Trixie's on a mission!!!!!

edited 13 January 2011 at 1:11PM in How much have you saved?
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edited 13 January 2011 at 1:11PM in How much have you saved?
Hi All,
I've got a debt free diary going on a little further up, but i really like the feel of it down here, so thought i would hook up a shiny new thread!!!
Not only do i have a debts i want to banish for good this year but also want to knuckle down and stop with the thoughtless spending that has got me where i am now and save, save, save!.
Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, i've checked around a few posts and the ideas and solutions you all have are amazing!!!
I've tackled the freezer (which was overflowing and yet i was still buying more - duh!!) checked out the toiletries ( i am contemplating opening a chemist with what i have accumulated - lol :rotfl:)started the mammoth task of clearing the attic for ebaying purposes and managed to list a few things over the last couple of days.
Oh and i'll do a quick intro, - nearing 40 (:eek:), married with 2 little one's - work part time and also work a little from home (possible new kinda business venture - too scary to think about at the mo) - have quite a hectic life what with one thing and another (don't we all) but i'm hoping to get really organised this year!!!
xx Trixie xx

CATALOGUE - £500
WEIGHT LOSS - 10 of 65lbs
SAVINGS £500 of £2500 by 2018
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  • Wow Trixie - You are just soo motivated. Its amazing the support and ideas you get on here. I think I have always been quite careful but this board has encouraged me not to be wasteful. I am trying to use up all the stuff we have at home ( whether it be food, toiletries, items for the car and garden ) before I buy any more. I think once you get into that mindset, it just becomes second nature. I am sick of having clutter in my life. There is no earthly reason why I should have over 20 bottles of shower gel. LOL:rotfl:

    Good Luck
    SidneysmumX
    Starting Mortgage £33012.23 on 27/04/12.
    Mortgage Now £26679.16
    Redemption fee £923.43
    Toiletries used up - 47
    Books read - 33
    Savings -£4793
  • Hey Sidneysmum,

    I totally laughed out loud when i read about the 20 shower gels - that's about as many bottles of bubble bath that i have - i came across stuff in my toiletry hoard that i didn't even remember having - electric toothbrush, teeth whitener, light up tweezers????? let alone the hundreds of toiletry or make up items - at that point i kinda guessed i've spent too much without even thinking of what i was buying (light up tweezers to be ebayed shortly - lol:rotfl:)

    I've lost the will to live today with the attic, there is just sooooooooooo much stuff up there to be either ebayed or charity shopped that it was just a bit overwhelming, so gonna stay away from the scary loft hatch until tomorrow.

    Made dinner with freezer stuff and had enough leftover to freeze plus save a portion for my mum, 20 things on ebay ending at the weekend so hopefully will make a little bit from that - all good at the moment.

    Thanks for checking in and keep up the good work!

    xx

    CATALOGUE - £500
    WEIGHT LOSS - 10 of 65lbs
    SAVINGS £500 of £2500 by 2018
  • Hi Trixiepix

    I am loving reading your posts. You sound soo motivated. In the past I have done loads of ebaying, but at the moment I only have about 4 things to list. That is likely to change soon as I am in the process of redecorating one of my sons bedrooms to make into a spare bedroom. It is full of all his old rubbish. He will either have to move it to his own house or I am going to be a bit ruthless and get rid of it myself. A lot of it is just plain rubbish but there are some things that could definately go on ebay and / or car boot sale.

    We have eaten all day today from leftovers / food from the freezer. Breakfast was blackberries fom the summer. I think I have had the last of them unless some turn up this weekend when I do my inventry. Lunch was leftover spaghetti with blue cheese sauce. Our evening meal was home made chicken curry and rice followed by leftover chocolate cake ( as a sponge ) with custard. I was really cheeky with the custard. We dont have loads of milk at the moment so I used some dried milk powder I found in the cupboard. It was lush. Sidneysdad ate the lot so it must have been good.
    Anyway good luck with the loft. Gold star :T
    Starting Mortgage £33012.23 on 27/04/12.
    Mortgage Now £26679.16
    Redemption fee £923.43
    Toiletries used up - 47
    Books read - 33
    Savings -£4793
  • Hey Sidneysmum,

    I love reading your posts too, you always sound so cheerful and upbeat and i'm inspired by your meal savings (so keep posting your meals!!) plus you've given me a shove in the right direction to keep moving with what i have to organise.

