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  • Kittikins
    Kittikins Posts: 5,335
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    Thank you for the hugs, very much appreciated :)

    Feeling slightly less blue as I'm in full-on clear out the carp mode - partly because even though I'm only a few years into my teaching career and I already have piles upon piles of stuff I'll probably never look at again, and partly because I want to declutter so that if I find the perfect place, and it's going to be way smaller than here, I'll be able to pack up reasonably easily. I am what the Americans call a "clutterbug".

    I applied for social housing this morning as well. I know I will be waaaaaaay down the list, probably non-existent on it, but at least I've looked into it.

    Found the vouchers! Phew!!! I had put them somewhere sensible for a change :)
  • savingwannabe
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    I have piles of paper too. My house is tidy except for whichever room I put my work into. Well done on applying for social housing. I'm not sure how the process works but I don't see a reason for you to not apply. Good for you.
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  • Kittikins
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    Thank you SW :)

    Bit of a spendy day yesterday: Mr Swoon-worthy KW and I went to Ikea and I spent £21 on my credit card on useful rather than my usual frivolous things, then I needed some bits in MrMs, and just happened to see a cute present for each of his nieces, and as they were reduced to £1, they just had to leap into the basket along with the 9p tubs of fresh pesto. Spent 72p on more fresh (and freezable) pesto than you can shake a stick at!!

    So happy I have a man who appreciates a bargain :)

    Put 15p in my Marmite jar a few minutes ago when I got home.

    MissKitty and I are off to my school in a bit to do more setting up; picking KW up from his job at 1:30 to continue, then the 3 of us are going out to dinner. 2 of the meals are already paid for on a Groupon deal, so it'll not be too much more to add on.

    Tomorrow, I'm taking MissKitty and one of her friends out for the day. I've bought bread and biscuits/choc to start a picnic and we have lots of fruit and veggies at home.

    Yesterday, I bought 3 stainless steel folding up cups for our picnics, as we struggled a bit with a mahoosive bottle of squash on Sunday. They're coming from an Amazon seller, and were so much cheaper than the one we'd seen in Lakeland, and hopefully the drinks will taste better than from silicon cups. At £1.07 each rather than £4.99, I'm pretty sure they will!!
  • Well done on the ikea bargains and stainless steel cups sound fab ! Is there still teachers / key workers social housing that you could apply for which would move you further up the list ?
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  • Kittikins
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    Sadly, the key worker scheme stopped a few years ago :( Only people in the Armed Forces get priority now - and that's probably because the MoD sold off the married quarters!

    Today turned out to be splendid - I now have a classroom of my own rather than a very randomly shaped room that a former colleague taught in for a few hours a week, with no character, a load of rubbish and 49 dictionaries (MissKitty counted them!!). DD and KW worked like stink and we have created a room that I hope the children will be happy to learn in, and I'll be reasonably happy to spend time in. I say reasonably happy because H&S wise it's not great, my desk area has a fixed back chair that I sit sideways at, at the wrong height so it hurts my wrists to reach the keyboard, and I'm sat right in front of the IWB, so will have to be up and down like a fiddler's elbow to let them see what they need to. Hopefully this is temporary as I've been promised I'll be first in line for a better placed, new, swanky screen, if as and when the budget allows.

    Anyway.....we worked hard, we had lots of giggles and I felt so relaxed that the three of us are a fun unit :) After we got a ton of stuff done, we went off for a delicious Italian dinner, and naughty KW paid for DD. I'm treating us next time we go out.
  • Kittikins
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    edited 17 August 2017 at 3:11PM
    I'm still feeling a bit meh, I can tell as I've been spending what is a fortune compared to my usual lifestyle.... Although some has been MS.

    Took DD and her friend to a place using a Groupon but then got them chocolate as soon as we arrived - £1.60

    Rather than buying individual ice creams, we bought a three pack in Mr w's £2.50 (money saving)

    2 bottles of water 70p (money saving as opposed to going to a caf! for a drink, but I should have taken more drinks with us and put them in my cool box that I bought for that very purpose!

    £4.90 On a packet of very posh pasta and some delicious crackers in an amazing Italian deli.

    Nearly £30 on taking DD and her friend out again next week - another Groupon and it looks amazing fun for them but it'll be another £10 to hire wetsuits!! Silly me

    £12.96 on the cinema tickets for me, kw and dd (money saving, especially as we will take our own snacks)

    See? Far too much ��..... Sigh
  • savingwannabe
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    Hello Kittikins you mustn't beat yourself up.

    I tell myself it is our summer holiday and it is ok to enjoy it. We will make up for it later. Just think we will be working with people that have gone to far away countries and spent megabucks. We are much more frugal than them.

    I felt like this earlier this year just before the summer, I had spent a lot on furniture and decorating. However, my house is looking good and it was worth it even though I was panicking at the cost initially.

    I am only cutting back now as I spent all my money and want to keep enough in my account to pay off my credit card. :(
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  • Kittikins
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    I'm going to need to raid the mortgage fund to pay my card this month I think....oops :( Ah well, when I'm back at school I won't have the time to spend much, not least because my school is stuck in the back-end of nowhere :)
  • Kittikins
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    Moved 92p to savings account :)

    After a night full of rain tipping down outside my window, it's nice and sunny now. Just how it should be!! Love listening to the rain, but prefer to watch rather than get soaked.

    Friday - so tax credits have come in; the only perk of being a single parent being I could ask for weekly tax credits and child benefit, woop woop, it's like 2 paydays every week! Wondering when my ex-husband's tiny maintenance payment will hit my account, it's a moveable "feast" (more like a curled up sandwich with a dodgy-looking filling as it's so small...but every little helps I guess).

    I've not yet looked in my purse to see what change I can put in the jar, but will do before I go off to school to rearrange tables!
  • Kittikins
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    Oops, just spent £19.96 on books for my class' presents (either Christmas or end of year) as there was a free delivery offer on The Book People, and I went via TopCashback.....I like to be organised y'see!!
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