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Decedantly damcing towards December - frugaleering Christmas ahoy!

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ememem84 Sun 25-Nov-18 17:04:58

New thread

Wolfcub Sun 25-Nov-18 17:09:30

Thank you Em

Unescorted Sun 25-Nov-18 17:18:56

Thanks em I need distraction.... I leave to do my very first stand up gig. In an hour. I am bricking it.

Wolfcub Sun 25-Nov-18 17:21:54

Unescorted you are going to be amazing. Good luck.

Wrongwayup Sun 25-Nov-18 17:28:09

thank you - am actually here at the start of this one. Hope you had a good time girlie?

NSD - Mainly as at work and it is now too dark and cold to do anything. heating on and in PJs

Unescorted Sun 25-Nov-18 17:29:26

I am having a glass of wine.... I feel a bit pathetic. DS did a talk last night in front of 140 people who don't speak English as a first language. He did his introduction in French. He is 13.

CurvyInAllTheWrongPlaces Sun 25-Nov-18 17:31:33

Thank you em.

On the train back to London.
Spent a ton of money in Edinburgh, but was worth it

MeadowHay Sun 25-Nov-18 17:38:22


Omg good luck unescorted! You are so brave! I would never be able to do that!

Today was spendy. Went to our local supermarket and bought some stuff, mainly things for DD, bunch of clothes for her in the sale, and some nappies, stuff like that. Then I bought her a bunch more stuff from Mothercare online in their sale too. Babies are expensive but I'm willing to bet nowhere near as older children shock. But this is the most clothes I've bought her atm tbh because she has gotten so many gifts and hand-me-downs from DH's cousin, and from lovely Seacow. Although in each size up the amount of clothes dwindles because the proportion of gifts decreases grin.

Just waiting for our Ocado shopping to arrive atm...feeling anxious about answering the door to a stranger, blergh. DH and DD are at DParents, I will pop back over once shopping has arrived, we are going to have dinner there. DD has a cold, we are on day 4 of it but yday and today she has been particularly unwell, poor little love sad.

MeadowHay Sun 25-Nov-18 17:39:45

Em Are you a qualified solicitor btw or a different legal professional? I have taken stock of my career options and hoping to train to be a solicitor. I will be applying for vacation schemes and training contracts in Dec when DH has some time off uni to look after DD so I can concentrate on the apps D:

Justanothermile Sun 25-Nov-18 17:40:18

Thanks em.

Good luck unescorted, smash it..!

Glad you had a super time curvy.

Hope the party went well girlie.

NSD, but out until very late last night in the big smoke, and ran 14 miles this morning so I’m grumpy and tired!

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 25-Nov-18 17:43:47

Good luck unescorted

Thanks Em.

Unescorted Sun 25-Nov-18 17:45:20

Thanks peeps.

LonelyOversharer Sun 25-Nov-18 17:53:06

Squeee unescorted you'll be brilliant! Just have fun. Wish I lived nearer x

Thanks em for the thread.

So, not moved far off my bed since noon, might have snoozed through half of the grand prix. I have filled my amazon basket with a "sweeping up" of all the left over bits. I will mull it over and check out in the week.

The dpd guy (who I trapped in my work corridor last week with an overloaded broken trolley) delivered the 96 pouches of cat fud. See now my cat will turn his nose up at it - he usually loves the stuff. And it takes £8 off my weekly shopping bill for the next 4 weeks.

Nsd, two little etsy orders in, two small ebay sales, about £35 all in.

SneakyGremlins Sun 25-Nov-18 18:05:50


CurvyInAllTheWrongPlaces Sun 25-Nov-18 18:07:24

Good luck unescorted

Thanks Jam, I'm going to see if my mum will have the younger two so I can go on my own in the Feb half term to spend some real quality time with dd1.

Cagliostro Sun 25-Nov-18 18:21:41

Hello 👋
Just popping my head round the door thanks to a gentle poke from the lovely seacow 💐😘

I’m ok, just having trouble adjusting to medication both physically and mentally (but would like to reassure I am not in the horrific place that I was in when I saw the GP two weeks ago) and have somewhat retreated into hermit life for a bit.

This has now been compounded by three puking children starting with the baby on Friday <sigh>

How the fuck is it one month till Christmas.

lifelongfrugaleer Sun 25-Nov-18 18:38:36

Thanks em

Frugal win. Had some unused kallax accessories in my not so asked IKEA they would offset them off today's purchases even though I don't have the receipt. They did. So that and my £5 of voucher = £31 in IKEA. Then £2.25 hot dog and pop.
£63 perfume shop but will get £43 back off DM,£10 superdrug, £27 build a Bear but got £20 back off dd. ££10 back from D's for singing he got last weekend. £10 burger king lunch, £11 primark 2x Christmas presents, £21 Starbucks on dh present.

