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    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 6th Nov 14, 4:53 PM
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    Three choices in life; Give up, Give in or Give all you've got!!
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    • 6th Nov 14, 4:53 PM
    Three choices in life; Give up, Give in or Give all you've got!! 6th Nov 14 at 4:53 PM
    This is my 2nd diary on MSE. My first diary, "When I asked for luck I didn't mean the bad variety!!" has to be closed as it's reached over 5000 posts!! It can be found here;

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=3911061

    In 2011 my Husband had a motorcycle accident resulting in a severe brain injury, memory problems and Epilepsy. Unfortunately he is getting worse not better and I am now his full time Carer, which can be challenging, but I'm ever grateful he is still here! I also have 2 boys aged 10 and almost 5, a part time job and I'm currently a Beaver Leader but I've just given notice to leave at Christmas (as much as it pains me!) as I just can't manage that too. The last 3.5 years have been hard going for lots of reasons, but worth it. Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day!!

    At the time of the accident we owed over £23,700 on credit cards and we currently owe just over £3000. Hopefully this diary will see us getting debt free forever! I hope you'll join me.

    Lucky Xx
    Debts @ LBM £23,729.31. Debts @ 08/04/2016 £0

    NSDs achieved in November 2/5
    Lbs lost 14.5/107.
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    • pennywisepoundstupid
    • By pennywisepoundstupid 10th Jul 17, 6:49 AM
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    Woo Hoo your back. Glad you had a super amazing time, I knew you would. xx
    Be mindful of your self-talk. It's a conversation with the Universe."

    £150/£70 - Christmas (basically by 24th December)
    £130 - DD tutor (have until 6th Jan,but want it saved by end of year)
    £90 - DD Pony Feet/worming etc (9th Jan)
    • Sun Addict
    • By Sun Addict 10th Jul 17, 8:57 PM
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    Welcome back xx So pleased you had a wonderful time. Great news about the $$$ left over, hope you get to keep the money not have to pay fine to school.
    Virtual Sealed Pot £671.22
    November NSD 5/12
    Weight loss 2/7lbs
    Mr SA finally in remission December 2013
    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 13th Jul 17, 8:42 PM
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    Think I'm finally starting to get over the jet lag!! Been unable to sleep at night and super tired all day, but slept properly last night and feel more human today .

    'Only' put 2lbs on on holiday . Must've been all the walking round Universal Studios!

    It's been a full on week of Sports Day (DS2), meetings for the next accademic year, school trips, school disco, and making a model of a hammerhead shark for a project . Don't know about the boys, but I'm certainly ready for the end of term .

    I've booked us all a night away next weekend using some of my Carer's payment. We are doing a wildlife park then hotel stay, then a theme park en route home. Will do something else with the rest of the money later on in the year.

    Won a free haircut, bath, blowdry and doggie towel for Oakley, so he's being pampered for free tomorrow .
    Debts @ LBM £23,729.31. Debts @ 08/04/2016 £0

    NSDs achieved in November 2/5
    Lbs lost 14.5/107.
    • brizzledfw
    • By brizzledfw 14th Jul 17, 8:45 AM
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    Welcome back!! So so glad you had a great time.

    And well done on the doggie freebies (did he even miss you??)
    MFiT-T4 Member No. 96 - 2022 is my MF goal
    Winter 17/18 Savings Rate Goal: 25% [October 30%]
    Declutter 200 items before 31.01.18 xx/200 ** LSDs Target 10 for Winter 0x/10 **AFDs xx/15 ** Sales Target '17 £750 £225 so far
    **NSDs Target 10 for Winter xx/10 Trying to be a Frugalista
    • Sun Addict
    • By Sun Addict 15th Jul 17, 9:09 PM
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    Tut tut that carer's payment should be for you and only you. However, if you have a fab day out with the family that will be great. Still wish you'd spend it on you though.

    Brilliant news only 2lbs on
    Virtual Sealed Pot £671.22
    November NSD 5/12
    Weight loss 2/7lbs
    Mr SA finally in remission December 2013
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 15th Jul 17, 9:20 PM
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    beanielou
    Tut tut that carer's payment should be for you and only you. However, if you have a fab day out with the family that will be great. Still wish you'd spend it on you though.

    Brilliant news only 2lbs on
    Originally posted by Sun Addict
    Echoed by me on both counts
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 17th Jul 17, 7:20 PM
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    Tut tut that carer's payment should be for you and only you. However, if you have a fab day out with the family that will be great. Still wish you'd spend it on you though.

    Brilliant news only 2lbs on
    Originally posted by Sun Addict
    When I was offered the Carer's payment last year, I had to say in advance what I would use it for. I could get my nails done, or my hair etc, but £600 seemed too much to 'waste' on just me when it would get us all away on holiday, so we used it for a trip to London/Legoland/Harry Potter Studios.

    This year, they have tightened the criteria as to what it could be spent on, and short breaks are one of the few options. I would have probably gone for that again anyway, but it wasn't so much of a 'choice' this time. Our days/night away next weekend will cost about half of what I got, so will spend the other half later on in the year.

    I'm very lucky this year that we have just been to Florida, and have a week in Yorkshire to look forward to in the Summer, but that is not 'normal' for us. Any time away is normally few and far between, so all breaks from reality are well received.

