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MissAnnersleyismyhero Mon 28-Apr-14 16:29:23

Saw April was getting very full so thought I'd start this off early!
Welcome to all who want to save cash, live frugally and pay debts, or just trying to live within our means!
Full of hints and tips on how to save money in the supermarket, meal planning and daily life.

annielostit Mon 28-Apr-14 16:42:33

I'm in (again) listed what I've spent today, menu planned and off I go. Got some stuff to pay for this month and want to start saving to pay off house early. Love the tips☺

Gogogodaddy Mon 28-Apr-14 17:12:49

I'm in! Sorry have been a bit absent, spent 32 on new swimsuit online, tnks for tips all. Found it in the sale at Debenhams. Will catch up lateron

CoolCadbury Mon 28-Apr-14 19:05:05

Here I am. smile

NSD today.

Fluffy Following on from other thread, I always think organic milk tastes like milk should, if you know what I mean? It tastes more fresh I think. My late grandparents had cows and I remember as a child the milk was "milked", boiled vigorously and given to us for drinking straight away. It tastes more like that.

elvislives2012 Mon 28-Apr-14 19:15:35

Can I join in? Paying off a laptop and got to do it by September. Going on mat leave in July just to add to the pressure! Doing well though. We've stopped takeaways but have treat nights still just maybe a nice tub of ice cream instead grin. Also meal planning and got an app for budgeting. Any other suggestions welcome!

ItalianWiking84 Mon 28-Apr-14 19:30:26

Im in again, thanks for starting the tread.
My socalled nsd became a very spending day
30 euros on OV card¨
76,98 euros on jacket and vest for DP (but there were 30 % off, so at least a bit of a good deal, and he needs new summer jacket and west)
22 euros on KFC sad - tasted good, lol, but to expensive, but after shopping around we couldnt be bothered with cooking so took the easy solution.
73 euros on stuff for the future DD; summer jacket, sheets for cot ect. Hopefully we are almost there with the stuff, it cant keep going on....

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 28-Apr-14 19:35:02

elvislives2012 Welcome.

This is your homework.

SpottyTeacakes Mon 28-Apr-14 19:35:32

Thanks for the thread!

My exhaust has gone on my car sad looks like our holiday spending money will be going on that....

AdoraBell Mon 28-Apr-14 19:35:53

Thanks for the new thread MissAnnersley

I'm still trying to catch up on the last one. I agree, btw, with you complaining about the tomatoes having read your update, well done.

Will be back after shool run to report the day's spends. Hope everyone has a frugal May and welcome to all newbies smile

ilovepicnmix Mon 28-Apr-14 19:37:26

�6.53 in asda on a few bits and bobs including pg tips with free mug. Im a sucker for tat like that. �55 on petrol.

thanks for the new thread miss

FantaSea Mon 28-Apr-14 19:41:44

I'm in again smile

I think organic milk tastes better - I sometimes buy it if they have run out of the 4pint size of the ordinary ones. I don't normally buy it as it is more expensive but it is nice.

Italian you must be nearly there with all your baby bits, but I loved getting all the stuff ready smile. How much longer have you got to go? You will probably find that you are buying loads of stuff now, and some is big expensive stuff, but once your DD is here, you will only need the odd small item.

elvis I count a tub of ice-cream as a treat too!

ItalianWiking84 Mon 28-Apr-14 19:55:03

Fanta that is exactly why we buy a lot now, in order for us to not having to chase around after stuff after she is born.
I am in week 36 + 4, so getting close now. Have final consultation tomorrow with cardiology and gynogolog and then hopefully I will now if they let me have a natural birth or not.
But when looking at my list (I am a list person, according to DP) we have all now we need for her smile

MissMysticFalls Mon 28-Apr-14 19:57:04

Thanks for the new thread MissA. Two months to go until I stop working for my biggest client and hopefully things will settle down. Last year I took most of July off including a 3 week break from the internet. The aim this time is to work like mad until end of June while being frugal and use the savings to help buy our 1st house (!) and not need to replace my client so I can spend more time with my family.

Some frugal things are fun - baking, growing veg, foraging, etc. And hopefully I'll have more time to do some of those soon...

Good luck everyone!

FantaSea Mon 28-Apr-14 19:58:47

Italian not long to go now then smile . I do hope your appointments go well tomorrow and they allow you the birth you want.

ItalianWiking84 Mon 28-Apr-14 20:16:14

Thanks Fanta I sure hope too....

SpottyTeacakes Mon 28-Apr-14 20:27:08

I'm sitting in half light because 2 out of 3 of the bulbs in the light in the sitting room have blown and I don't want to spend any money to egg some more sadblush

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 28-Apr-14 20:36:18


Thanks for the new thread flowers

CoolCadbury Mon 28-Apr-14 20:47:32

missa where are my manners? Thanks, for the new thread. thanks

mystic can I be really nosey and ask what you do?

On the home front, I (and DS) survived his birthday party, which was held at home. Total cost £25 and all the children enjoyed it. Saved tonnes of money doing most of the stuff DIY I think. Just glad that it's all over.

elvislives2012 Mon 28-Apr-14 20:55:21

Thanks for the links. Am going to water down my fabric conditioner, change my mobile to virgin (saving £30pm!) and shop later in the day grin. I saw a tip to get flour from a local milk to make bread, any idea how I can find one? Not much online

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 28-Apr-14 20:59:08

Cheap bread recipe

200g smart price flour
200g bread flour, white or wholemeal
5g salt
5g yeast
15ml oil
270ml water.

Cool well done. Not surprised your glad its all over.

MissAnnersleyismyhero Mon 28-Apr-14 21:51:43

Dishwasher finally broke, funny that I was just looking at a new one last week, I must have had a feeling! Have ordered a new one, £200 out of this months wage money, the rest from savings and got £50 cashback, so glad I had a little fund for things like this!!

New one comes on Weds 7th, DH is firmly on dishwashing duty til then. grin

£7.85 on prescription charge for pain meds - put my back out coaching kiddies tennis at work (I am not even a sport teacher, so stupid!) and spend all of yesterday lying on a hard floor unable to move.

Passthecake30 Mon 28-Apr-14 22:07:54

Thanks for the new thread. This month I am going to make a note of what I pay for in cash...I take £160-£200 out in twenties over the month and I have no idea what I spend it on. ...

MsAspreyDiamonds Mon 28-Apr-14 22:09:04

spent too much this weekend on eating out while out & about. Didnt plan ahead to pack a lunch so need to tighten our belts this month. We have 3 close family & friends getting married this summer so need to save for gifts. I am recycling old party outfits with new accessories to save a bit of cash.

northender Mon 28-Apr-14 22:17:05

Signing in. Thanks for the new thread missA .

I for one am very glad to be seeing the back of April, it's been a spendy month but we're all budgeted for May with no anticipated big spends.

Nothing spent today. Shouldn't be any spends tomorrow either.

MissMysticFalls Mon 28-Apr-14 22:20:14

I'm a consultant cool - mainly in digital marketing and for charities so I spend so much time online that it's only a holiday if the internet stays at home when I go away!

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