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    • coastalchick
    • By coastalchick 5th Jan 18, 12:40 PM
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    2018: Saving for Wedding and potential IVF
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    • 5th Jan 18, 12:40 PM
    2018: Saving for Wedding and potential IVF 5th Jan 18 at 12:40 PM
    As it's a new year, I thought a new diary was appropriate. Plus, I was glad to see the back of 2017 so didn't really want to carry on a new diary.

    About me: turning 40 this year, engaged, 1 cat. 2017 was a strange year. Ups: OH and I bought a house and got engaged, Downs: Cat had to have 3 surgeries (though he is fine now) and I had a miscarriage at the end of August. It was our first child and it was literally the worst experience of my life. Trying again but it's not happening. Seeing specialist 15 Jan to see what he advises. But potentially might need to go for IVF as suspect miscarriage was down to my egg quality with my age.

    We got engaged on a Friday and by the Monday we had decided on a date for wedding 5 months after, On the Tuesday we found out we were pregnant. Planned but unexpected as it was our first go. So we postponed the wedding and set another 2 potential dates for after baby due. However, 8 weeks later, found out we had lost the baby and are now a bit in limbo. Can't decide whether to just elope or just get on and book a big day for say June/July to give me chance to lose weight. Could well get pregnant in that time and worries are, if I do: morning sickness on the day (suffered from it SO badly last time), or miscarrying again. Also put off big day in case we need the cash for IVF. So many bloody issues!!!!

    ANYWAY. I have no debt (though was in debt massively in my 20's) other than mortgage. But savings were massively depleted when we bought house last year. Pension only just been started though have a flat in Tooting which is part of my pension. Ok financially but still worry. And particularly now because of potential costs of wedding/IVF.

    So need to keep self on straight and narrow!!!

    Tonight or tomorrow is big shop and have made a list. Won't be cheapest as we are going to try to do healthy stuff. No plans for weekend going out AT ALL for whole of January which am very very happy about!!!!

    Lunch today will be some fried eggs and wholemeal bread from stores.
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    • coastalchick
    • By coastalchick 9th Feb 18, 3:06 PM
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    I know there's no point as I can't do anything about it but I am SO mad at myself for all the money I wasted over the years, particularly at Uni and trying to keep up with the Jonses. If I had just had more self confidence to seek out people who were actually friends, I could have come out of Uni with savings rather than debt. Feel like such an idiot.

    I'm not in debt now (other than mortgages but that is ok as have a lot of equity in both properties) but I could have retired earlier or taken more time off or done something else other than law, if I had just not been so !!!!ing stupid.

    I am going to make sure that our kids are financially savvy and understand what an interest rate is, and don't suffer the same confidence problems I suffered from.
    • wjr4
    • By wjr4 9th Feb 18, 8:05 PM
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    I know there's no point as I can't do anything about it but I am SO mad at myself for all the money I wasted over the years, particularly at Uni and trying to keep up with the Jonses. If I had just had more self confidence to seek out people who were actually friends, I could have come out of Uni with savings rather than debt. Feel like such an idiot.

    I'm not in debt now (other than mortgages but that is ok as have a lot of equity in both properties) but I could have retired earlier or taken more time off or done something else other than law, if I had just not been so !!!!ing stupid.

    I am going to make sure that our kids are financially savvy and understand what an interest rate is, and don't suffer the same confidence problems I suffered from.
    Originally posted by coastalchick
    Please don't ever feel bad about the past - keep looking forward x
    • sauceoclock
    • By sauceoclock 13th Feb 18, 3:14 PM
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    Yes I second the above comment. I'm only 25 and I have some debt through a pattern I got in to and was in denial about. Sometimes I sit and just think 'oh goodness why did I spend that money, why couldn't I have just eaten beans and not had a holiday' etc. but life is all about learning and moving forward and given your current financial situation I'd say you've really done well, especially given the equity in your properties.

    At work I see people day in, day out who own properties but every 2 years their mortgage balance goes up and up as they consolidate more debt. We tell them every time - don't take out more!!! They inevitably come back with 3 more credit cards and loan. You do so well xxx
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    • coastalchick
    • By coastalchick 27th Feb 18, 8:00 AM
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    Thanks ladies. I needed that.

    Been MIA for a bit. Ended last month with about a third of my (cut) monthly budget left which was less than was expecting as the last couple of weeks of that month were more expensive than I'd budgeted for. Mainly as I had been poorly so OH was in charge of shopping and went mad!!! But hoofed that over to savings. This month we have to pay 470 each for repairs to wall so have hoofed that over to a separate account (well, 500 just in case it goes over a bit). Cut the budget again this month (to same as last month) but a little worried might go over. We have to pay 350/2 today for something and have a couple of meals out this month, plus mother's day. But will try to be frugal in between. Taking lunch to work every day plus snacks so trying not to spend.