Phew almost there shopping wise. Need to get a supermarket slot

CurvyInAllTheWrongPlaces Sun 25-Nov-18 18:50:19

Hi cag lovely to see you, glad the meds are working, but sorry all the DCs are ill x

Thatsnotmybaby Sun 25-Nov-18 19:11:47

Thanks for new thread @ememem84.

Spends today:
£12 coffees and cakes including two babycinos, I was going to buy DS a hot chocolate but went for the healthier option and he was perfectly happy with that as it had chocolate flakes and a few mini marshmallows on top.

ememem84 Sun 25-Nov-18 19:15:23

Oh cag poor you and the caglets. I hope you all feel better soon. It’s nice to “see” you though xxx

meadow I’ve found that ds’ clthes Have maybe become less expensive now he’s 1. As the sizing is different. So the stuff I’ve got him now should last 6 months not 3. Should being the operative word.

To answer your question yes I’m qualified. I I did my degree then worked in a local firm as a paralegal while I did my lpc part time. Then started my advocacy exams. And qualified. It all got too much though. I was in banking and funds law and it was demanding. I was paid well but my god they wanted the sweat blood and tears. I approached local firms and was taken on by mine. Am now non practicing but have done some co-Sec exams and am going to start my STEP qualification (society of trust estate practitioners for those who are interested) in January. I now do the admin side and no overtime. And am much happier.

Just had a bit of a 😱 moment. Ds was having a lovely bath. Splashing and splashing and washing himself (and my face with his bum cloth.....) then he stood up, slapped the cloth on the water, slipped and hit the side of his eye on the bath.

It looked awful. He was crying and bleeding etc. But now he’s out of the bath and calmed down and dry. It looks as though he’s grazed the skin on the outside of his eye. Not his actual eye. Phew. Looks worse than it actually is. He’s going to have a cracker of a black eye though. Poor baby.

Am now in the bath myself. (New water - ds always pees in his bath). Face mask on. Epsom salts in as well as bubbles and lavender oil.

This is the bruise from yesterday evening.

Lovemaltesers Sun 25-Nov-18 19:47:20

Thanks for the thread em and poor DS

Glad to 'see' you cag

£42 in Sainsbury's. Mainly clothes for the DDs and Christmas bits

Good luck for the comedy gig!

Lovemaltesers Sun 25-Nov-18 19:54:45

Has girlie still not emerged from her birthday celebrations?

lifelongfrugaleer Sun 25-Nov-18 20:19:43

Good luck unescorted

lifelongfrugaleer Sun 25-Nov-18 20:22:07

Hey cag, glad you popped by.

ChristmasSeacow Sun 25-Nov-18 20:49:21

Nope, Girlie is still MIA. Hopefully being looked after by her friends and DD smile

Glad to hear things are a little better Cag, though a vomiting bug x 3 sounds awful! We’re here whenever you feel up to it, you’ve been missed.

Good luck with the gig Unescorted, you’ll smash it!

Hello Meadow, glad you could pop in. I don’t think you’ll need to buy much in 12-18m, I have a huge box I’m adding to as dd outgrows stuff and it’s coming your way in the new year! Summer and autumn stuff, I’m embarrassed at how much we have blush. We had more stuff than normal I overbought because of our big trip in the summer

We chose our Christmas tree - slightly rushed because DD kept running off - and I got some pansies for the dead hanging basket out front too. It was fun... hope the tree is actually alright though and not massively wonky... we were very distracted! grin

I made a roast chicken dinner tonight and it was a surprise hit! DS normally only eats pizza or tomato pasta so, while we all sat down together, I was expecting to have to make him something else but I thought I’d try... and he ate loads of roast potatoes, some carrot and a teeny bit of chicken. Doesn’t sound much and it’s not exactly a balanced diet but... amazing for him! Dd completely stuffed herself with chicken and kept asking for more. Maybe we’ll manage to eat the same meal together on Christmas day? Eek.

I also tried making a self-saucing chocolate pudding (was a last minute thought to make a pudding and I didn’t have much in). Just store cupboard stuff with ice cream. But it was pretty good and everyone tucked in. And pretty frugal to make too.

Watching the Strictly results show now so I haven’t refreshed the thread in the last hour in case of spoilers!

NursieBernard Sun 25-Nov-18 20:50:53

Yay new thread smile
Girlie hope you had a fab party smilewinesmile

northender Sun 25-Nov-18 20:51:31

Thanks for the new thread Em
Good luck Unescorted How exciting & scary I'm sure.
Thanks for the birthday wishes for dd, she's had a lovely weekend.
I've just done a bit more studying, got to keep on top, hoping to be able to have a couple of days off at Christmas.
Need to book next year's summer holiday before Brittany Ferries discount period (20%) ends in a few days. Oh, and not spend any more money for 2 months!!!

northender Sun 25-Nov-18 20:53:13

Cag glad you're feeling brighter. I have a friend with quite acute depression at the moment, but saw him yesterday and could see a real improvement. Take care of yourself.
Good to "see" you too Meadow

lifelongfrugaleer Sun 25-Nov-18 21:00:05

Hey meadow nice to see you too

AutumnLeaves12 Sun 25-Nov-18 21:14:22

I'm sorry to hear that things are so difficult Cag. I hope they get better soon.

