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Money-managing Masterfully into May - Frugaleers unite!

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needastrongone Sun 16-Apr-17 12:37:57

Thread continued for old faithfuls, new posters and anyone else that would like to contribute.

Financial talk, tips and discussion, with quite a lot of other stuff too. smile

We are a friendly bunch and there's lots of support for new and old.

CremeEggThief Sun 16-Apr-17 12:41:57

Thanks Need. tbusmile

Cagliostro Sun 16-Apr-17 13:16:59

Thanks need! Haven't caught up with the old thread yet but marking my place here.
Awesome title grin

SnugglySnerd Sun 16-Apr-17 15:02:34

Thanks, Need and Happy Easter all!

Is it really nearly May already?!

needastrongone Sun 16-Apr-17 15:05:45

Nope snuggly, planning ahead is key gringrin

Loveabaconsandwich Sun 16-Apr-17 15:35:09

Happy Easter tbusmile. DP wouldn't let us have chocolate for breakfast so as soon as we'd had breakfast we then had chocolate grin

Thanks mammy for the recommendation and photos. They do look great. Now, I've decided I need to save up for them with cashback and survey vouchers so I reckon maybe I'll have enough to buy them in about a month halo. It's been a while since I saved up for something so thinking if I can save £55 for some saucepans, then next I can save £10k for a new driveway wink

I've just had a nap. My week off work has done me the world of good and still got another week to go. Need to make some plans though as just me and the DC this week as DP going back to work. Wednesday is likely to be cinema and shopping so the rest of the week needs to be frugal.

Loveabaconsandwich Sun 16-Apr-17 15:38:31

Sorry to those frugaleers and frugaleers' family who have had to work this long weekend. You are star

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 16-Apr-17 15:46:25

Thank you Need

CremeEggThief Sun 16-Apr-17 16:27:36

Hurrah! We made it to 1000!grin

ememem84 Sun 16-Apr-17 16:51:35

Cheers need

ChristmasSeacow Sun 16-Apr-17 16:59:52

Hello everyone! We are having a family lunch tomorrow (due to sister's dog having a hydrotherapy appointment today hmm) so we are doing all the egg hunt shenanigans tomorrow so we can all enjoy watching DS.

Sounds as though people are having a lovely day on the whole. The forecast said rain but we've only had a brief shower, it's been rather nice otherwise!

Having a relaxing day here buying a few bits for the baby on eBay and doing some batch cooking of things DS depends on for the freezer. I have spent hours in the kitchen but still need to make pecan pie, or at least the pastry, to get ahead for lunch tomorrow. Cheat's dinner tonight - DH and I are sharing half a crispy duck with pancakes, cucumber etc, will be a treat. And exciting telly too - I am loving Line of Duty and Homeland at the moment!

We've been talking about holidays here... since we are not getting one at all this year due to timing of the baby, saving money and DS starting school, we were planning to go away next easter to break the long drought. I was thinking we should probably book soon if we don't want to pay even more of a stupid premium for the school holidays. Is it worth booking very early, do you think? Not sure whether we will go short haul Europe for a bit of sun or just uk. Will be self-catering anyway as much easier with DS.

We have also remembered that DH gets a big chunk of extra paid leave next year as a long service award thing. He can therefore take the whole of the summer holidays off (6-8 weeks altogether, in fact) all paid! I was thinking of looking for work after easter but I think if we can make the savings stretch I will try to stay off over the summer so we can all enjoy it together. Baby wil be a year by then and quite fun, I think it could be such a wonderful opportunity for family time. We are thinking of taking advantage of that and going for a long-ish holiday in Scotland because DS is good in the car and we have a fairly big car that we don't use enough, so maybe we can go for a road trip over the summer for 3 weeks or so. Anyway, it is making me happy to research and look forward to that, even though it is more than a year away! I don't think sc accommodation is prohibitively expensive away from the main tourist spots so I reckon we can do it quite frugally.

