good swimmers (& as i dont swim, DH wouldn't cope with 4 kids on his own). Apparently having friends here is boring....(!) I'll think a bit more... maybe we can do a family day out and then just have his bf's over for pizza & play after school...

Ended up spending today £34 on dog meds... plus dh buying on ebay again... angry Got to food shop & go to the post office tomorrow... but am hoping nothing else for the rest of the week.

AdoraBell Mon 05-Aug-13 23:48:27

Thanks Rogue, people who came back today really, really, really like it but want too much off the price. Apparently they are going To have a family conference. It's GPs buying with an adult DD living abroad and adult DS who wants DD To move back. Families eh!

confused good luck with the assesment. I really think the only reason mine were moré chatty at that age was because of there being two of them.

Spent £1.30 on bread and £1.90 ish on roads.

Mine keep out growing clothes too, I have tríed To stop them but they assure me it's naturalhmm wink

confusedofengland Tue 06-Aug-13 14:42:27

Thanks everybody for your good luck wishes. The speech assessment went OK, I think the therapist pretty much confirmed what I thought. She said DS has a fairly severe language delay, as well as some delay in play skills (eg in pretend play he will give a pretend cup of tea to a person not a teddy). He will have further sessions in September/October to give a fuller picture as to whether the delays are wider spread. She did say that as he did other things on the late side, it was quite possible that his speech was just following this pattern & could well catch up of its own accord. She also said that he attempts to communicate well & has good eye contact, and that he's made good progress in the last few months, so that's positive. I think I just feel a bit sad, to think that my boy is 'behind' sad

Anyway, not spent too much today, just £1 on cookies for my grandparents for looking after DS1 & 40p on a Paddington book from the charity shop as that's our current bedtime read.

Will catch up with others later, hope everyone's being frugal!

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 06-Aug-13 14:56:20

Confused, these things can be treated. He's still your perfect little baby.

£10 petrol.

£10.50 on three packs of ecloths for the new house. You can never have too many.

roguepixie Tue 06-Aug-13 17:13:16

Huge spend (£125.00) on food shopping today but that was fruit and veg for the week (and beyond) and some meat and larder goods. Bought some bio washing powder as my washing machine has been very smelly - apparently the liquid, low temp, non-bio stuff that many people use nowadays causes massive build up of mould in the machine!! Yuk.

My dishwasher has gone phfffut sad. DH trying to fix it but it may be we need to buy a new one sadsadsad.

confused, I am sure your lovely boy is taking things at his own pace and, if he needs help, you are doing the very best thing by getting it addressed now. He sounds like a gorgeous, lively little chap and is, I'm sure, just taking it all in his stride.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 06-Aug-13 17:42:25

You need to do a service wash rogue, hottest cycle run empty with no powder.

It gets all the crap out of the drum, I put detergent straight into the drum so the pipes don't get mucky.

roguepixie Tue 06-Aug-13 18:09:39

Fluffy, I do that and it has still got quite smelly. I tend to use the tabs that go straight into the drum too. I did some research on t'internet and many appliance engineers say that there has been a significant increase in mould (especially in the funnel that runs from the drawer to the drum) because washing temps are lower and, strangely, the liquid-tabs are causing massive gunking up!! I bought some bio powder anyway and have put a very hot wash (90 deg c) through and the smell has gone. smile Another tip I read with regard to this is emptying a full bottle of white vinegar into the drum and running a hot wash - apparently that works?

confusedofengland Tue 06-Aug-13 18:36:27

Yes, Fluffy vinegar is a really good cleaning agent - doesn't even have to be clear, I just use malt. You can use it for other household cleaning, too - kettle cleaning, toilet cleaning, window cleaning.

Feeling a bit better now, thank you. Having dinner at home & I have got out dolly & her highchair for dinner - DS is quite happily feeding her, one of the play skills ST said he was lacking. TBH, we'd never tried this specific thing before, as the only dolly we had was DS1's which he guarded with his life, so maybe I just need to play more things like that with him.

Also, on a frugal note, the ST did mention that DS might be able to get some funding for nursery sessions, so that would save some money.

Finally - I have won a competition grin Don't think I'll be able to use it though. Tickets to a golf tournament in N Ireland (we live in Essex) but travel & accommodation not paid. Still, it's something smile

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 06-Aug-13 19:35:55

Eeew mould.

Least it's gone.

AdoraBell Tue 06-Aug-13 22:26:43

Rogue have you looked at the detergent tray, mine went mouldy on the under side all over the bit, technical term there, the tray goes into. Yuck! Now I always leave the door wide open and take the tray out when not in use, and I put my vinegar in the tray so it goes through the pipes. Don't know if I'm killing my machine doing that but I can't stand the mould

Spent a tenner today getting pizza, salad, bananas, bits and bobs. Don't know if tomorrow will be another NSD as OH hasn't been forthcoming with the cash this week and I'm bloody well not asking him for it. I can feed the DDs and myself if he's "forgotten".

takeaway2 Wed 07-Aug-13 07:07:40

Morning all
Spent £5 on a donation to a gig and £12 for dinner yesterday. Hoping for an NSD today.

Feeling v tired. Partially because I didn't sleep well at all last night. Through coming home late... And worrying about something that's happening at work. hmm It potentially is a good thing for me but still. Worries....

ExasperatedSigh Wed 07-Aug-13 07:52:32

£40 weekly shop yesterday, no other spends. Going to visit my cousin in law and her kids today, should be frugal and fun smile

confusedofengland Wed 07-Aug-13 09:09:37

takeaway that sounds intriguing about work. Hope it turns out well for you.

Adora have you had any news from your viewings yet? What is the housing market like in Chile, is it fairly easy to sell & do people tend to own their own homes?

Low spend day planned today. Staying in this morning then going to the farm later with a friend & her DC. Farm is free to get in & can take own food & drinks, but may have ice cream/cake in cafe as a treat.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 07-Aug-13 09:12:18

£99 on led lightbulbs, 18 of the buggers for the spotlights, 11 are for the kitchen alone. I got a code off hotukdeals, that sites addictive.

At least it won't cost me 550 watts to light one sodding room plus a pendant fitting <ranty>.

I got a really good tip on the food bit the other day, freeze ziplock bags of soup flat, it takes up less storage space and defrosts quicker too. Genius idea.

£40 for a weekly shops very good exasperated, do you shop in Aldi or Lidl?

roguepixie Wed 07-Aug-13 10:16:28

Adora - that's it exactly!! The funnelly (tech term!!) bit that takes the water/detergent combo from the drawer to the drum - really disgusting. Bearing in mind that that I put a calgon tab in the first section and fabric conditioner in the middle - the detergent goes in the drum - it is the fabric conditioner that is helping towards the mould build up. Can't get over how many repair people say that the non-bio stuff and liquid is responsible. Yuk, yuk, yuk. Hate the mould, hate it hate it hate it. <<and breathe>> smile.

Was on course for a NSD today by DH has just handed me an envelope for the post office (he works from home when in the UK) and has asked me if I would post it for him - does that spend still count? Even though I'm paying can I lay it off on him????? <<hopeful emoticon>>

Fluffy, I bulk buy at Costco (mince etc) and use the ziploc bags to freeze portions - I always squeeze it flat as it does take up much less space and if easier to stack.

AdoraBell Wed 07-Aug-13 13:50:47

Fluffy when are you moving in, or did I miss that?

I also freeze stuff flat means I can cram much more in

Takeaway hope it works out in your favour and you don't have too many sleepless nights.

Confused the economy still seems to be booming ATM but what most don't take into account is the mining industry, which brings the expats who pay huge amounts for houses and pays locals extremely high salaries too, is getting a bit wobbly. More people own now than when we arrived ten years ago. Then the very rich owned everything and no one else owned anything, but a very large middle class has emerged, less people are willing to work in domestic service a pittance, etc.

We haven't heard anything more yet.

It's tipping it down here.

Rogue I think you can sneak that one past, not like you volunteered is it? wink

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 07-Aug-13 14:22:40

We haven't moved yet, I've decided that what we are doing is actually a highly refined form of window shopping were you arrange everything, give notice on the house you currently live in potentially leaving yourself homeless and then NOTHING happens. Nothing, except you put stuff in boxes and hand out cheques to everyone. Luckily dh has paid for it all so far.

And Dh bought me an induction hob which they've fitted so every time I clean the gas hob here I moan under my breath (ok, I whine like fuck) and I'm sick of cleaning that gas hob <issues>

So, it's you, me and confused in property hell.

meatloaf Wed 07-Aug-13 14:27:06


roguepixie Wed 07-Aug-13 15:48:48

Housing worries/issues are such a major pain. I am sending huge good luck vibes to you all that they are sorted out soon.

Postage was £2.60 so I think I can happily put that on DH's tab so...slightly stretching having a NSD winkgrin.

Will be spending tomorrow - need a bottle brush (so I can add extra vigour in cleaning it) grin

AdoraBell Wed 07-Aug-13 17:04:55

Fluffy I hope you and confused get things sorted quickly.

OH has been back to the local council offices about tax and the proper certificates etc. Having asked them to confirm umpteen times they have now said the council tax quoted was wrong and we have to pay the revised amount from day 1. I'm not sure how much it is but I'm not surprised. Still no word from the people who liked the house.

Haven't spent anything yet, apparently OH thought he'd given me cash on Sunday, he noticed a lack of the things he likes.

We had a nice evening out yesterday, freebie too. Cocktail party for a new car launch and got goody bags so we now have some lovely chocolates. Nacth the men's bags had car related things too, what with this being such a sexist society.

daisychicken Wed 07-Aug-13 17:09:20

Hope all property hells turn into property heavens soon..

Spent £3.50 on ice creams today - all the other kids were having one so could leave mine out. Will probably be the same on Friday as "borrowing" a couple of extra children for the day and meeting up with same group of friends again so estimating £8 spending...

Tomorrow need fuel plus finally get to the post office. DH has run out of hi-juice so will need a couple of bottles. Ds2 is trying out an athletics club so that's another £3 (or £6 if ds1 joins in..).

takeaway2 Wed 07-Aug-13 17:29:55

Another NSD. Because I've been sick. hmm Felt rubbish last night, couldn't sleep. Turns out to be a stomach bug. Dh also has it but has somewhat recovered. Dd got it and got sent home from nursery. She's happily eating noodles now though so maybe it's over for her now. I on the other hand am still feeling rubbish.

The work thing - boss told me that my job role is going to be advertised but at a higher level. Yay. But it means ill have to interview. Worse is if I have to compete against externals!!! Argh!

roguepixie Wed 07-Aug-13 17:57:19

Good luck in the interviews takeaway. Hope you feel better soon, too.

northender Wed 07-Aug-13 18:09:44

Having a good week spending wise. Using up all the fresh food well before we go away. No surrender to meals out or takeaway here!
Have worked longer hours than usual today as I'm trying to get up to date before going away. At least, as we're short staffed at the moment, there is a budget for extra hours so I will get paid for it. But, although the money is very welcome I'm looking forward to being fully staffed and not always being under so much pressure.

Hope all of you get your housing issues solved soon.

Good luck with the job takeaway

AdoraBell Wed 07-Aug-13 20:55:43

Good luck Takeaway and I hope the stomach big is gone now.

Leilandri Wed 07-Aug-13 21:13:18

£1 spent on Tuesday - took my boys to a local community event at a park where they did lots of running around, some crafts and a turn each on the bouncy castle.
£4 spent today at the woods Pirate activity day. Great day exploring with treasure maps, walking planks, pond skimming and stream splashing smile

DS2 is 2 tomorrow and we're going to the zoo. Have got 'child goes free with adult' vouchers, so DH and I shall queue and pay separately, saving £19! My parents are coming too, so I'm providing the picnic and they'll buy the coffees/ice-creams.
Will stop at a pub with large soft play on the way home for dinner, so should be about £50 for the day.--but we've bought DS2 buggar all so it all balances out!--

ExasperatedSigh Wed 07-Aug-13 21:19:50

Good luck takeaway, and likewise I wish everyone stuck in property hell a swift and prosperous exit grin

Fluffy my £40 shop was at Morrisons (wanted to go to Lidl but they shut at 8pm, I was gutted!) 40 squid at Morrisons really doesn't buy you very much but we didn't need very much this week, the beauty of having done an £85 Lidl trip last week smile

NSD today, hung out with my cousin in law and her kids, was lovely smile

AdoraBell Wed 07-Aug-13 22:46:21

Spent £55 on groceries and chicken bits for dogs, ugly bits of wing at £3 for 2 kilos so not exactly splashing out on them. I want To get them accustomed To raw food before move them so I don't have To faff about while getting used To a 'new' place all over again. We have decided not To keep the puppies. OH can't admit he made a mistake doesn't have time for them and I can't manage all 4 with 2DCs all on me tod if we do sell and move.

Glad a good NSD was had with the cousin-in-law.

Hope the you have a good day at the zoo tomorrow.