Meadow I found the clothes at this stage really difficult. But by age 2 I was able to buy clothes for ds that were very big but okay, and he was still wearing them comfortably at 5, so I think the growing must slow down a lot after they reach about 2 and half.

Once they get to school, it seems to be mostly shoes, as far as I can tell.

We went to our orchestra again tonight. Oddly all the saxophones were missing. We had fun though. Ds said he was tired, and I asked if he could perhaps try sleeping beyond 5am. He is considering it.

LonelyOversharer Sun 25-Nov-18 21:56:19

cag yay!! So good you popped by. Keep going my love xxx

em poor baby. They bruise like peaches at this age. Enjoy your bath.

I just did an online Tesco order, to get ds an oreo tin. Am doing them each a favourite thing present. Dd1:coke in glass bottles, big box of lindor Dd2:posh hot choc &marshmallows Dd3: American peanut butter (costco jobby, a kilo I think) and a jar spoon.

It was £63, so I used all my clubcard vouchers (going curly on the fridge), and got it down to £41! Thats 2 sacks of dog food, 10 packs of ice lollies and more christmas eve party food sorted. Yay for money off. I know the oreo tin will be the only thing not in stock!

seacow that is epic. My ds will not touch any roast dinner bar brocolli. I think our boys eat about the same way! We are working on making chips larger and more like roasties, but I think pieces of meat and/or carrots are a long way off. It's a bit exhausting isn't it.

Unescorted Sun 25-Nov-18 22:03:46

Arrrrggggghhhh! I did it. It went almost as planned but I was so nervous.... I have been asked to do another set in Sheffield next weekend. So it must have looked ok. Thanks for the support... It makes a difference.n

Cag depression is such a bitch. My dh had a really bad bout, but got through so hang in there. Xxx

Girliefriendlikesflowers Sun 25-Nov-18 22:06:10

Found you!!

Hello all thank you all for the good wishes and for thinking of me 😘 party was brilliant, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the band were fantastic. I had quite a few last min cancellations which was a bit annoying but it was still a good turn out and I felt very lucky to have such lovely family and friends.

Have been completely spoilt by gifts 😮 have been given some more money, three vouchers for various spa's, some lovely jewellery, body shop stuff, some bits for the garden and lots of other lovely things. I am very lucky.

Today has been busy as had friends who stayed here and other friends popping in this morning before they headed back home.

Am very tired now, glad I have tomorrow off to sort through all the b day stuff and put the house back together again!

CurvyInAllTheWrongPlaces Sun 25-Nov-18 23:16:11

Well done unescorted.

Girlie, I'm really glad you had such a great party.

lifelongfrugaleer Mon 26-Nov-18 06:31:54

Ah bless him em. He will be fine I'm sure.
Pleased the party went well girlie
Well done unescorted.
Fingers crossed for the Oreo longer. If you are coming to Costco I can tell you the traffic was mental yesterday around there. We got there for 11 and there was a queue off the motorway.
Never done Costco but never had to cook in bulk like you. Do you still cook for bike people?

lifelongfrugaleer Mon 26-Nov-18 06:32:35

Longer = lonely

Nsd planned today. Got to post an eBay parcel but that's paid for

ChristmasSeacow Mon 26-Nov-18 07:07:56

Glad you had a great time Girlie

Ikea today 💸💸💸

LonelyOversharer Mon 26-Nov-18 07:10:30

No life! We literally rode our luck putting on Britsh Cycling road races. Never had anything bad happen and always did well...we gave that up with the shop. A few time trials earlier this year, but not on the same scale.

Might not get through to costco (it is an epic exciting shop), but only 50p more to order from amazon. Plus I always spend £200+ in there.

Suppose I had better get up, the dogs are barking.

Justanothermile Mon 26-Nov-18 07:29:46

Slept in..fuuuuuuccccckkkkkk....grin

Unescorted Mon 26-Nov-18 07:46:09

Morning all.

I have another week of holiday this week. Today will be spent catching up on strictly results and Little Drummer Girl. I may go for a walk and do some yoga later. Or a pootle on my bicycle.

Jam I like your priorities.

lifelongfrugaleer Mon 26-Nov-18 07:47:42

I thought that was the case lonely.

Ooops jam.

