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Champagne Lifestyle on a Lemonade Budget.

edited 11 November 2018 at 12:35PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    My Champagne moment on Sunday was getting all fabbed at to go dancing at Bar 127. I had a really great evening dancing my legs off. :D

    I wore my Kaleidoscope chocolate brown embellished with sequins and beads with hidden support boob tube top with my Monsoon brown gored silk skirt with my peep toe, sling back Hobbs brown leather shoes and I was carrying my brown leather Osprey handbag. I wore solid gold jewellery with my gold plated Tissot watch and I was carrying my M & S lightweight brown edge to edge jacket with hook and eye fastenings for the journey home. I layered my perfume with the matching body powder and body lotion. :D

    The Jamaican man that is a really good dancer that I danced with last week made a bee line for me again this week. ;) Although I think he could be a really nice man, I prefer to make it clear to him that I am not available, as I want to spend time doing what makes me happy as a single woman.

    I danced with another Jamaican man that asked me to dance, but I cut the dance short when he was trying to get very over familiar with me, when we are total strangers to each other. :(
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    edited 16 July 2019 at 11:02PM
    Good evening everyone.....

    SUgarbaby. Well done to your son.....bet he felt very proud. And had to smile at the proliferation of dancing partners. Go you.

    Champagne moments today .........gardening in the dusk when it was nice and cool, getting a massage and having my back bedroom carpet fitted. Great day.

    Yesterdays champagne moment......selling some broken jewellery and bits and pieces I no longer wanted and raising £175. Every little helps.

    I have set myself another challenge..........

    .I want to increase my income. I would like to add an additional £200 a month to my disposable income (after bills) probably through a combination of making some cutbacks but also increasing my income. Spurred on by yesterday's success I'm going to start with the easy wins, sell some unwanted items.

    My contract with Ovo for my gas and leccy is coming to an end shortly so I am going to shop around and see if I can get a better deal. Also need to look at switching banks......see what they are giving away. Lol.
  • lessonlearnedlessonlearned Forumite
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    Good morning everyone......

    Recent champagne moments..... getting my back bedroom carpet done on Tuesday. It looks great, very pleased. Followed by a nice massage.

    Yesterday, stepping on the scales and hitting my interim target of 11stones. Wahoo. Just another 1 to go. Aiming to get there by Christmas.....slow but steady.

    Spent yesterday gardening, exhausted myself :rotfl: not exactly a champagne but a glow of satisfaction for a job well done.

    I have had to rescue this garden, the front was a jungle, choked with weeds and the back an untouched desert with no plants, just a scrubby lawn. Both are looking much better although realistically I think it will be another couple of years yet before they really blossom (see what I did there:rotfl:).

    Hope you are all having fun and enjoying lots of champagne moments.
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    My Champagne moment on Tuesday was that I finished reading David Jason's autobiography. It gave me so many reasons to laugh out loud. It is such a well written book. :D

    My Champagne moment yesterday was going to my local Odeon cinema and using my Odeon Limitless card to get a ticket to watch the film Breakthrough. I loved this true story film. It is about the miraculous recovery of a young teenage boy who falls through the ice on a frozen lake. It was an emotional human interest story that tugs at the heart. I would give this film 9.5/10 :D

    I went to Karaoke yesterday evening as well and I had a really great evening. :D There were hardly any singers so the DJ turned the evening into a dance evening in the end, which I loved, as I did not want to have to sing a lot of songs. :D I wore my Eastex white cotton skirt, my Next emerald green cowl neck sleeveless top with my white Van Dal leather wedge heel sandals. I wore solid gold drop earrings, a solid gold chain with a green and gold pendant, a gold ring with an emerald and my gold plated Tissot watch. I was carrying a white cardigan for the journey home and my small green Osprey handbag.
  • lessonlearnedlessonlearned Forumite
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    Hello everyone.

    Champagne moment this morning.......buying a fabulous SIZE 12 dress evening dress from a chazza for £4.50. I haven't been able to wear sized 12 for decades.....:rotfl: also a pair of cream on cream striped hessian curtains for my diining room patio door. A bargainous £1.50. Both items are lovely and definitely affordable on my lemonade budget.....I also picked up some of those hotel style guest slippers 50p a pair - perfect for visitors.

    Doing well with my food budget this month. Cancelled my WW subscription, I am confident I can continue my weight loss journey alone now, that will save me around £20 a month. I have also made a real effort with the food budget this month too. Have made a real effort to reduce because it was starting to creep up a bit.