    I sooooooooooooo wish i only had 4 things to ebay!!!!!, as i mentioned yesterday my attic is groaning under the weight of stuff up there, i did venture up earlier and got another couple of bags of outgrown clothes (that i put up at least a year ago to ebay - needless to say i didn't get around to it as quickly as i'd hoped!!!) but my girlies decided they were gonna be a pain in the butt for bedtime tonight and have only just settled down (ridiculous o'clock!!) - i just can't concentrate on ebay until it's quiet, so as it's now too late to bother i'm gonna wait until tomorrow.

    OH brought home pizza tonight for dinner, i LOVE pizza but it really isn't good for my diet - ho hum, back to eating dust tomorrow - lol:rotfl:

    Good luck with the clearing of your son's room!!!, have you car booted before?? - i've only ever done one car boot and that was years ago, i think i would be a seasonal car booter, only wanted to boot in perfect weather!!! plus i really didn't like the whole haggling thing, i appreciate a lot of people kinda want something for nothing but it did get on my nerves after a while.

    Anyway, enough waffling for tonight

    xx

    CATALOGUE - £500
    WEIGHT LOSS - 10 of 65lbs
    SAVINGS £500 of £2500 by 2018
  • Hi Trixiepix.

    Had a bit of a suprise when I found I could access the site today. Hope you are having a good day. We have been cracking on with stripping out the bedroom. Hopefully that stage will be completed tomorrow. Its looking like we are going to have to have it replastered. I`m glad you mentioned car booting. We do one every summer. I save all my stuff up all year round and try and pick a warm sunny day. There is no way I am going to stand in the cold. However buying at car boot sales is another matter. I absolutely LOVE buying. My home is a Victorian semi and over the years I have managed to pick up some wonderful quirky things from car boot sales that I could never have bought in a shop. I could ramble on for hours about buying from car boots. I have bought some wonderful clothes (both new and vintage ) over the years. I NEVER buy rubbish. In the course of my money saving escapades I have been able to buy loads of kitchenware ( baking tins etc ) for pennies. I would have paid many pounds for these items in the shops. I must have every size of baking tin / pan which was ever made. I just love browsing. I buy books, magazines - in fact anything that takes my fancy. When I have done with the item, I either sell it on ebay or put it in my stash for selling at my car boot. Last year I actually kept a notebook of what I bought at the car boot and what I spent. I wanted to see how much my hobby was costing me and if I was wasting money. The answer was really positive. Over the year I bought some wonderful items and havent been sorry I bought a single item.
    Anyway enough about one of my favourite subjects.
    Sidneysmum
    PS - I just LOVE vintage handbags !! :o :beer:
    Starting Mortgage £33012.23 on 27/04/12.
    Mortgage Now £26679.16
    Redemption fee £923.43
    Toiletries used up - 47
    Books read - 33
    Savings -£4793
  • edited 16 January 2011 at 10:06PM
    trixiepixtrixiepix Forumite
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    edited 16 January 2011 at 10:06PM
    Hey hun,

    Thanks for giving me the 'low down' on car booting, i hadn't given it a thought i could buy bakeware at car boots, we've went to one or two a few years ago but ended up coming home with stuff that kids ' had to have' which ended up being stuff we then wanted to get rid of as soon as we it was in the house plus when DD2 was younger she was a bit of a 'runner' in open areas and she was just too much of a liability in the crowds of a car boot!!! (fortunately she's no longer like that - phewwww) - but as i bake loads it would be such a cost effective way of extending my range - its tips like this that make me love this forum and the people on here!!!

