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MrsDeVere Tue 30-Apr-13 17:20:35

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Helenagrace Thu 09-May-13 08:02:39

Poor kitty fluffy. Hope the vet can help.

Munchkin08 Thu 09-May-13 09:12:46

Hi, sorry I haven't been on here in ages. Just wanted to say I went to our TKmax and the crocs there were between £9.99 and £12.99 - I did buy dd a pair as I also pref the proper ones (& because i sold all her shoes from last year on eBay and made £49 !

I don't know if anyone has seen the Greggs food they sell in Iceland but it is really good - not healthy i know - but handy to have in the freezer at weekends for my 2 teenagers - it's chicken bakes, steak bakes (2 in a packet for £1.50), sausages rolls etc - just the same as they sell in Greggs.

Spent so far £70 - two weeks of food.

jenduck Thu 09-May-13 11:06:41

Fluffy hope your cat gets better. It's horrible when they're ill & can't tell us what's wrong sad

Badvoc your hols sounds lovely. Try poundland for cheapo mock crocs, or maybe your local market or supermarkets? If they cost £1 & last a summer, I reckon they'll have done well!

Yesterday spent around £5 in Farmfoods on milk, bread, bananas, apple juice, cakes for my grandparents for looking after DS1 for a couple of hours. £5 in Lidl on large sack of potatoes (the ones from Farm Foods were too small to bake & that was quite annoying!). £8 on 2 pairs of jeans, 4 pairs of shorts & a pair of joggers from FB baby sales sight, that should see DS1 through the summer & hopefully DS2 in a couple of years!

DS2 is currently at nursery for his first morning, aged 2.1. He will go 2 mornings a week for now. He is a very sociable little boy & we thought he would love it, so we're giving it a try! Also, have heard lots of people say it helped their DC's talking & he could do with some help there, so who knows! The house seems strange with just me here, though!

Should have a low-spend afternoon - was supposed to be going to seaside town with friends, but the mother is ill, so I will take boys to museum/park instead & to Tesco (will get something for dinner as DH has gone to his hometown to watch the football play-offs & won't be back till gone midnight).

Sold some old make-up (unused) on Gumtree the other day, would have chucked it out before, but got £6, which all goes towards our house fund!

Hope you all have a good day, time to pick up DS1 already, only left him for 2 hours as it's his first day!

Badvoc Thu 09-May-13 13:08:48

I found some crocs in matalan for £3 so am pleased with that.
And my mum is buying my sons toy kitchen from me with all the accessories for £60 so that can go towards a new bike for ds2.
Went to a church groups for coffee and cake this morning and spent £2.
Need to do a grocery shop tomorrow - will have to be co op as that's the only one have time to go to. Really want to keep spend down to £60!
Found a decorate your own cake in sainsbos for £4.50 that I can put a personalised topper on that cost £1.75 so a now to train your dragon b day cake for ds1 for £6!!
Also got some rice paper decs and will make some cupcakes.
Already got the balloons and poppers at asda in the sale for under £2.
Just need to get ds1 some more denim shorts and some cheap t shirts for summer pjs.
Then...hopefully...that's it til it's time to buy the school uniforms.
I did very well on e bay for ds2 earlier this him some lovely jeans and tops. Think I will do the same again. Doesn't seem to be so much for older kids.

jenduck Thu 09-May-13 13:22:44

Badvoc - for denim shorts, has your DS1 any old jeans that you can cut down, or he could even do it & customise them how he wants them? Or are you saving them for DS2 (which is what I do wink). Also, check out Facebook for local selling pages for clothes - I have got 14 long-sleeved T-shirts, 2 pairs of jeans, 4 pairs of shorts & a pair of joggers for DS1 (4.4) for the grand total of £14!

Badvoc Thu 09-May-13 13:30:14

I am saving ds1s stuff for ds2 smile
I will try e bay again I think.
I just paid £9 each for 2 pairs from tesco and they are nice but can't afford anymore at that price.

MexicanHouseThief Thu 09-May-13 13:32:08

Sorry, just to clarify, it's my cat who is ailing (although he is currently hanging around me doing a loud purr). I'm actually a bit worried that the time might have come to put him to sleep, but it's really hard to make that decision when he's not at death's door. I question his quality of life atm though sad

jenduck hope DS2 had a fab time at nursery this morning. My DD cried when we dropped DS at nursery a little while ago! She is nearly 2 and I think desperate to join in.

Badvoc Thu 09-May-13 13:38:35

Hope your ds enjoyed nursery Jen smile

jenduck Thu 09-May-13 13:43:19

Oops, sorry Mexican blush. That'll teach me to try & multitask! Hope he recovers, but you are right to consider quality of life. Have a big un-Mnetty (((hug)))

DS2 loved nursery, had a strop because he had to come in from the garden hmm. I think 2 is a good age for it, as they start wanting to socialise more (IME). DS is sleeping it all off now!

