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    • misstara
    • By misstara 1st Jan 18, 5:13 PM
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    Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2018
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    • 1st Jan 18, 5:13 PM
    Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2018 1st Jan 18 at 5:13 PM
    Happy New Year and welcome to the 2018 Make do, Mend and Minimise thread

    I love reading everyone's frugal tales and inventive ways of making do and can't wait to see what 2018 brings.
    Debt at LBM Jan 2014 £10458.09 Now £0
    New flat debt Jan 2017 £2302.75 Now £513.51 (77.7% paid)
    Car debt Nov 2017 £797.68 Now £767.31 (3.8% paid) + monthly payments £146.82 11/60
    Emergency fund - £50/£1000. Car fund - £37.12/£1000.
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    Exercise target - 3/16. Groceries target £59.75/£200. NSD target 4/15.
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    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 7th Sep 18, 9:58 AM
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    villagelife
    Make do using veg from the garden. Reusing a box in the greenhouse to store fertilizer etc in.

    Mend i have repaired the hem on a skirt and a ripped seam on a shirt of DS2

    Minimize boxes amongst other things.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 7th Sep 18, 10:30 AM
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    Make do - DH is spray painting some of my fitted cabinets in our breakfast area - they are 25 years old but good quality and only need a bit of TLC to update them. He's also taken the front off the gas fire to spray paint the cream metal to silver grey (special heatproof paint) to smarten it up.
    Honey chicken & chorizo potatoes from the freezer for tonight. Odd combination but need using lol!
    Mend - not really a mend but DH thought the seat sensor in his new to him car was broken as the seat is supposed to return to the correct driving position when you get in and it didn't - I had a brainwave & said have you programmed it in - no - doh! All done now and working fine so saved some pennies.
    Minimise - lots of glass & china that we no longer use from the cupboards as I was cleaning them out while the doors were off!
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • dND
    • By dND 7th Sep 18, 12:37 PM
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    Still here as no takers for the farm but I am making a change for this winter. I've decided to return to the UK for 4 months to try and pick up some work and a bit of needed cash.

    This in turn has precipitated a massive clearing of the house as I will have to have housesitters in to look after the animals (which is good as I'll not be leaving the house empty for a long period).

    Make do:
    Eating through my meat stocks as the sitters I have are vegetarian and I need to generate freezer space for them.

    Mend: Everything that I can as I still don't want to buy anything new in France if I can help it. Plus, I have needed to swap my study and bedroom over as my sitters are a couple and will need a bigger bedroom. So the walls of the new bedroom painted and wooden floor re-stained.

    Minimise: Moving around the 2 rooms meant emptying everything. wardrobes, chest of draws, filing cabinet etc. I've resisted just putting stuff straight back in. Every file in the filing cabinet has been gone through and all old and unneeded paperwork recycled or burnt depending on what information was contained. All clothing gone through again with a far more critical eye as I will have to make enough space in the wardrobes for the sitters to live here for 4 months. The result was another dozen small bags into the clothes recycling.

    I'm working on trying to turn the disappointment of not selling, (in fact no interest at all this year) into a positive with preparing for moving back to the UK.

    The upcoming (hopefully) job, gives me something to aim at and as a bonus should provide some funds and start me having a presence back in the UK, ready for my eventual return.


    Weird - I've been trying to post since this morning but for some reason I got the 'you are blocked' message. I've just found that I'm not blocked on other threads, so closed this thread and re-opened it and it's worked. Very definitely confused here

    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 7th Sep 18, 2:39 PM
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    dND, well done on putting the disappointment behind you
    You have taken seriously positive steps towards the ‘2019’ sale of your French home Rearranging rooms to suit a family presence & decluttering at the same time will mean that ‘when’ you return to the U.K. for good you will have far less stress

    I am keeping everything crossed that you have a quick success in finding a job but please do not exhaust yourself by working long hours & remember that we are all here to give at least ‘virtual’ support if you need/want it

    Positive vibes are winging their way to you as I type

    MrsSD
    • dND
    • By dND 8th Sep 18, 9:23 AM
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    Thanks MrsSD. It's giving me the proverbial kick up the derriere that I need


    Having been out of the job market for a long time, updating my CV is a bit of a chore and as for being 'interviewed' by computer selection!!! Still, it's a bit positive on that front, but getting to have a face-to-face interview date sorted for when I'm visiting the UK in a couple of weeks....well that's another matter


    And thank you all, as my MSE threads are my sanity
    Deborah x

    • WeeMidgie
    • By WeeMidgie 9th Sep 18, 9:19 PM
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    Make do: I have kitchen taps, the sort that have stubby lever handles, which are on the bucket list to be replaced. The cold tap is on the left and turns on when the lever is turned to the left. The hot tap is on the right and turns on when turned to the right. It is shoogly and can turn itself back on. The make do fix is I've stretched a large thick elastic band between the two taps which pulls the levers together into their off positions, good knowing the hot tap is definitely off.