Girliefriendlikesflowers Mon 26-Nov-18 09:24:43

We completely slept in this morning as well! I woke up at 8.30 and it transpired dds alarm had gone off at 7.15 and she had turned it off and gone back to sleep!! We were both knackered in our defence 😉 I dropped her down to school as a one off (she normally walks) was only 10 mins late in the end.

It's cold here again today, frosty this morning. Plan today is to do some sorting and then buy some thank you cards, have quite a few to send!!

Happierwithouthim Mon 26-Nov-18 09:37:30

Morning all!

120 mile journey from my parents to home this morning check

Just dropping dc to au pair as dd has the bug #frugalfail will need to get car valeted
I was going to anyway for Christmas wink

Stopped for fuel €65 on fuel card, put in €42 on Friday

€2 on isotonic drink for dd & OJ for ds, retrieved a can of monster ultra zero from my boot for myself. I think I'm going to put a little box in there with drinks & baby wipes etc as I was majorly unprepared when dd was ill in car yesterday

Yesterday €2.40 on 7up and €1 church collection

Will update with my Brum spends later

ememem84 Mon 26-Nov-18 10:44:16

Sending a dress back to asos today. It was bought for Christmas party but it’s not as nice as in the picture. I didn’t even try it on.

So that’ll be £48 back to me.

ememem84 Mon 26-Nov-18 10:44:56

Must also buy wrapping paper today so I can wrap the parcels for nz so I can post tomorrow.

Girliefriendlikesflowers Mon 26-Nov-18 11:17:58

Nice to see you Cag sorry to hear things have been difficult but glad to hear things have gotten a bit easier flowers three puking children sounds horrific!! I was going to ask you if you have the game Exploding Kittens? Am thinking about getting it for dd for Christmas, or if you have any other recommendations for good board games (that work well with two players?)

Have had a look through the Christmas bits I got for dd and it didn't look as much as I thought I had got her <sigh> so have been adding bits to the Amazon basket, won't check out yet though.

Payday is tomorrow thank God, feels like this has been a long month.

northender Mon 26-Nov-18 14:35:55

Girlie glad the party went well.
Unescorted glad the gig went well, and another booking, fab. Don't forget us when you're famous!
There must have been some sleep dust around this morning. I didn't sleep so well last night & just felt exhausted this morning. Luckily it's my day off (not a study day) so I went back to sleep & felt much better when I woke up again. Went to a killer circuits class so worked off some of the cake, pastry and pizza I ate over the weekend!
Just booked summer holiday 2019 grin
Ferry to Spain again, 3 nights at a hotel in the mountains, then 8 nights at the same apartments as this year. Ds only wants to have one weekend away this year because of cricket, so he is missing the mountains and flying out to meet us for the beach week & ferry home. Feel properly excited now it's booked. £2490 for ferry and accommodation (breakfast included at the hotel) £60 for ds' flight. I reckon that's a good deal.
Sending the bigger pair of school shoes back today for refund. Free returns.
Also sending a bottle of perfume back that dd got for her birthday as bottle is faulty.

FizzyOrange Mon 26-Nov-18 15:10:45

Is it ok if I join in please? I have fallen off the wagon with regards to my spending and really need to get it under control.

I am trying to shop sensibly for Christmas - I have found about 8 part rolls of wrapping paper under the stairs! In my old life I would be buying more paper and using these rolls for 'emergencies' but I have decided to just use them up and not buy any more until they are gone.

SnugglySnerd Mon 26-Nov-18 15:15:12

Thanks for the new thread Em.

Girliefriendlikesflowers Mon 26-Nov-18 15:54:45

Welcome fizzy

I popped to town, got some more of my nice cream in Boots which was on 3 for 2, was £32 for 3 items.

£5 in The Works on cards and a calendar, their calendars are really good value £3 and you get a diary with that as well!!

£14 Primark on a new jumper for Dd which is a Christmas present and a scarf for me.

£1.50 on an advent calendar for Dd although am wishing I'd not bothered now as she just rolled her eyes at it.

ememem84 Mon 26-Nov-18 16:17:40

Am possibly going to sign up for a new gym membership today. It’s more expensive than my old gym. But it is a 5 minute walk from work which means I could go at lunchtime. So buys me time in the evenings.

LonelyOversharer Mon 26-Nov-18 17:45:24

girlie dd is clearly too cool. I think she will totally change her mind by Dec 1st! Mine can't wait to get srarted. It's the only 3 weeks of the year I can get ds up first time, every morning.

Spent £7 in the co-op as dp forgot milk. Tea was on the table cold when we got home. Roasties, pork shoulder steak and mediterranean veggies.

lifelongfrugaleer Mon 26-Nov-18 18:07:29

I'm putting exploding kittens on eBay as it was played once in our house. Happy to post to you girlie.

Do it em. I love luncheon gym.

