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    proud and less proud old style moment
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 12:52 PM
    proud and less proud old style moment 3rd Jan 10 at 12:52 PM
    Over at the non consumer advocate, the author has been admitting to things she is proud of to have achieved but also admitting that we're all human and not always perfect.

    I think it's so important to pat yourself on the back when you do well, but be humble and admit to others that you cannot do everything. So here's my take:

    I am proud that we are on the compact challenge. I am less proud that I am still in panic mode about the challenge, despite several months of mental preparation!

    I am proud that we never use the tumble dryer.

    I am proud that since my mother taught me the basics of crochet, I have taught myself more and can now make many things, some suitable as gifts. I am less proud of the stacks of yarn that I have bought!!

    I am proud that we try to reuse everything we can. I am less proud that we haven't made much effort in reducing incoming plastic bags beyond taking our own shopping bags.

    I am proud that I am in my second year of not buying any brand new fashion items. I am less proud that I topped up between the two years by artificially creating a month of not being on the challenge.

    I am proud that we make all our toiletries required. Also proud that we don't use chemical cleaners. I am less proud of the stacks of ingredients I have gained in the process.

    I am proud that we put a lot of effort into reducing our food bill yet eat much healthier than we used to. I am also proud that we batch process basic foods, so that it cuts down on our cooking time. I am less proud that I bought lots of little tupperwares to make this happen.

    I am proud that I make most of my gifts. I am less proud that I always end up gifts to less people than I intended because I didn't get round to making their presents.

    I am proud that we are really decluttering and organising the house. I am less proud that I chucked some things into the recycling center when I should've really taken them to the charity shop.

    What are your proud and less proud old style moment?

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  • funkymonkey849
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:42 PM
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    I am proud that our weekly shop for 2 people (3 meals per day) usually comes in at around 22, and that we eat healthily

    I am proud that I make nearly all my own bread

    I am proud that I have learned that spending doesn't make you happy, but saving up for something worthwhile does

    I am proud that I learned to crochet this year and have nearly finished a blanket

    I am NOT proud that the squares for said blanket have been finished for well over a month and they are still not all joined together, because I decided to sew with a needle and cotton and while I am pleased with the finish I absolutley hate hand sewing and actually have to psych myself up to join a few more squares!

    I am NOT proud that sometimes I just CBA to cook and go for a takeaway (cue guilt feelings), although I guess some treats are allowed!

    I am NOT proud that sometimes I put bacholoers pasta n sauce as a day on the meal plan Mmmm I just love that cheesy broccoli goodness (hm wrong choice of word?!)

    I am NOT proud that my housekeeping skills leave a lot to be desired - this will all change when we are in our lovely new (old) cottage, and not this sh!t tip rented house. Must try harder!
    • huston_kw
    • By huston_kw 3rd Jan 10, 2:55 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 2:55 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 2:55 PM
    I am proud that I have got my food shop down, not proud of what I spent in December.

    Proud that I taught myself to crochet for a costume for ds, not proud that I haven't continued even though I loved it.

    Proud to have collected enough jars to make jam and chutney - not proud that I haven't done it yet.

    Proud we homebrew.

    Proud I cook from scratch and never have takeaways.

    Not proud that I've let slip food planning, flyladies ect etc.

    • russetred
    • By russetred 3rd Jan 10, 3:16 PM
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    russetred
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 3:16 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 3:16 PM
    My proudest moment was last week when my MIL told my DH that she hoped he realised how lucky he was to have such a thrifty wife.She's 82 and comes from a generation that had to make do and mend and lived through rationing.I can honestly say its the best compliment I have ever had. However my house cleaning leaves a lot to be desired! But life is really too short to worry about dust.
    "Sometimes life sucks....but the alternative is unacceptable."
  • LilacPixie
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 3:27 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 3:27 PM
    I am proud that I cook almost everything from scratch.
    I am not proud if the CBA moments that lead to take aways

    I am proud that i bake, make bread jam chutney etc
    I am not proud of the cash we spend on treat items that I could make

    My housekeeping skills leave alot to be desired. Clutter and mess rather than filth though.

    Not proud of my store cupboard/freezer its chok a blok yet still i buy more. Stocktake today me thinks.

