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Get a grip !

edited 25 November 2018 at 7:52AM in How much have you saved?
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  • I am glad that they gave you your money back. A takeaway, every once in a while, is verrrrry good for the soul :)
  • Skint_yet_AgainSkint_yet_Again Forumite
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    Thanks folks don't feel quite so guilty about the Chinese last night now :o and the walk did me good, cleared my fuzzy head.


    I decided to go to the co-op today rather than aldi for the few bits I needed to last to the end of the week. Got 6 free range eggs 95p, 4 pints milk £1 and cheddar cheese of the cathedral variety half price at £2.15. I managed to walk past all the chocolate around the till on offer at £1 and was very proud of myself. :A


    updated shopping budget £186.01 / £300.


    We are having a roast dinner later and will make some cheese sauce to go with it. DS is off to work at 9pm on nights so I will probably have an early night so I am trying not to sleep now though I am tired. I will try and get some ironing done - I usually manage 3 bits, sit down, then another 3 bits, Shame I can't manage to iron sitting down !


    The new "green" bin has arrived for garden waste to save trips to the tip and have gone "halves" with a neighbour on the cost. However its pouring with rain here so I won't be christening it this afternoon :rotfl:
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  • savingwannabesavingwannabe Forumite
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    I just came back from pharmacy in it. It's raining. I love Chinese it is my weakness. It is actually much better value than fish'n'chips I find.

    That's how I iron too. Also put some music on and it makes you happy.

    Don't you think it is too early to do gardening yet? All I do is mow grass mum and dad do all the rest. I am waiting for bulbs to come up. No sign of snow drops yet.
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  • Skint_yet_AgainSkint_yet_Again Forumite
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    I don't do much gardening but when I do it has to go straight to the tip or it rots in the garden in bin bags ... yuck ! Parents are great at gardening - mine have an allotment so they are experts lol and they bring me fresh veg when they visit. I'd love to be able to grow some veg it tastes 100% better than shop bought


    I have a little light hover mower which I use to keep the grass short. It doesn't collect the grass so no heaving clippings around.


    I have lots of dead stuff in the garden that needs cutting back so that it will regrow in the spring and my roses need pruning so all that will go in the green bin.


    DS is not now in for dinner, so I have put the gammon into my slow cooker & will have some later with a microwaved jacket potato and some veg. I make a really simple cheese sauce by gently warming fresh cream and chucking in some grated cheddar. The rest of the gammon will be sliced for other meals or sandwiches & frozen and some will be shredded for wraps.


    I do like my slow cooker - I just chuck stuff in and it cooks itself and cheaper than having the oven on.
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  • savingwannabesavingwannabe Forumite
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    I haven't mowed the grass yet this year. It is waterlogged. It looks like a bog out there. I can't wait till the summer. I am going to make my garden so pretty and sit outside every day like last year. Mind you I say this every year and run out of time but this year I will for sure:beer::D

    The boys gave me their slow cooker but I never use it. I chuck everything in my casserole dish. I bought some great woopsied food today and I put the meat in the freezer so I can use it when I fancy it. I love a bargain. I did buy some bunches of roses - unsold stock from Valentines and they look so pretty but did cost me £5!!!!! A naughty treat but I love them.

    In the summer I can jog on my mini trampoline and get thin again since all I have done for weeks is eat comfort food.:(:o
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  • Skint_yet_AgainSkint_yet_Again Forumite
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    I finished a tube of face cream today. I use Nivea Sensitive Day cream and try to get it when its on offer. I usually pay between £2.50 - £3.00 a tube. I cut the tube in half when its "run out" and I managed to get another 3 days worth out of it.


    I've made an appointment to get my hair done on Monday and have the money put by for that.


    I am doing some batch cooking at the moment as the oven is on so I try and cook as much as possible at the same time to cut electricity use. I have a beef curry & some piri piri chicken breasts and some chicken & mozzarella casserole all bubbling away - smells nice !
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    Have just paid my car tax £110 :eek: my previous car was £20 !


    At least I've saved for it so not a budget buster this month
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    It looks like the weather is brightening so I am about to put some washing on. Have loads to catch up on and the heating hasn't been on much the last few days as its been really mild. The forecast is for 15 degrees and over next week :)

    I have a pack of mince which goes out of date today so I am making some chilli and goats cheese burgers for DS.
    It should make 4 burgers - so 2 meals for him. He has just got in from his volunteer work and gone to bed so he can have 2 burgers when he gets up and 2 will go in the freezer for next week

    I've decided to try and sell the wardrobe from the spare room. I had to dismantle it to get it down the stairs and its been propped up by the dining table taking up space for months now. Hopefully someone will collect if its cheap enough !
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  • Skint_yet_AgainSkint_yet_Again Forumite
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    Just updating shopping budget - popped to Aldi on way home from work yesterday for bacon bits to go in the chicken & mozzarella casserole, milk and a few other bits we needed for the weekend it came to £8.75. I bought a bag of baking potatoes which should do several meals over the weekend and next week.


    Total so far £190.66 / £300.


    As there is only 10 days left of this month I am hoping to eat out of stores / freezer and slice a big chunk off the food bill this month. We still have gammon left over which will be frozen if not eaten tonight. Am off to write out a meal plan .....
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    I love my slow cooker too (apparently it uses less energy than a light bulb!) but I'm so uninventive with it - you seem to know your way around yours SYA!

    I am jealous of you two and your gardens - I can't wait until I am complaining about having to mow the grass and get rid of garden waste too :rotfl:

    I cut tubes in half before chucking them out too - used to drive my (now ex-)boyfriend mad! I never understood throwing away good product. Does your DS do it too?

    Well done for writing a meal plan. I used to do that when I was dieting the first time and it meant I never threw food away. You're very good for doing it now!
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