Helenagrace Wed 07-Aug-13 23:44:09

Very out of the loop here!

Spending money left right and centre at the moment on school uniform!

Ah well has to be done!

On the plus side I have an interview for the job I applied for grin

AdoraBell Thu 08-Aug-13 00:23:27

Good luck Helena

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 08-Aug-13 18:40:02

£7 top up shop, wine and cat food and choc.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 08-Aug-13 18:40:56

Ooh when's the interview helena? I had the impression you are a rgn?

roguepixie Thu 08-Aug-13 19:15:24

£1.60 on muffin for DS post swim.

Will be spendy tonight as am going out with my friend for sushi. DS majorly peeved as he loves sushi but have promised him I'll bring him some home. I don't go out much so this is a nice treat.

DH, on the other hand, seems to be spending up a storm hmmconfused.

roguepixie Thu 08-Aug-13 19:16:03

Als, good luck Helena, for the interview. Keeping everything crossed for you.

Helenagrace Thu 08-Aug-13 19:38:07

The interview is Tuesday morning.

I was a nurse years ago Fluffy. This job is back in healthcare but not in the NHS. It is to do with care standards though which is something I'm passionate about.

AdoraBell Thu 08-Aug-13 19:39:18

Nothing spent yet but I need to top the car up, but not full today. Vet and dog food bills are about to get cheaper, puppies are going back to the vet/breeder to see if he can rehome themsad. We now can't keep them inside our plot despite 5 foot high fencing told OH it's not high enough, Houdini comes and goes as she pleases, the others follow her and OH still doesn't have time to care for the dogs he bought, so this isn't the best home for them.

Allthingspretty Thu 08-Aug-13 19:45:18

Just came on to say that my local Asda were advertising an activity on Friday for free.

takeaway2 Thu 08-Aug-13 20:31:26

Good luck Helena and am v envious of your sushi treat!!! I love sushi. But I shall be enjoying lots of yummy food when I go on holiday next Friday for two weeks. Can't wait.

Another NSD which is my 3rd or so? Still recovering from dodgy tummy. Dd not in nursery today so dh and I took turns to watch her. Made meatballs tonight from mince which was really yummy. Was surprised DS ate it all as it had things like curry powder and cumin in it but he did! Maybe it was coz he helped to roll the meat balls!!!

Trying to eat out the freezer now so dh bought some milk and washing powder and stuff from aldi but that was it. No other perishables!

confusedofengland Thu 08-Aug-13 21:06:08

Good luck Helena

Sad news about the puppies, Adora but it's good you're doing what's best for them.

Takeaway sounds like you have the same bug my DH had, he didn't eat properly for a week sad Hope you get well soon.

Only spent just under £10 today in Tesco for juice, carrots, birthday card for my mum, fish for tonight's dinner & sandwiches for a picnic. Plus £30 on diesel.

Tomorrow should be an NSD, have friend coming here in the morning, then need to spend afternoon tidying as my parents will be home from their holiday tomorrow evening.

Leilandri Thu 08-Aug-13 22:10:46

Thanks for the link Allthings I had seen this in my store but had forgotten. That's tomorrow afternoon sorted!

Sad news about the puppies Adora but probably for the best.
Good luck Helena

DS2's Birthday today, so spent £26 on zoo entry and £4 on drinks (took some but it was v. hot)
Payday for me tomorrow (get paid 4 weekly, so gets rather confusing!) so need to do 4 week grocery shop in Aldi, also need to collect some Facebook purchases for a friend (she will reimburse next week) and got some Argos bargains to collect and stash away for Xmas. Probably be about £200 on all that, then also need to order a new chicken coop tomorrow so another £200 there too shock Oh well, guess we can't take it with us! grin

takeaway2 Thu 08-Aug-13 22:15:58

Adora - just read about the dogs - sorry to see that but it's probably for the best... thanks

daisychicken Fri 09-Aug-13 08:30:28

Sorry Adora to hear about the dogs.. very hard to do but probably the right thing.

roguepixie Fri 09-Aug-13 12:00:00

Adora, sorry to hear about the pups. As daisy says - really hard to do but, in all likelihood, the best thing to do. Does your DH get that he bought in haste?

Aiming for NSD today. Went to gym this morning - membership is present from DH (smile). It was tough but I thoroughly enjoyed it - I have a significant amount of weight to lose and am the start of my 'journey' but as DS was still fast asleep when I left I managed to avoid the "muffin after swim" spend.

No plans to spend anything today but planned spends include getting DS's school blazer dry cleaned ready for the start of term. Also heading off to see SIL next week so there will be some spends there + diesel.

DH thinks we may be able to get a few days away before term starts - I would rather wait and go away at Christmas - it means I have more time to lose weight/get fitter, it means we can save for a good holiday and it also means I get to spend Christmas on a beach ... what's not to like???

confusedofengland Fri 09-Aug-13 13:38:25

rogue I love the idea of Christmas on a beach grin

Happy birthday to Leilandri's DS

Today has not turned out to be the NSD I had planned hmm. £198 on nursery fees for DS2 (which counts as a bill, not really a spend, but still). Then about £17 on BBQ food in Tesco, plus another £1 on cakes to take to a friend's house for our playdate. I cannot believe the price of meat atm! I usually buy things reduced by 75% in the evenings, so full price is shock to me. £9 for 10 x Tesco Finest Burgers shock. My DSis, who is hosting the BBQ for my DMum's 60th bday, wanted me to make them, but she also wanted to keep the party a surprise & given that I share a house with one kitchen with my mother (& father) I don't know how I'd keep it a surprise if I were making them, IYSWIM.

Also had notification of another competition win - a wireless smoke alarm. A fairly good prize, but I'm sure you can get these things free from the fire brigade? I keep thinking that the house/car/big money prize must be just around the corner grin Either that or it all goes to BIL, who wins something every week & has had holidays to S. Africa, Ipads, Ipods, Iphones etc

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 09-Aug-13 16:55:24

Confused, is your bil married? grin

It's definitely worth contacting the fire brigade about smoke alarms, plus I think they do home visits to check your house is fire-safe. I would imagine its cheaper to send one fireman out to do that than a whole crew to put a preventable fire out.

The utility providers can be sources of hidden gems too, our water board does water butts for £35, the same size in homebase etc is £60! I'm taking the shower regulator I got free off them to the next house <saddo>

Our councils advertising "green cones" that you put all food waste into and it seeps into the garden as fertiliser with very little residue, it's not money saving now but considering that the EU charges council per tonne of landfill it would be money saving if they decide to pass that charge on in the future. Plus you wouldn't get maggots in the bin. Failing that they do cheap composting bins.

Anyway, £10 ish on housey stuff.

Rogue, get the Xmas holiday. You won't regret it.

daisychicken Fri 09-Aug-13 17:15:06

Yes, smoke alarms can be obtained free from the fire service and they do ones with pagers/flashing lights/pillow alarm etc. I got my pager & pillow alarm updated and new smoke alarms 3-4 years ago.

Spent £6 on unexpected parking today (thank goodness I had some cash!) - park we go to once a year if that (bit of a drive) has started charging for parking and its mostly permit area around the park. But kids didn't ask for ice-creams so I didn't spend the £8 I was expecting there!!

Where do you find the competitions Confused?

ExasperatedSigh Fri 09-Aug-13 18:06:48

Had a bit of a splurge today and spent £20 on soft play with lunch in the cafe. Had a lovely time with my friend and wore all our kids out, bonus grin DS looked like he'd been to a rave by the time we left, all sweaty hair and red face.

Also spent a tenner yesterday on fruit, plus drinks at the

DH's work are paying for us to go out to a posh restaurant shock smile so that is something to look forward to!

AdoraBell Fri 09-Aug-13 18:18:56

Something dodgy going on with those prizes and BIL, Confusedwink

I spent £2 on yucky snack after Pilates. There's nothing where the class is held but OH called and went on and on, and on so I ended up needing to pull into the supermarket for their bathroom and realised I was hungry.

Rogue Xmas beach holiday, no doubt.

OH hasn't so much realised he bought in haste as accepted that yet again he thought 'I'll get these puppies and Adora will do all the donkey work' anyway the vet is not keen to take them back, reckons he won't be able to rehome them as everyone wants fluffy puppies. Friends are currently trying to rehome 96 adandoned dogs they've rescued, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 09-Aug-13 18:39:46

ExasperatedSigh when you go for your meal order an extra bottle of wine and ask for the cork to be left in. We did that once. A bottles only 3 large glasses after all.

96 abandoned dogs, that's so sad. Four dogs is a lot of work no matter which country you live in.

confusedofengland Fri 09-Aug-13 18:42:24

Definitely something dodgy going on with BIL & those prizes! And yes, he is married - to my Dsis grin I just enter competitions that I get sent through on emails, I get about 100 per day, but don't ever get round to entering all the competitions. Quite grin that the prize I have won is one you could get for free!

Not spent anything more today. Tomorrow need to give Dsis £10 towards flowers for Dmum's birthday, but that should be it.

The house situation is going from bad to worse. Having been told that the court bailiffs would turf out the tenant on 23rd August or possibly even 19th, they now will not come until 4th September. Our mortgage offer ends on 30th August & we will not be able to get it renewed (DH switched a few months ago from PAYE to self-employed, so we'd need 2 years of accounts minimum) The vendor has gone to court today to apply for a private bailiff, but I am scared he will get turned down or that they, too, will not be available until September (apparently he has been told 1 week from receiving the writ, but we don't know how long it takes for the writ to be issued or even if this is true). Have never been so scared or stressed out in my life sad

takeaway2 Fri 09-Aug-13 20:59:02

Confused - your house situation sounds bonkers.
Adora - 96 puppies??!
Spendy day. hmm £28 on shoes for dd... Yes I just bought some other
Shoes for her last week too. But one pair are sandals for holiday next Friday and one pair was for saving when she's a size bigger (and were doodles from Clark's and on sale).

£25 for dinner at Pizza Hut as DS wanted to eat out. I battled him yesterday and couldn't battle anymore. Plus it's the end of summer camp for him so I guess it was ok.

£19 for hair cuts including £1 for DD's fringe to be done at the barbers!! grin It was a lady barber who was new and so I asked if she'd do it and she did.

Oh and petrol. Used the 10p voucher from sainsburys so that saved a few pounds I'm sure.... shock

AdoraBell Fri 09-Aug-13 21:13:36

No Takeaway it's 96 adult dogs that one friend has rescued. I also know someone whose friend goes to a place where people dump their dogs and rounds up dogs then pays a local vet to neuter them.

northender Sat 10-Aug-13 08:55:26

confused sad for you and your house situation. You don't need so much stress at the moment.
Rogueenvy at your beach at Christmas plan.
We arrived at pil in the wee small hours on the first stage of our hol. We sail to France tomorrow, can't wait. We have a cool box full of meat I've frozen as that seem very pricey last year. Will stock up today on food for the ferry tomorrow to save big spends on the boat.
Have a lovely weekendsmile

Leilandri Sat 10-Aug-13 09:42:06

Yesterday was spendy, but expected.
£179 on chicken coop, £110 in Aldi, £33 in Argos (Xmas pressies) £228 on DS2 nursery bill and £13 on straw, sawdust and feed for chooks.

Today I need to get little bits in morrisons (£40ish), and get a computer desk and chair for DS1 as he has been given a reconditioned desktop ready to practice on for school, and I need more printer ink (1 cartridge does a year as we don't print much) so that'll be about £60.

For those thinking about Xmas already, I'm on this thread which has some great bargains cropping up ...
Xmas Thread

Helenagrace Sat 10-Aug-13 09:55:55

Still trying for an NSD. Can't believe this month!

Hopefully tomorrow will be one.

Today I need to get more school uniform. Logo stuff today. DD's uniform will be done today. DS will just need trousers after today. Then they both need shoes.

The annoying things is they both change schools next year so we'll have to do this again next year.

ExasperatedSigh Sat 10-Aug-13 15:11:09

confused I have everything crossed for you.

Helenagrace this month is so long...DH and I were chatting about the budget this morning and realised that even though we're being v frugal, we're still not likely to save anything at the end. There's school uniform to get, holiday to enjoy, and then DS's birthday.

Still, I had a good frugaleering win this morning - returned an M&S shirt that MIL bought for DS that was too small, and got four polo shirts for school.

AdoraBell Sat 10-Aug-13 16:06:30

Put £10 of petrol in the car, £20 three days ago. Should be staying home today,DDs have played hockey and I took the old road back so only £2.55 for 1 toll.

takeaway2 Sat 10-Aug-13 20:51:10

Oops sorry adora!! But still that's many many dogs!!!

Forgot about yesterday's shop at the garden centre £9 for grass seed

However today was an NSD!! Surprise! Went swimming with kids,,dh paid. grin Got a complimentary swim back as they didn't tell us that they were shutting in half an hour! I expressed my displeasure (!!) and the person came back to say I could get a comp swim! Yay.