    Mend: I resurrected my printer which has been in a cupboard for a very long time. So far, so good, the scanner was the function I needed, it needs a new black cartridge so that's Episode 2, for another day, after I've bought and fitted a new cartridge.

    Minimise: a couple of cushions to the charity shop; an empty jar and lid to a friend; two nested suitcases to a secure communal cupboard I didn't know about in my block of retirement flats. Great to have the space freed up by this.
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 9th Sep 18, 10:26 PM
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    Make Do: los from last night’s hm meat loaf & hm potato salad for dinner

    Mend: Pair of knicks, pair of underpants & a pair of socks

    Minimise: baking ingredients - made Lincolnshire Plum Bread & cheese savouries
    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 10th Sep 18, 7:11 AM
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    Had quite a good make do and mend weekend -

    Make do: I sowed some seeds and used the salad tray from the old freezer and and large plastic food saver tub (with a lost lid) as cloches - doubly pleased as i was loathe to throw the food saver away but couldn't think what I could use it for and didn't want it to be clutter/hoarding

    Was thinking I needed a new throw for the sofa now it's getting cold, and remembered my yoga blanket in the cupboard - perfect

    Mend: Sewed up another plastic reusable shopping bag and 2 Mantaray tops which I love but which both had holes/split seams. Not smart enough for work anymore but definitely still lots of use in them
    Nov GC £80.34/£200
    NSD target: Nov 1/15
    Bring Your Lunch to Work Target Nov 1/15
    £1 a day: Nov £44.75/£45
    Tesco CC Aug 18 £10,151.56 £9950.56 0% 30mnths, First Direct CC Aug 18 £4321.80 £3968.77 0% til Feb 20
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 10th Sep 18, 9:21 PM
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    Mended: 1 woollen jumper, 2 leggings, 1 T-shirt, 1hi-viz vest, 1 cardi, 1 sleeping bag.

    Make do: leftovers for dinner and lunchboxes.

    Minimise: every time I walk past dds play corner in the living room, I throw something away. Usually a mcd toy or half finished drawing.
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 801,77= £ 691.62
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68= £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31= £ 2,969.05
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 10th Sep 18, 9:21 PM
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    Make Do: DH ordered Chinese for dinner

    Mend: A set of 3 circular boxes made to look like a snowman with hat, mittens etc - reattached the mittens

    Minimise: cleared the tops of the wardrobes & have several pictures, photo frames & a couple of hold-alls set aside for CS + broken wheelie case & suitcase inserts for the Tip.
    • Wraithlady
    • By Wraithlady 15th Sep 18, 6:27 PM
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    Make do: Finishing off the uncompleted home-made fleece jacket I abandoned years ago, so I don't have to buy a new one
    Mend : The pile never gets any smaller, but I will glue the ribbon back on an enameled papier-mache mask so it can be put back on display - will have to think about how tp attach it more securely, but it will do for now.
    Minimise: Firstly, 4 lots of fruit from the freezer (and one jar of bottled damsons) either used or awaiting use for jam, also dinner from freezer or stores. Secondly (after OH got attacked by items falling from a shelf in the spare room), said shelf got ruthlessly tidied with paperwork, pictures and cd's put away properly, binned or put to go to CS. Hello, nice clear shelf with some space on it!
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 16th Sep 18, 9:02 PM
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    Make do - food from freezer
    Mend - loads!! - Hubby's dressing gown collar re- stitched, my trousers altered, t shirt shortened and neckline changed. Large beachwrap cut into two to provide DH with scarves when he's on his bike.
    Minimise - food and my beachwrap!!
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 20th Sep 18, 9:14 PM
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    Make Do: Food from stores/fridge/freezer & using up all los

    Mend: Minor sewing repairs to 2 fleeces, 2 polo tops, 2 pairs underpants, pair of knicks, pair of shorts, pair of socks & a t-shirt

    Minimise: Two bags of donations taken to CS
    • RainbowHippie
    • By RainbowHippie 24th Sep 18, 3:12 AM
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    Hello all, dropped off the radar for a bit (just lots of work and other things keeping me busy) and i'm now in the process of catching up with all your posts (starting from June!!) It's nice to be back and reading about your MMMing exploits.


