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economymode Thu 01-Nov-12 14:06:29

Want to cut back on unnecessary spending this November? Then you've come to the right place!

I'm starting off the month by seeing if I can switch to cheaper fuel tarrifs...

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 11-Nov-12 15:22:18

I'd get there early and get in and out before the world and his wife arrive!.

I get a ham hock from morrisons when they are marked down and slow cook it, take the skin and fat off and strip it of meat then cut the meat up small.

Then I get a stew pack from Aldi (£1.39) with carrott, parsnips, two turnips, two onions and chop that up cook it in the big stock pot with water and two cups of red split lentils and the meat, I put the bone in for flavour and the gelatine bits sort of melt into it.

Then you can blitz it with the hand blender or, and this is the best bit, blitz half for soup and keep half for stew with homemade dumplings with beef suet (I have issues with palm fat suet due to the orangutans).

I tried doing it without the stew pack but it was too thick and I made a bit of a mess of it really. This way it's edible. It wasnt as nice without the veg at all.

Helenagrace Sun 11-Nov-12 18:43:29

Don't know if this is if interest but the Tesco finest gammon joints are half price at the moment. £5 for 2-2.5kg and I've fed the four of us today and I have enough ham left for two other meals. Thought 3 meals worth of meat for a fiver was quite good value.

CremeEggThief Sun 11-Nov-12 19:46:32

Can you believe I've just sold my 8 year old Miele vacuum cleaner for £25 on eBay! It's hardly a fortune, but it's the most I've got for a single item, since I started selling in August. How weird is that!

£3 spending total for today, on a bottle of water and bus fares for me and DS.

Hope everyone has had a nice weekend smile.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 11-Nov-12 20:20:03

That is a good price for meat. This is why dh us against chest freezers, he knows I'll have 3 months worth if food in there.

I realised today I can flog my kenwood chef, another m netter has first dibs then it's fleabay!.

economymode Sun 11-Nov-12 20:44:36

Back from a bargainous evening out - £3 for the cinema thanks to Groupon (paid a while back, so nothing to pay today) plus £2.50 for parking. We had to go to the Odeon, as that is where the voucher was for, and since MrEconomy doesn't cycle, it was either car or bus into town rather than free parking at the out-of-town Vue.

economymode Sun 11-Nov-12 20:48:59

Oh, I made £5 on a maternity dress on ebay today. Really thought it would have gone for more, but better than nothing.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 11-Nov-12 20:54:55

Ebays very hit and miss though.

Did you smuggle sweets in grin? dh smuggled wine in once and clinked the bottle on the floor. I died of embarrassment.

roguepixie Sun 11-Nov-12 20:56:35

Have made £65.00 on Ebay in the last week - it's all made up of bits and bobs: t-shirts, dvd's, cd's etc. Still, it's money in rather than money out and it makes space in the house. smile

Well done Creme and economy. Fluffy - get Ebaying!!! grin

Thanks for the heads up helena - I will pop into Tesco tomorrow to buy some.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 11-Nov-12 21:01:51

I have to give the other mner time.

Her dp probably baulks at driving 70m to go to a house of a woman you don't know to buy an appliance second hand! I know mine would.

Even old kenwood chefs go for £70!

MummysHappyPills Sun 11-Nov-12 22:41:24

Hi all, can I join you? Have gone over budget with various bits and bobs this last couple of weeks which we can ill afford, so I have decided to cut right back and think we can survive on what's in the cupboards/freezers for a bit, plus tank is full of petrol! So going to see how long I can go with spending next to nothing! smile

AdoraJingleBells Mon 12-Nov-12 00:15:48

Hello Mummyshappypills and welcomesmile

One of the dogs is at the vet's, so that's more money- no such thing as pet insurance over here. Today we went out to get bits for school customes, art day this time, and ended up eating out due to bad timing. So,

£2 on roads
£18 on clothes
£20 on food

Yesterday was an NSD and tomorrow it should just be roads for school run. I shall spend the morning rifling through cupboards and the freezer and meal planning.

Glad you got a cheap evening out economy and fluffy - sneaking wine into the cinema, genius ideagrin

roguepixie Mon 12-Nov-12 08:20:12

Morning All. Welcome Mummy (fab name grin).