Returned home for lunch and started packing for holiday (the kids stuff) and then started cooking dinner. So no spend.

Tomorrow might be spendy. Depends on whether the charity shop still has the dress I was eyeing (when I was passing and it was shut) and if it's the right size!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 10-Aug-13 20:55:06

£40 for a radio.

It's for the house <which is my justification these days>.

AdoraBell Sun 11-Aug-13 02:31:00

Don't worry Takeaway. Anyway ours have gone to the vet for two weeks. It's a stop gap and now he is finally going to get me the number of a trainer I've been asking for. OH has accepted that he shouldn't have bought them. If we can get them back under control then we can keep them.

No further spending today, not sure how tomorrow will turn out. DD1 keeps reminding me it's Children's Day and I keep reminding her that it's all about rights of children and improving their lives in countries where they are not valued. She has a list as long as her arm of things she wold like for her birthday, and every thing is related to One Direction.

Well done getting the comp swim and good luck with the charity shop dress Takeaway

Fluffy careful there, you could end up spending a small fortune 'for the house', that said a radio would be on my 'essential' list.

Leilandri Sun 11-Aug-13 08:24:48

Spent £62 in Argos yesterday, £55 on filling the car, and £23 in morrisons.

Today should be a NSD. Need to spend the morning packing my boys cases, passports etc as they're off to France with my folks for 9 days this evening grin then this afternoon I'm roping DH into some heavy lifting and organising at the allotment. Taken dinner out of freezer already, so no reason to spend ...

confusedofengland Sun 11-Aug-13 11:44:48

Today should be more or less an NSD. DH wants to go to the pub later to watch football on Sky, but don't plan to spend anything apart from that.

Yesterday was not too bad. Went to my DSister's house in London, so had to pay toll for Dartford crossing each way, so £4 there. We have a Dart Tag, but it didn't have any credit, so cost us an extra £1 (tariff is £1.50 with Dart Tag I think). Also spent about £6 on rolls & cheese as part of our contribution to BBQ. I am glad we don't BBQ often, it can get v. expensive - about £25 all in on burgers, rolls, cheese, potatoes, corn on the cob & garlic bread shock

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 11-Aug-13 14:00:02

NSD for me.

takeaway2 Sun 11-Aug-13 20:30:49

As predicted. Spendy.

Went to charity shop, the dress was too big - but found a bag for £4. New! Ok it was new look but it was the kind of bag I was looking to replace my current bag that's looking rather sorry for itself (the colour is all peeling off...).
Got dc a £2.50 DVD of mr men.
Then walked past shoe zone and got DS a pair of wellies for school £4,99. Went to the works and got some stuff and then had 10% discount so £5.80?

Then had lunch £10. Then went to boots to get face powder that was running out and a new lippy that's also running out - buy one get one half price so £16? Then to tesco to get lasagne sheets, cheese and some other things £8.

Have to have a few NSDs before we go on hol!!!

AdoraBell Sun 11-Aug-13 23:56:41

NSD for me, OH bought sandwiches and chips when we walked the two dogs. We have decided to have 2 weeks without the puppies,I'm going to keep pestering the vet for the number of a trainer. Apparently he's lost the trainer's card but knows a police dog handler, but doesn't know the officer's work schedule. So I have to nag. At least this way the authority here ( we're in a condominium) know we are trying to do something about the problem. They can confiscate dogs who cause a nuisance but the problem is they don't dare go up against the richest families herehmm.

Well done on the 'new' bag Takeaway, shame the dress didn't fit.

Confused yep BBQs can be v expensive, here people eat huge amounts of meat at a BBQ - probably 4 times as much as we're accustomed to.

Hope DSs enjoy their holiday Lielandri

Not sure what this week's spends will be, I hope to avoid going into town.

ExasperatedSigh Mon 12-Aug-13 08:23:41

Today will be spendy, need to do a modest weekly shop and replace a bald tyre. Bought a silk dress on eBay yesterday to wear to our posh dinner, was only £20... I hope it fits.

BobbyGentry Mon 12-Aug-13 13:08:58

I wondered if you'd all seen 'A girl called Jack''s blog, value range haute cuisine x

Makes for compelling reading smile

shortscotty Mon 12-Aug-13 18:17:41

We are back from our holidays so I am now trying to get out of the 'go on lets buy it' mentality I slipped into. Today got blazer for eldest (£25 with voucher as uniform changing halfway through time there) and shoes for smallest three (£30)> went to the market for veg and was only £2.50 for carrots brocolli and a cauli so am tempted to get a shopping trolley and start buying in town. Our butcher has good deals on and I would rather have less decent quality meat than lots of cheap stuff. May have to nosey at ebay for a non tartan trolley..

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 12-Aug-13 18:34:41

£10 petrol.

Platinumstart Mon 12-Aug-13 18:48:59

I've been meaning to hitch myself to this thread for a while - I had agreed (in my head!) to a 4 week nothing but essentials spend over Aug/sept but DH finally quitting/getting made redundant (position basically made untenable) is catalist.

Off to an unfortunate start as nanny's birthday - chocs and cash blush felt bad I hadn't chosen a gift and of course I gave her more than I'd have spent on a present but there it is - I've been away and frankly I think she prefers cash.

confusedofengland Mon 12-Aug-13 19:25:21

Welcome platinum

Quick check-in for me as have to bath DCs. Only £15 today at Tesco on a top-up shop, should be OK now for the rest of the week. Quite pleased as had 2 playdates & didn't spend anything for either of them smile

Work tomorrow & have to finish my book club books so should be NSD

AdoraBell Mon 12-Aug-13 20:25:21

Scotty I thought all shopping trolleys were tartan, no?grin

I spent the last of last week's budget on frozen veg and fruit juice, £5

Still need to collect DDs so roads will be a few quid, works out to £3.33.333333-ish

Our prospective buyers are still undecided adult DS wants the money so we're still in limbo.

Platinumstart Mon 12-Aug-13 20:29:37

Thanks confused

Tomorrow should be a NSD or near as - I may have to grab something to eat at work as not much in and also trying to low carb which is as cheap to buy "out" as bring from home. Excuses excuses!

takeaway2 Mon 12-Aug-13 21:45:52

Another NSD. Think it's the 5th one. Or so? Drive 40 miles or so to some work meeting but will claim that back tomorrow. Dh got bread.

Tomorrow I doubt it'll be NSD as DS has hospital app so we will have to eat out or so... But hopefully LSD.

Still not packed bags for Friday's holiday. Help.

Thatsinteresting Mon 12-Aug-13 22:58:06

£100 roughly at Aldi snd Tesco but that's fresh stuff for this week and hopefully all the non perishable stuff for the month. I have meal planned everything, right down to snacks. It means food isn't very exciting but it is cheap.

I'm trying to keep control but as I'm in the middle of school holidays it's getting harder to stick to free activities. I've finished buying uniform but still need shoes. I've ordered name labels with 10% cashback do am pleased with that small win.

Adora what will you do with the dogs when you move? Hope you get the offer you need. I've said I'll never move again, it's too stressful but everyone on this thread seems to be doing it.

confused playdates are definitely the way to go, especially now the weather has turned again. Maybe we'll get a few good days before the dcs go back.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 13-Aug-13 08:31:20

I'm only moving once. It's needlessly stressful.

roguepixie Tue 13-Aug-13 10:54:07

Small spend of £25.00 on Sunday - worst of it is that it was all un-necessary sad.

NSD yesterday and NSD today, so slightly redeemed. smile

confusedofengland Tue 13-Aug-13 13:44:28

Fluffy I am so with you in the 'moving is needlessly stressful' camp. Sleepless night here last night because the court informed the vendor of the house we're buying that, actually, private bailiffs cannot deal with evictions and, no, the 23rd August slot we'd been promised for a court bailiff was no longer available, it'd now be 4th September- 5 days after our mortgage offer runs out angry There is a glimmer of hope as the tenant has agreed to vacate the house early if we & vendor pay for temporary accommodation for her (council have said this won't affect her position on housing list), but I refuse to believe it until it happens!

Forgot to add a spend from yesterday - £4.50 on a Baby Learn to Talk DVD from Amazon, hope it might help DS2, will try anything! Cost £9.50 but had £5 gift voucher from doing surveys.

Think we all need good housey vibes on this thread so sending some out, please send back smile

ExasperatedSigh Tue 13-Aug-13 14:40:25

You have all my vibes confused. We are first time buyers and even getting into this place was needlessly stressful thanks to bastard fucking Churchill Insurance (and a bit of first time stupidity from us blush). Every time I feel a bit fed up at the tinyness and half-finished decorative state of our house, I remind myself that 'at least we're not moving any time soon!'

Off to get new tyre when DD wakes up. Prices start from £82, anyone want to guess what I will end up paying? grin Still hoping it will be cheaper than Kwik Fit.

petalsandstars Tue 13-Aug-13 14:53:31

I've been lurking for a while and going to take back control of the budget from my DH. I got fed up of always being the one to say no so made him do it to understand reality. But he is impulsive and buys snacks far too much so now DD2 is 2months old I'm in charge again and hoping to make drastic cuts.
Although spent 30 on groceries inc nappies today

Does anyone use Costco and find it better value?

AdoraBell Tue 13-Aug-13 15:17:33

Good vibes to Confused and Fluffy

I'll be back later, <waves to Petals and Platinum, welcome aboard>

AdoraBell Tue 13-Aug-13 15:21:08

Dogs, no clue ATM. Vet is certain he can't sell them, OH is yo-young between leaving them dumped on the vet and taking them with.

I feel a moral obligation but apparently he doesn't hmm

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 13-Aug-13 18:18:28

I'd feel a moral obligation too Adora. You take on an animal and you have to be a grown up about it.

I'm a Costco member, it's meh tbh with food unless its those huge cakes they do for £10. The more I've shopped at aldi the less I've bothered with Costco. What they are good at is household stuff live vacuum cleaners etc because if it breaks down you just take it down and get your money back.

I have noticed costco prices on brand names such as pg tips to be virtually static whereas the supermarket prices have gone up quite a lot.

roguepixie Tue 13-Aug-13 19:08:18

petals, I shop at Costco, now and again - perhaps 5-6 shops a year.

I use it to buy in bulk: toilet rolls, kitchen rolls, cleaning products/detergent, batteries, flour etc. I also buy cases of beans and tomato soup about once a year, if that. To be honest I'm not sure I would call it better value - it is bulk buying so it is convenient. They do offers every month which can be cost effective if they are something you use.

takeaway2 Tue 13-Aug-13 19:47:10

£8 at sainsburys for tin foil (of course I need this 3 days before I fly?!!) and half priced shoes. grin

AdoraBell Tue 13-Aug-13 19:47:28

My point exactly Fluffy

Leilandri Tue 13-Aug-13 21:08:54

Spent £8 in morrisons yesterday buying some food to take to a friend who is absolutely skint and living on toast sad It was all savers things but every bit helps. Also spent some of DS2's Bday money in B&M bargains on Peppa Pig crap stuff, and bought him a single quilt as his toddler quilt will be too cold for winter.
Spent £5 in lidl today on 2 lightning mcqueen lunchboxes dor DS1 (as he will no doubt lose 1) for school, and £28 in Argos on more Xmas bits. Used £17 of DS2's Bday money to get a Dinosaur toy, but as he didn't even realise that it was his Bday, I've decided to keep the Peppa toy and Dino toy for him for Xmas grin
Built our new chicken coop tonight, our old coop is infested with red spider mite (despite my best efforst) so tomorrow I will have to buy some anti-mite dust to treat the girls before moving them into their new home.

AdoraBell Tue 13-Aug-13 21:36:47

Hope you get rid of the mites Leilandri, I had those (I think ) coming through my bathroom window in London, council flats with pidgeons roosting on a balcony we couldn't access to clean.

Good idea to keep the gifts for Xmas if he hasn't grasped the concept of birthdays yet. Sneakygrin but good.

I've been extravagant and had an after school snack with DDs, about £9

AdoraBell Tue 13-Aug-13 21:38:33

Posted too soon, well done for helping your friend

thanks for you.

Trigglesx Tue 13-Aug-13 22:47:37

Hi. Hope there's room for more here. I've let some spending get out of hand (just on nothing really which is even worse) as my marriage fell apart and the first couple months on my own, but now I need to get things under control and get back to being more careful with money. I think (just guessing) that it might have been my way of coping with all the stress. But I don't really have that excuse anymore, so reining it in.

AdoraBell Tue 13-Aug-13 23:22:18

<budges up to make space for Trigglesx> there's always room in heregrin welcome.

Sorry to hear about the split and yes, spending quite probably was a coping stratagy, mine is chocolateblush.