AutumnLeaves12 Mon 26-Nov-18 18:15:10

For the first time ever I'm a bit stumped about what to buy ds for Christmas. Normally I have a huge list of things that would be great for him, but he seems to be okay for things at the moment.

Lovemaltesers Mon 26-Nov-18 18:15:59


Wolfcub Mon 26-Nov-18 18:23:06

Girlie we backed exploding kittens on Kickstarter and were very excited waiting for it. We didn’t like it when it arrived and it was promptly sold.
What sort of game mechanisms or themes does dd like and I will have a think about what goes down well here

Justanothermile Mon 26-Nov-18 18:40:52

Hello fizzy.

Glad the gig went well unescorted, great that you've got another one! I'm going to claim that I know a 'sleb now😂.

Take care of yourself cag xxx

Sometimes, 'buying' extra time is better for the family em. One of the reasons I have a cleaner.

Pleased the party went well girlie, I know how much hard work they are, we've done a huge NYE one for years, but they are worth it too.

curvy, I get it - I miss having DS to myself, he was around constantly over the summer and he was my buddy.

Talking of DS, he's announced a wish for a pressie. He never does, so I'm relieved - a Nintendo Switch, something he can share with his flatmates. Pricey, but we are doing a strict 'no tat' rule, and I think that would justify the extra.

£74 on fuel today, I was on fumes......
£22 fruit and veg delivery. Huge....

Menu plan
Tonight - home made pizza.
Tomorrow - vegan shepherds pie.
Wednesday - easy tea (all out).
Thursday - parsnip, cauliflower and chick pea korma.
Thursday - baked mushrooms, parsnip and leek mash
Friday - fennel and lemon risotto.
Saturday - pesto pasta with roasted vegetables.

MeadowHay Mon 26-Nov-18 19:00:48

Have had an awful day with DD. She hasn't been this bad in probs about 6 weeks or so. She has a cold so I'm telling myself it's because she's unwell but it's a throwback to how she always used to be so I'm terrified she will stay like this...crying almost all the time she is awake, fighting sleep for hours even though clearly tired, bouts of full-on ragey screaming etc. Feel absolutely exhausted and at the end of my tether after just one day of it. DH should be home in a few mins thank God but she is often asleep much of the evening so he gets peace even then hmm. Got her to go to sleep after trying for like an hour and a half sad.

On the plus side, DH passed his driving theory test.

We love Exploding Kittens. We have the normal version and the NSFW version (altho tbh it's not crude or anything, just a bit more gory). I especially love it because I nearly almost win, no matter who I play with. The first few times I played I won even though we played with friends and it was their game. I'm usually rubbish at games so I revel in this grin!

I'd loooove a cleaner. But no spare funds for one. I'll have a rethink when I go back to work but probably still not.

lifelongfrugaleer Mon 26-Nov-18 19:43:23

If it ties in with the cold. Sounds like it's that meadow and should pass

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 26-Nov-18 19:49:13

Hi Fizzy.

£4 pizza for dh.
£65 vet. Cat has a UTI.

No matched betting today, but need to crack on now the cats pissed down the stairs and we need to replace the carpet with something washable.

ememem84 Mon 26-Nov-18 20:57:09

meadow have you got these? When ds has hosforst cold these were a life saver. I was using books but then realised I was a) ruining books and b) wanted to read said books.

I also put a bowl of boiling water in his room. He’s got one in there at present as he’s got a cough.

Do you have a calpol diffuser? We were given one. I think it works but put duct tape over the light. It’s brighter than the actual sun

Have packed up the box to go to nz. Wrapped every present and done gift tags.

just I need to look into the new gym. I might take a trip there tomorrow. A gym hating colleague goes there. She likes it. I’m hoping it’ll be nice. But dh is right. I should check it out before I spend.

My amazon subscribe and save things have arrived. Postie left them in our garage. We are now the proud owners of 64 toilet rolls 50 kitchen paper rolls two massive boxes of washing powder and 90 dishwasher tablets.

I may need to reduce the frequency of orders....

ememem84 Mon 26-Nov-18 20:58:31

I’m not sure about a cleaner. I’m managing quite well with it at present. Have said to dh we need to review in the new year. It would buy time.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 26-Nov-18 21:28:20

Em Does your company do corporate membership? If not why not? grin There must be a study out there that says companies with corporate memberships have lower absenteeism.

ememem84 Mon 26-Nov-18 21:45:25

fluffy nope. I’ve suggested maybe at one of the cheaper gyms.

The one literally next door to us is £120 a month. They’ll do corp membership but only on the 11th staff member joining. Also you have to pay for every class. And to use the additional equipment. The £120 pcm is essentially just for the cardio room. Which is teeny.

The one I’m thinking about is £46 a month. Or £520for the year (which works out cheaper) or £12 a time. All classes included in membership and full gym access.