    Off to see my friends just outside of london this weekend so need to get gifts for her 2 girls. Hoping not to spend too much as there for 2 nights and know she is on about getting take out one of the nights so cheaper than going out.

    Also got a !!!!!!!g tax bill for 613 on friday! Thankfully it doesn't have to be paid until 23rd and we get paid on 20th so can pay it out of next month's pay but annoying as means not in my savings!!! Get my bonus in march pay though which is 1468 post tax. Not amazing (given my industry) but given I literally work 9-5 4 days a week now and no overtime or real stress, I can't really complain.

    Just seems to be taking ages to build up savings! In my last job I could save like 3k a month so it built up quick - but obv not in that job any more!

    Bit annoyed as OH owes me 26k from when we bought house last april - his flat didn't sell (still hasn't though is rented) and so I had to put more in. He was left with less savings than me (about 10k less) and yet has now managed to surpass my level of savings as he dabbles in the stock market! Part of me feels like he should be making efforts to repay me, but then I guess for us as a couple it's better if he keeps building those savings rather than them languishing in my "safe" account. I have no doubt he will pay me back once flat sells but I do find it a tad annoying!!
    • coastalchick
    • By coastalchick 28th Feb 18, 3:54 PM
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    Didn't spend anything yesterday or today. We got sent home from work yesterday lunchtime so didn't go via shops as roads too bad. Today I've worked from home so not left house, though OH is going out to get some supplies this evening before heavy snow hits tomorrow. Have given him a list so hoping minimal.

    Away this weekend - not sure if we will be going out too much or not, friends have 2 little kids. I know we are getting a take away friday so that will be cheap. We will spend on train fares but shouldn't be too much. Need this month to be frugal though out for dinner on 10th and 17th plus there's mother's day - which means presents for my mum and OH's mum. We are also doing afternoon tea for OH's mum - can't decide whether to make a cake like a piano or some chocolate cupcakes instead. Piano one would look cool though never made it before - thinking a tray bake brownie then covered with icing and white chocolate and milk chocolate kitkats for the keys.

    I just find existing so expensive really. Food is the worst expense I think.
    • coastalchick
    • By coastalchick 8th Mar 18, 7:37 AM
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    Well, there is little point in posting - money wise life has gone mental! Went to see friends at weekend and spent around 130 on train fares, take outs, meals out, gifts etc.

    Then, tuesday night got home from work and there was black smoke coming out our flue and the carbon monoxide alarm going mental! Luckily our mate is a plumber so he is replacing it for as cheap as he can but its 4 grand (!!!!!!!!!). So there goes my bonus and a bit more. And we've to pay 940 for wall repairs!!!! Thankfully OH has paid me back 1,613 from the 26k he owes me so that will cover half my share of boiler cost and my tax bill. This has not been a good month!!!!

    So, general day to day spending must be kept to a minimum for a while.
    • coastalchick
    • By coastalchick 9th Mar 18, 7:25 AM
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    And in other news.....we are 12 weeks 4 days pregnant with a little boy!!!

    Excited and petrified in equal measure. So perhaps I should change the title of my diary!

    We are going to book wedding for next year now and had better get saving for baby things and also as I will be taking 2 months of my 7 off as unpaid - so we will need some extra spondoolies.
    • Cumbria lass
    • By Cumbria lass 9th Mar 18, 7:40 AM
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    Oh coastal chick I read your diary but never comment . However I have just read the last 4 pages , was going to commiserate about the boiler expense , but then the last post. , what a change.

    Congratulations best news ever , fingers and toes crossed for you . You must be over the moon .
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    • Poor_Single_lady
    • By Poor_Single_lady 9th Mar 18, 8:49 AM
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    Hurrah a boy! You will be a fantastic mum Coastal. So pleased for you. xx
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    • coastalchick
    • By coastalchick 9th Mar 18, 10:09 AM
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    Thanks ladies - am literally SO excited but just hoping nothing goes wrong like last time. We had our 12 week scan yesterday (after 3 bloody scares with this pregnancy) and it was all great and then they phoned me with our Iona test (tests for downs, edwards and pataus and can also tell you the sex) results lunchtime and they were as low risk as you can get and a boy!!!

    I didn't mind either way (although after spending time with my friend's 1 year old at the weekend I was poss leaning towards a girl being fab) but knew OH really wanted a boy (so he could indoctrinate him into his world of planes and lego!!) so I just broke down in tears!!!!