    Thank you for being so caring though Xx
    Debts @ LBM £23,729.31. Debts @ 08/04/2016 £0

    NSDs achieved in November 2/5
    Lbs lost 14.5/107.
    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 17th Jul 17, 7:30 PM
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    4 more school days left .

    Oakley had his free bath on Friday, and promptly rolled in fox poo today . Had to scrub him in the back garden and he no longer smells of delicious berries like he did when he came back from the doggie parlour, but thankfully he doesn't smell of fox poo now either!!

    Been to DS1's school celebration assembly today, where he got a special award for History. Don't know who was more shocked, me or him .
    Debts @ LBM £23,729.31. Debts @ 08/04/2016 £0

    NSDs achieved in November 2/5
    Lbs lost 14.5/107.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 17th Jul 17, 9:13 PM
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    WEll done to DS for the award
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • pennywisepoundstupid
    • By pennywisepoundstupid 18th Jul 17, 6:21 AM
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    How lovely that DS got an award.

    Hope you have a good day.x.
    Be mindful of your self-talk. It's a conversation with the Universe."

    £150/£70 - Christmas (basically by 24th December)
    £130 - DD tutor (have until 6th Jan,but want it saved by end of year)
    £90 - DD Pony Feet/worming etc (9th Jan)
    • Hiddenidenity
    • By Hiddenidenity 18th Jul 17, 7:50 AM
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    Well done to DS

    Have a lovely day x
    • Sun Addict
    • By Sun Addict 18th Jul 17, 9:13 PM
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    Well done to DS. Naughty Oakley, good job you didn't pay for the doggie parlour.
    Virtual Sealed Pot £671.22
    November NSD 5/12
    Weight loss 2/7lbs
    Mr SA finally in remission December 2013
    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 18th Jul 17, 9:40 PM
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    Evening!

    Nice quiet day here today. DH went out with paramedic mate for a bit this morning and I sat in the sunshine in the garden. I was supposed to be doing ironing, but hey ho!

    Lost 1.5lbs at chub club tonight .
    Debts @ LBM £23,729.31. Debts @ 08/04/2016 £0

    NSDs achieved in November 2/5
    Lbs lost 14.5/107.
    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 19th Jul 17, 4:44 PM
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    'Challenging' day today with DH. He can't concentrate on what I'm saying, so lots of repetition, half finished conversations and having to give him instructions like a child. Frustrating to say the least . We've been into town and he's wandered round all the shops looking at the same things he did last time. Deja vu.

    I'm feeling a bit down. The situation with DH hasn't helped, but also my foot problem is playing up badly again (not helped by Oakley chewing through my FitFlops last week so I can't wear them!). I'm really missing the Florida sunshine, and although I'm looking forward to the boys being off all summer, the money side of them being off is on my mind. Need to cheer up.
    Debts @ LBM £23,729.31. Debts @ 08/04/2016 £0

    NSDs achieved in November 2/5
    Lbs lost 14.5/107.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 19th Jul 17, 6:09 PM
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    beanielou
    Always easier said than done to cheer up.
    Keep plodding xx
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 21st Jul 17, 7:17 PM
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    Schools out for Summer . 45 days off according to DS2 .

    DH has continued to be 'wishy-washy' since Wednesday. Today he has been having waves of fear and vacant spells. He has forgotten my name again .

    I'm tired - of everything as well as in the physical sense.

    Oakley was 1 yesterday! Time flies .

    We had lunch with my Mum and sister today which was lovely Xx
    Debts @ LBM £23,729.31. Debts @ 08/04/2016 £0

    NSDs achieved in November 2/5
    Lbs lost 14.5/107.
    • Sun Addict
    • By Sun Addict 21st Jul 17, 10:30 PM
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    That's gone quick - re Oakley being one!

    Can sympathise with you re OH, Mr SA has been extra slurry, embarrassing in public as he sounds drunk It's very draining, I know how you feel xx
    Virtual Sealed Pot £671.22
    November NSD 5/12
    Weight loss 2/7lbs
    Mr SA finally in remission December 2013
    • Hiddenidenity
    • By Hiddenidenity 23rd Jul 17, 8:13 PM
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    Hope everythings okay x
    • Sun Addict
    • By Sun Addict 23rd Jul 17, 8:35 PM
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    Just checking in - hope all is ok xx
    Virtual Sealed Pot £671.22
    November NSD 5/12
    Weight loss 2/7lbs
    Mr SA finally in remission December 2013
    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 24th Jul 17, 7:15 PM
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    Hi all, thanks for checking up on me.

    Got home from our couple of days away at teatime. In some ways it was good, in others it was sheer hell . The Wildlife Park yesterday was excellent and the rain held off until right near the end. Hotel was fine, but not amazing as expected, theme park today was disappointing as half the rides were closed and it was busy with school trips who have not yet broken up. DH had quite a few waves, DS1 was rude and horrible most of the time, and the dog is in a huff because we left him again! Next time I'm going on my own!!
    Debts @ LBM £23,729.31. Debts @ 08/04/2016 £0

    NSDs achieved in November 2/5
    Lbs lost 14.5/107.
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