Finished my day with £3.33.3 recurring on road tolls for school run. Can't decide what to do for dinner, took pork chops out to defrost but they are really thick cut so won't be ready. I'll have a rummage.

jonbonjovismissus Wed 14-Aug-13 06:28:42

A bit out of the loop here sorry ladies, but catching up now as couldn't sleep. Decided gettiing back up to speed was better than lying awake worrying abt work! V spendy week last week, some budgeted for like wedding stuff some not - £160 to get brakes fixed on car. Next week have to pay £125 for summer club as work back to almost normal for summer hols but is actually budgreed for - hoping for NSDs for the rest of this week as playdates etc organised!
confused tons of good vibes for the house, really hope it works out
Leilandri well done to you for helping your friend out, bet she really appreciated it........too early for wine so share my brew instead!

Helenagrace Wed 14-Aug-13 08:21:31

Sorry ladies been away!

Interview was a total waste of time. Internal candidate walks out of the interview before mine with one of the interview panel who was chatting away to him and then says "well I'll be phoning you about this tonight anyway so we'll chat then!"shock

Steaming mad tbh. I wasted an entire day on the application then another day on interview prep and then half of yesterday on an interview that was a box ticking exercise.

What's really annoying is charity boss has another job vacant that I could apply for. When I let her know she'd be getting a reference request she wished me luck but said she was disappointed as she hoped I'd apply for her job. Hope I haven't burnt my bridges.

Anyhow. Spendy here still. I have the last bits of school uniforms to buy. Roll on September - I'm planning a zero tolerance spending crackdown!!

ExasperatedSigh Wed 14-Aug-13 08:47:19

Grrr Helenagrace that is so rude! They could at least be professional enough to hide that shit angry

I spent £41 in Lidl on Monday and £82 yesterday getting the tyre fixed. So happy to shop in Lidl, that 41 squid bought us so much food. AND I had both DC with me and they were unbelievably well behaved shock The whole shopping environment in there is so much calmer and nicer - no glaring fluorescent overheads, no BUY ME NOW!!! deal signs screaming in your face, no noisy announcements...I've noticed before how, when we go in there, DS doesn't bug me for this that and the other.

I was telling him how proud I was of them both for being good in the shop and he said he hates Morrisons because it's too big, bright and noisy and there are too many trolleys. So another benefit to budget shopping!

confusedofengland Wed 14-Aug-13 09:54:28

Helenagrace what a pain! At least you have had some good job application & interview, though <optimist>

Exasperated that is an added bonus! My DSes both love supermarket shopping, for some reason, so I am lucky never to have experienced the whole 'tantrum in a supermarket' thing (walking down the road, yes, but never in Tesco hmm)

Jonbon things like car brakes are essential, so you can be forgiven that one grin

Welcome to triggles

Leilandri well done on helping out your friend. I'm sure she will pay it forward when she can smile Also thanks for mentioning Cars lunch boxes, will have a look in Lidl

Petals welcome. My Dsis raves about Costco, but I am not sure. It is good, I think, if you like brand names, but we always buy own brand/value so it is more expensive than that. Great for random things like BBQs & scaffolding towers, though. Also, ours has a really cheap tyre place attached.

Today will be a low-spend day for me. Have to take DS2 for his second hearing test (where I am desperately hoping they will suggest grommets) & so my dgrandparents are having DS1 again - they are amazing, both in their 80s but still happy to have my DC for a couple of hours so I can take the other one to appointments/lessons, and then they feed me lunch too grin So, I will take them some cakes as a thank you. Also got to get a few bits in Asda plus pay in my work cheque (2 weeks late as I have not been in work for 2 weeks shock)

Have had a house update that our tenant is willing to vacate the new house on 24th August, vendor then wants a few days to clear it out, so completion on 28th August. Council have said this (leaving voluntarily) is fine & won't affect tenant's position on housing list as we already have all the paperwork to kick her out <technical>. BUT, she is only willing to go on a holiday, not to stay in a grotty B&B for 2 weeks, so we are splitting the cost with vendor to send her to the local Havens for a week, which will cost us £300. We feel it is worth it just to make things happen! I still won't believe it till she's gone, but it looks promising!

Also, in other exciting news, I think I felt the baby move yesterday (11 weeks ish, DC3, is this possible)? grin

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 14-Aug-13 12:47:32

Thank heavens for that confused. £300 cheap at twice the price to keep the mortgage offer you've got.

I have friends who won't shop in aldi for chicken but who drive a 30 mile round trip to get costco chicken breasts for the same price as aldi. Seems a bit bonkers to me.

helena that used to go on all the time in the nhs, you'd see a long queue of people arriving for interviews, then you'd notice someone from the adjacent pct who's known the boss for years turn up. They ought to change employment law because all this advertising posts just wastes applicants time.

£15 on a Le Creuset roasting dish in tk maxx, it was £37 in John Lewis. I want a smaller one too but it can wait. Apparently they don't get stained or chip easily like cheap ones do so it should last me years.

Platinumstart Wed 14-Aug-13 13:02:24

Managed two LSD's - almost unheard of for me grin - only spending on lunch, which is cheaper than me risking a supermarket shop!

Oldest DCs are on hols with family so DH, littlest and I are trying to avoid grocery shopping for as long as possible. We have loads in freezer and pantry but our nanny apparently thinks I'm evil for knocking littlests £8 a day berry habit in the head - it's amazing the bad habits you just slip into shock

AdoraBell Wed 14-Aug-13 13:29:19

Fluffy I've had my Le Creuset things for about 12/13 years, very happy with them. I got mine, seconds, from their shop in one of the big outlet malls, paid more than £15 though envy, what color did you get?

Helena that's terrible, can you give that charity person a call?

Confused fingers crossed for you and Yay at feeling a baby kickgrin

Platinum £8 a dayshock how big is littlest? And does your nanny think the stuff your earn grows on trees and you just pick some more as and when?

AdoraBell Wed 14-Aug-13 13:30:44

Colour bloody Spanish auto correct, leave my spellings alone

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 14-Aug-13 13:53:28

<rings childline to report Platinum for berry deprivation>

Adora My new dish.

They've got loads of it down there, not much volcanic orange but bits and bobs. There was a lovely almond casserole with a lid, £52 selling for £19.99.

I spent so long comparing two identical dishes I'm sure I had a plain clothes store detective watching me, he followed me to the till, I saw the sales girl peering at him like he was trying to communicate something to her. That or he was just a weird stalker type.

shortscotty Wed 14-Aug-13 17:28:07

NSD yesterday today £5 on bits for a picnic and £3 parking at the picnic park. Not too bad really. Going to shopping centre maybe tomorrow to finish off last bits for school, plus need undies overhaul for littles. Noseyed online catalogue and put what I liked in the basket....£46! er not likely for undies so heading to Primark.

AdoraBell Wed 14-Aug-13 17:38:53

Oooh, I like that colour much nicer than my volcanic orange I was stalked by a store detective in HMV years ago. A friend and I shared an expensive CD habit involving limited editions. We were looking at our next fix but I was skint can't imagine why so we had a conflab about how to get the disks, settled that I would stay put with disks in my grubby mits while she went to see if she could get cash from her bank not with a shotgun when we realised we were being watched very closely, he even watched us pay once she'd scored some dosh!

Spent another £5, all OH had as his card has been blocked by wait staff not understanding this new chip & pin system, so now we can't get any cash until a new card arrives.

Platinum just realised my comment may have come across badlyblush I meant is littlest 7 foot tall or summat, not is he overweight. Sorry.

Platinumstart Wed 14-Aug-13 18:18:44

adora grin youngest is a bit of a chunk and nanny is deliberately blind to cost of anything and somehow I fell into that habit of every time she said "oh can you get littlest berries" I just gulped and squeaked "ok!"

A mothers guilt and all...

Ho hum! Dinner was a bit of a no spend fail. I had chicken thighs out the freezer and bacon from the fridge and then half way through cooking realized no tomatoes or garlic, one trip to the local shop later 2 x tins of tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, Parmesan and garlic later large slab of choc there was no change out of £10. Bugger.

Platinumstart Wed 14-Aug-13 18:23:20

Need to have a think about tomorrow. I don't work Thursday's so nice opportunity for me and littlest to do something - it's difficult to avoid spending sad I'm crap I'm starting to realise how much of my spending is habit.

God we're going to be fucked if DH doesn't sort out a new job.

Thatsinteresting Wed 14-Aug-13 18:45:57

Nsd for me. Rummaged through our dvds to find a couple that I haven't seen so many times I'm word perfect yes, you Toy Story We also dragged out the craft stuff. I always thought I'd enjoy doing craft with dcs but it can be a hit and miss experience. Had a good time today though.

Need a small top up shop tomorrow but that should be it, £20?

Thatsinteresting Wed 14-Aug-13 18:46:38

Nsd for me. Rummaged through our dvds to find a couple that I haven't seen so many times I'm word perfect yes, you Toy Story We also dragged out the craft stuff. I always thought I'd enjoy doing craft with dcs but it can be a hit and miss experience. Had a good time today though.

Need a small top up shop tomorrow but that should be it, £20?

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 14-Aug-13 19:06:17

It takes a while to get a store cupboard sorted Platinum, I forgot passata this week. Ruined my week that has.

Habits can be broken though. At £8 a day it'd be the same as smoking.

Platinumstart Wed 14-Aug-13 19:13:21

fluffy you're right smile

We're a typical feast or famine house - my cupboards are usually fit to burst with breadsticks, beans, tapenade, etc but I would love to be able to make a food plan and stick to it. The savings wold be great but equally I hate the general waste

Trigglesx Wed 14-Aug-13 19:43:28

LSD - sold an old mobile phone and got £12 for it. Used that money to pick up a few things at the supermarket that were needed. So no money out of the bank account anyway. I'm happy with that.

takeaway2 Wed 14-Aug-13 21:21:10

. Brought lunch to work but not NSD. As paid for legoland tickets. £60 as its in a different country! Not tomorrow either as have to pay for DS camp £20 I think. Then we on holiday when it will be spend spend spend! Argh.

jonbonjovismissus Wed 14-Aug-13 21:47:28

NSD today hooray, feel pleased even though I planned for it! Need to shop for the rest of the month at some point this week but hoping to get by until Saturday as then I can go on my own & do it in peace........
I have £110 until payday in 25th (outside things like out of school fees) but at work all next week so petrol is going tobe £45 of that-meal pkanning & emptying freezer here we come

confusedofengland Wed 14-Aug-13 22:52:30

Ended up spending £2.50 in Farm Foods today for cakes for grandparents & bread. Then a further £3ish in Asda on a few odds & ends, none of which were really necessary blush

Tomorrow will spend £10 on some secondhand clothes for DS1 from Facebook, most still have labels on & there are 10 items, plus I know DS2 will use them in the future, so not bad at all! Then may have to nip to Tesco for a few bits as will want to avoid it this weekend - one of the big festivals happens in the park literally on the outskirts of our village, so going anywhere this weekend will be a total nightmare. At least I'll get to hear the music for free, though grin

ExasperatedSigh Thu 15-Aug-13 00:13:05

Spent about £15 today on drinks and snacks at Tate Britain. Had a fab day out though smile Tomorrow will be v spendy as meeting up with some friends at Blenheim Palace and need to fill up car before we go.I will atone with a NSD on Friday.

AdoraBell Thu 15-Aug-13 04:00:33

Well done Trigglesx

I need to stop going to get top ups with DDs in tow, and stop answering my phone too. I spent £3 in a local grocers, £4 in the supermarket, replacemt chocolate, flour and a large pot of yoghurt. Then I collected DDs. It was downhill from there. DD1 is going to a sleepover and told me a few days ago that she needs to take a snack and drink, which I forgot, so back to the supermarket, then I decided to get salad for tomorrow, remembered we're out of cheese and bought more yoghurt because OH likes the set stuff. So that took care of the other £10 I had. One benefit of taking DDs along is that they are noticing how much food costs.

Trigglesx Thu 15-Aug-13 07:50:57

Planning on a NSD today, so fingers crossed. I know Friday will NOT be one, as I need to purchase a few things.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 15-Aug-13 18:22:50

£7ish today on beer, choc, cheese (spot the stressed out person), paracetamol and pickle.

If you download the amazon cloud app and log in like you would on amazon it syncs music you've bought in the past. It's not moneysaving but if you've lost CDs that came from amazon then as long as its on their list of CDs that can be stored on cloud you can have it back again.

I am watching a spin dryer on eBay. I am determined to have a spin dryer. So far it is 99p.

confusedofengland Thu 15-Aug-13 21:35:29

Exasperated Blenheim Palace sounds like an amazing place, I hope you enjoyed it!

Adora you definitely need to ditch the kids for shopping! Can DH look after them next time you need to go? I am fortunate that mine are still at the age that I just tell them 'no' and if they ask why, the answer is 'because I said so' grin

Triggles hope you managed your NSD

Fluffy hope you are not too stressed sad Is a spin dryer one of those machines that you load wet clothes into, push the lid down & then water comes out of a hose attached to it? Or do you mean a tumble drier more so? We had the former when I lived at boarding school, a very useful thing!