    Off to get a MASSIVE box of chocs and card for the medical staff at the specialists as they have been so so patient with all my calls and stresses and I cannot thank them enough and a card for the on-call obstetrician I saw at A&E this week (when we had a bleed) who actually texted me yesterday to check all was ok!

    OH's mum is ecstatic, esp as the family name will live on (her words!) and brought me round a lovely maternity dress last night - she is so so lovely. I literally have never been this happy in all my life - cringe post but this baby is half of me and half of the person I love (cringe I know!). OH is literally going to make the best dad ever - he is so kind, caring, generous, funny and so so moral. I literally could not ask for a better father for our child.

    Sorry for the over-enthusiastic post - I will go back to normal MSE posts soon but the last 2.5 months have been such a worry and stress I think it's the relief!!!!
    • Cumbria lass
    • By Cumbria lass 9th Mar 18, 12:11 PM
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    You have every right to be excited . I will pop in more frequently now to follow your journey.
    CC1 3655 April 2018.
    • missplant
    • By missplant 9th Mar 18, 1:44 PM
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    I have just read your whole diary and I am so happy for you! massive congratulations
    • coastalchick
    • By coastalchick 10th Mar 18, 8:38 AM
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    Thanks ladies! Still on cloud nine and bought 3 little baby grows (only 11.50 for the 3 so quite MSE) yesterday - they have planes on and OH loves planes so I thought baby could come home from the hospital in those! OH was in tears when he saw them!!!

    Moving back to MSE things are NOT good. Spent loads yesterday, baby grows then an outfit for my friend's baby (she had a baby 5 weeks ago after around 3 years of trying and 2 losses), bag of cat food (32), stuff from M&S (chocs for ladies, thank you cards, pizza etc for last night - 30), stuff to make mother's day cake (11), and OH just been to B&Q for new drill (45) as he is sorting out the utility. Our utility is tiny (though lucky to have one) but seeing if we can re-arrange it to be able to get a pram/buggy in there - OH having to move cupboard off wall and cut in half and move to another wall and move dryer onto top of washer so we can create room for a pram/buggy.

    Tonight I'm out (though not drinking so hoping to limit cost) and we have big shop to do tomorrow. Get paid on 20th but we also have another night out and another big shop to do before then - have a feeling will go over budget this month.

    Next month also have home insurance to renew which will be around 400 and we want to start decorating - we will do most of it ourselves but still costs in paint etc.

    OH said we just need to accept we are unlikely to be able to save much over the next few moths doing all that (we need new carpets also)


    Arghhhhhhh
    • coastalchick
    • By coastalchick 16th Mar 18, 9:16 AM
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    MSE wise is still not good!!! Went out Sat which was, even though not drinking, still 35 for 2 courses, 2 pints lime and soda and tip! Table was 645 and we were home by 10 but I was then wiped out for around 3 days - I just am really struggling with tiredness at the moment.

    Anyway, we have also spent a fair bit on shopping and petrol this week. Have around 300 left in this month's budget and get paid Tues. I've cancelled night out tomorrow (because of tiredness issue) but OH still going - will save me pennies. Have a big shop to do and I also need to get some new walking trousers and poss a coat as we go away to New Forest next weekend and I obv cannot fit in my usual clothes at the moment!!!

    House insurance is due for renewal before 13 April and so was hoping to have around 200 left over from this month's budget to pay for that. As also got to pay 500 for wall repairs, 2000 for boiler and 602 for tax from this month's pay (all of which I thankfully have due to putting away the wall money, bonus and OH repaying me some of what he owes but I am panicking as taking 8 weeks unpaid leave for part of my maternity leave and we need baby stuff also.

    On that note, a friend of mine has offered me a Mamas and Papas rocking crib for free so we pick that up tomorrow - hoping to get a lot more stuff for cheap/free. Only thing am bothered about buying new really is cot mattress, blankets etc.

    I just find it is SO expensive to live.
    • sauceoclock
    • By sauceoclock 19th Mar 18, 2:18 PM
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    I've just caught up with your diary and oh my goodness!! Congratulations, I know it might sound daft but I welled up a little as I know how much you've struggled and it's lovely to hear you're having a boy! Sorry to hear you've had some scares but amazing you're now in your second trimester, it'll fly by!

