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Tips and Quick Questions on “How To Start Being Old Style”

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  • Katy83
    Katy83 Posts: 531 Forumite
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    Welcome to the thread! Am fairly new to this whole OS thing myself but the idea above about writing down all the ideas you like is one I've implemented too. Also, the sneaky way to save pennies thread is brilliant - well worth having a look at! Good luck x

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=826963
    LBM 17th August 2009 Debt at LBM £18,612 Proud to be dealing with my debts.
  • esmf73
    esmf73 Posts: 1,784 Forumite
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    Welcome, and I know that you'll find many things to help you on this board and website. Best of luck
    2014 will be all about ME!
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    Mortgage free. Will be debt free in Nov 2014. Credit card £250
  • rosieben
    rosieben Posts: 5,010 Forumite
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    Welcome to OS! you've already had great advice and I'm sure you'll find lots of ideas to fill your notebook; if you have any specific questions please ask, someone is always around to offer help and advice!

    Good luck in your new life :)
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string! :D

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  • ChocClare
    ChocClare Posts: 1,475 Forumite
    edited 11 September 2009 at 6:51PM
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    Welcome and all the very best with your "new" and exciting life! It's amazing how much you take for granted when you live in a community and how shocking it is to have to fend for yourself - especially all the things you have to "remember" to get for yourself instead of taking out of a cupboard. Whenever I stayed in convents when I was at school (we used to have exchanges with other schools run by the same order of nuns) what struck me was that a) the nuns ate very well and b) they never ran out of anything!

    If you think about it though, you are in many ways like a student going off to university (particularly a boy :rotfl:), in that kids going to college have largely been used to mum and dad providing everything, and suddenly have to fend for themselves. If you look, there are threads on student survival here and on other parts of the main forum which might be of use to you in providing you with tips for a basic "survival kit" while you're getting yourself established. And I am sure you have far more sense - and experience - than the average student, so you will be well ahead of the game! It might just be useful for flagging things you hadn`t thought ot.

    And ask lots of questions! Remember, there's no such thing as a silly question, and everyone on here is very nice and always helpful. Welcome again :T
  • ifonlyitwaseasier
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    Welcome to the boards :) if there is anything any of us can do just ask :)
    Nonny mouse and Proud!!
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  • vij
    vij Posts: 254 Forumite
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    Just wanted to wish you the very very best in your new life, well done for making a brave move into a new world. There will be lots of friends here on this board to help you every step of the way.
  • Confuzzled
    Confuzzled Posts: 2,323 Forumite
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    welcome back to the fold :p

    i can understand it must be terribly overwhelming to be in the thick of things. when i moved here from the states years ago it was like having to start all over, whilst somethings are universal many aren't so i feel for you because i remember how hard it could be sometimes.

    one thing i do is keep a few different word documents on my desktop, whenever i see a recipe on here i really like the look of i put it in the word docs. then eventually i print them out and put them in plastic sleeves in a binder to keep in my kitchen. this has been far better than any cookbook i've ever bought or had as a gift as it's only recipes for things i really like and will make and because they are OS type recipes they are generally inexpensive to make too!

    i'd also recommend a bookmarks folder just for mse pages. since you have time during your job search i would suggest really scouring the OS pages, taking the time to read through some of the longer threads. also you might consider checking out the freebies threads and maybe even the ones for doing surveys as all the little bits and pieces really add up and help out a lot when money is tight

    no doubt you'll find a little niche here you feel comfortable in, though do explore the other areas from time to time as well, i never ceased to be amazed at what useful info i can find here!

    best of luck in your new life :T
  • zcrat41
    zcrat41 Posts: 1,729 Forumite
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    Hello there everyone. I've been a bit of a long time lurker on these boards because I love the idea of OS. I've been living with my parents for a while so haven't had a chance to put things into practice.

    However, things are about to change...

    I've just bought my first house!!!! I'm just in the process of doing it up and hope to be in in about 6 weeks. So, partly because I want to but also because I'll have to (its been an expensive time this house buying lark!)

    So, my question is, have you wise people got any words of wisdom for a newbie starting out on an OS journey? Are there things I should be stockpiling now? Any hints or tips that you wish you'd known when you started out?

    Looking forwards to your advice!
  • ifonlyitwaseasier
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    Congrats on the house!!

    i think there was a thread about what to get when starting out and i'm sure one of the board guides would be able to find it?????

    i'd say write a list of things you think you need and post it here and then we can all add/subtract and offer ideas

    :)
    Nonny mouse and Proud!!
    Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience
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    Debtfightingdivaextraordinaire!!!!
    Amor et metus. Lac? Sugar? Quisque massa vel duo? (stolen from a lovely forumite!)

  • Penelope_Penguin
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    i think there was a thread about what to get when starting out and i'm sure one of the board guides would be able to find it?????

    I'll find it and add this thread to it ;) Hope it's of use to you, OP :D

    Penny. x
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