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Finally Debt Free After 34 Years, But Still Need to Live Frugally

edited 18 November 2017 at 10:49AM in Debt Free Diaries
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  • blah1234blah1234 Forumite
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    So sorry to hear about your BIL and hope the family is coping okay during this time.

    We have been getting some plants sorted too for our garden and have really gone down the functional route this year. So mostly herbs at the moment with basil, rosemary, thyme, mint and chives so far courtesy of my fathers garden. 
    Debt at start Jan 2020 : £15000
    Current level : £7380
    Total paid = 50.8%
  • milannmilann Forumite
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    The plants sound lovely Hairy. I always thought it the alkaline in the soil that determines the colour of a hydrangea - I never knew you could colour them yourself. I’m jealous you’re home and able to potter - 3 1/2 days left for me.....not that I’m counting 😉 
    I’m pleased you enjoyed your meeting with your stepdad. 
  • jwiljwil Forumite
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    Happy holidays!  Hope you have a good break x
    "If you can dream it, you can do it". Walt Disney
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    edited 21 July at 8:29AM
    milann said:
    The plants sound lovely Hairy. I always thought it the alkaline in the soil that determines the colour of a hydrangea - I never knew you could colour them yourself. I’m jealous you’re home and able to potter - 3 1/2 days left for me.....not that I’m counting 😉 
    I’m pleased you enjoyed your meeting with your stepdad. 
    It does, but if you have a hydrangea in a pot you can add bluing agent to your watering can. I tried nails buried in the soil under a hydrangea once but it didn't work, so I'm going to try planting one in a pot next spring and try the bluing treatment. 
    https://marshallsgarden.com/products/hydrangea-colourant-500g-10907079?variant=31308744294451¤cy=GBP&ds_rl=1278790&ds_rl=1284267&ds_rl=1278790&ds_rl=1284267&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrJai9ebd6gIVWeDtCh3UiQBgEAQYAyABEgIcL_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    I think this is the type of thing.

    Not long now until you're on holiday :).
    Finally Debt Free After 34 Years, But Still Need to Live Frugally
    Debt in July 2017 = £58,766 😱 DEBT FREE 31 OCTOBER 2017 :T 🎉
    EMERGENCY FUND 1 = £1,500/£5,000. EMERGENCY FUND 2 = £50/£5,000.
    CHRISTMAS SAVINGS = £144.37/£500
    PREMIUM BONDS ME = £300. PREMIUM BONDS DH = £300
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    blah1234 said:
    So sorry to hear about your BIL and hope the family is coping okay during this time.

    We have been getting some plants sorted too for our garden and have really gone down the functional route this year. So mostly herbs at the moment with basil, rosemary, thyme, mint and chives so far courtesy of my fathers garden. 
    Thank you Blah :). I hope your herbs grow well.
    jwil said:
    Happy holidays!  Hope you have a good break x
    Thank you Jwil :).
    Finally Debt Free After 34 Years, But Still Need to Live Frugally
    Debt in July 2017 = £58,766 😱 DEBT FREE 31 OCTOBER 2017 :T 🎉
    EMERGENCY FUND 1 = £1,500/£5,000. EMERGENCY FUND 2 = £50/£5,000.
    CHRISTMAS SAVINGS = £144.37/£500
    PREMIUM BONDS ME = £300. PREMIUM BONDS DH = £300
  • BubblesmumBubblesmum Forumite
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    I love hydrangeas, we have pale Pink ones ( more acid) than alkaline soil. Love the idea of putting them in pots and feeding them to make them blue 
    As a dear MSE friend says “keep plodding” or
    What does the saying say.... When life hands you lemons, crack open the Gin......
    Or as my Mum would instil, brush yourself down, tomorrow is another day or
    Fake it, to you Make It

    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/5681736/dancing-through-the-rain-with-a-smile-and-good-cheer#latest
  • HairyHandofDartmoorHairyHandofDartmoor Forumite
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    I love hydrangeas, we have pale Pink ones ( more acid) than alkaline soil. Love the idea of putting them in pots and feeding them to make them blue 
    Yes me too :). I love hydrangeas too. I've got a pink one in the front garden but would love to have more.
    Finally Debt Free After 34 Years, But Still Need to Live Frugally
    Debt in July 2017 = £58,766 😱 DEBT FREE 31 OCTOBER 2017 :T 🎉
    EMERGENCY FUND 1 = £1,500/£5,000. EMERGENCY FUND 2 = £50/£5,000.
    CHRISTMAS SAVINGS = £144.37/£500
    PREMIUM BONDS ME = £300. PREMIUM BONDS DH = £300
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