    Anyway, plans for the week - hoping to be rich from ebay this evening (ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha - ok maybe not rich) which will hopefully give me the first 'extra' payment off of one of my credit cards - woo hoo, it will fab to see the balance going down instead of up), hopefully NSD's when at work as i don't tend to go out at lunchtime but having to get more organised about ensuring i'm leaving the house with my lunch in the mornings - soup this week. - getting paid for some baking this week too, so i'm probably gonna keep that in my purse for emergencies as it's not that much and i use an amount of my baking money for the kids school things (trips/books etc)

    Getting rather overwhelmed with the amount of ebay stuff waiting to be listed taking space in the house but am gonna keeping going for it this week and hopefully will see a difference by the weekend, also dropping 3 bags at the charity shop tomorrow of stuff cleared out but not good enough for ebaying (def wanna keep my 100% feedback)

    Anyway, hope you all have a fab frugal week - your kind words are an inspiration and at the moment keeping me on the straight and narrow - yippee!!

    xx

    CATALOGUE - £500
    WEIGHT LOSS - 10 of 65lbs
    SAVINGS £500 of £2500 by 2018
  • :THi Trixiepix,

    Lovely to hear from you. What are kids like? I would have been frantic if I`d lost one of mine at the car boot sale. Thankfully they are all grown up now and cause us other kinds of bother than just running off !! LOL

    You sound as if you are really getting your act in order. Once all this ebaying is out of the way and the attic is sorted you will be able to get your house back to the way you like it. Thankfully we have loads of spare room now the four kids have left, (in fact we are just rattling round this house ) so I just bung stuff in the spare bedroom. Better get a move on at selling the place before any of them decide to come back. :eek:
    Have a great few days and keep me posted with your news x :T
    Starting Mortgage £33012.23 on 27/04/12.
    Mortgage Now £26679.16
    Redemption fee £923.43
    Toiletries used up - 47
    Books read - 33
    Savings -£4793
  • oooooooh, i'm so excited :j :j :j :j
    I checked my bank account today (the first time since pay day - which is always a tad scary) and after the various bits and bobs i have had refunded to my account and cheques paid in and all outgoings having been paid i've been left with £80 - considering i've been overdrawn for years this is nothing short of a miracle - yippee

    I've still got to work out my ebaying funds as i'm still waiting for payment for a few things but it means at least £100 extra will be paid off of my debt - result!!

    Anyhow, can't stop long at the mo and in work and they actually think i am here to work - what a liberty - lol:rotfl:

    xx

    CATALOGUE - £500
    WEIGHT LOSS - 10 of 65lbs
    SAVINGS £500 of £2500 by 2018
  • Well then.....

    .....according to the news today is the most miserable/gloomy day of the year, started off stuck in nightmarish traffic followed by a unbelievably busy day at work - think everyone must have stayed in the office because of the rain!!!

    At least the day flew by and online banking at lunchtime proved very positive, i;m gonna pay off the little amounts on catalogues that i've gathered so at least then i only need focus on the 3 credit cards (ONLY !!!- lol)

    Kids have taken ages to settle again this evening (aka drove me round the blinking bend!!!) which has meant i've had to take a raincheck on ebaying tonight - which has ticked me off a bit as i need to keep the momentum going.

    Made a 'boiled' fruit cake earlier, my mum gave me a recipe book (years ago) that she had when she was first married in the early 60's, the photographs make me laugh as they are all about aspic and boiled egg salads but some of the cake recipes are amazing, very basic good old fashioned food - (my mum always tells me i should have lived in the 50's as i just love that era, my kitchen especially is a mix of modern and vintage 50's stuff) it smells delicious and although i can remember eating it when i was young this is the first time i've made it, it doesn't have eggs and is kinda a cross between a fruit cake and bread pudding - scrummy!!

    Well, had to spend a little bit today (planned spend) as needed to get butter and sultanas for the cake (only to find i had some left from the christmas cakes which i had overlooked in the cupboard (note to self, sort out the blinking baking cupboard) also found a pack of dried apricots left from xmas cakes too, have no clue what i'm gonna do with those but i refuse to let them go to waste.

    Hope everyone has had a fun filled frugal day!

    xx

    CATALOGUE - £500
    WEIGHT LOSS - 10 of 65lbs
    SAVINGS £500 of £2500 by 2018
  • Well done on the bank account Trixie. This months statement was a nice surprise for me too with a huge positive differential between outgoing and incomings.
    I love fifties stuff too and used to have an original fifties oven but it eventually gave up the ghost, so now I have a Leisure mini range cooker and a Baumatic retro fridge freezer. I'm in an HA place so unfortunately my units are hideously modern but I can't afford to change them at the moment.
    Here dead we lie because we did not choose
    To live and shame the land from which we sprung.
    Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose,
    But young men think it is,
    And we were young.
    A E Housman
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