I will ask again though. Even if they were to give us say £100 a year towards a membership that’s be awesome.

I’m planning on asking for an extra 10 minutes at lunch on gym days though. So I can get there changed class or gym and back again and still eat.

Will see.

Have had an email from Hermes. Apparently my parcel has been delivered and left in a secure location. I have ordered something. So know they do have one for me. But I can’t find the parcel. Not in the garage. Not out front (that I can see - it is dark!) and not out back.

I’m going to have to text my Hermes lady tomorrow morning. Sigh.

FizzyOrange Mon 26-Nov-18 22:08:47

I would love a cleaner but can't afford one. It would be nice to have everything done at once - I find that I do a few bits each day, fitted around work and it is never 'all clean' at the same time.

I had some vouchers come today from Tesco - quite useful things mostly for things I buy, which isn't always the case with them. I will have to resist the '£2.50 off chocolate if you spend £10 on chocolate' though...

Bornlazy Mon 26-Nov-18 22:32:25

Check your bin em as even though it is such an unsafe place that’s where they sometimes leave it 🙄

Welcome Fizzy. That’s probably quite a good voucher in the run up to Christmas... keeping the chocolate until Christmas is a different matter 😀

Cagliostro Mon 26-Nov-18 23:49:06

Popping back while I am sitting up anyway... I did not avoid the vomiting bug 😭

ememem84 Tue 27-Nov-18 06:19:41

born the bin lives inside the they would have had to go in the garage to put it in the bin so why not just leave it in the garage..::although I did open it last night as had to chuck a lot of the packaging which came with the amazon stuff so would have seen a parcel.

I’ve got the number for my local courier lady so will send her a text at a more reasonable hour.

cag oh no!!! Hope you feel better soon xxx is dh around to help with the caglets so you can rest?

Post office today to send the box to nz. Anyone want to take bets on the cost?!

lifelongfrugaleer Tue 27-Nov-18 06:33:30

Gws cag.

Wolfcub Tue 27-Nov-18 07:36:10

Em I’d say £35

Cag it’s lovely to see you. Sorry to hear your got the unspeakable word virus too

Morning all. Nearly in the big smoke. Feel shocking and we’re going to have a doozy of a day going by me emails this morning. Yikes

Unescorted so glad it went well for you

lifelongfrugaleer Tue 27-Nov-18 08:25:56

About £40 em.
Good luck wolf. I'm on the early train tomorrow to the big smoke. Must book my ticket

Taytocrisps Tue 27-Nov-18 09:22:45

Morning all. It's a stormy one here. The wind is howling around the house.

We did some flower arranging at our ladies club yesterday, with an emphasis on Christmas flower arrangements. The lady who did it raffled off some of her lovely creations and I won a carnation in a bean tin grin. It was one of the lesser creations/prizes.

Then we made some wonky fabric flowers and I paid €5 for a frame so I can make a picture with my wonky flowers.

Today I've to pick up some veg for DD 'cos she's making veg soup in Home Ec. And also a multi pack of Hula Hoops for a donation she's making to a charity box in school. Hopefully someone else will put in something more practical smile.

Unescorted well done on your gig - that took guts. And you must have been a hit if they've asked you back!

Lovely to see you Meadow. Sorry Meadow Jr.'s not too well.

Cag hope the vomiting bug clears away quickly. Sounds like you've been through a rough patch.

life well done on the kallax bartering

em poor DS! Did he wake up with a black eye?

Seacow great result with the roast chicken dinner! Hopefully it wasn't a one-off.

Girlie sounds like a fab party and you have some lovely treats to look forward to with the spa vouchers etc.

north good to hear you've the holiday booked. Something to look forward to. You just need to save for it now.

SnugglySnerd Tue 27-Nov-18 09:43:11

Oh no Cag that's the last thing you need. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Should be NSD today.

ChristmasSeacow Tue 27-Nov-18 11:17:21

Am I the only person who’d like to see the carnation in a bean tin prize? grin Sounds like fun though Tayto. A local place here is doing a Christmas wreath-making course hosted by a local florist. Sounds lovely but £45! I don’t think I can really justify that...

Sorry you have the bug too Cag, hopefully the worst is over now.

Meadow I’m sure it’s just a blip, they do have those sorts of days from time to time (especially if they’re not feeling well). It’s very stressful but I’m sure it won’t be like that all the time from now on. Hope today is better.

I have my day with just DD today. I am happy that she’s playing with toys a bit and not just demanding books! The current favourite is the little wooden brio dog on a string which she pulls along. An oldie but goodie!

I am a bit grumpy because I have an infected eye lid and conjunctivitis. Apart from it being rather uncomfortable I look awful. And I have work tomorrow and the first presentation of my project to the board hmm.

