What Small Things Will You Do This Week?? 15/08/22

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When we start out on the DFW trail we do loads of "big stuff" that makes quite a difference to our situation. These include having our lightbulb moment, cutting up the credit cards and cancelling Sky and the gym.


But once we have done the bigger stuff, we often feel that we are not making the same amount of progress, when in fact the small steps are helping us form good financial habits and helping us get closer everyday to staying in control and becoming debt free, or staying debt free. 

Examples could be hanging washing out instead of using the tumble dryer or leaving your purse/wallet at home to avoid the risk of spending.   
So be proud of those small steps, they really are important 😀
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  • Bagpuss741Bagpuss741 Forumite
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    Today I have/will:

    1.  Checked online banking
    2.  Meals from stores
    3.  NSD
    4.  Surveys
    5.  Pick my postcode
    6.  Read free book
    7.  Duolingo
    8.  Keep electricity usage low as possible

    The heatwave has finally broken here in South Wales, its currently raining and cooler which I am so happy about. The garden is getting a good water and the wildlife pond is slowly filling back up.  
    Tesco: £1097.00, Vanquis: £2188.74, Very: £500.07, Next: £1532.54 M&S: £1829.25. As of 1st February 2023
  • DawnWDawnW Forumite
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    Afternoon all :)
    Thanks for starting the thread @Bagpuss741 :)
    I was pleased to see the electrician I contacted on Saturday turn up early this morning. The good news is that he has got everything working again, but the bad news is that, without taking all the power points to pieces he doesn't know what caused it to fail (powerpoints failed in most of the house at about midnight on Friday night, luckily we were able to run the most essential things off extension leads from the parts of the house that weren't affected). If it goes again, this will need to happen, which could take hours (and £££££), so fingers crossed it doesn't!
    I managed to get the dog walked before the electrician turned up, and OH picked tomatoes, beans, strawberries and raspberries
    Watered a few plants that looked desperate. It isn't so hot today, but still no rain!
    DD + kids came round for lunch. DD brought us some jars of blackcurrant jam that she had made, and I gave her some tomatoes :)
    Froze strawberries and raspberries. I need to freeze most of the beans too, plus some tomato sauce and pesto I made over the weekend. Not feeling very motivated, must get on!
    I also need to check the banks, measure the dog for new a harness as his is looking very frayed (it wasn't new when we got it, and have had it for ages) and pick some chillis. Also some tarragon as I want to do tarragon chicken for dinner.
    Very excited to see baby aubergines appearing on the plants :)
    Hope everyone is having a good day :)

  • foxglovesfoxgloves Forumite
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    Hope those aubergines do well for you, @DawnW. We've had a good couple of years with ours, since I swapped from the big sulky variety I used to grow to a slimmer variety called 'Hansel F1'. We had heaps last year & this year has been good too......one plant has given up now & I've composted it, but the remaining two are still producing. Can recommend Cheesy aubergine bake from one of the Punch of Nom books.
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    "Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only the moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake".
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  • foxglovesfoxgloves Forumite
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    No rain here.
    Not
    Even
    One
    Single
    Solitary
    Little
    Drop.
    Really hope we see some soon - garden desperate!
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    "Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only the moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake".
    Sir Francis Bacon 1561 - 1626 (Philosopher & statesman)
  • Bagpuss741Bagpuss741 Forumite
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    Today I have/will:

    1.  Checked online banking
    2.  Connected my Tesco credit card to my Tesco pay app to get extra club card points.  I always pay off what I have put on the credit card as soon as I get home. 
    3.  Went to Tesco to buy washing pods, used Tesco pay app and remembered to do the little survey as the bottom of the receipt for an extra 25 points
    4.  Uploaded Tesco receipt to shoppix and huyu
    5.  Meals from stores
    6.  Sorted budget for next week
    7.  Read free book
    8.  Surveys/pick my postcode/consumer pulse
    9.  Keep electricity usage low

    Tesco: £1097.00, Vanquis: £2188.74, Very: £500.07, Next: £1532.54 M&S: £1829.25. As of 1st February 2023
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    twiggy86twiggy86 Forumite
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    edited 16 August 2022 at 3:43PM
    Morning all!

    Today I have/will:
    • Check banks
    • Make lunch to take to work
    • Drive on eco mode
    • Update spreadsheet 
    • Make CC payment to cover something put on there yesterday (OH posted something for me so I gave him my CC as needed my card)
    • Re-activate listings on Etsy
    • Print pattern at work
    • Dinner from stores
    • Take bolognaise out of freezer for dinner tomorrow 
    • Crochet in front of the TV
    That's everything I can think of for now - although seems like a short list so I'd like to add to it!
    Twigs
    Starting again..
  • DawnWDawnW Forumite
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    All sorts of rain here today, from the sort of isolated spots that the dog doesn't object to going out in too much, to absolute deluges. Currently drizzling steadily. Much needed, in whatever form! And it was funny to watch the big frog that lives in one of the strawberry boxes leap out of the box and splash around in a puddle before disappearing under the bbq :D
    Today I have:
    Washed my hair and left it to dry naturally - as if I would do anything else :D
    Walked dog (only possible during the isolated spotting rain)
    Made a loaf of bread in the BM
    Sorted items for my sales unit, took them down to the shop after lunch
    OH came back from DD's with a big bag of plums and some tools she wants him to put handles on :D  Also bought GD, who wanted to 'help' me with my sales unit. I ended up buying her a starfish exoskeleton (our shop does sell a very eclectic mix :D) than going to the paper shop at the other end of town to look for a Pokemon magazine. Came home, made a cake to take home (used up the remains of some elderly tubs of sprinkles on the top) and played games.
    Dinner after Mum picked her up - couldn't face cooking, so OH made eggs and chips. Not the healthiest but quite yummy and not something we have had for ages.
    I am going to make extra efforts to ensure that everything that isn't essential is turned off at the wall and not left on standby, after reading an article, which may or may not be accurate, that said that leaving a microwave on all the time will cost about £46 a year :o  Also that broadband routers are quite expensive to leave on, and I never turn mine off. I will now!
  • BlueJ94BlueJ94 Forumite, Ambassador
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    Hey guys! 

    Sorry been a lot going on as usual. 11 days until leave date! (technically 13 as bank holiday and i have a tattoo booked) 

    To do

    Make work luch
    put away clothes
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  • Bagpuss741Bagpuss741 Forumite
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    Today I have/will:

    1.  Checked online banking
    2.  NSD
    3.  Meals from stores
    4.  Update organiser with September bills
    5.  Cleaned coffee corner in kitchen and look for cheap coffee machine descaler online.  Does anyone know if white vinegar is safe to use??
    6.  Surveys/pick my postcode
    7.  Washing will have to dry on clothes horse as it looks like it will rain heavily today

    Tesco: £1097.00, Vanquis: £2188.74, Very: £500.07, Next: £1532.54 M&S: £1829.25. As of 1st February 2023
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