    Still been MMMing (slowly but surely), and planning some big changes as we are hoping to sell up (or possibly rent out our house) and move around a bit during 2019. So i've been spending any non-working time doing some work on the house and trying to minimise as much as reasonably possible.


    Make do - at the moment it's with very little kitchen equipment and no doors on my cupboards, because the big...


    Mend at the moment is me repainting our entire kitchen. I got a great deal on some beautiful Farrow&Ball paint to brighten up our ancient dark wood cabinets - they made our low-ceilinged kitchen look so dark and cramped - i've only got as far as painting the cabinet boxes and the open shelves (of which there were many) and the whole room already looks so much lighter. I still need to scrub, prime and paint the cabinet doors, as well as painting the walls, ceiling and tiles a nice bright white. And getting a new (probably second hand) sink as the old one is brown plastic. And re-covering the worktops using a wood-look hardwearing plastic film. And possibly painting the table and chairs... it's become one of those projects i start and then wonder what on earth i've committed myself to! But what i've done so far has been fun, i've learnt lots already, and it should cost less than £250 in total to basically have a brand new kitchen. It's been slow progress as i've been working 7-day weeks recently, but hoping to be able to start work on it again towards the end of next week.



    Minimise has been some kitchen stuff i realised we never use as i was packing up the cupboards, plus some clothes and other household stuff over the last few months. I've got a pile of boxes of things waiting for the car boot sale i'll have before we move, and have been selling bits and pieces on ebay as i go. Having the prospect of an exciting adventure in the new year has been great motivation to get rid of stuff that's been hanging around for years!


    We had some help minimising our freezer full of food a couple of weeks ago when our fridge-freezer stopped working! We tried changing the fuse in the plug, to no avail, then like eejits instead of looking for information online, decided it couldn't possibly be something we could fix ourselves and called a repair company. A very nice man came out and changed the secret, hidden but perfectly normal 13amp fuse behind a discreet metal panel on top of the fridge! Damn thing is totally fine now, but most of the food had warmed up too much to keep by the time we had noticed and then managed to get someone out to have a look. Was absolutely furious with myself because with most things i would be adamant about looking it up online and fixing it myself. Still, lesson learned, and now that we know about the secret fuse it won't catch us out again!

    It's odd having a nearly-empty freezer but also quite refreshing, though i have managed to occupy some of it already with a couple of huge tubs filled with fruit i was gifted - i was up til the early hours chopping and freezing before a recent work trip and haven't yet had the time/energy to get it out again and cook it into jam.


    Hope to catch up with posts on here in the next week or so. Happy MMMing all! xx
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 24th Sep 18, 8:24 AM
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    Rainbowhippie - looks like I'm going the same route as you! My kitchen had been knocked through to the dining room and DH has been painting the cupboards in the dining room alcoves. I bought new knobs and it's really updated perfectly good units. I did intend to replace my kitchen units (same design) but he's made such a good job I'm having second thoughts!
    I also bought a freezer on Preloved for the garage as it was an auto defrost to replace my elderly one. I was using the new one to get the house one defrosted & when I went to do the garage one it had stopped working! Luckily only fruit & veg in it!
    Like you I have space in there now - now there's no ice build up!
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • RainbowHippie
    • By RainbowHippie 24th Sep 18, 8:44 PM
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    Whew! Just about caught up!


    DND - massive kudos to you for looking forward with positivity and giving yourself a positive and motivating challenge! Fingers crossed for your job hunt, i'm sure anywhere you apply would be lucky to have you. I hope your redecorating and rearranging of your French home has been going well.



    Silva - Glad you are enjoying your 'new' refreshed cupboards! What colour is he painting them? Thanks for the reminder about knobs - i've ordered some spray paint to redo our existing knobs and it's late, i must give the seller a nudge! Enjoy your newly defrosted and spacious freezer



    Recent MMMing -

    Make do - made coffee cake, pimms drizzle cake, chocolate tiffin and home-made 'picnic bar' bites for a gathering i hosted last Friday. The pimms cake is now a firm favourite with my friends - i first made it a few months ago with the aim of using up an old bottle of pimms (i don't enjoy it as a cocktail), but now it's nearly finished and the cake is often requested so i may end up having to buy a new bottle!! We have plenty of picnic bar bites left over, which is great as they are OH's current favourite.