ShadeofViolet Thu 09-May-13 13:56:48

Marking my place on this great thread smile

northender Thu 09-May-13 16:12:30

Sorry to hear about your cat Mexican. jen glad your ds enjoyed nursery and good luck to your dh's team in the play-offs.
I've spent £blush on having my hair cut today. Daren't say how much and I know it's a way I could save money but it is a real treat every 5 weeks.
£30 on fresh food. Need to go to aldi but shouldn't need to spend too much this time as still have lots in cupboard and freezer. Have to brave the cold winds tonight to watch ds play cricket [shiver emoticon]. Hopefully I'll be able to park the car in view of the pitch and watch from the relative warmth of the car.

MamaTo2FabBoys Thu 09-May-13 16:52:29

Oh that's a horrible decision to have to make Mexican sad . Good luck. Im still on 4/16 as bought stamp, a card and cookies today.

DottyDot Thu 09-May-13 17:24:05

Aww Mexican - that's really difficult sad

Very proud of myself for cycling into work and back today in horrible weather - makes it a NSD and will definitely enjoy getting the train in tomorrow and going out for lunch! Have done 6 NSD so far this months, which I honestly wouldn't have without this thread as it's really pushed me to cycle to work, take a packed lunch and not go out for coffees and stuff!

takeaway2 Thu 09-May-13 18:51:16

Had a LSD today. Spent £1.49 for a European adaptor as am away for 2 work trips next couple of weeks and my old ones are broken or gone.

Other than that I brought lunch to work and drank lots of water. grin

Tomorrow will be spending some money as have to get some money changed. Possibly. Or I might wait till the weekend and panic.

Thatsinteresting Thu 09-May-13 19:49:59

It's been a while since I checked in. We've had a couple of unexpected bills to pay so I've emptied my day to day saving accounts and we ended the month £2.67 overdrawn but tbh I'm really happy with that.
We're going away tomorrow for the weekend but I've been to Aldi today for food so hopefully we'll only need money for a couple of drinks in the evening and an ice cream or two in the day. I may suggest dc use spends that pil gave them if they want treats. I want them to have a good time but I need to put some money aside as home insurance is due soon andIlike to pay it in one lump.
Jen glad nursery is going well.
Mexican that is a tough one. We spent thousands on our pet, thankfully she was insured but sometimes it's just time to say goodbye. You'll know when that time comes.

mrspolkadotty Thu 09-May-13 22:30:06

Hello, may i join you all? smile

Our income is due to drop next month and although i've always been quite good at budgeting and bargain hunting it's now getting serious and the belt really needs tightening. I have 3 dcs, with the eldest due to start at grammar school in Sept (eye-watering uniform costs). Also even when DD2 starts school in 2.5 yrs the chances of me actually being able to join the workforce are slim due to my health so we are looking at being a one-income family permanantly.

I need to work on my food shopping mainly and also get some savings behind us for things we need doing on the house and also if (god forbid!) the washer broke and needed replacing or other such things.

AdoraBell Fri 10-May-13 02:25:30

Mexican hope Dear Cat recovers quickly. I know what you mean about quality of life though, my father held on to our family dog far too long.

Had a spendy day blush it's Mother's Day this weekend here and OH isn't back until Sat night, so DDs got what they are buying me out of the shopping money.

Roads too much £2.55 to school for meeting, no classes today
£1.20 into town with DDs
£5 coming home at rush hour

£20 on tickets to a kid's thing for tomorrow - £10 is coming back
£40 in the supermarket got to start staying away from that place
£15 in farmacia on zinc for DD2, to aid growth.

Tomorrow I'm staying home until school run then taking DDs out, paid for today. Then Saturday out early to drop one off then pick up DDs before meeting OH, so roads and parking.

Badvoc Fri 10-May-13 07:11:59

It's grocery shop day for me today!
I am off the the co op (I love the co op. I like its ethical stance)
It is expensive though so I tend to inky buy own brand cleaning stuff - which is excellent btw - and look out for offers on cleaning products and meat.
They have 12 beef meatballs for £1.25 ATM!!
Their fruit and veg is also very good.
I have tried other low cost supermarkets (asda, aldi etc) but tbh i just don't think the quality is as good.
I got apples at aldi last week and they were horrible sad
On the plus side their chocolate is fab smile
One thing that does help wit food budgeting is meal planning.
I have a basics weekly list and add to it as needed.

MexicanHouseThief Fri 10-May-13 08:13:14

Thanks for all the well wishes for the cat. Managed to get some medication into him last night and he's perked up a bit today smile We'll see how he goes for a while before making any further decisions. I will know he's feeling better if he starts annoying me at 4am grin

Badvoc it's so frustrating that different supermarkets are strong on different products, isn't it? I went to Lidl the other day and got some lovely apples, but have found other stuff of theirs sucks compared to, say, Morrisons. You can end up spending the difference on travelling round to all the various shops hmm

I try and shop locally as much as possible these days, as am lucky to live in an area with lots of good local shops and good produce. There is an excellent butcher near me that does big trays of chicken breasts, mince, sausages etc. 2 for £20. Bought 14 monster chicken breasts for £20 last weekend and now have a freezerful of really nice quality chook. But again, some stuff is better value than others and you have to factor in cost of parking, petrol etc. if driving.

