Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 20th Aug 07, 8:02 PM
    • 9,089Posts
    • 28,909Thanks
    thriftlady
    Five OS Pleasures in your day today
    • #1
    • 20th Aug 07, 8:02 PM
    Five OS Pleasures in your day today 20th Aug 07 at 8:02 PM
    1) Seeing all my homemade preserves lined up on their shelf in the garage. They look as good as a stained glass window.

    2) The smell of my laundry as I took it off the line, best smell in the world.

    3) Taking a batch of muffins out of the oven.

    4) Coming back from Tesco without any extras even though the kids were with me.

    5) The appreciative words of thanks from my family as they finished their evening meal.

    So come on, what are yours ?

    This Forum Tip was included in MoneySavingExpert's weekly email

    Don't miss out on new deals, loopholes, and vouchers

    Last edited by Former MSE Rose; 24-02-2009 at 8:56 PM.
Page 2
    • belfastgirl23
    • By belfastgirl23 21st Aug 07, 10:25 AM
    • 7,750 Posts
    • 15,597 Thanks
    belfastgirl23
    1. having a freezer full of things I made myself

    2. now timing my washing according to the weather forecast and knowing that the BBC one is the best

    3. Feeling in control of my finances rather than the other way around & having enough money to pay for household emergencies in cash rather than by credit.

    4. For the first time ever a surprise parental visit didn't send me into a flat spin of cleaning and I even had time to make some HM soup which my dad wanted the recipe for!

    5. Being greener with my cleaning stuff.

    • elona
    • By elona 21st Aug 07, 10:50 AM
    • 11,140 Posts
    • 63,388 Thanks
    elona
    1) Hanging wahing out on the line outside.

    2) Using half a tablet and vinegar for dishwasher.

    3) Soaking dried peas for tomorrow's soup as it is DH's favourite.

    4) Having a huge pot of sweet potato soup simmering on the hob.

    5) Noticing some of the brambles are turning black and keeping an eye on the elderberries outside so i can make elderberry syrup from them for winter.
    "This site is addictive!"
    Wooligan 2 squares for smoky - 3 squares for HTA
    Preemie hats - 2.
  • Bambywamby
    1) Having the windows open in my house and letting the cool wind blow through. The best air freshener, the cheapest air freshener andthe healthiest air freshener.

    2) Using last nights left overs for a healthy thick veg soup for lunch and fresh plums from the tree for afterwards.

    3) Taking the dogs our for a long walk across the local fields and woodland. Totally free calorie burning, fitness gaining exercise. No gym fees needed!

    4) Soaking pasta for tea in cold water now so that its rehydrated and only needs two minutes cooking tonight rather than 12 minutes.

    5) Ebaying some unused clothing and putting the proceeds towards Christmas.

    Have a great O/S Y'all. x x
    *Frugal Living 2015* *Not Buying It 2015*
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~ MARK TWAIN

    27/50
  • Peem
    Ooh. How to limit to 5

    1. Having HM bread and HM marmalade for breakfast

    2. Using up last nights potatoes as fried potatoes for dinner.

    3. Discovering that the local shop didn't have what I had planned for dinner last night, so making some rolls, rescuing HM burgers from the freezer, mixing some spuds, red pepper and yogurt and cumin together to make potato salad meant dinner could be achieved without visiting the supermarket. (edit : just realised that this was yesterday, not today - I'll go and think about another one)

    4. Drying all washing outside

    5. Just looking at my "new" larder which is my bookshelf (temporary while kitchen is in limbo) showing off preserves and other cooking stuff. (I think it looks cool to have olive oil beside anthony trollope. Don't know if anyone else would - but it keeps me happy)
    Last edited by Peem; 21-08-2007 at 11:48 AM.
    "You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C.S. Lewis
  • Boatie_Bird
    1. Making some muffins to take to a friend who has just had a baby.
    2. Eating said muffins whilst talking to friend and admiring baby.
    3. Picking and eating home grown blueberries
    4. Bubble and squeak for lunch (from leftovers)
    5. Chicken soup for dinner (from chicken carcass)
    6. Having no money until payday on Friday, but not feeling poor as I can feed my family (V well) with what I've already got in.
    • newlywed
    • By newlywed 21st Aug 07, 11:52 AM
    • 7,474 Posts
    • 24,350 Thanks
    newlywed
    1. HM chicken soup for lunch (in a minute).
    2. HM meatball casserole defrosting in the fridge for tea tonight
    3. Knowing we eat more healthily than ever before
    4. Trying new food and discovering I like most of it.
    5. Knowing I have already planned food for when we come back from holiday so the only thing we'll need to buy the first day back is milk

    DMP support thread (member #32)

