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    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 22nd Dec 17, 11:01 AM
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    Pippilongstocking
    Time to mend and make do, beg, borrow and barter.
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    • 22nd Dec 17, 11:01 AM
    Time to mend and make do, beg, borrow and barter. 22nd Dec 17 at 11:01 AM
    Hello lovely MSE angels.

    I've been around for a while and know the small MSE ways lead to big changes in lifestyle. I'm so lucky I found you all when I did way back in the beginning of time!

    I had started a new 'adventure' diary but this years events have shifted the focus from those for now to a bit more of a 'primal' focus on living very frugally, to accommodate unexpected and unavoidable shifts in expenses for the foreseeable.

    As today is 'housekeeping budget day' I figured its a good a day as any to start this month afresh and try and move my mindset.

    I have a fair bit of debt still but the main issues for me are pesky over drafts and a credit card which crept up whilst I was otherwise occupied. Its in the signature below.

    This diary is to focus and hone my rusty MSE skills to the front and really live with what we have, make do with what we can, borrow or beg favours where needed, and barter ourselves where we can, there's no shame in asking for help once in a while!

    We've two in our household both working f/t, plus two grown up flown the coup for now younglings - off adventuring (uni and gap year type shennanigans), a lovely DH, two pesky mutts (one quite unexpectedly terminally poorly) and a severe lack of chickens in our lives right now. Must sort that in the new year. My mother is quite poorly with an unexpected, terminal diagnosis, so I'm looking to juggle my very accommodating job with helping with her care and treatment.

    We live well, but we could live a whole lot better with less, and support others more in the process.


    Last edited by Pippilongstocking; 22-12-2017 at 11:38 AM.
    Overdraft 1 1000/0, Overdraft 2 1000/1000 , Cancelled
    Credit Card 1 = 0, Credit Card 2 2710.57/925
    Total Debt as of 6/8/2017 5755.40 eek:
    Total debt 26/4/18 <1925
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    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 2nd May 18, 2:50 AM
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    Pippilongstocking
    Paid 150 over to the cc for spends over weekend.

    Car is in garage update does not look good.

    First aid training tomorrow - free lunch and lift.

    DH finished his MSc so had tea out - although we were both knackered.

    Starting to get head back into work today.

    Oooh in most exciting news - an ice cream machine arrived home as a part of the birthday celebrations - the plug in and go type, come back here's the icecream - man oh man. I made elderflower sorbet using last years cordial stash.

    OH MY.

    One litre of lush sorbet for the price of half a bag of sugar and a lemon.

    Next up plum, rhubarb, or bramble sorbets as have stashes of these HM cordials in the cupboard.
    Overdraft 1 1000/0, Overdraft 2 1000/1000 , Cancelled
    Credit Card 1 = 0, Credit Card 2 2710.57/925
    Total Debt as of 6/8/2017 5755.40 eek:
    Total debt 26/4/18 <1925
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 2nd May 18, 6:45 AM
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    wishingthemortgaheaway
    Ooooh you lucky person. A 'put it in and forget about it' ice cream maker is on my wish list if I ever have a bigger kitchen.
    The 100 payment countdown (each payment = 400) 2018 Starts at 13/100 o/s 34,750.
    Jan 18 14/100 Feb 15/100 March 18/100 April 19/100
    Term Mortgage free date: October 2029 Current mortgage free date: April 2025 March 2024 Jan 2024
    MFW 2018 Challenge Member #162 1600ish/2,500
    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 2nd May 18, 8:09 AM
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    rtandon27
    Oooooo - serious gadget envy happening here!
    1.5 YEARS DEBT FREE!!! (24 OCT 2016)
    (With heartfelt thanks to those who have gone before us & their indubitable generosity.)
    Still working hard to keep up the good habits!
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 2nd May 18, 9:34 AM
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    beanielou
    Lucky girl with an ice cream maker
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 11 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.***
    ***Keep plodding***
    Out of debt, out of danger.
    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 15th May 18, 12:17 PM
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    EssexHebridean
    Yes - and now she's taunting people with rhubarb sorbet!
    MORTGAGE FREE 30/09/2016
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 15th May 18, 5:42 PM
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    beanielou
    Yes - and now she's taunting people with rhubarb sorbet!
    Originally posted by EssexHebridean
    Not tempted
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 11 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.***
    ***Keep plodding***
    Out of debt, out of danger.
    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 16th May 18, 12:23 PM
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    EssexHebridean
    Not tempted
    Originally posted by beanielou
    I am!
    MORTGAGE FREE 30/09/2016
    Sainsbugs 0% card: 22/12/16 1229.00/944.19 (15/05/18)
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