    Still bought myself a bunch flowers though, lovely pale pink roses from Aldi just £1.99 so not exactly breaking the bank.

    SUgarbaby. You are really getting your moneys worth from your cinema pass. What a good buy that was. I have looked into it for me but alas there's nothing similar. Your green and white colour scheme for your outfit sounds nice and summery.

    Raining here today but I really don't mind, the garden needs it. The earth was parched and I was getting fed up watering every night, desperately trying to revive one of my newly planted trees and trying to ensure I don't lose any more.

    Hope you are all well. Have a great weekend.
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    LL you have done brilliantly with your weight loss. :D :j Congratulations on fitting into a Size 12 dress. :j You must be so happy

    My Champagne moment yesterday was my son coming round to cook my version of chicken fried rice. :D He learnt some new knife skills.
  • lessonlearnedlessonlearned Forumite
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    SUgarbaby.....thanks. I AM pleased.

    I should be a naturally slim person, with small bones and frame. I was always a willow rather than an oak but for all sorts of reasons I just piled on the lbs, especially when I was a carer for my husband for all those years. It all took a very high toll on my general health and I gained weight. But, as I slowly nursed myself back to health, suddenly something seem to click in my head and this time I have been successful at shedding the lbs.

    I know it sounds crazy but I do believe that often these things are somehow linked to some kind of unforeseen forces in our lives - we do need to get our heads in the right place first. I think in my case it wasn't just about effort or willpower, although I do think both have their part to play, I also think the timing had to be right.

    Does that sound like new age hippy nonsense.....:rotfl:...maybe but it's the best explanation I've found so far. I do think change starts in the brain. We have to think differently before we can do differently. If that makes sense.

    Anyway no real champagne moments as such, apart from the usual simple pleasures, sitting with my coffee in bed as I write, unwinding with a bit of tv last evening after a busy day.

    I have been working like a demon this week, gardening, decorating etc. Yesterday I tackled the upstairs bedroom and loft.:eek: I sorted out some of the wardrobe components ready for my son to build them and install them tomorrow. I thought it would save him a lot of time and make the job easier for him.

    My house is an absolute tip.....but hey, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. It will be worth it in the long run. I WILL have a comfortable elegant home and a pretty easy to maintain garden. Eventually. :rotfl:

    Today, and probably several days next week, will be more of the same. Sorting stuff out, decluttering, cleaning etc, all whilst trying to get to grips with the garden.So too busy and probably too shattered to socialise much at the moment. So any champagne moments will be the quiet domestic kind.

    I don't mind a break from socialising. All is Good.
  • mrsmac10mrsmac10 Forumite
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    Good morning

    LL as you have done a fantastic job of losing weight so obviously have clothes that no longer fit

    We have, in our area, a swap shop It may be helpful to you if there is one in your area Mine is council run and staffed by volunteers

    I got 5 points for joining and picked up a sequined top for 2 points so effectively free I have stuff to donate and can build up to 20 points

    Mine is really good for accessories which are one point So a dress that no longer fits is worth 3 points which could be swapped for three new to you accessories No money involved so good for your purse :)
  • lessonlearnedlessonlearned Forumite
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    Hi Mrs mac

    What a good idea......

    As far as I know we don't have anything like that here. I'll ask around. However, We are lucky in that we have a plethora of charity shops.

    I have already donated several bags of my larger clothes and have been fortunate to pick up plenty of nice replacement items.

    I am more or less on the hunt for winter wear now and of course household items. although tbh I can always make room for something really nice in summer wear and keep them for next year. I tend to go for "timeless classics" most of the time anyway. I rarely buy anything that is like to date or go out of style. I keep my favourite things for years.

    I'm not fussed about this seasons "must haves" :rotfl:

    I have actually kept a couple of my favourite dresses back. I think I can alter them to fit. A nice little winter job. :rotfl:

    Right I'm off for a walk to the local co op, and then will try and pick some blackberries on the way back.

    Have a great day, y'all.
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    My Champagne moment yesterday was using my Odeon Limitless card to buy a ticket to watch the film Yesterday at Odeon Haymarket. As this is a Luxe Odeon, I was in a fully reclined, very roomy seat which added to the fact that the film was a smash hit with me. I loved the Beatles music and the story line and I would give this film 9.5/10 :D
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