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  • 415SanFran
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 5:41 PM
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    i am proud of the fact that I found a wonderful pair of Clarks boots on Ebay never worn for a pound. Not proud of the other couple of hundred pounds I spent on *just one more pair of jeans*

    I am proud that my family and friends like to receive any jams/cordials that I make. I am not proud of the fact that my kitchen still needs cleaning three days afterwards.

    I am proud of the fact that I have not had to do a real shop in about 4 months. I am not proud of the fact that I needed to do this in the first place.

    I am not proud of the fact that I have NO saving. What so ever.

    I am proud of the fact that I am only buying whoopsied fruit and veg for the next year. I am not proud of the fact that I have to do this in the first place.

    I am proud of the fact that I no longer smoke 20/30 cigarettes a day. I am not proud of the fact that I still smoke about 10 a day.

    I am proud of the fact that when I have visitors I am able to bake a nice cake/biscuit/treat for them. I am not proud of the fact that I cannot let them in the kitchen because of the mess, and have to run upstairs to make sure the bedroom doors are shut because of the clutter.

    I am SSSOO proud of my beautiful daughter and grandchildren that live overseas.
    I am not proud of the fact that I cannot afford to go and visit because I spend money on "STUFF"

    I am so proud of a lot of people on this board that will admit that there houses are not spick and span at ALL times/they have no savings/they are in dept/have dyslexia/have problems of all varieing types. It proves to me that I am human, and that we are all fallible in some department of our lives. I do not feel such an utter and complete failure. THANK YOU
    Last edited by 415SanFran; 03-01-2010 at 10:55 PM.
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    • slowandsteady
    • By slowandsteady 3rd Jan 10, 6:20 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 6:20 PM
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    What a fantastic thread!

    I am MOST proud of the fact that in the last 12 months or so ive been lurking on MSE OS (and subsequently joining MSE) and have used the advice and:

    reduced my shopping bill by extraordinary amounts
    learnt to cook most of the time from scratch
    never ever buy ready meals from supermarkets
    discovered 'whoopsies' and 'rubber chicken'-never knew either existed
    learnt to think twice before spending
    i stopped buying jars of baby food for dd and cook for her

    I am not proud that:

    i still buy bread even though i have all ingredients to make it-im lazy
    stil order takeaways at least once a week-want to reduce to once a month, but wont stop altogether.
    i use jars of sauces most of the time for curry even though i have the spices etc
    i use the car for short journeys when i should walk

    There is probably lots more but im not wanting to bore everyone!
    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 3rd Jan 10, 7:15 PM
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    tori.k
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 7:15 PM
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    Im proud that we got out of the "living to work not working to live" cycle
    Im proud that i feed my DH and kids so much better now
    Im very proud that the kids have taken to our huge drop in income with grace and without complaint (well 99% of the time)

    Im not proud of the moments i have of envy of those with the courage to live in massive debt and not worry about it.
    Im not proud of the amount of rubbish we still have managed to accumulate over the last year, dispite having a smaller income
  • carrieon
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 10:04 PM
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    Great thread.

    I'm proud i am now almost out of debt.... 170 to go.
    I'm proud i am getting better and better at economising.
    I'm proud i am keeping my home clean and tidy. (well the majority of the time)
    I'm proud my DD is happy and well adjusted.

    I'm not proud that i smoke.
    I'm not proud i dont try to do "something" everyday.
    and lots of other things i cant write down at the moment.
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  • elliethecat
    I'm proud that I'm rarely in debt (only use credit card for emergencies and pay off as a matter of priority).
    I'm less proud that I still deem a car (usually the source of above emergencies) as necessary.

    I'm proud that nearly everything I buy food-wise is woopsied and that I can be a creative cook. I'm proud that I make jams and pickles and often give them away as gifts.
    I'm less proud that I am still eating far too much.

    I'm proud that nearly everything I buy, aside from food, is second-hand or massively reduced.
    I'm less proud that sometimes I worry that my home looks a bit shabby.

    I'm proud of my ability to make do and mend and I'm proud that, although I've done this for years, it's fashionable now.

    I'm proud that my rescue cat has turned out to be a little darling.

    I'm proud that, as well as working full-time, I Mystery Shop and do loads of surveys to supplement my income.