    • JillD
    • By JillD 21st Aug 07, 4:45 PM
    • 1,768 Posts
    • 26,385 Thanks
    JillD
    what a lovely thread- thanks thriftlady. Am feeling rough and tired and not done much in the way of OS today but here goes:

    1. Taking little ones to "Creepy crawly story time" at the library, almost an hour of stories and sticking bits ona ladybird - for free
    2. The brilliant book I am reading at the moment called "A Life Stripped Bare" about living ethically - not about living OS though some principles are the same, but it was out of the library therefore free plus its a brand new copy and I am the first person to borrow it so its all shiny and new
    3. The fact that thanks to OS flylady thread my house is lovely and tidy with minimal effort
    4. Again thanks to folks on MSE flylady my shopping is due to be delivered by Asda tonight and I am sure I will have spent less than if I went to the store
    5. Shells chocloate fudge cake recipe which looks divine and which I shall be trying some time!
    Jan GC: 202.65/450 (as of 4-1-12)
    NSDs: 3
    Walk to school: 2/47
    Bloater challenge: 0/0lbs

    • twink
    • By twink 21st Aug 07, 5:07 PM
    • 3,806 Posts
    • 26,264 Thanks
    twink
    1. made some fridge bottom soup yesterday for kyle and family which they liked
    2. made a big bowl of fruit salad which will do for puddings for the week with yoghurt
    3. walked with Susie to pick up the boys after their first day back at school instead of taking the car
    4. discovered asdas smartprice salmon is better than i thought it would be
    5.copied a recipe for elderberry cordial which i will make when they ripen, although i am tempted by the recipe that uses vodka
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 21st Aug 07, 5:56 PM
    • 9,089 Posts
    • 28,909 Thanks
    thriftlady
    See, this OS lark is fun as well as moneysaving

    Today
    1) Having leftover peas and sweetcorn from tea which I will add to some leftover rice for a fried rice lunch tomorrow. Love those rolling leftovers

    2) Getting some great books from the library -I nearly borrowed the one JillD mentioned.

    3) Harvesting more blackberries from the briar in my garden -and a handful of raspberries.

    4) Conjuring a pudding for the kids out of hm yogurt and strawberry puree from the freezer.

    5) Realising that I don't need to chuck all my dd's too short trousers because they can be made into shorts for next summer. She just seems to get longer but not any wider -lucky thing :rolleyes:
  • Hardup Hester
    Only one thing here for me today.
    Listed 75 items ready to go on Ebay tomorrow when it's half price listing day

    Never let success go to your head, never let failure go to your heart.
  • ppolly
    1. Persuading visitors that a walk and picnic in the country park is a much nicer outing than the Aquarium - without telling them why (and it was-we all had a great time)
    2. Reading library book
    3. Producing tea for DH from frozen batch supply - at very short notice (he was supposed to be out this evening)
    4. Listening to said visitors talk about all their new stuff - and realising that I'm not really jealous as I'm with my DD alot more than they are able to be with their DS as they both work full-time
    5. Planning a trip blackberry picking for tomorrow
    • shell2001
    • By shell2001 21st Aug 07, 7:40 PM
    • 1,795 Posts
    • 17,992 Thanks
    shell2001
    I cannot take created for the fudge pudding just copied and pasted the recipe given by the wonderous Thriftlady.
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 21st Aug 07, 8:00 PM
    • 9,089 Posts
    • 28,909 Thanks
    thriftlady
    I cannot take created for the fudge pudding just copied and pasted the recipe given by the wonderous Thriftlady.
    Originally posted by shell2001
    Who got it from this bookhttp://www.amazon.com/Cooking-Quilt-Country-Mennonite-Kitchens/dp/0517568136/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-5582523-7827022?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187726384&sr=8-1
    • amanndajane
    • By amanndajane 21st Aug 07, 8:26 PM
    • 259 Posts
    • 300 Thanks
    amanndajane
    so chuffed
    I`m new to OS but am loving it. still finding my feet, and enjoying gaining OS knolwledge ! heres my five pleasures for today!