Adora, you are never wealthy with a pet!! I adore dogs and wish we had one. We had one a while back who sadly had to be put down. DS was devastated (as was I) and he has begged for another one ever since but it is SOOOOOOOOOOOO expensive. What with buying the puppy in the first place to all the gear needed, food and vets bills plus insurance!!!! It will have to wait for a while I am afraid. sad.

Today will be a tiny bit spendy but it is factored in - Ebay posting to be done so, in effect, free for me as buyers have already paid for it. I will have two bus fares to pay for - on Oyster that will be £1.35 each way so not too bad. Going to DMum at luonchtime as it was her might get a free coffee and bun????? [smile}

Other than that I don't foresee any extra spending...we shall see ......... smile

RarelyUnreasonable Mon 12-Nov-12 10:27:02

For our pets, we set up a savings account and put a set amount (£10 per cat) aside each month. This meant that we had cash if they needed emergency vet treatment and weren't at the mercy of the insurance company. They didn't ever need this, but it paid for routine jabs/worming/flea etc, and also for the cattery once a year or so.

Helenagrace Mon 12-Nov-12 11:47:56

Saved over £22 a month by switching BT landline, Plusnet Broadband and Sky TV to one package with Virgin Media for when we move. Got an extra TiVo box too on a sky switcher deal AND for the first six months I'm paying half price so I'm saving another £25 a month on top until the middle of next year. The total saving over the next year will be about £450!

Very pleased with my morning's work grin

I also discovered I can get 6% cash back on rail fares booked through Southern Railways so planning to register for top cash back now. Not sure if will apply for DH's season ticket but we'll use it for trips to London and the like. Southern sell tickets for all other services and they can be collected at any mainline railway station so it might be of use to other people too.

Helenagrace Mon 12-Nov-12 13:22:28

adora I'm intrigued (and horrified) by your road charges. Where do you live?

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Fluffycloudland77 Mon 12-Nov-12 13:36:47

I paid BT in advance too but I want us to switch.

We have 40GB which we exceed quite often, I pay the £13BB charge (they discounted it when we moved) and dh pays the excess use charge.

He's getting fed up with it so is now edging towards switching.

BT want £80 to cancel the contract which is a bit much this near to Christmas.

AdoraJingleBells Mon 12-Nov-12 14:02:15

Rogue, I know, they cost a fortune - and we have 4 of the beasts lovey things.

Good idea Rarely, I'll have a look at jiggling things problem is tho that OH thinks all these things just happen all by themselves and don't cost anything

Helena well done on the telecoms deal.

I anticipate an NSD today, shopping will be done later in the week.

AdoraJingleBells Mon 12-Nov-12 14:02:56


We're in Chile.

Helenagrace Mon 12-Nov-12 14:13:29

Adora I was discussing travel ideas with my DH (when this bloody house sells) and I said to him that I wanted to "go to places that no one sees in a tourist brochure like Guatemala and Chile"! I have got a bit of a thing about South America and Japan. That's one reason why we're economising!

Are you there for work or family?

CremeEggThief Mon 12-Nov-12 19:36:15

£5.80 on travel , £9.85 in Lidl, £6.36 in the Co-op and £12.32 in Tesco. Only have to get bread, milk and kitchen roll during the week now.

economymode Mon 12-Nov-12 20:37:41

Today was just the Aldi shop - £28 something. They were out of bread flour, so I'll have to pop back during the week for that.

Keep up the good work, people!

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 12-Nov-12 20:44:21

Well I've just worked out that with the over use fees etc we are spending £38 a month on BB and phone line rental. Phones not even plugged in.

I had it plugged in but people called me on it and I could NOT be doing with it at all. <social creature>

Topcashbacks offering £85 for sky deals so I am going to ring them tomorrow and ask how much to cancel. Should be interesting. angry

roguepixie Mon 12-Nov-12 20:44:36

Spent £19.70 on postal charges for Ebay stuff so although a spend it is cancelled out by the buyers having paid for it.

Two oyster bus journeys -£2.70 in total. Took snack and drink for DS from home so no spend at the local sweet shop grin.

Have 3 more Ebay items to send out tomorrow so will 'spend' there and will have another 2 bus journeys to meet DS and back home.

Anticipate a small spend on sugar paste on Wednesday ... a friend is teaching me how to make sugar flowers in return for me teaching her how to knit grin.

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