    I'm proud that I don't want to keep up with the "Joneses".
    I'm less proud that I, just sometimes, envy the "Joneses".

    I'm proud that I try hard not to let life get me down.
    I'm less proud of the fact that it sometimes does.

    I'm proud that I discovered this site a few years ago as it's helped me so very much.
    • Bitsy Beans
    • By Bitsy Beans 3rd Jan 10, 11:07 PM
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    Bitsy Beans
    I am proud that after making a decision last year to change my job and taking a massive paycut I am actually enjoying trying to be thrifty and saving money on our shopping bill.
    I am not proud that I end up spending far too much time on here looking for new ways to be OS when I should be playing with the kids more

    I am proud of the fact that I have attempted to grow some of my own veg (with varying results) in a veggie patch in the garden.
    I am not proud of the fact that despite being at home my housework never seems to be fully done. I feel like I am fighting fire and spend all my time doing the bare minimum. 2010 is the year we are going to pick up after ourselves

    But mostly I am proud of the fact that my cooking skills have exceeded my expectations (and that of my mum - high praise indeed!!!).
    I am not proud of the fact that my waistline reflects a lot of the home made treats I just love to make
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    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 3rd Jan 10, 11:08 PM
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    Caterina
    I am proud that I cook almost everything from scratch.
    I am less proud that recently I have had fairly frequent takeaways and meals out (but from tomorrow this is going to be a thing of the past).

    I am proud that I do not own a car.
    I am less proud that sometimes I catch a bus even for a couple of stops instead of walking.

    I am proud that I recycle as much as I can.
    I am less proud that I am still buying stuff that has a lot of packaging, even if this gets recycled

    Ah, I could go on...
    Finally I'm an OAP and can travel free (in London at least!).
    • Sosh
    • By Sosh 6th Jan 10, 9:52 AM
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    Sosh
    I'm proud that I have halved my grocery bills

    I'm proud that I do most of me cooking from scratch.

    I'm proud that my family have started growing our own fruit and veg.
    I'm less proud that so far that has cost more than buying from the shops.

    I'm less proud that my house is full of sales "bargins"

    I'm less proud of my "housework"
    Thanks to all the lovely people on here I have managed to cut my hours down to 2 days a week, allowing me to spend more time with my gorgeous Children.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 6th Jan 10, 10:40 AM
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    JackieO
    I am proud that I have got my life back together after going through cancer and a mastectomy

    I am not so proud that I can't excercise as much as I used to

    I am pround of my seven beautiful grandchildren whom I adore.

    I am not so proud that I havn't made more of an effort to see my brother who lives in France
    I am proud that I have cut back on unecessery food shopping and cut my weekly bills to under 30.00 a week
    I am not so pround that I spent of 50.00 a week on them in the first place and wasted money on shopping on 'auto-pilot'
    I am proud that I am halfway through my second year at Uni
    I am not so proud that I put off doing my essays until the last minute with the excuse that I have loads of time and I know I could have done them sooner
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  • trixietoes
    I am proud that I cook 99% of our meals from scratch.
    I am not so proud that I keep falling off the diet waggon

    I am proud that I have reduced our food budget - still more work this year though.
    I am not so proud that I have let my meal planning and flylady go to ground

    I am proud that I have started sewing and knitting and that they have been good enough for gifts for people.

    I am proud that I found work in a non English speaking country.
    I am not so proud that I haven't made a proper effort to learn the language of my current home country

    I am proud that I have mastered the art of Yorkshire pudding and bread making.
    I am not so proud that pastry making is still eluding me.

    I am proud that I have passed my 1st year of Open University, 20 years after leaving school.
    "People buy things they don't need, with money they don't have, to impress people they don't like" - Clive Hamilton on Consumerism.
  • Gastrohound
    This is an inspirational thread! Thank you!

    I am proud that I cook from scratch and do not use any services or bought detergents to help run my house.

    I am less proud of hidden clutter - but proud I am ebaying like mad this year.

    I am proud to have the guts to admit I am unable to tackle everything and take advice from sites such as this and flylady.

    I am less proud I am so disorganised and such a gold medal procrastinator!

    I am proud to be dealing with my debts, I am less proud that they keep going up as my earning is going down - i am doing everything - but the debt mountain is still great. I am proud to have acknowledged it for the last few years and do everything towards it. Not too long now I hope.

