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    • kittie
    • By kittie 1st Apr 08, 8:14 PM
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    kittie
    SKI-er, skater or just spending now to preserve any cash that you have
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    • 1st Apr 08, 8:14 PM
    SKI-er, skater or just spending now to preserve any cash that you have 1st Apr 08 at 8:14 PM
    3 years after my last edit in 2012 and circumstances changed drastically in february 2015 when my husband of 45 years died. Sorting and clearing is now pretty well done and I am well into the acceptance stage, part of which means that I have been able to move on and am now creating a life for myself.

    I have had a thrifty life and much of it was frugal, this enabled both of us to build up good savings and to have a decent income. When someone you love dies then it suddenly brings it home that life really is for living and if that involves spending money then so be it. Our children will still inherit if I stay well, so I have re-joined the skiers group with a vengeance. Posts will know continue as from today 16th october 2015
    Last edited by kittie; 16-10-2015 at 7:31 PM.
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    • Newly retired
    • By Newly retired 7th Jul 17, 5:36 PM
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    Newly retired
    This thread has been quiet for months. Is nobody spending?
    DH has just bought a car, not new, 2014, but still has loads of modern technology. Struggled to make the sat nav work properly, so he is studying the handbook now. I have realised how much he relies on it. We used my phone to get us home. Instructions were clear but because he couldn't see a route on his screen, he missed a turn, even though I had just said, turn right here. I manage well enough in my car by studying a map book first, and making myself aware of routes, towns etc, and listening to my phone if need be. I don't want to lose my navigational skills.
    Other gadgets include a device that stops you needing to use the handbrake if you pause on a hill. Clever. And of course, keyless ignition.
    I had to bite my tongue when we pulled up a petrol station and although he said he knew which side the petrol tank is , he got it wrong! Doh! At least he didn't put diesel in, having changed from a diesel to petrol car.
    I have decided I don't want to change my car. It is 6 yrs old but very low mileage so no point really. I struggle to spend money.
    Last edited by Newly retired; 07-07-2017 at 5:37 PM. Reason: Correction
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 7th Jul 17, 6:32 PM
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    pollypenny
    I was thinking of starting a new ski thread this week! Thanks for the bump, NR.

    We are off to the USA next Saturday, to visit DS. We shall do a coup,e days in New York, too. As July flights are so expensive we've gone mad and treated ourselves to business class. Only 400 more expensive than economy, rather than the usual 1500.

    We've done three weeks in Thailand, which was amazing.

    Not all selfish. DD is having a new Rock door fitted next week, courtesy of bank of mum and dad.
    Member #14 of SKI-ers club

    Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.

    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 7th Jul 17, 7:08 PM
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    seven-day-weekend
    We ski'd on a new car a couple of months ago. A Skoda Yeti. Only three years old, the newest car we have ever had.

    The thing is, we only went out to buy cat litter.
    To love someone is to learn the song in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten it
    'I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because I see everything by it': C.S. Lewis
    St. Augustine 'In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.'
    • margaretclare
    • By margaretclare 7th Jul 17, 7:42 PM
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    margaretclare
    Yes, just come back from a wonderful motoring holiday to the Black Forest, Germany.

    Here are some pics: http://www.met0ll.talktalk.net/blackforest2017.html
    r ic wisdom funde, r wear ic eald.
    Before I found wisdom, I became old.
    • Newly retired
    • By Newly retired 7th Jul 17, 9:16 PM
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    Margaretclare, that is wonderful. After the difficult year you have had, I am so pleased for you, and envious too.
    • donny-gal
    • By donny-gal 7th Jul 17, 11:00 PM
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    Wow April last year when I last posted, we are now Grandparents to a live wire called a Ottilie, who has her first birthday at the end of June. Decided on a 3 trip to Spain year, so just returned first her birthday. Now out again in the caravan which we changed for a new layout in December. Life is good if a little manic. Buying anything we need, but to be honest, don't need that much, while enjoying ourselves we cannot just spend for spendings sake, it has to be something wanted and/or needed. Certainly not saving it for sin, who is doing extremely well in his career. Oh we are now a two dog family within 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. DG
    Member #8 of the SKI-ers Club
    Why is it I have less time now I am retired then when I worked?
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 7th Jul 17, 11:01 PM
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    Savvy_Sue
    Not all selfish. DD is having a new Rock door fitted next week, courtesy of bank of mum and dad.
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    What is a Rock door?
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 3 baby jumpers, 2 shawls, 3 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 1 seaman's hat ...
    Current projects: 1 shawl, another seaman's hat
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 8th Jul 17, 8:15 AM
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    pollypenny
    What is a Rock door?
    Originally posted by Savvy_Sue


    A composite door, looks like wood and comes in a range of colours. Much better looking than uPVC and more secure, apparently.
    Member #14 of SKI-ers club

    Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.

    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 8th Jul 17, 8:17 AM
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    seven-day-weekend
    A composite door, looks like wood and comes in a range of colours. Much better looking than uPVC and more secure, apparently.
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    We have one. Didn't know it was called that though!!
    To love someone is to learn the song in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten it
    'I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because I see everything by it': C.S. Lewis
    St. Augustine 'In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.'
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 8th Jul 17, 8:17 AM
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    pollypenny
    We ski'd on a new car a couple of months ago. A Skoda Yeti. Only three years old, the newest car we have ever had.

    The thing is, we only went out to buy cat litter.
    Originally posted by seven-day-weekend




    We did a similar thing in January 07. Went buy some small storage baskets for the top of the wardrobe - bought a brand new Corsa. I'm still driving it.
    Member #14 of SKI-ers club

    Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.