Well, I got DS1's 'new' clothes today for £10 & am quite pleased - 10 items, mostly M&S, H&M, BHS & Disney Store. A little worn, but perfectly good enough. I also put £20 of diesel into the car. Then spent just over £20 in Tesco but that got children's painkillers (always keep stocked up!), present & card for friend's DD, fizzy drinks, milk, butter, natural yoghurt, tinned toms, fr eggs, pasta, rice & potatoes, so I felt I did quite well. Plus I got a 10p voucher for next time grin

Tomorrow should be an NSD as we won't really leave the house due to the festival. Our village & town will be swarming with people! It's great for the local economy, but not so great if you have small DC you want to do things with, such as go to parks! Am thinking I might get DSes to 'help' wash the car, I'm sure they'd love that grin

AdoraBell Fri 16-Aug-13 04:41:38

NSD for me, OH bought cinema tickets and sandwiches for 3 of us, número quatro is at a mate's house tonight.

ExasperatedSigh Fri 16-Aug-13 07:35:18

confused thanks, we had a lovely time smile With young children, there isn't any need to go in the palace itself, you can just pay for parks and gardens and they will run themselves ragged all day. We had a picnic, played in a playground, got lost in the maze, played in the adventure playground...didn't even make it to the butterfly house this time.

Spends: £30 worth of diesel in the car, £13 on entry, £7 or so on cups of tea and ice creams, then £20 on booze after the three hour drive home grin blush

I was talking to a woman at Blenheim who said you can get in for free via 'the green gate' - she gave me rough directions so we may google map that one next time we go!

Planning a very lazy day today as DC both still knackered after two action-packed days out in a row. Need to get cheese for tea tonight, so will walk down to the mini Tesco. I have promised them both that we will not be going anywhere in the car.

confusedofengland Fri 16-Aug-13 11:54:16

Oh no sad Just got a letter from Tax Credits saying we owe them over £2000 shock I will not challenge it as I can never work out their calculations, so I assume they are correct. I just hope they let us pay it over a longer period, I will not be able to get that much together by September, especially with house move & baby!

Also got scan date, for next Thursday, & I don't think DH will be able to make that sad

Not a good day today.

ExasperatedSigh Fri 16-Aug-13 13:09:12

Bloody hell confused, it never rains eh sad I don't know a single person who has had straightforward dealings with the Tax Credits people.

confusedofengland Fri 16-Aug-13 13:34:01

Have just rung them & agreed to pay £60 per month for 3 years, starting end of September. I reckon this is doable, as we have paid a lot off of our credit cards, plus DS2 should get some nursery funding soon to help with his speech. It's just a pain! But, tbf, we have had the money, so if we have to pay it back, so be it. I still don't understand their calculations at all grin

Small spends today - 55p on lemon juice, £4.30 at charity shop on toys for both DSes (including 2 puzzles for DS2 that I can do games recommended by the speech therapist with).

jonbonjovismissus Fri 16-Aug-13 16:05:12

confused I know exactly what you mean about not understanding the TC people, year before last I got 7 separate award letters and then lo and behold they decided I'd been overpaid! Will be paying it back until 2017 blush and panic every time I get anything in the post from them.
£2.10 parking for the cinema, tickets via nectar and we took our own snacks etc so LSD today thank goodness.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 16-Aug-13 16:10:48

I don't think the tc people understand it from the sound of it. What a horrible thing to happen to you.

AdoraBell Fri 16-Aug-13 17:02:31

Glad you're able to pay it back in installments Confused and I hope DH can wangle the time to attend the scan with you.

My OH got up early for a meeting, but it's a holiday so the other party, who asked for the meeting, decided not to attendangry

Not sire if we're getting shopping today as need to use OH's CC, his other is definitely stuffed.

confusedofengland Fri 16-Aug-13 17:35:10

Today just goes from bad to worse! I have been unable to get hold of my midwife to try to see her before my scan on Thursday. I have been trying her for 2 weeks. Doesn't exactly fill me with confidence. Also, I have been unable to get hold of B&Q, from whom we ordered a toilet cistern for the new house, over a month ago. They said they'd call us when it was in. They didn't call. Now they have texted DH to ask if we still want it! But when I ring, the phone just keeps ringing out.

And finally, DS1 got far too overexcited playing in the garden, very rough & boisterous. Despite me telling him repeatedly to calm down, he jumped really hard on the slide - and broke it. Their favourite garden toy angry It was from freecycle & we've had it 2.5 years, but still!

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 16-Aug-13 21:26:24

Tomorrows another day confused. I bet he's gutted about the slide.

AdoraBell Sat 17-Aug-13 04:08:11

Yep, what Fluffy said, hope you get the MW and B&Q sorted quickly.

Did shopping, OH slipped in office supplies so it came to £200 (ffs). He did score a flash box of naice toffee from the same car dealier who we got the chocs from last weekgrin, they are desperate for him to buy another car. The peed him off over a service and he complained to the head office.
Then £40 in the farmacia on supplements for DD2, seems to be working and she is getting taller.
Today we (finally) spoke to a dog trainer. It's going to cost us £400 for all 4 dogs, for 12 classes and the important thing is he's going to train OH too wink

Platinumstart Sat 17-Aug-13 04:53:58

confused are you sure it's not worth contesting? A few years back I had a letter saying I owed 1500 to TC - debt had gone to an agency who were chasing it.

Basically they applied the charge because they hadn't received a form saying my circumstances had changed. They'd never paid out as I was no longer working (or indeed even in country) but were treating me as if they had. It was all a farce but eventually sorted.

I had a NSD yesterday - went to friends for afternoon/evening and took wine we already had in and a tart that I made from store cupboard ingredients.

I bit bullet in Thursday and did shopping at cheaper supermarket that I usually avoid and bill came in about £35 cheaper than usually would - I really have to make effort to continue that.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 17-Aug-13 08:04:33

Which supermarket was it Platinum?

Platinumstart Sat 17-Aug-13 08:52:16

It was a Carrefour (I'm not in Uk) I'm not overly keen on them (fruit and veg very hit and miss) but for meat, store cupboard and cleaning/toiletries they are considerably cheaper.

At least I stuck to a meal plan and I'm bulk cooking today.

Leilandri Sat 17-Aug-13 09:17:16

I keep buying Xmas pressies!! shock
I'm justifying it that they are all reduced by silly amounts in various shops, and I won't need to get when prices jump in November. I've started a notebook so I know what I've bought for who, to avoid doubling up. Also means I get collect and hide it from DS's before they are home on Tues wink

Going into town today to have a mooch in Poundland, without DS's asking for all sorts of crap stuff, and 2 collect some reserved items from Argos.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 17-Aug-13 09:49:02

We had Carrefour here when I was little, it had an ice cream counter in it and I'd have an ice cream cone from it every week. Loved it. If you saved 35 a week every week that's nearly a 1000 a year saved. is good for Xmas presents, they had nook e readers for £29. It would be perfect if I had anyone to buy for who would be remotely interested in an e reader.

Leilandri Sat 17-Aug-13 16:16:03

Well I had a lovely afternoon. I was able to go into all the stores that are forbidden when with DS's due to cramped layouts and grabby little hands
I spent £52, but this was money that I earnt during the week sellling DS's outgrown toys on Facebook, so cost neutral really. I've nearly finished my boys' stockings, and finished 3 other people completely, so I'm happy with that.
Should be a NSD tomorrow as going to spend the day at the allotment with DH smile

confusedofengland Sat 17-Aug-13 21:01:16

Only spent £9.65 today on chips for all of us. Tomorrow will spend £10 on a new (secondhand) slide for the boys. Am making DS1 put £1 towards it as part of his punishment for breaking the old one.

Just had Dsis on the phone rabbiting on about how she & DBIL have just spent £10k on a diamond ring for her & a Tag watch for him shock And to think I baulked at spending around £500 on a Hugo Boss watch for DH's 30th birthday hmm. Makes me feel a little sad as I'm sure we'll never be able to afford anything in that league, but I know we have what really matters - a lovely little (growing) family.

AdoraBell Sun 18-Aug-13 02:58:12

Confused I have an SIL who can't understand how anyone could be unable To afford whatever they wanthmm. It's not that she's a high flyer, she still lives at home aged 45, with her teen DC and pays jack shit towards the house hold bills because she's saving up To buy a house -cash. I wouldn't want To be her.

Another NSD for me, we drove out To the coast and OH paid for food & petróleo etc.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 18-Aug-13 14:37:20

£43 on weekly shop.

Pluto Sun 18-Aug-13 16:24:44

Signing back in, after my last post which was back in March I think. Plodding along trying not to spend but it is difficult in school holidays. We want to be OD free by November and will have big cc bill next week. Childcare costs will be better by the end of Sept as DC starts school and I return to work ft. There is hope that the £ situation will improve but I want to feel more enthusiastic about saving on a daily basis and getting out of our OD so we can start having a more interesting savings goal!

Trigglesx Sun 18-Aug-13 20:31:37

Not a great weekend for spending, but tomorrow is a new day. Money coming in soon, but goes straight to bills, so at least it won't be seen to be missed. hmm

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 18-Aug-13 20:56:49

£10 on McDonald's and beer.

AdoraBell Mon 19-Aug-13 02:38:36

£16-ish on my CC today, that's birthday gifts from/to DDs using their pocket money. DD1 is now debt free and enjoying the feelinggrin

The peeps made an offer but way below the price we've dropped to. Weather is improving and blossoms are just beginning to come out, early, so we're planning to do another open day in a few weeks.

Good luck with your OD and CC Pluto

Fluffy I thought I was the only one who squanders money on dirty foodshock, seems I'm in good company thoughgrin

Thatsinteresting Mon 19-Aug-13 06:22:16

Not had a bad weekend. We were at a big family gathering that was all paid for. I was asked to make a cake which I was more than happy to do. It ended up costing me about a tenner but I didn't spend anything else and I was given £30 'to help pay for the school holidays'.

I have dentist appointment this week for a filling, so I think that's about £50. I'm planning a cinema trip using Tesco vouchers and treating dh to a meal out also using vouchers.

Have a good week everyone.

confusedofengland Mon 19-Aug-13 10:52:23

Spent £10 yesterday on replacement slide for DSes (got DS1 to contribute £1 as he broke it by deliberately jumping on it, but did feel a big meany, as he is only 4). Then spent £9.60 in Farm Foods on milk, bread, washing powder, bananas & orange juice.

Today will wander to the village at some point to post a parcel for Dmum, have promised the boys we'll try out one of the many teashops whilst we're there. Then she wants me to go to Farm Foods again & get milk & sugar for the office. Then I want to try & go to Sainsbury's & get stuff for camping. I normally use Tesco but have a voucher for 6p/litre off fuelif I spend £30, and fuel is cheaper there, anyway.

Otherwise I have a busy week with scan on Thursday, which it is doubtful DH will make sad, midwife just before scan, 3 x playdates on Wednesday & on Friday we are heading off to Gt Yarmouth to camp for a few days. I do wish, though, that people wouldn't think that just because I'm not working I can pop here & there for them, then do this job & that job - quite frankly, most days I'm out most of the time & it is awkward with 2 small boys in tow anyway!

confusedofengland Mon 19-Aug-13 10:54:30

Oh yes, just ordered DS1 a few school uniform bits, so that's £25.50. They are allowed to have plain stuff, so I have literally just ordered one each of sweatshirt & polo shirt with badge, PE trousers as they are quite a unique colour & book bag. Will try to go into town on Thursday & get lunch bag, have seen a good Spiderman deal in Home Bargains.

Helenagrace Mon 19-Aug-13 11:15:24

Right just caught up again. Most of this month's spending is done now. Today should be an NSD. Can't believe the TC letter confused - not what you need right now hmm

Applying for another job today as I'm still hoping to tell the college where they can stuff their zero hours "keep three days entirely free for us so we can decide 5 days before the start of term whether we want them or not" contract.

We're going away for 10 days and I want to use that time to rethink how we do things to see if I can save more money and time. I'm going to draft a monthly meal plan and shopping list to use - currently I meal plan weekly and I have a freezer list but I buy meat ad hoc. I think I can do better!

Sainsburys have sent me 6 weeks of £12 off a £60 shop so I'll be using them for a few weeks grin. I've also go some £6 off a £40 tesco vouchers. Every little helps...

roguepixie Mon 19-Aug-13 11:17:20

Hello Ladies, welcome to all newbies - masses of room in here.

I'm back from a few days spent with SIL (took DS) and had a great time. Spent a bit (groceries etc to help her out) but spends were minimal really.

Came back to find DH (bless his little cottons) had ordered the new dishwasher (mine went phutt 10 days ago and we couldn't fix it without spending almost it's worth in parts and labor) and had installed it. It is lovely. I am a little bit in love with it (not DH, he's been around for years so he's not new winkgrin). It's shiny and beautiful.