Has everyone sorted what they are doing this year for summer? There was thread recently about how much people spend on holidays. I was quite shocked because even when we have had fancy holidays in the past it didn't prepare me for the costs people were quoting - it is very different being 2 adults, 2 salaries, going in term time to paying for kids as well in school hols. I am amazed so many people go away at all! I am working on getting DH to consider camping but he is a softie with an unhealthy dependence on wifi grin

MrsMozart Sun 16-Apr-17 17:00:28

Yay! I found you grin

Ilovebaconsandwich two weeks off sounds blissful. Wish I'd had the sense to tell main client that I was orffff. Maybe a week in May will be the way to go.

Today was a waste of fuel - the impulse buy coat from yesterday still has a security tag on it... I checked the shop's website and it said open 10 'till 4, so off we went. Hm. Closed. A fifty-odd mile round trip wasted, which in my car is noticeable. Ho hum. No other spends apart from DH getting chicken and potatoes for dinner. Now flobbed on m'granny chair testing software and watching F1. At least it's not costing me anything wink

Eaten an Easter egg. Not a good idea. Now on gallons of (tap) water to try and flush m'system.

Hope all else are having a good one!

lifelongfrugaleer Sun 16-Apr-17 17:11:20

Thanks need

scattyspice Sun 16-Apr-17 17:23:52

Happy Easter everyone tbusmile
NSD today, had a wet walk on the beach then spent the afternoon playing scrabble.
We've had some great Scottish holidays Seacow I recommend Arran, Applecross and St Andrews.

lifelongfrugaleer Sun 16-Apr-17 17:28:23

I would say book early sea. We are going in august for 10 days to Spain and I'm learning to manage with one eye is that expensive.

MrsM that's annoying.

£7 at NT on snack and facepaint. It's pouring with rain so popped into friends for a brew then home for roast tea. Took biccies to friends Le Yum

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 16-Apr-17 17:37:13

MrsM, that happened to Dh. Fcuk gave him £30 fuel money.

ChristmasSeacow Sun 16-Apr-17 17:42:34

MrsM i reckon write a letter to complain and say that because their website was incorrect (as well as poor attention of salesperson originally) you wasted £x of fuel. If they are a decent shop they will compensate you, at least with vouchers.

Hmm. Will look at Easter soon though I am not sure we would do that as well as a road trip in the summer. We'd need a bargain!

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 16-Apr-17 17:54:20

Mse will know about holiday timings Sea

MrsMozart Sun 16-Apr-17 18:06:30

Thank you folks.

I'll witter at them next weekend. It's a place I go to quite a lot and have done for years. They might to a cream tea grin

lifelongfrugaleer face paint is fun. Miss those days with the DDs.

Scattyspice an excellent afternoon!

Fluffcloudland your OH has my empathy.

allthebestplease Sun 16-Apr-17 18:27:30

A driving holiday in Scotland would be DH area (he loves cars).
We had 2 Easter egg hunts so we have far too much chocolate in the house.
Weather has now turned bad 😞 off to Windsor tomorrow for Lego land on Tuesday, hope we have a nice time.

lifelongfrugaleer Sun 16-Apr-17 19:04:37

I would definitely say about the incorrect website and the two unnecessary journeies for the mess up.

Think Easter is early again next year, end march maybe,?

mammymammyIRL Sun 16-Apr-17 19:36:08

Hi everyone smile

lifelongfrugaleer Sun 16-Apr-17 19:38:02

My DC have rebelled and said can we go somewhere that's not national trust tomorrow. grin.

Loveabaconsandwich Sun 16-Apr-17 19:56:13

grin life

When I used to go on holiday with my parents we used to go to every single museum within a thirty mile radius. I hated museums sad

blueteapot Sun 16-Apr-17 20:19:08

Hi all! Missed quite a bit of the last thread and have lost track of all the new names!

Got back today from a week at the caravan, catching up with laundry etc now. Ridiculous amount of chocolate in the cupboard and we are supposed to be dieting!

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