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edited 25 November 2018 at 8:52AM in How much have you saved?
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  • pinknsparklypinknsparkly Forumite
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    Well done on the meal planning!! I've had to do that this month too as we've had less than £50 to last most of the month. Fortunately I had a reasonable amount of food in the house but it has resulted in some "interesting" dinners! I've got some left over chicken from today and am planning a chicken risotto-style dinner tomorrow with it (using long grain rice, so takes a little longer to cook!), maybe you could try that? Payday is so close I can practically smell it :)
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  • Skint_yet_AgainSkint_yet_Again Forumite
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    Have just walked the puppy round the pond it's a full moon and the sky was tinged with red, very atmospheric !

    Thanks for the food suggestion pinknsparkly, I don't eat rice very often but when I do it's usually half a bag of microwave basmati. They are 49p a bag in aldi and there is no waste. I had half a pot of natural yoghurt in the fridge last night which I mixed with tandoori spice and used to cook the chicken breast. Tonight I am doing a roast using up a whole chicken with leftovers for tomorrow. DS is on night shift so will be off to work around 9.30. Think I will have an early night.

    Tomorrow I need to go to the card shop and get a 50th card for my friend. I will use the Christmas / birthday fund and get cards for birthdays coming up in next few months while I'm there.
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  • pinknsparklypinknsparkly Forumite
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    Just remember to actually send the cards! Last year I was really pleased with myself for being super organised and buying all the cards well in advance, but then forgot to actually send several of them :D:D:D Lol, at least (most) of them are still usable for this year!
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  • KittikinsKittikins Forumite
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    Oh dear Skint, I'm so sorry to read your news on the 'pleasures' thread. I wish I could do something to help you and your family right now, but can only send virtual hugs and prayers from afar. xx
  • Skint_yet_AgainSkint_yet_Again Forumite
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    Thank you Kittikins and SW for your kind messages it means a lot. For those who don't know my mum passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Will be back some time in the weeks ahead x
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  • savingwannabesavingwannabe Forumite
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    We miss you and hope you are ok. :grouphug::grouphug:
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  • Skint_yet_AgainSkint_yet_Again Forumite
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    Its been a very difficult & emotional few months since I was last here. Its difficult to start posting again, lots of things seem meaningless and its still very raw, but all my spending has gone on 0% credit card, so I need to get back to posting here to help keep my spending under control & pay off the balance of my credit card.

    I've just received the £25 cash back from MSE energy club which has been paid towards the credit card & once I get the bank switch £125 that will be paid to credit card also.

    Puppy is well, growing like crazy, I've got a voucher for £3 off her dog food to use today. I've got enough left in the bank for petrol up north tomorrow, visiting DF for a week. I think its payday tomorrow as Friday is a bank holiday.

    I will not have internet until I return home, so it will be a while before I post again, but I feel more in control now I have made a start.

    Have a good Easter everyone x
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  • savingwannabesavingwannabe Forumite
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    Well done on posting Skinty. We have missed you v much. Well done on the switch on the energy club. Glad puppy is keeping you company and I hope you and your DF have a restful time together. Just take it easy and remember to take it a step at a time love, swx
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  • pinknsparklypinknsparkly Forumite
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    I'm so sorry Skinty, I'd completely missed the news about your mum. From experience, things will feel meaningless for a long time yet, but you will gradually get there. One step at a time. I'm so glad you've got your puppy to keep you company, I honestly don't know how I'd have got through the last 18 months without my moggy to keep me company! Big hugs xxx
    MFW2020 challenge #99: £5,943.81 / £3,600
    MFiT-T5 (Jan 2019 - Jan 2022) challenge #99: £18,946.02 / £30,000
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  • Skint_yet_AgainSkint_yet_Again Forumite
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    Morning all, have been away and still here as DF has been in hospital seriously ill. At one point with organs failing and bed in intensive care being prepared, but he has pulled through and started to eat again :)

    Not much saving done. Have parked 15 min walk from hospital every day for free parking and taken packed lunch last few days.

    £125 switch bonus received from natwest and paid onto credit card.

    Will post again when I can. x
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