    I am proud that I find happy times all over the place, and do not need money to find them (EG - 4.5 hours in the snow this afternoon, such FUN).

    I am very proud of my husband, our marriage and our strength.

    I am less proud of the financial burden my side of the marriage brings - but that will be sorted with time.

    I am proud to have the family and friends I have and to have made many of their gifts this year. (bracelets, jams, shortbread, jelly, chocolates, bunting).

    I am proud to be able to be thrifty and not feel guilty about it!

    Best wishes all.
    Last edited by Gastrohound; 06-01-2010 at 6:22 PM.
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    • susiejq
    • By susiejq 6th Jan 10, 9:15 PM
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    susiejq
    I am proud to be careful and shrewd with money,
    But less proud of the fact that we save pennies and then spend pounds, mainly on doing up our house.

    I am proud of the fact that I grow many of our vegetables, salad and fruit,
    But less proud that some of it was not eaten in time and went to seed or rotted.

    I am proud of the fact that I cook most things from scratch,
    But less proud that I don't cook a wider range of recipes.

    I am proud of the money that I have saved in our ISAS and the overpayments on our mortgage,
    But less proud that sometimes I don't live for the moment as I am too busy saving for the future.

    I am proud of my husband and lovely daughter,
    But less proud that I don't tell them often enough how special they are.
    Nothing is truly lost until your mum can't find it!
    • mancbird
    • By mancbird 6th Jan 10, 10:14 PM
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    mancbird
    Oh I love this thread, makes you see just how far we have all come!

    I am proud of the fact that we made the decision to move to our new house in the country

    I am less proud that we still have long commutes to our jobs and spend a ridiculous amount of money on petrol

    I am proud that we have adapted to a much simpler life and I haven't missed having shops and a pub right on my doorstep

    I am less proud of the fact that I am doing more online shopping instead!!!

    I am proud that we grew lots of veggies last year and plan to grow a lot more this year

    I am less proud that some of my veggies died :rolleyes:

    I am proud that we are spending a lot less money on our food shopping and that we are buying whoopsie food and freezing it
    I am proud that we have built up a good store cupboard, which has come in VERY useful whilst I have been sick and during this awful weather

    I am less proud that there are still lots of hig-fat treats in the store cupboard after Christmas!

    I am proud that I am starting to earn how to cook properly

    I am less proud that I still sometimes make things that are inedible

    I am proud that I have stopped buying loads of household cleaners and now use stardrops, soda crystals and bleach

    I am less proud of the fact that I now have a stardrops obsession and have a stockpile of the stuff under the sink

    I am proud that I am very crafty and made all my own Christmas cards this year

    I am proud of the fact that I taught myself to crochet (bit of a theme going on in this thread!) and am halfway through making a throw for my sofa. I also made a cute star garland to decorate my bookcase at Christmas

    I am less proud of all the money I spend on crafty goodies (and the fact that my craft room is bulging at the seams)

    I think we all deserve a We should be proud of all of our achievements and not worry so much about the things we don't do quite as well!
    Mammy to 2 boys aged 5 and 2
  • pink_numbers
    I am so amazed at how hard you all work for your goals! You are all truly inspirational.

    This thread has really made me pick myself up to do more this year


  • moonbabe58
    I am proud that I am sticking to meal planning.
    I am not proud that I am still managing to miss things off my shopping list.

    I am proud that I am making most meals from scratch and batch cooking.
    I am not so proud of the occasions I still really want a takeaway curry even though I have HM curry in the freezer.

    I am proud that I have rediscovered my love of baking.
    I am not proud of the fact that my kitchen is still covered in flour and dirty mixing bowls for days after baking.

    I am proud that I take HM lunches into work.
    I am not proud that I often think food from the cafe would be alot nicer.

    I am proud of the fact that I am now a home-owner.
    I am not so proud that I had to borrow alot of money from my parents to make this possible.

    I am proud of my OH for his patience with me and for understanding why I shout at him when he throws away chicken carcases!
    I am not proud that I didnt start doing this years ago instead of wasting so much money!

    I am proud that my house is starting to look like the home I imagined.
    I am not proud of the little DIY jobs and housework that I keep leaving for 'another day'.
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