    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • ibizafan
    • By ibizafan 8th Jul 17, 11:21 AM
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    Doing my best SKI yet by booking a business class ticket to fly to Brisbane in September to visit son and soon to be born second grandchild. I've done the journey twice in economy and enough is enough! Told son that I am spending his inheritance by visiting him in style. Might have to do it again though, because every one says that once you turn left on the plane, you never turn right again!
    • tocsin
    • By tocsin 8th Jul 17, 4:04 PM
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    tocsin
    Doing my best SKI yet by booking a business class ticket to fly to Brisbane in September to visit son and soon to be born second grandchild. I've done the journey twice in economy and enough is enough! Told son that I am spending his inheritance by visiting him in style. Might have to do it again though, because every one says that once you turn left on the plane, you never turn right again!
    Originally posted by ibizafan
    If you do get the 'turn left' bug, don't forget to check out the overseas travel section, and look for ex-EU start points - much savings to be made
    • Biggles
    • By Biggles 9th Jul 17, 5:04 PM
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    Biggles
    If you do get the 'turn left' bug, don't forget to check out the overseas travel section, and look for ex-EU start points - much savings to be made
    Originally posted by tocsin
    I do have the TL bug and what you suggest sounds interesting and I should check it out. Are you saying to book from a non-EU origin and find an independent way to that point, or to book a two-leg trip, doing the long haul from the UK via a non-EU stop?
    • margaretclare
    • By margaretclare 11th Jul 17, 11:08 AM
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    Margaretclare, that is wonderful. After the difficult year you have had, I am so pleased for you, and envious too.
    Originally posted by Newly retired
    Thank you very much for the kind words. DH is still on antibiotics until next month, then it will be 6 months after the reconstructive surgery to his leg. We'll have a day out when he goes to Oxford to be written-off by his orthopaedic and plastic surgeons, and the microbiologist. Maybe have a nice meal out that day to celebrate. No more going by hospital transport, not after driving to the Black Forest, and I'll go with him to Oxford. They really didn't know what they were dealing with when they told him what might/might not be possible 'because of his age'.

    Well, I've just paid off my credit card and don't intend to spend anything on it for the foreseeable future. We're having another week away in September, visiting his brother who lives in the Vendee near La Rochelle. We're staying 2 nights in Rouen on the way out and a night in Amiens on the way back. After that, I'm paying the people who did our pond originally - it has become very overgrown and neglected. They'll sort it out completely and then give it some attention once a year. In addition to all that, I helped my eldest GD replace her car a couple of months ago after some idiot rammed her in the back end. She's only been a qualified driver for one year but already on her 3rd car - not her fault, but apparently mummy and daddy can't help. I wouldn't do it if she wasn't appreciative. Bank of Granny would not pay up if she didn't get a thank you.
    r ic wisdom funde, r wear ic eald.
    Before I found wisdom, I became old.
    • hunters
    • By hunters 11th Jul 17, 12:10 PM
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    hunters
    This thread has been quiet for months. Is nobody spending?
    DH has just bought a car, not new, 2014, but still has loads of modern technology. Struggled to make the sat nav work properly, so he is studying the handbook now. I have realised how much he relies on it. We used my phone to get us home. Instructions were clear but because he couldn't see a route on his screen, he missed a turn, even though I had just said, turn right here. I manage well enough in my car by studying a map book first, and making myself aware of routes, towns etc, and listening to my phone if need be. I don't want to lose my navigational skills.
    Other gadgets include a device that stops you needing to use the handbrake if you pause on a hill. Clever. And of course, keyless ignition.
    I had to bite my tongue when we pulled up a petrol station and although he said he knew which side the petrol tank is , he got it wrong! Doh! At least he didn't put diesel in, having changed from a diesel to petrol car.
    I have decided I don't want to change my car. It is 6 yrs old but very low mileage so no point really. I struggle to spend money.
    Originally posted by Newly retired
    If he looks at the panel behind the steering wheel there should be a little petrol pump with a < or > beside it which tells you which side your petrol tank is, pretty neat!
    • CommyTooper
    • By CommyTooper 11th Jul 17, 1:34 PM
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    CommyTooper
    Have read a lot on MSE over time, and very useful it has been. As I am a way past 50, I thought I'd post here first and say hello.
    p.s., what is a skier, and what is a skater, I'm longing to know.
    (I don't need to ask why we should spend, as opposed to bequeath, our hard earned.)
    Thankyou.
    • chesky
    • By chesky 11th Jul 17, 7:51 PM
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    chesky
    Spending the
    Kids
    Inheritance

    SKI
    • Newly retired
    • By Newly retired 11th Jul 17, 11:19 PM
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    Newly retired
    If he looks at the panel behind the steering wheel there should be a little petrol pump with a < or > beside it which tells you which side your petrol tank is, pretty neat!
    Originally posted by hunters
    Yes, of course, thanks. It was all so new, a lot to get used to in a short time. And he is showing his age!
    • hunters
    • By hunters 12th Jul 17, 12:19 AM
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    hunters
    I know exactly what you mean. When I changed my car I realised I had, had the old one for 13 years, no electric windows even! New car has arrows ^ telling me to change up or down and I found it most distracting and kept wanting to beat the arrow
    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 12th Jul 17, 3:25 AM
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    seven-day-weekend
    Have read a lot on MSE over time, and very useful it has been. As I am a way past 50, I thought I'd post here first and say hello.
    p.s., what is a skier, and what is a skater, I'm longing to know.
    (I don't need to ask why we should spend, as opposed to bequeath, our hard earned.)
    Thankyou.
    Originally posted by CommyTooper
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    for those without children
    To love someone is to learn the song in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten it
    'I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because I see everything by it': C.S. Lewis
    St. Augustine 'In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.'
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