Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2021
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Welcome to the new MMM thread for 2021 Hope you'll all join me again and share your tales of making do, mending and minimising.
Debt Dec 2022 - £2972.68. Current debt - £1769.68 (40.5% paid). Emergency fund - £830.33/£1000 (83% saved). Car fund - £651.48/£1000 (65.1% saved). Flat deposit - £5395.98/£15000 (36% saved).
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Need to take down the Christmas cards over the next few days, will turn them into gift tags to use this year. Also need to find out if the council will collect the Christmas tree whole or if I'll need to chop it up and put in the garden waste bin.
Make do or do without!
If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours 😃
Make Do & Minimise: fried up lo mash, warmed lo pork & sausages, used up potatoes from veg box with peas & baked beans - very tasty.
Took down the Christmas cards, shredded the names parts, sorted the cards into piles - one for bin & one for recycling.
Jan £5; Feb £13; Mch £25; Apr £31.70;
We've been using up the 'last offs' in the fridge from xmas, twixmas & new year - now down to some cheese that has not been opened yet, but can be stored in the freezer for later in the year & various bits of fruity cheese that we started & will make into toasties for lunch over the next few days.
OH also made a batch of homemade instant hot chocolate, having used up the supermarket own brand version we had in the house. Not necessarily cheaper than the own brand if we had actually brought in the ingredients, but as everything was already in the house and not being used in any other way, it made a cheap alternative & was much lower in sugar!
I lurked on last years thread but hope to contribute more this year.
Mend : our back door step needed fixing, I've been waiting for ages for my DH to do it and in the end gave up and did it myself. It's a short term fix as I've covered the step and the damage with fablon but it will last a couple of months and if we can't afford a more permanent solution by then, I have enough on the roll to cover it again.
Make do: HM lunch and dinner, getting low on food etc as I haven't been shopping since 19/12!! but Im sure I can last a few more days. Its surprising how inventive you can get!!
Minimise: Not shopping in shops or online since19/12 Sorted some bits for CS when they open again.
Mend: no mending as such, but I have been sewing. This year I want to buy from CS shops for clothes and alter if necessary, or make them by knitting/sewing and knitting more socks- I love knitted socks, especially this weather. Im hoping just to buy underwear and a pair of wellies (as mine have just started to leak - thinking of putting my foot in a plastic bag then put my wellie on, until I get some, lol!!! needed for the lottie)
Make do - Food from the fridge. May need to shop soon but all is being eaten up.
Mend- not much done here
Minimize doing well here includes Christmas cards, carpet and floor tiles.
It is the mend I tend to have problems with in this thread
MENDING: A bit proud of myself for my first bit of "Swiss darning" - where you darn so that the darn mimics the damaged knitted stitches. A friend made this jumper and gave it to me and it got two really obvious holes (why are they *always* on the front?!)... I had to salvage some gold yarn from the inside of the jumper, but luckily had some very dark blue that was a reasonable match. Took a few hours but worth it!
MINIMISE: er, um, not got to that bit yet
The two holes and the darning (my fingers pointing to the two darns in 2nd pic):