Need to cook a couple of days’ worth of dinners today. Chicken arrabiata with pasta for tonight (with leftover roast chicken) and cottage pie for tomorrow. It’s lovely to have an easy dinner ready after a long day.

I really need to book our flights and hotel for India in February. I’ve just been feeling so conflicted about leaving the DCs that I’ve been putting it off confused

Taytocrisps Tue 27-Nov-18 12:47:16

Here ya go Seacow (see pic). It was the first one she made and she did it to demonstrate that you don't need fancy containers - you can use everyday household objects. Maybe I should encourage her to join the frugaleers smile. She also made bigger, more luxurious flower arrangements in flower boxes.

I must have missed your post about India. Is it a work trip? Or just a holiday for you and DH?

Taytocrisps Tue 27-Nov-18 12:55:25

I forgot to say that I took advantage of some of the Black Friday offers. I didn't go too crazy though. I bought myself a handbag reduced from €45 - €31.50. I also bought two Christmas presents. One was reduced and the other had no reduction but offered free postage (they normally charge extra for postage). The presents arrived this morning so I'm going to wrap them shortly. I'm trying to wrap as I go. I considered joining the Christmas Countdown thread because I love Christmas, but let's face it, I struggle to keep up with this one.

ChristmasSeacow Tue 27-Nov-18 13:05:04

That looks pretty cute Tayto!

India is the wedding of a very close friend (DH went to school with the groom, and we both went to uni with him too so we go back a long way). He was DH’s best man so we really want to go but it’s not worth going for less than a week (the wedding is 2 days and we want time to look around a bit too - or in DH’s case, go birdwatching - I’m a lucky lady grin). My mother and sisters will move in and look after the DCs and they will have a lovely time together as it’s much more easy and fun with 2 adults and the dc adore them. However, I am really swithering about leaving them, especially DD who is so little and a clingy mummy’s girl at the mo. 😢

Happierwithouthim Tue 27-Nov-18 14:00:31

Finally my spends for my trip to Brum
Breakfast @ Dublin Airport €6.25
Breakfast @ Grand Central £7
Lunch was paid by dcuz as I paid dinner previous night

River Island Sparkly top reduced from £45 to £25.10
Left Luggage £9
H&M PJ Top & Lovely slouchy jumper £24 paid £11.19
Primark £10 Foam Travellers Pillow, 2 pairs of chenille cozy socks and a foundation & eyeshadow brush
Next Jeans £45 no reduction but they're fab and it's so hard to get nice jeans
Superdrug £14.05 on presents for dc
Dutyfree alcohol £25.99 will be reimbursed by my friend
Card Factory £6.99 on 2 reward charts for dc, 2 choc lollies for christmas stockings, family calendar for me and slim calendar for my dm, 3 date books(teeny diaries that fit in your purse)
£5.60 return train ticket to airport

Yesterday I went to Easons for a total of €29.10 I got a peter rabbit collection & touch and feel book for dniece and two sticker books for dc, I had €20 in book tokens from shop&scan

I then spent €148.35 in Dunnes(after using €35 off in money off vouchers will get another €10 back from my rewards with my bank) and €48 in Lidl, this is almost all my food and drink for the week and party. I need a jar of lemon curd and a bottle of pink gin now. They had pizzas half price, I literally cannot fit another item into my freezer now grin Need to divvy up the receipts to divide out grocery and party spends before transferring this amount from joint account.
H hasn't done his transfer yet for some reason. I haven't yet spoken to him about money, going to wait until after Christmas and ask my solicitor to send another letter then.

ememem84 Tue 27-Nov-18 14:05:22

£54 at the post office to post my box. Wowzwrs.

Then met Dm and df for lunch. Which was a total suprise. They were walking to cafe near work and suggested I join them. I had a halloumi toasted peoper and pesto wrap and chippies. #piggy. Ddad paid.

AutumnLeaves12 Tue 27-Nov-18 14:07:46

I have got myself a little non-paying job doing admin for the orchestra and it is a lot of fun. I get to have a RL friend to email as well, which is very nice. Happy days....

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 27-Nov-18 14:18:21

Big food shop day.

£30 sainsburys
£9 Morrison’s
£74 Lidl
£14 Aldi.

£126 all in for 4 weeks. I’ll need eggs, fruit, maybe frozen peas and cat food, milk.
£10 petrol.

SnugglySnerd Tue 27-Nov-18 14:58:37

Happier I'm impressed you managed to only spend £7 on breakfast in Grand Central. That's the posh bit of Brum! grin

Taytocrisps Tue 27-Nov-18 15:09:53

Ooh, they just referred to Mumnset on the Ray Darcy radio show. It's an AIBU about charging a family member for their Christmas dinner.