    Mend - not done yet but i need to remove and wash all our sofa cushion covers so i can list the sofas on ebay. They are far too large for our living room and make it look tiny. We are hoping to attract buyers/tenants (not decided which yet) in the new year so the next couple of months need to be all about making our home look its best, including repainting most rooms and 'dressing' them nicely. The furniture we already have in most rooms is fine, but the giant sofas really need to go! I've also unpicked and re-stitched some seams on some leggings i made myself from stretchy fabric scraps - the fabric was stretching and the seam wasn't! I held the fabric stretched-out while sewing and now it is much better.



    Minimise - hopefully the sofas fairly soon! For the moment just minimising the list of work stuff i need to do before i can restart on the decorating and house jobs that i am itching to get done.



    Happy MMMing everyone xx
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 25th Sep 18, 8:55 AM
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    Rainbow - the cupboards have been repainted a powder blue but I bought new knobs on fleabag - needed 13! They were much better quality than I anticipated so will probably get the same for the kitchen units if we decide to repaint them. By the way - if you use a small zig zag stitch when sewing stretch fabrics it will stretch with the fabric HTH
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • dND
    • By dND 25th Sep 18, 6:02 PM
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    Many thanks Rainbow. I'm currently UK side and no job as yet. My best rejection letter commented on my varied experience and said that the recruiter wanted someone with a more "run of the mill" CV


    But that job will be out there somewhere

    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 25th Sep 18, 9:04 PM
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    Rainbowhippie, your 2019 sounds very exciting a big adventure Will you be moving around in the U.K. or further afield? Bearing in mind the state of the U.K. housing market & if DH & I ever decided to travel, we would be inclined to rent out rather than sell, with the option to sell should we decide to extend our travels & become nomadic
    I am so impressed with your kitchen makeover - not only the fact that you are doing it yourself & enjoying it but also that you will have a nice new kitchen at such a low monetary cost You must have soooo much energy - 7 day working weeks & a major project I am keeping my fingers crossed that your car boot sale goes well & that everything sells at optimum prices Your energy & enthusiasm are boundless, Rainbowhippie - the whole house being fixed up/redecorated

    Silvasava, nice to have a practical DH & think of the money you will save to spend on more enjoyable fun things The powder blue sounds like a lovely colour & what a great result on the knobs - I bet it looks like a whole new room

    dND, that rejection letter really takes the biscuit I know there is a job for you dND When you are in gainful employment & settled in, it might be nice to show your new colleagues that letter - I imagine there will be lots of giggling If not downright guffawing once the shock has worn off

    Make do: Made a large chilli on Sunday which DH & I have been eating each night - we have been changing it up a bit - one night tortilla chips, another night crusty bread & tonight with rice

    Mend: New battery in my travel alarm + plugged in & set up the radio/CD alarm clock.

    Minimise: Lots of dust - have been cleaning , large bag of rubbish compliments of DH as he is blitzing his office & starting to fill up a CS bag - crystal timbers, picture, 3 tray lidded ceramic pot. Also went through the contents of 2 knitting bags - handful of bits binned & a handful of bits of cardboard etc recycled.

    Happy MMMing everyone

    MrsSD
    • misstara
    • By misstara 25th Sep 18, 10:10 PM
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    Hello MMMers
    I can't actually remember the last time I posted on this thread, it's certainly been quite a while but loving reading what everyone has been up to and will try to make more of an effort to post

    I used up some brown bananas making banana loaf yesterday, there's still 2 bananas left so will make another one tomorrow. I slice it up, put in the freezer and take a slice to work each day as a wee mid morning snack.

    I've got a few days annual leave from work so tomorrow I'm planning a huge tidy up and clean of the flat, minimising the ironing pile and doing a food inventory to see what needs used up.
    Debt at LBM Jan 2014 £10458.09 Now £0
    New flat debt Jan 2017 £2302.75 Now £513.51 (77.7% paid)
    Car debt Nov 2017 £797.68 Now £767.31 (3.8% paid) + monthly payments £146.82 11/60
    Emergency fund - £50/£1000. Car fund - £37.12/£1000.
    Mini Targets in Octoberr
    Exercise target - 3/16. Groceries target £59.75/£200. NSD target 4/15.
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