Off to give blood later and think I may have parking fees associated with that, hmm, as it's at a different site to where I usually go.

confused, you've just reminded me ... need to sort out new blazer for DS (plus trousers, short, vest, socks ................)

Trigglesx Mon 19-Aug-13 12:24:35

Arrrrgggghhhh!! Just got gas prepaid meter installed. Put in a tenner to start it off, and it immediately takes money out of my tenner and I've only got £3.97 left!!!! WHY?!?!? It'll cost more time and hassle to get that £6 back from British Gas (as inept as they are, they'll screw that up and it'll end up costing me even more!!). grrrrrrr

roguepixie Mon 19-Aug-13 16:01:38

Back from giving blood - parking fees £2.50, stop off at Sainsbury's has cost me £36.00 ... on nothing I actually needed (with the possible exception of bleach).

Sorry to hear your gas theft Trigglesx. Could it be that there was that much 'owing' from the last user? If so, BGas defo need to refund you.

Pluto Mon 19-Aug-13 18:07:30

NSD here...need a few more of those though this week!

confusedofengland Mon 19-Aug-13 18:58:49

Very spendy day today hmm but most of it necessary. Started off with £4 at M&S cafe, meeting my grandparents & sister. Then £3 in The Entertainer, lunch bag & tub for DS1 (lunch bags alone £6.50 in Sainsbury, so pleased with that). Then £3.50 in Tesco on plimsolls for DS1, meant I got free parking, so not bad. Then £30.65 in Sainsbury on not a lot really! - 4 x meat, 2x 4-packs of fizzy drink, 3x 5 pouches of smoothies for DC, mascara, baby bath, cheese, Clover, cornflakes x 2, weetabix, tea x2, cakes for Weds playdate. My money doesn't seem to go far there! Used £2.50 of Nectar points I got through Adpoints, though smile. Then spent £57 on diesel as had 6p/litre off so filled up. Then finally £3.50 in Farm Foods on ham & bacon. Half the food I bought was for camping, so v useful. Total spend today inc. school uniform earlier £134.15 shock

rogue well done for giving blood, but it's a bit rubbish that it costs you hmm

Triggles I've never had one, but prepaid gas/elec meters sound like a pain hmm

Helena hope you get the other job, zero hours does not sound great sad

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 19-Aug-13 20:32:26

Can you change the tariff on that pre-payment meter? Considering that they get the money upfront you'd think that they would want us on pre-payment not dd or quarterly.

AdoraBell Mon 19-Aug-13 23:11:11

Truggles speak to them about it, could be as suggested a previous occupant's debt.

Rogue well done, here have a brew and cake

Having bought enough food for the week I spent another £30 today. DD1 is laid low with a vomiting bug so I had to stock up on the nasty sugar laden drinks I don't normally allow as all I had was fresh juice. Also remembered chicken wings for the dogs and got some extra chicken and rice in anticipation of at least 3 of us being on bland food before the week is out, I'm already feeling rough 2 down, 2 to go

Helena FX for that job.

lilacclery Tue 20-Aug-13 10:33:14

Haven't posted here in a while but have been reading & working away at my budget - had a major victory today - 2nd last electricity bill €290 last one €206 this one €120 - I've been vigilant turning off switches everywhere especially stepson's room, and of course dryer hasn't been on much. Delighted with this - so next bill is due week I start mat leave and will have it paid before it even comes by putting a bit towards it each week, as will phone bill, car tax for year, local property tax, tv license for next April, wood pellets for winter.

Also purchased 7 preloved birth to potty reusable nappies in advance of our new arrival & am going to cut out buying a pack of pullups and nappies twice a month for 3 yo dd as she can use these for naps and nighttime now.

Signed up for a one month newborn nappy loan as well which will cover me until baby is big enough for the ones I purchased for just €30, this also affords me the opportunity to trial different brands to see which other preloved ones I will purchase.

Each week also am adding to my freezer with leftover meals ahead of busy times with either late pregnancy or newborn stage. This is not by buying extra food just snapping the leftovers up before dh thinks of having round 2/3!

Have also brought down the food bill a fraction.

roguepixie Tue 20-Aug-13 14:34:18

Thank you confused and Adora ... Adora, hope it's ok but I had an ice cream instead of cake ... now I want cake grin.

Spendy day for me:M took DS to dentist so £25 for the check up. Thankfully he has good teeth and no fillings at all so far. Got to take him back on Friday for a visit to the hygienist so that will probably be about £40.00. Another £53.00 spent on coffee and £35.00 on sushi - it is a standing treat that if DS gets another all clear on the teeth front then sushi follows - I got it to bring home this time as very definitely cheaper than letting him pick off the conveyor belt. £12.00 spent on huuuuuuggggggeeeeeee bag of jelly beans. Have online delivery tonight too.

It's going to be a NSD tomorrow.

Oh, got a significant reduction in our home/contents insurance. Rang them and they said they could reduce it by about £50.00, so I said, no thanks, can get it much much cheaper. They then decided to tell me about a cheaper insurance they offer (most cover is the same or similar with a few differences) - half saved - that's £250.00!!!

roguepixie Tue 20-Aug-13 14:35:32

Just re-read your post Adora. Really hope you don't get struck down and, if you do, you bounce back quickly. Hugs to your DD, hope she feels better soon.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 20-Aug-13 14:39:12

Right, I am going to sort out insurance for the house, set up a new phone line and broadband for the house and drop a jean size.

I will also order new led lightbulbs as I royally messed up and ordered the wrong ones.

I'm so used to not spending money it feels odd to do so.

Pluto Tue 20-Aug-13 15:16:02

Had to go to Tesco -can't live on Ryvita until payday on Friday! £26.20 but that included a huge box of Persil, which I needed and was £8 instead £12,it should last a couple of months. Also got a £7 off next shop voucher so feel a bit better about it not being a NSD. All paid for with cash found by scrabbling round my purse and DH's wallet. Cards aren't coming out for as long as possible!

I am inspired by your house insurance roguepixie have car insurance to do later this month and want to try to reduce it down again - did save by switching last year.

daisychicken Tue 20-Aug-13 17:11:07

Can't remember when I last popped in.... seem to have been so busy....

Last week was expensive with a huge food shop (incl store cupboard items) but not had to buy food so far this week & hoping it stays that way till next tues!

Spent £20 today on entrance fees, ice creams and teas (friends bought teas for me yesterday so my turn to pay back) but rest of week should be cheap if not NSD's.

Still have house ins to sort by a week on Friday so must get hunting for best deal!

shortscotty Tue 20-Aug-13 17:45:56

£1.50 yesterday as I needed change out of a note, NSD today. There are a couple of bills to come out of the bank and thanks to holiday deposit refund we should have a little bit in the bank til payday Friday. Clamping down on the spending again though as I have been very uninterested in my budget book or bank balance charts this month, not sensible I know. Going to have to get back on to it I think, we are having the bathroom done after Christmas so that gives me a focus to save for.

confusedofengland Tue 20-Aug-13 17:59:37

Just £1 today on chocolate blush But baby wanted it grin

Tomorrow will probably be just a similar amount on cakes, as have playdate in the morning that I've already bought cakes for & going to grandparents in afternoon.

Thursday will have to pay £230 nursery fees, then parking for hospital for scan plus small amount for copies of scan.

AdoraBell Tue 20-Aug-13 20:30:56

envy my babies only ever wanted broccoli.

I'm having an NSD other than school run roads tolls. DD is improving but V sleepy, eating very small amounts of simple food. I'm not too bad so far, think I got off lightly because if being fractionally bigger than her.

roguepixie Wed 21-Aug-13 15:03:27

Well, my NSD has gone to hell in a handcart grin. £9.60 on bagels (which I shared with my Mum). They are sooooooooooo delicious and freeze well.

My lovely Mum and Dad are taking DS and I on the London Duck Tour next week - so that's something to look forward to. Then DS is off to Thorpe Park with his friend for his birthday and the Pompei exhibition at the British Museum the day after.

Adora, glad DD is starting to feel better and that you haven't been hit too hard.

confused, grin at "baby wanted it".

ExasperatedSigh Wed 21-Aug-13 22:12:21

Been some spending ups and down since I last posted, but nothing too major. Ordered DS's school jumpers yesterday and got school shoes for £18 in M&S. Can't believe my little PFB is starting school in just a few weeks.

NSD today, out of pure laziness. Have various things to do tomorrow that involve spending. Then it is our posh meal out on Friday smile and next week we're on holiday!

Adora I hope your DD is better now and that no one else was visited by vomit.

confused good luck with your scan smile

AdoraBell Thu 22-Aug-13 03:17:36

DD is much better this evening, going back to school tomorrow.

I spent £6 on materials for DD2's school activity and £8 in the supermarket. DDs were horrified by the offal on display today, t'was very envy <boak face> enducing. I don't eat offal but have started buying it for the dogs, among other things.

Husband Dog training didn't happen yesterday so I need to try and reschedule for tomorrow.

confusedofengland Thu 22-Aug-13 10:03:56

Glad DD is feeling better Adora

Exasperated my PFB also starts school in a couple of weeks, don't know whether to be sad that I won't have lovely long days with my boys any more, or excited that he's excited!

rogue enjoy London, those Duck Tours sound great for small boys grin

Spent about £9.50 yesterday in Sainsbury's, for school jumpers x 2 (£4.50 down from £6) & polo x 2 (75p down from £2) and some chinese food bits & body spray. They have 25% off clothes including school uniform if anybody needs any.

Also £4.49 shock

Midwife has just been to do my booking in appointment & give me my blood test forms. Am 12 weeks & apart from booking in at GP's, this the first time I've seen anybody this pg hmm They really do leave you to your own devices when it comes to DC3, it seems! Have scan this afternoon, still desperately hoping DH can make it, he won't know till lunchtime. Also, have to take 4-year old (well-behaved) DS1 with me regardless, as have asked 6 different sets of people & nobody can babysit him. Just hope hospital is OK with his presence! Apart from that, nothing planned, but may treat DS1 to McDonald's where there is soft play, as all these appointments are rather boring for him.

confusedofengland Thu 22-Aug-13 10:04:40

£4.49 shock was on cake at a farm shop! Hugely expensive, but homemade & yummy smile

Trigglesx Thu 22-Aug-13 10:09:15

I'm just trying to keep to a lousy NSD today. Just one NSD for heaven's sake. LOL Every day I try to do this, and something comes up. Swimming lesson to pay for yesterday, electric key the day before, gas card the day before that. It just never ends.

I have petrol, enough groceries for a few more days (before I need to stock up on milk, bread, and fruit again), and utilities paid for a bit. With any luck, I can get through today without spending anything.

Platinumstart Thu 22-Aug-13 11:28:30

rogue I did the duck tour last year - kids loved it although its slightly nerve wracking as you descend into the Thames, the water rises much higher than I'd imagined!

I've had a pretty good no spend week, it's much easier without the children around! Although went to pot last night as DH and I met friends at a bar, food, drink and a 2am finish later I dare not even look at the receipt (over consumption of vodka cocktails means I cannot actually remember blush )

DH has a job interview later - I'm so nervous for him

roguepixie Thu 22-Aug-13 12:55:09

Platinum, thanks for the heads up...I would probably have started hyperventilating at that point grin. DS is 13 so I am hoping that he's not too 'old' to enjoy it?? I noticed on their website that they do a D Day Tour and a James Bond Tour too ... if he likes this one I might organise a James Bond Tour for his birthday...with his mates.

roguepixie Thu 22-Aug-13 12:55:36

Oh, and good luck to your DH for his interview.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 22-Aug-13 13:00:44

I think by the time you have dc3 they assume you know the ropes, until you go into labour and they send you home like happened to my colleague. She just made it back in time.

I hope he gets the job Platinum.

£14 on socks for dh from tk maxx but he will pay me back on payday. I put back the le crueset dish I saw while I was in tk maxx. Then I put it back in the basket. Then I thought better of it, put it back again and got my eyebrows done because it had all gone Gallagher. £10 on threading.

Platinumstart Thu 22-Aug-13 13:14:14

Rogue I think a 13 year old would enjoy it - especially if you have a good tour guide. I'm a Londoner but still learnt a few things.

Thanks for good luck wishes - I hope he gets job too. I'm trying not to think about what happens if something doesn't come along....

roguepixie Thu 22-Aug-13 13:47:28

Thanks Platinum. I am not technically a Londoner (not born in London) but consider myself a Londoner in that I have lived here for over half my life now. I did a trip down the Thames to Greenwich with DS (and DParents) when DS was about 5-6 and the boat skipper was amazing - so informative and fun. Have high hopes for the Tour now.

Have everything crossed for your DH. Job hunting is so stressful for all concerned.

Making pizza and garlic bread for dinner tonight ... mmmmmmmm.

