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2023 Frugal Living Challenge
edited 7 December 2022 at 1:37AM in Old style MoneySaving
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@willow_loulou thanks for the prompt of using a handpump system to get the last bits out. New purchase pending Could make better use of getting water from the bath. I have just made a purchase of a new larger water butt to add to our system. I certainly gave a good going over checking for weeks in MP or tbay for a "local" pre owned purchase. Should have left this to DH as he found the last 2 at very cost effective prices too. (1 was given to our son) This new one will fit the need less intrusively and that will be us sorted. We will then have 2.
We had no rain for 6 weeks here and I really want to catch as much as we can. (that's in winter)
I have been frugal in collecting a free small chest freezer - just needs a good clean and DH is going to tidy it up a bit more by painting it. (his idea not mine!) I was hoping for it to live in the workshop - clearly he has other ideas
2 Scratters xx
you so not pay for Olio, they want you to pay something when you join and encourage it, but its not compulsory.
Olio - still free but the only option now is on app so computer users lose out. I've updated mine and it seems fine. Managed to get a few bits and pieces this week so it's more make do, mix and match meals to save on food budget. More soup making.
Supermarket prices for UHT milk have all gone up and there are restrictions on amounts when ordering online for home delivery. How excited were we to find M0rris0ns UHT milk on Amaz0n at a cheaper price and free delivery on orders over £20! Quite incredulous!
We've started thinning out rogue spruce trees to make space for more native trees. I'm hoping to use the thin logs as fence posts and to build windbreaks and enclosures. Sitka spruce, for those not familiar with forestry, is a non-native conifer that's farmed commercially for the likes of the paper industry. It grows very quickly and drowns out ground level plants and native broadleaf trees. The less Sitka we have here, the more space for planting edible hedging, a food forest and wildlife woodland. Last year I tried planting potatoes, which grew and have rhubarb, blackcurrants, raspberries, blackberries, sloes, hazelnuts and strawberries growing. It should make a great community food garden in the future.
Celery - I've planted the bases if 2 lots of celery to see if I can get them to regenerate. Should be ok as long as we don't get a sudden deep freeze or more snow.
*94/150 decluttering challenge. 🏅🏅🥇⭐
*Weight loss challenge 3lbs / 28lb lost.
*GC 2022 = £3154.96 / £3,600
GC 2023 = £1133.57/£3200. June £261.47 /£350
*Frugal living 2023 savings - £0.00 hampered by very expensive dental work! 😱
The free little chest freezer we collected last week has come clean and looks grand. It cools very well too. Also got a bag of compost from the same location. We need a conversation about what else we need to grow. Need to collect some local free manure if there is some about. Things and changes in habits and ways of being frugal are coming together slowly.
Hugs to all, mumtoomany.xxx
Trying to live on only £2640 for the year for most meals for seven people. Now only feeding, mostly, two. New total £1860.
Spent so far: £1006.36/£1860.