    1.Couldnt sleep so was up at 6am wiping down kitchen with vinegar and water spray.(fab by the way)
    2.Managed level one of tuesday`s flylady schedule(what a boon this is, never been so organised)
    3.Finished making the HM chicken and veg soup that i`d put together from sundays left overs.
    (not cooked a chicken in years, have been buying ready cooked from asda... the shame of it).
    4.Have got down on hands and knees and scrubbed the kitchen floor with stardrops and a scouring sponge, floor hasnt looked this good in years(have given all my old chemical based cleaners to my neighbour, although dont think she`ll use them, dont think she cleans! slovenly mare)
    5.My foreign students have wolfed down the HM soup ! have been struggling to find food they like for over a week, but they both went back for seconds and THIRDS !!!(although downside is that now there is`nt enough left to freeze, but chuffed they liked it so much )
  • CountryWife
    1 Collecting eggs from the chickens this morning and realising that I now have so many that I could put a sign at the gate and sell them

    2 Realising that by putting white vinegar in the washing machine my laundry room now smells better and the washiung machine is cleaner

    3 Showing my DD and her partner the plants in the greenhouse including several tomatillo plants, one with a very large fruit on it

    4 Watching the chickens in the garden getting rid of snails and other pests

    5 Collecting vegetables from the garden for our tea, and knowing that we will be eating them within 10 minutes of harvest
    • p-pincher
    • By p-pincher 21st Aug 07, 10:51 PM
    • 725 Posts
    • 3,631 Thanks
    p-pincher
    1- me and the 3yr old picking the tomatoes we've grown together in a hanging basket.
    2- getting my 6th mixing bowl full of blackberries off the neighbours bushes that hang over my fence(they said its fine)
    3- Making dinner form left overs and store cupboard.
    4-Sticking to my cannot spend any money on my debit card rule(only cash and didn't have tome to go bank)
    5-Going through my christmas presnts that ive already bought and realising that i'd budgeted a 110 but only spent 37.

    Hope i can 5 more tomorrow
    • lil_me
    • By lil_me 21st Aug 07, 11:31 PM
    • 13,142 Posts
    • 115,691 Thanks
    lil_me
    1. Turning down meals I used to buy in the pub we went to for lunch because I prefer my HM versions smug grin time!
    2. DP not ordering the expensive steak he used to as he now realises they taste like rubber after trying the ones from our local farm shop (he's ordered one for tea tomorrow night so I best get it out of freezer, does mean a small meal plan change)
    3. Not spending anything extra when I went to a shop for someone else, thinking of the 'Do I need it' everytime I picked up something which mean't I put it back
    4. Managing to make my living room suitable for guests (fussy ones) in under half an hour because I keep up better now with the support of the ladies on the flylady thread
    5. Boasting to my Dad about my improved cooking with my new oven and that he got me some lovely kitchen knives for my birthday ( I asked him as he enjoys cooking and would get good ones ) I will actually use now as I cook rather than 'nuke'
    Last edited by lil_me; 21-08-2007 at 11:49 PM.
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
    GC: 200
    Slinkies target 2018 - another 70lb off (half way to what the NHS says) so far 25lb
    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 22nd Aug 07, 4:53 AM
    • 17,087 Posts
    • 132,754 Thanks
    Penelope Penguin
    Good morning For yesterday:
    • Having friends drop in unexpectedly and, thanks to people on the Flylady thread, not being horrified to invite them in
    • Rustling up a batch of raspberry and white chocolate muffins for them in 40mins.
    • Making a summer veg puff and plum crumble for tea, using produce fresh from the garden
    • Needing to give only slight asistance to DD as she designed and made a handbag
    • The smell of fresh bread
    Penny. x
    Sheep, pigs, hens and bees on our Teesdale smallholding
  • Bambywamby
    My O/S delights so far are...

    1) putting the washing on the line, it's blowing a gale and drying incredibly quickly.

    2) stripping a full cooked chicken to make four different meals and chicken skin for the dogs for a treat.

    3) listing on Ebay coz it's half price listing day.

    4) sat listening to Radio 2 rather than watch the TV as I sew.

    5) talking the two labs out for a brisk walk in the fresh country air. Free and healthy exercise.

    Bams x x
    *Frugal Living 2015* *Not Buying It 2015*
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~ MARK TWAIN

    27/50
    • juliapenguin
    • By juliapenguin 22nd Aug 07, 4:22 PM
    • 759 Posts
    • 3,063 Thanks
    juliapenguin
    1. Hung washing on the line.
    2. Read library book.
    3. Had home made comfort food instead of going out buying chocolate.
    4. Used my new Stardrops for the first time.
    5. Put some books for sale on Amazon (I know I should have ebayed today but I was feeling very rough and find Amazon easier for books)

    What a good thread! Very therapeutic for a miserable Penguin.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

100Posts Today

1,652Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • RT @IsabelHardman: This is really good. For all the stuff about noisy rows over the past few days, it?s worth remembering that a lot of abu?

  • This is why I wrote the guide to financial abuse. It's tough to know when it's happening to you. It's also worth? https://t.co/XGI2sI7hOU

  • RT @David_Challen: Really happy @MartinSLewis is raising awareness of economic/financial abuse. My mother cleaned her cousins home for poc?

  • Follow Martin