ExasperatedSigh Thu 22-Aug-13 14:47:13

Good luck to Platinum DH smile

confused good bargains on the Sainsbury's uniform envy I have just trogged down the high street looking for plimsolls that will fit on DS's H-measurement feet, with no luck. Spent £38 in BHS on PE kit, Ben 10 drinks bottles x 2 (one for DD as she will kick off if they don't have the same...she's 2 hmm), some tights for me, school wellies. Still need the aforementioned plimsolls, PE bag, a rucksack for DS to carry his packed lunch in, possibly a waterproof jacket although I am considering sending in the one he has atm which is so ancient and weatherbeaten that no one could possibly want to steal it.

Also spent £25 in Lidl on top up food.

Really want to spend as little as possible until we go on holiday now...

shortscotty Thu 22-Aug-13 15:30:16

NSD here, went to the allotment and got potatoes, cabbage and onions out then went blackberry picking and got nettled a bowl full of blackberries from lanes nearby. Looking for low fat recipes now as both hubby and I are dieting.
Tesco ordered for tomorrow, £100ish but includes meat for two weeks and baking stuff for diet dessert recipes and birthday cake for next week. Been slammed on here for time so haven't made it into town to the local (better) butchers but definately going next week for bbq party food. Going with the less food of better quality and masses of french stick, salad and dip-n-chips to bulk it out option

daisychicken Thu 22-Aug-13 16:04:17

NSD went out the window as realised I had no veg, was running out of other stuff plus DH now working bank hol weekend (hopefully double money minimum!) so weekend away cancelled and we need to feed ourselves sad so £60 but that includes meat and bread for meals next week. Kids still going away so I'm only feeding 2 of us smile

Good luck to Platinums DH

confusedofengland Thu 22-Aug-13 18:38:52

Exasperated Tesco & Sainsbury's both do plimsolls (£3.50 & £2.50 respectively), are they not wide enough for your DC? Or if not, try Clarks or Start-Rite. Defo just send in old raincoat, it will be enough.

Daisy what a shame your weekend away is cancelled. Can you still do something special when DH is not at work?

Shortscotty envy at your allotment haul

Fluffy well done on not buying the Le Creuset! Put it on your Christmas list smile

Platinum good luck to your DH.

Had my scan this afternoon. DH made it after all (officially 'working from home') & friend had last minute picnic cancellation so had DS1. Scan went well, baby is OK & 1 week further on than midwives thought, so am 13 weeks exactly, due 27th Feb. Baby was a jumping bean, took ages to get a look at face. Am hoping this will not be the one to break the sleeping-8-hours-at-a-few-weeks mould grin

Not much spent today, DH paid for scan photos (£3 for 2) & thank you bics for friend. Bought McD for DS1 as planned plus coffee for me, that was £3.50ish, then will get fish & chips tonight, so about £8 there.

ExasperatedSigh Thu 22-Aug-13 18:50:28

confused I'll try the supermarkets next, hopefully one of them will have something that fits. M&S and BHS both far too narrow.

Good news on the bean smile and glad your DH made it too.

Paid £8 for DS to get his hair cut this afternoon. He looks terribly grown up all of a sudden and is driving me mad.

Pluto Thu 22-Aug-13 20:10:24

£13 lighter after another essential food shop. I am pleased with myself though as we are doing well at eating up what's in the cupboards and freezer before doing the next main food shop.

shortscotty have you had your allotment for a long time? I have just acquired one but won't be growing anything on it until we have cleared it of weeds - it will covered in weed suppressant membrane until next spring and then I hope to get some spuds in. Any tips much appreciated!

AdoraBell Fri 23-Aug-13 00:41:49

I'm so glad DH wangled the time to go with you Confused

I want an allotment envy <stamps foot>

I was having an NSD but then DD1 had to stay for a missed test. That meant going back so DD2 and I had a snack £6 instead of going home, then bought lovely bread I hate the plastic stuff OH wants to eat from the road side vendor £1.30 for 8 bread rolls.

We started with the dog trainer, and the bloke actually started with OH grin, he'll get him sorted out. The puppies hadn't forgotten us and Floppy and Teddy had a conversation across 4 enclosures.

Almost forgot, I gave DDs 1 quid each to splurge in the sweet shop < soft touch> they share with friends.

shortscotty Fri 23-Aug-13 09:42:19

Our plot is supposed to be a joint one with DH brother hasn't been near in 18 months but happy to tell us how much it needs weeding angry so I try to help out as much as hayfever and family allows. Had grand plans to go often but haven't and two week holiday has left us with very behind on weeding. We only went yesterday to pick cabbage before slugs ate them but was horrified by the mess so hour weeding made it look a bit better. Our problem is we have huge ideas about what to grow and then practically it doesn't happen so we get disheartened.
The potatoes were a lovely surprise as we only threw then in to keep the weeds down in that area. Going to pull my finger out now I am back in home mode and try to get there more often, must start being a bit more careful what I volunteer for though as next week is full of odds n sods meetings *not enough time in the day*

AdoraBell Fri 23-Aug-13 14:31:13

Glad you got spuds out of your de-weeding grin

Could DH tell his brother 'yes, it really does hmm ' when he mention the weeding?

Trigglesx Fri 23-Aug-13 15:20:59

I would love an allotment, but wouldn't know what to do with it. Am a rather poor gardener. blush

I ordered my groceries online for delivery, because even with the £3 delivery charge, I'm saving money - it's too easy to just toss things in the trolley while I'm there. This way I can keep my eye on the total as I add things in, and adjust it accordingly before I'm done. So £43 spent on groceries, and I'll have to add another £5 at Farm Foods for toilet roll and frozen fish, as it's cheaper there. Another £2 for some fruit towards midweek and that's my £50 for the week.

I also had a separate order (on Amazon) for £23 for nighttime pullups for the month. Actually it lasts just over a month, so about every 4th month, I can skip the order. Free shipping and cheaper than in the supermarket.

I'm hoping that I can put aside a little bit of money towards the vinyl flooring planks I want to put in my entry/hallway. I've already done the bathroom with them and it looks great. Hate to spend extra money, but need to get things done before winter as current flooring is cracked and in poor condition.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 24-Aug-13 20:03:50

I am £10 up, the dab radio I bought came down £10 in the sale so I made dh take it back and exchange it.

AdoraBell Sun 25-Aug-13 02:49:57

NSD for me.

Platinumstart Sun 25-Aug-13 04:38:05

confused glad your DH made the scan.
adora good luck with those puppies - sounds like you have your hands full!

Had a good LS weekend (at least for me) Spent £120 on food but made 4 x each lasagne and cottage pie for freezer. So pleased with that. Also bought second half of uniform for DC's £220, bit of a shock but no choice so have to suck it up. Bonus is my parents bought their school shoes whilst kids were back in UK and refused to let me pay them back so that was nice. Another plus is youngest out if nappies in the day so that's about £60 a month saved if I include all the wipes and swimming nappies.

Kids came back last night so DH bought DD some flowers to give her at airport (they always do same for me when I fly in from UK or work trip) she is 8 and was delighted.

DH should hear about job today (and I also applied for a new job and I'm waiting to hear if I got a se one interview) so big day for us all today!

BobbyGentry Sun 25-Aug-13 06:31:53

There's a good website for waste conscious food lovers called, 'love food hate waste.'

The two week plan's good and includes shopping list smile

Tried the sweet & sour recipe which was good.

Thatsinteresting Sun 25-Aug-13 18:42:28

This weekend has been all about swimming-twice and blackberry picking-twice. That's all dcs wanted to do which suited us as some of the swimming was prepaid so we've only spent £6.20 not counting £6.47 dh spent in pub on post picking drinks

I've planned out a few cheap/free/Tesco vouchers for this week and then the summer holidays are over. I think we've done fairly well but we're still going to limp to payday which is mid September. I hate 5 week pay months.

AdoraBell Sun 25-Aug-13 22:23:32

FX for MrPlatinum

I do indeed have my hands full, I've insisted on proper profesional training because OH's genius solución To me being unable To walk all four is that I walk them individually. Twice each day. I told him if I'm spending 8 hours a day walking effing dogs he can do the housework and cooking, and he'll be abroad. Anyway he's learning, and so are the dogsgrin.

We got DDs' birthday presents today, Samsung tablets. I spent £90 booking tickets for 1 of them, with 5 guests. T'other's was £50 but that doesn't include feeding them.

Well done on that radio Fluffy

northender Mon 26-Aug-13 15:16:22

Just back from holiday so checking in with serious post holiday blues sad.
Our finances have slipped a bit again but we have a 2 month plan to sort them out but will need some serious frugality to achieve it. £25 on groceries today. Otherwise no spend as my parents are taking us out for tea tonight smile
Will try to catch up with thread properly later.

AdoraBell Mon 26-Aug-13 17:13:16

Just spent a tenner, bread, minced turkey and offal for dogs, sanipro and summat else. The minced turkey sounds extravagnat but it's cheap and I don't use it for us because when I did it had bits of bone, which makes it perfect for dogs.

Hope you had a good time Northender

Platinumstart Mon 26-Aug-13 17:51:38

Urghh £10 on sushi for lunch as determined to stick to low carbs which I then promptly ruined by having DCs left over lasagne for dinner hmm

So not sure what's happening with MrPs job. They contacted him today to say they didn't think he had enough experience for the role they interviewed him for (fair enough he doesn't) but they liked him and they want to "create a role" for him. Great it's a job (woohoo!) but have no clue as to what salary will be - they're pulling together an outline package as we speak so hopefully it'll be doable....

AdoraBell Mon 26-Aug-13 20:45:10

Hope the job offer works out Platinum

Don't think I could handle low carb thing, the few times I've not had carbs at lunch I find myself buying crisps or chocolate within 20 minutes of finishing the meal.

AdoraBell Mon 26-Aug-13 20:46:26

Hope the job offer works out Platinum

Don't think I could handle low carb thing, the few times I've not had carbs at lunch I find myself buying crisps or chocolate within 20 minutes of finishing the meal.

AdoraBell Mon 26-Aug-13 20:49:31

Hope the job offer works out Platinum

Don't think I could handle low carb thing, the few times I've not had carbs at lunch I find myself buying crisps or chocolate within 20 minutes of finishing the meal.

AdoraBell Mon 26-Aug-13 20:53:10


northender Mon 26-Aug-13 21:30:10

Thanks Adora we had a great time, great weather and really active. I feel so much better for it but now really don't want to go back to work tomorrow.
How is your house situation?

confusedofengland Tue 27-Aug-13 13:18:50

Right, am back from a bank holiday weekend camping in Great Yarmouth, which was OK. Spent about £150 on various meals/coffees out, fetes etc. Would have been a lot more if we'd have gone along with SIL to a little town where the streets are lined with arcades, every single night shock. We went twice & even that felt like too much grin. It is so easy to feed loads of money into these machines without realising & that's without all the pound stores they visit, too. Me & DH would much rather wander round a quiet village & seaside, so we didn't end up doing much with SIL & her family.

So far today spent 89p on cookies & chocolate blush, don't foresee any more as am at work.

Annoyingly, my 2 Dnieces are staying over at my parents' house again tonight. This is fine, except nobody bothers to tell me, & we live there at the moment & the DNs share a room with my DSes when they are there. This means that the bedtime routine gets totally disrupted. Plus I have to try & think of things to do tomorrow as was going to have a lazy day around the house with DSes, but can't do that with 2 extra DC around. My Mum is looking after Dnieces and, much as I love her, it drives me batty to spend a whole day with her as the only other adult. So, will probably head to town to get school shoes for both DSes.

Also, tomorrow we should get our new house!!!! Keep your fingers crossed for me grin

Hope everybody had a lovelu Bank Hol

AdoraBell Tue 27-Aug-13 14:01:56

Confused good plan to get the shoes with Dses. I know what you mean about disrupted routines, really bugs me. Well done on avoiding the spendy arcades.

Northender house is still on the market, we did have one offer but it was only 60 per cent of the price, which is below market price anyway. We think what's happening is people are deciding they will spend X then look at houses costing Y and can't understand why they would would need to pay more than X. We know that 2 of the people who have looked have decide to build instead. We also know from other people who have built that if it comes in less than 50 per cent over budget you've got a bargain. So they are not going to get the houses they want for X, either way round. The economy is still growing here and land prices are going through the roof.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 27-Aug-13 16:07:59

I think if history taught us anything about capitalism it's that it grows, contracts and re-grows again.

People don't see recessions coming. My young relatives hadn't even heard of recessions before this one, they literally had no idea it could all go belly up. They thought they'd leave school and walk into £30,000 starting salary jobs.

Pluto Tue 27-Aug-13 16:22:56

thatsinteresting I know what you mean about limping to pay day. We've only just been paid and I'm already wondering how we can stretch out the budget until the next one at the end of September. We really want to be debt free by the end of November - this is probably doable but only if we are really boringly frugal. Perhaps it won't seem so bad when the school term begins again.

Bobbygentry I keep meaning to check out that website so your post was very timely. Off to meal plan now!