SneakyGremlins Tue 27-Nov-18 15:14:27

I read that one! grin

I could do with some reassurance! I'm trying to be a good boy and take cash to Aldi tomorrow so I don't spend too much. I think I have £40 available (maybe £50 if I include something from The Magical Aisle Of Random Shit™) - cash is fine, right? It won't slow them down at the till? blush I feel so stupid for worrying about this

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 27-Nov-18 15:16:55

Yes cash is fine.

I will make £10 off a matched bet tonight.

SneakyGremlins Tue 27-Nov-18 15:20:59


One too many bollockings from the bank about going overdrawn blush so I tend to take cash and use my calculator as I'm going around!

Happierwithouthim Tue 27-Nov-18 15:43:49

Actually come to think of it, it was bullring snuggly Ed's diner because we were too early for the places in grand central blush I'd porridge and oj, and dcuz had eggs on toast, when we finished they offered us refills if we wanted! So worth knowing for you again.

AutumnLeaves12 Tue 27-Nov-18 15:51:31

i like your ™ sneaky.

AutumnLeaves12 Tue 27-Nov-18 15:52:21

I think cash is fine btw. I like to take tons of change and put it in the slot in tesco.

SnugglySnerd Tue 27-Nov-18 16:46:13

I get the impression they prefer cash in Aldi. Maybe it's just the one I go to but they always look a bit surprised when I produce my debit card!

That's good to know Happier although I don't get into town much these days. Too much hassle with the twins on trains and things!

Girliefriendlikesflowers Tue 27-Nov-18 18:47:07

Evening all, well just checked my account and given its payday its looks crap!

Once the direct debits go out I will be left with about £400 for the month which bearing in mind I still have loads left to get for Christmas is not going to go very far.

Plan, get the food bill down and under control, £30 a week is entirely achievable if I plan carefully and don't waste anything. We have a well stocked freezer, the cupboards aren't too bad so really only need to be getting fresh stuff. Will write a shopping list and stick to it.

Frugal Christmas, need a realistic budget for Christmas, I still have my mum, dad, niece and two nephews to buy for. I also have my Godmother and a good friends bday in Dec. I also want to get dd some more bits but will re-evaluate my Amazon basket!

Dds London trip, I feel bad asking my parents for any more money as they have helped out loads recently but I can't otherwise afford it on my own, will see if they could both put some money in to help.

No unnecessary spends, we have all we need in way of toiletries etc, keep weekends very simple, only go into town with a list and stick to it!

Aim is to stay out of the over draft before Christmas!!

FizzyOrange Tue 27-Nov-18 18:57:00

I try to use cash in supermarkets too. If I have a load of small change I go through the self service till and then I am not in a fluster about counting it all out with someone behind me.

I am shopping in Asda much more lately as Tesco seems to have become so expensive.

SneakyGremlins Tue 27-Nov-18 18:57:10

I'm going to write a meal plan tonight before I go shopping.

If only Veg wasn't so £££...

LonelyOversharer Tue 27-Nov-18 19:00:03

sneaky I am about the only person in my area who uses their card in Aldi! As long as you pay for your shopping, no-one cares.

I took a half hour of holiday and left early to get my glasses. They are amazing! I love them already. The girl in the shop was a bit confused that I didn't need to look at myself in them, they feel so amazing and light.

Also got dd1 the perfume she picked out (£27) and £1 parking.

£11.99 argos on ps4 game, scribblenaughts, the dd's love it. And £23 in Sainsburys, mostly pressies.

lifelongfrugaleer Tue 27-Nov-18 19:16:20

I do that with change into the self service tool fizzy. And take cash to Aldi sneaky.

You can totes do that girlie. Did your want the exploding kittens game?

£10 Tesco on top up, £17 Holland and Barrett on protein powder and children vitamins.

lifelongfrugaleer Tue 27-Nov-18 19:17:54

£8 on a floss like a boss t-shirt. And £3 cubs,

SneakyGremlins Tue 27-Nov-18 19:20:14

Thanks, cash it is!

The good thing about meal planning is I live alone so nobody whining they want something else grin

Girliefriendlikesflowers Tue 27-Nov-18 19:24:11

Right re-evaluated my Amazon basket and compared prices with ebay some of the things were half the price on eBay shock and put some bits back as may get them for dds bday after christmas.

Spent £40 on Amazon but thats three gifts for dd and one for my mum, £12 Ebay two gifts. Dd is now done and my mum is nearly done. I reckon I can do my dad for £20 if I shop around, niece and nephew £15 for both of them, God mum and friend also £15 so £50 total....

Girliefriendlikesflowers Tue 27-Nov-18 19:30:05

Life I am so sorry i missed that post (I have only been skim reading blush ) I have just bought it on eBay for £10!! I don't know if I can cancel the order now, will check....

lifelongfrugaleer Tue 27-Nov-18 20:45:03

No worries girlie. Let me know

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