We need a few things from the shop today - teabags, washing up liquid. Will probably take DC to the library this morning, walk DS up to nursery, then walk back down to town for stuff so I'm not tempted to load up on extras. Might go bra shopping if DD stays asleep in the pram hmm I have a Debenhams gift voucher that needs spending. Also need a growbag to transplant my bean plants into, but that might wait till the weekend.

Did my first NSD in a long time yesterday smile Also had a few minor thrift wins: DD keeps taking apples and eating a few bites out of them then leaving them around the house, so I collected them all up, cut off the bitten bits, then chopped and froze the rest for apple pie filling; also did no washing up or laundry yesterday, which must have saved a bit on energy costs grin

DottyDot Fri 10-May-13 09:17:57

Aldi chocolate is indeed marvelous and goes very well with their red wine

Today is definitely a spend day. I'm having lunch with two friends and remembered this morning I need to give one of them £15 for a choir thingy we're doing next weekend. So today I'll be spending:

£15 for friend
lunch - probably about £10
£4.30 train fare as I also didn't cycle in to work today blush

On the plus side I cancelled my Amazon Prime subscription and because I've not actually used it, they've instantly refunded me £49, which was a lovely surprise to my bank balance this morning! grin

I get a text from First Direct with my balance every weekday morning which helps keep me on track, or at least lets me know when I'm going to go over my overdraft limit... blush My limit's £750 and I'm starting to bump into it at the end of each month, so really need to get it back down to under £500 before we get too much nearer Christmas...

jenduck Fri 10-May-13 09:51:32

Mexican fingers crossed for your cat, any improvement has got to be good!

Northender hope your DS did well at cricket & you didn't freeze!

Dotty well done on that cycling, one day off won't hurt smile

Welcome to polka

Adora hope you get spoilt for Mother's day.

Hoping today will be an NSD for me. It is pretty grey here so don't really feel like venturing out. Will stay in & pack up the house instead (just over 3 weeks till moving day!) Have to go to doctor's this afternoon for DS2, am hoping to get him referred for a hearing test as he is not talking much at 2.1 & just want to rule out hearing problems.

Have a happy DH today as his team won the first leg of the play-offs, it did cost about £100 for ticket hmm, travel, food, beer etc but he has been supporting them all his life so I couldn't ask him not to go

Badvoc Fri 10-May-13 10:11:09

Dotty...I got my overdraft down from 800 to 250 but I use it every month ATM sad
So...I spent £80 sad oh dear.
But I got meatballs x 2 chicken x 2 Nd loads of fruit, veg and salad.
I also got a lot of biscuits and chocolate too smile
My ds2 eats every 30 mns throughout the day so I like to have a quick fruit or choc biscuit for him to nibble on.
Ds1 is another story entirely and likes his 3 square meals a day. He is back from a school trip today so I also got the ingredients to make some flapjacks for him.
The cupboards And fridge were bare, so I guess it's not too bad for a weeks shopping for 4 people.
Another thing I do is buy UHT milk as its much cheaper and keep a store of it in the cupboards.
I also get the big boxes of eggs (15)
I decided to get the dc some ice creams for the freezer too.
If I had stuck to my list I think I could have done it for £60.

jenduck Fri 10-May-13 17:00:12

Right, I actually need to declare a spend of 75p today, for an ice-cream for DS1 (DS2 is not keen on them).

Rather frustrated as went to GP to ask for a hearing test referral for DS2, as he is not talking much at 2.1. This was on the recommendation of Children's Centre workers at the Talking Tots group we go to. Had to book appointment 3 weeks in advance, then turn up today & GP says that he can't refer us, we have to go through HV! But there is one at the group & she advised me to go through GP confused Anyway, 2 year check on Weds, so will see what happens then.

Also discovered that DH yesterday at football bought a scarf, £8. I know it's not a lot of money, but considering it cost pretty much £100 for him to go in the first place, you'd have thought he'd forgo this extra expense which, let's face it, is not even seasonal! Seems little point me forever saving & scraping pennies, when he just goes & spends £110 on a night out, without a second thought. angry

Anyway, rant over!

Badvoc Fri 10-May-13 17:04:29

Oh, that would irritate me too Jen!
Hope you can get your ds's hearing test sorted. Why don't GPS and hvs work together!?
Ds has come home from his school trip and one of his pairs of trainers are ruined (he gleefully told me he fell off the raft 7 times)
So off to the supermarket to get some cheap trainers for PE for school.
Might also get him some cheap t shirts too.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 10-May-13 17:19:40

It's usually the men isn't it? No sense of forward planning unless its for their entertainment.

Mines the same.

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