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Jacket Potato July: our frugal year is flying by!

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CremeEggThief Tue 01-Jul-14 16:27:54

Hi All,
I couldn't see a new thread yet, so thought I'd start one for July. The jacket potato is a marker for starting summer off on a frugal note. smile.

NSD so far.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 01-Jul-14 16:35:26

Thank you Creme flowers

NSD but topcashback aren't honouring the cashback on the burgers I bought yesterday.

I am really pissed off with them, there's no way I'd pay £2.59 for frozen beef burgers normally.

I've complained.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 01-Jul-14 17:09:21

£5 voucher for fruit and veg in the sun on Thursday for morrisons.

Don't forget click snaps 50p back for a £5 shop.

574ejones Tue 01-Jul-14 17:13:30

Two NSDs in a row for me!

AdoraBell Tue 01-Jul-14 17:58:32

Marking place.

Thanks for the new thread Creme

eastmidswarwicknightnanny Tue 01-Jul-14 19:06:54

Thanks for new thread cream can't believe it's July already soon be Xmas!!!

CremeEggThief Tue 01-Jul-14 19:40:31

<Waves to everyone>.

NSD to start the month. My first for a good while!

FantaSea Tue 01-Jul-14 20:13:05

Crème thank you for the new thread flowers I am loving your thread title, that did make me laugh grin

£12 in asda but £7 was on a Minnie mouse top for DD which looks lovely on her. I got some really nice strawberries for 75p and they were all good, so enough for all of us. I love strawberries but often find I have to throw loads away or cut bits off but these were brilliant. For 75p!

Passthecake30 Tue 01-Jul-14 21:17:31

I was going to say nsd....but then I succumbed to a couple of bits in the long tall sally sale, a swimming costume £45 to £25 and a pair of jeans £50 down to £40. I don't like much if their other stuff but I do like these jeans as they are low cut (hate belly huggers)

Both replacing very old essentials so I don't feel TOO guilty. ...

Rewriting my cv as job cuts are looming so I may as well get cracking on a contingency plan!

NK5BM3 Tue 01-Jul-14 21:25:57

Thanks creme!! Was in London -
Work paid for train ticket. Brought own lunch. Spent £5 on sushi for trip home (dinner).

Driving an hour or so tomorrow for work. Will claim petrol and will be paid some money for this. Yay!

emmarose1991 Tue 01-Jul-14 21:35:36

Hi everyone I'm new to this thread smile

What does nsd mean ? blush

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 01-Jul-14 21:47:22

It means No Spend Day.

Welcome to the thread.

imsureineverdo Tue 01-Jul-14 21:47:28

No spend day smile

SandyChick Tue 01-Jul-14 21:50:36

I've followed this thread for a while now but going to join in this time.

I'm aiming for a nsd tomorrow (apart from handing over the swim lesson fees for the monthhmm) .

I've given myself a £5 budget for Thursday and aiming for nsd on fri & sat too.

northender Tue 01-Jul-14 22:07:27

Thanks for the new thread creme. I've not posted much lately as we've had a horrendously hectic and stressful time. dh has been working ridiculous hours, every day for the last 3 weeks which has been a nightmare. As a result we've not stuck to budget but, on the up side, dh should be paid for all the overtime he's worked so we should be quids in at the end of July.

daisydoo05 Tue 01-Jul-14 22:12:56

Previously emmarose1991 changed my name. I'm quite good at no spend days haha I have a 7 week old so not out as much. My partner on the other hand...

BigBirthdayGloom Tue 01-Jul-14 22:34:48

I'm going to try again and try harder to cut back. I will confess now that I have a bad magazine habit and fritter cash on craft things I don't yet need. I also need to reduce our food spend and meal plan better.
Today was disastrous because I bought food for dd's third birthday party. Aiming for nsd tomorrow and to buy no meat for next two weeks because of having freezer full

AdoraBell Wed 02-Jul-14 02:55:06

Welcome to all newbies smile

Had a trip into town after school, swanky new shopping mall with mega expensive parking hmm and we couldn't get what DD1 needed. Spent £7 on a snack for DDs and coffee for me, £13 on snacks for school, secret friend present, fancy lip balms I'd promised DD1 and frozen veg for dinner. Then £4 parking and 2.40 on the roads in and out.

In the shop DD thought I'd dropped some money so I picked it up and then realized half an hour later that it wasn't me who dropped it. Wasn't much but I don't feel right keeping it. I am going to put it a charity box tomorrow.

574ejones Wed 02-Jul-14 06:23:37

bigbirthday - I am totally with you on the buying craft stuff. I am trying to use some of my fabric stash before I buy any more, but it is so darn tempting!

AuditAngel Wed 02-Jul-14 06:31:36

Would have been a NSD yesterday, but when preparing to paint DS's WWI model trench we discovered all the poster paints had dried up. £6.99 on flipping poster paint for school!

Sixforgold Wed 02-Jul-14 07:15:37

Back for a new quarter with a change of name - formerly Spring.

Half way through the year! 6 months since setting out with good intentions! This thread has helped enormously - thank you all.

I start the next six months in credit, with savings and with a continued frugal mindset. However, we still have to fix our roof and have no plans yet of how to finance it (we have decided to keep our meagre savings intact as we've had to dip into them over the past two months - we need a buffer to keep us on track).

I've had a spendy start to the month. I've filled up the car with petrol, filled the cupboards, taken out money for the cleaner for the month and to pay for nursery today. I'm hoping that by getting big spends out of the way early I can better judge how much money is available later in the month.

birthday can you use club card points for magazine subscriptions or subscribe and then use the free gift as a present for someone?

CremeEggThief Wed 02-Jul-14 10:41:30

Sixforgold, that's a good plan, to try to get the expensive stuff out of the way at the beginning of the month. Also like your supermarket points for magazine subscriptions suggestion, I didn't know you could dp that.

Welcome all newbies, great to have you on board.

It's gorgeous up here today. I'm just enjoying coffee and chocolate croissants (all from Lidl!) in my garden. Hope everyone has some nice weather. It makes such a difference.

BigBirthdayGloom Wed 02-Jul-14 15:58:33

Looks as if its a nsd here! First in ages. My magazine habit is a weird one. I think I need to get a couple of subscriptions for my birthday and then make an absolute cold turkey rule. I'm not sure if that'll work-I fear it's the act of buying that I'm quite addicted to if I'm honest. Same with the craft stuff-cold turkey required I think. I do know that I fritter money that we need in other areas, savings if nothing else. I also need to make sure that I then don't overspend on groceries. I'm a bit complicated with spending but I know it's filling a gap and I know I've got to sort it out.

BigBirthdayGloom Wed 02-Jul-14 15:59:31

What treats do you all have that cost little or nothing?

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 02-Jul-14 16:04:23


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