Thatsinteresting Tue 27-Aug-13 19:59:55

Pluto November isn't far away really. Definitely stick with it. Starting 2014 debt free will be an amazing feeling. We've not been in debt for 5 and a half years now (if you don't count the huge mortgage) but I gave up work 5 years ago to be a sahm so for us it's about avoiding debt until I eventually return to work. We've just got used to the way we live. Bills get paid and there's some treat money so we're ok.

Gas and electricity bill is due to go up next month. I've shopped around and, if the cashback pays out, new supplier is around £15 per month cheaper.

We've made jam and a pie and frozen the rest of the berries. I've menu planned for next week but the following week it'll be 'Things I found in the freezer'.

Hope everyone is enjoying the last of the good weather.

AdoraBell Wed 28-Aug-13 04:37:21

Spent on DDs Today, will up date Tomorrow, plus £3 on McD's and just under £3 on roads and parking. OH paíd for a month's worth of dog training and 6 months of car tax.

Fluffy I get the feelling many people here haven't seen a down turn in the ecónomy either, OH is convinced the bubble is going to burst and so stressed about selling the house but everyone he speaks to seems to think the ecónomy will continúe growing forever.

Pluto good luck with your plan for November.

roguepixie Wed 28-Aug-13 13:19:03

£4.10 on postage today but it was an Ebay sale so technically a no spend.

NSD today byt will be a bit spendy for the next few days - have a couple of days out planned befotre school starts again and have the uniform/shoes/hair combo to cope with on Friday .... arghhhhhh.

confusedofengland Wed 28-Aug-13 14:03:23

Not spent anything yet today BUT we have a new house! Completed at lunchtime grin

So, in the space of 10 days we will have had 1 clear baby scan, 1 new house & 1 DC starting school. We confuseds don't do things by half grin

Have to pop out when DSes wake up for nappies & school shoes, plus to exchange some locks that we bought last night for the new house.

I feel it is going to be a very spendy time coming up hmm

Platinumstart Wed 28-Aug-13 14:25:50

Nice one confused smile when do you move in?

NSD yesterday, and small (ish) spend today: DH has taken DS for haircut and I had a manicure and pedicure which whilst is something of a luxury was "frugal" in so far as I have gelish which I'd eked out for at least three weeks hmm

Cupboards are looking a little bare and DD has two friends for an unplanned sleepover so either I make pancakes or we get a takeaway.... The former is not going to assist with the low carbing.

AdoraBell Wed 28-Aug-13 17:55:34

Fantástico news Confused , hope everything goes smoothly from now.

Spent £4 in the supermarket, £12 in the pharmacy and £1.90 on a coffee. Forgot fruit juice and need to pick up a birthday cake later, just a supermarket one.

Rogue good luck with your shopping tríp Friday.

confusedofengland Wed 28-Aug-13 18:09:14

Back from my shopping spree. It was not pretty. £28 in Clarks for DS1's school shoes, need to go back for DS2, but might get some in the sale. £22 in Mothercare on a maternity swimsuit & laundry marker pen. £6 in B&Q as the locks we bought were dearer than the ones we took back iywsim. £20.02 on diesel from Sainsbury. Then, finally, £24 in Tesco on champagne (half-price, have to celebrate house purchase, I will have small glass!), orange juice, nappies, mouthwash & a couple of fridge bits.

Tomorrow have promised to take DS1 swimming as we didn't go on holiday, plus have to pay nursery £230.

Pluto Wed 28-Aug-13 21:16:17

Blimey confused that is a triple whammy of big events. Exciting times! Good luck with the move.

DS2 starts school next week too, so I also spent the afternoon buying up the last items from the uniform list. Clarks was heaving but I had my smug face on as I had booked a shoe fitting appointment. Didn't stop them from charging me £58 for 2 pairs of shoes though, which undoubtedly he will have outgrown by half term. I am not even daring to check if DS1 fits into anything after the summer hols growth expensive teen.

Good news is that last Thursday's food shop, which came to £43, is going to keep us going into the weekend. DH is on a diet and we seem to be saving a lot on grub!

northender Thu 29-Aug-13 09:41:32

Oh confused I'm so glad it's gone through at last. You must be so relieved.
Good week so far spending wise. Should be NSD today. Still need school shirts for ds and shoes for dd.
Dd goes in to have her perforated eardrum repaired on Tuesday and has to be kept off school for 2 more weeks after so that will keep spending down but we'll be stir crazy by the end!

AdoraBell Fri 30-Aug-13 03:29:07

NSD Today.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 30-Aug-13 06:55:27

I Have a house too! since 11am on Wednesday shock but no B2B. bastard bt want £65 leaving fees angry

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 30-Aug-13 06:56:09

broadband, not B2B angry

ArtemisatBrauron Fri 30-Aug-13 08:33:59

flowers to confused and fluffy for your new homes! I have been awol due to house move, necessitating a huge amount of expense, some of which went on credit cards...

Need to get back on track and start saving up!

ArtemisatBrauron Fri 30-Aug-13 08:35:06

fluffy can you transfer the broadband to your new house rather than leaving and setting up a new account? We did that when we moved in August and it was free, plusnet did it all and we had internet and phone in the new place the day after arrival!

confusedofengland Fri 30-Aug-13 09:31:17

Lots of house moving going on! Congrats to Fluffy and Artemisat It is definitely an expensive business, though. We have found that our new house has a prepayment electricity meter, so need to change this before we can shop around for the best deal. Also, we have replaced all our locks, just to be on the safe side, which cost £120. And we still need more furniture (bed for me & DH, bigger sofa), which we will get from Ebay, but it still all adds up. This weekend the ILS are coming down & helping us to rip out all the old carpets (5 bedrooms, lounge, dining room), so we'll hire a van to take those to the tip. Still, it's great to be in smile

Northender hope your DD will be OK

Today should be NSD. Off to friend's house shortly, with instructions not to take cakes like I usually do! Then picnic at the park with DS1's new school friends (who we know from preschool). Then home to wait for ILs.

AdoraBell Fri 30-Aug-13 13:39:51

Congrats Fluffy

shock at BT, I'd try what Artimas suggested.

Northender, hope everything goes Well with DD and she recovers quickly.

Today I need to pick up bits for the dogs.

roguepixie Fri 30-Aug-13 16:03:59

Congrat's to fluffy and confused for getting your house's sorted. flowers brew cake and wine tonight for you grin.

Can't even begin to think about what I have spent goes:

£20.00 haircut for DS. He is "at that age" where only salons will do shock.
£90.00 on school shoes for DS ... I know, I know. It's an obscene amount but he takes adult shoes.
£70.00 on underwear: vest, pants etc.
£201.00 on blazer, trousers (x2), scarf, beanie, PE shorts and vest top, tie, bag, gloves (x2).
£30.00 on pencils, pencil case, geometry set etc etc.
Total: £419.00 <<<faint emoticon>>>

I am off for a lie down and a stiff drink.

roguepixie Fri 30-Aug-13 16:12:19

On the plus side hmmconfused ... I was chosen to test the Mr Muscle Touch-Up Cleaner so got sent a bottle for free. As Tesco says...every little bit helps smile.

confusedofengland Fri 30-Aug-13 17:30:08

Well, today has been NSD, which is great. However, I fear I have made a great big fool of myself. We went for a big (30+ families) group picnic at a local massive park. Having a lovely time, DS2 asleep in pushchair after a hard morning at nursery, DS1 off playing with friends, me chatting with lovely mums. Then, when the time came to fetch DS1 to take them home, I could not find him shock I looked round the whole huge play area 3 times to no avail, then started panicking. About 5 or 6 other mums plus older siblings joined in the search, and I was in tears blush He was found in a hidey hole after about 15 minutes. Feel very blush though, as I only really knew about 4 of these other mums well, the others I have maybe seen around, and they probably think I am a silly person who cries at nothing now! Maybe pg hormones is a good excuse wink

rogue grown up DCs sound expensive...

roguepixie Fri 30-Aug-13 18:09:41

confused, gone are the days of making things last another few weeks or a month. The school stuff really is a drag - we are only allowed to buy much of it from the school shop (you can buy underwear, socks, shirts and shoes from other shops, everything else is from the school). The lady helping to relieve me of my money today said "Ah well, at least he's had two years wear of the last lot". I was hmm, "no, this is the third blazer, third lot of trousers, third PE kit - you name it, I need the next size" She was shock and I was "yep, welcome to my world". He's 13, 6 foot tall, 42" chest and size 10.5 feet ... and he shows no sign of slowing down!!! Perhaps if I stop feeding him ............. wink

On another note, sorry you got frightened today. It is the single moist nauseating horror-filled experience when you think they've gone. So glad he was found safe and sound.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 30-Aug-13 18:40:21

thank you smile it's my first house that's mine. well ours wink.

I want to get away from bt so I will complying in writing when I find the printer.
my dh was 6'3" at 14. he stopped growing at 14 though so there Is hope for you rougue.

im on my phone, it doesn't do capitalssad

MadameLeBean Fri 30-Aug-13 18:47:31

We are just about to return home from "budget" holiday in France.. Well we started off badly cos we didn't realise we had booked the ferry for the Friday morning not the Sat morning (how can I have been so dumb not to read the confirmation!) so had to pay £143 for new boat ticket (we had paid £35 for it online because the boat was at 6am - to save money!!)... Anyway fast forward 14 days and somehow we have spent hundreds of pounds on petrol food and bits here and there... (We are staying with family)
Basically have no money till January now ... Stressing about Xmas!

Thatsinteresting Fri 30-Aug-13 19:23:03

Congratulations to all with new homes, it's such a great feeling when it finally happens. Although as you've all mentioned it can be expensive too.

Confused I really wouldn't worry. We have all been there. Thinking you've lost your child is the worst feeling imaginable and although he wasn't missing long I'm sure it felt like forever. I would never judge a mum for getting upset in that situation. Your behaviour was perfectly normal.

Have done a very small shop but meal planned for the rest of the month so will only need fruit and milk. Next door neighbour has given us a load of tomatoes and said we can pop over and pick any ripe fruit while he's away. I will probably take anything that is windfall type as that'll just rot and give him a job to do when he gets back. I'll make some jam/chutneys and leave him a couple of jars as a thank you.

AdoraBell Fri 30-Aug-13 19:36:12

Confused I'm so glad DS was found safely and so quickly. Please don't feel bad about crying, I would have been distraught too.

Rogue it's funny how other people assume someone's DC gets two year's out of school uniform, not. MY DDs are also in adult size shoes, average feet here are small, but school type shoes aren't as expensive, luckily.

I spent a fiver this morning, bread and meat for the dogs. Tonight there will be parking and a snack for DD2 to pay for as DD1 is being treated to cinema by her friends. There's one friend going whose mother I don't want driving my DDs so I'm helicoptering.

roguepixie Sat 31-Aug-13 10:55:06

Adora, that's so true - I am happy for you if your DC get masses of wear out of clothing but I have never managed to get two years worth of wear out of anything with DS. smile He has always grown really quickly (by the time he was a year old he was wearing clothes for a two year old). He has slowed up more of late but sleeve length and leg length are ever increasing and he can't go to school with cuffs up to his elbows and hems up to his knees grin. I was shock at the length of his shins the other day...I mean, wow!! He's taller than DH now (haha, now he knows how I felt two years ago) smile and will get taller!!!

Spent £2.60 on ebay postage this morning and 90p on a first class letter (for DH). No other spends on the horizon today but, to be honest, I haven't recovered from yesterdays horrific spend-fest.

roguepixie Sat 31-Aug-13 10:55:59

Obviously mean 'you' as in all the anonymous 'you's' out there...not you specifically, Adora, grin.

takeaway2 Sat 31-Aug-13 12:40:16

Hi all
We are back from the hols! Will catch up in a bit but suffice to say money was spent. Having said that, we has many people treating us to food and shop so the damage could have been much much worse.

Also perhaps a blessing in disguise... Whilst at heathrow I received a phone call from my credit card people saying that my card has been frauded (bastards cloned it and spent money..!). Good news was they were refunding the spent immediately. Even better news was I couldn't charge purchases on it!! grin

It meant that I was forced to use cash most of the time and it was well... Helpful on the pocket.

Catch up soon!

AdoraBell Sat 31-Aug-13 19:25:56

We were stuck in trafic last night, 4 hours for a 30 minute journey so DD missed her friends, t'other one has not party bags for today and instead of a few quid To park I spent £14 in McD's - at 11pm.

Will also catch up later.

Helenagrace Sun 01-Sep-13 08:05:09

Just got back from holiday. Lovely to read new house news!

Sorry you DS went missing confused. DD did that to me once. I'd just got out of hospital having had a m/c and a massive anaesthetic reaction and she went missing for 10 minutes. I think you could have heard me in the next county! I'm sure all the other mums would have done the same.

We've had a spendy summer but the autumn is going to be way more frugal!

roguepixie Sun 01-Sep-13 19:29:36
AdoraBell Sun 01-Sep-13 20:00:57

Signing off August with an NSD.

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