    Agree with you that living costs appear to just keep sky rocketing? We're looking for a new rental property at the moment and because of all these daft prudential regulation authority changes rental prices have gone through the roof so landlords can afford their buy-to-let mortgages. PRA changes were supposed to help people who are renting buy properties as they wanted landlords to sell-up (I'm sure you've heard all about the tax changes etc. as a landlord yourself). All it's done is force rental prices even higher, completely counter-productive. I also noticed my council tax is really expensive this year sounds like we could do with a new money tree
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    • Poor_Single_lady
    • By Poor_Single_lady 20th Mar 18, 10:51 AM
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    It is so expensive to live. Everything just costs ridiculous amount of money just to maintain - not even to improve!

    I just wanted to pop in quickly re the getting married. Just listen to your heart as well as your head. I love the idea of small weddings but it is about what you want.

    But also remember to rest. When we do too much and have too much on - our brains sometimes get worn out And struggle. Hope you're not doing too much. And listen to your heart. xxx
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    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 20th Mar 18, 12:08 PM
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    Congratulations on your wonderful news!
    May I suggest that you accept Everything given to you by way of clothes & kit for the baby & only get rid of stuff that is unsafe by current thinking? (Cot bumpers, dubious car seats etc) Storage will become a problem, but better that that a whole in the budget. Life is expensive but buying everything new for a baby is also gruesome expensive, so plan to raise an MSE baby & let those who love you buy things new?

    All the very best and the wedding is a bit less important than being married. (Former colleague turned Registrar tells me there are sensational wedding dresses for the pregnant & that she married a lady at 38 weeks, to the great delight of all involved.) Safe and happy travels!
    • enthusiasticsaver
    • By enthusiasticsaver 20th Mar 18, 4:34 PM
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    Thanks ladies - am literally SO excited but just hoping nothing goes wrong like last time. We had our 12 week scan yesterday (after 3 bloody scares with this pregnancy) and it was all great and then they phoned me with our Iona test (tests for downs, edwards and pataus and can also tell you the sex) results lunchtime and they were as low risk as you can get and a boy!!!
    Originally posted by coastalchick
    Congratulations and best wishes for a smooth pregnancy. My DD is 33 weeks pregnant now with GD2 so been out shopping today with her for bits for her hospital bag and summer clothes for DGD1 so they don't need to go shopping in May when she has a newborn.
    MSE wise is still not good!!! Went out Sat which was, even though not drinking, still 35 for 2 courses, 2 pints lime and soda and tip! Table was 645 and we were home by 10 but I was then wiped out for around 3 days - I just am really struggling with tiredness at the moment.

    Anyway, we have also spent a fair bit on shopping and petrol this week. Have around 300 left in this month's budget and get paid Tues. I've cancelled night out tomorrow (because of tiredness issue) but OH still going - will save me pennies. Have a big shop to do and I also need to get some new walking trousers and poss a coat as we go away to New Forest next weekend and I obv cannot fit in my usual clothes at the moment!!!

    House insurance is due for renewal before 13 April and so was hoping to have around 200 left over from this month's budget to pay for that. As also got to pay 500 for wall repairs, 2000 for boiler and 602 for tax from this month's pay (all of which I thankfully have due to putting away the wall money, bonus and OH repaying me some of what he owes but I am panicking as taking 8 weeks unpaid leave for part of my maternity leave and we need baby stuff also.

    On that note, a friend of mine has offered me a Mamas and Papas rocking crib for free so we pick that up tomorrow - hoping to get a lot more stuff for cheap/free. Only thing am bothered about buying new really is cot mattress, blankets etc.

    I just find it is SO expensive to live.
    Originally posted by coastalchick
    Accept all the second hand stuff you can (providing it is still in good condition of course). I would suggest you work out how much you will get in monthly pay while on maternity leave and just see how easy it is to live off that and save the difference. Another thing we found today. We looked in mothercare at the crib sheets (my DD has gone for a next to me crib this time as she had moses basket for GD1 which she never settled in) and the sex appropriate ones were far cheaper than the neutral ones. Pink and blue ones were 6 for 2 and the cream/beige ones were 11 for 2. Apparently the cribs were the same so if you want a neutral one they tend to cost more than a pink or blue one.

    Congratulations on your wonderful news!
    May I suggest that you accept Everything given to you by way of clothes & kit for the baby & only get rid of stuff that is unsafe by current thinking? (Cot bumpers, dubious car seats etc) Storage will become a problem, but better that that a whole in the budget. Life is expensive but buying everything new for a baby is also gruesome expensive, so plan to raise an MSE baby & let those who love you buy things new?

    All the very best and the wedding is a bit less important than being married. (Former colleague turned Registrar tells me there are sensational wedding dresses for the pregnant & that she married a lady at 38 weeks, to the great delight of all involved.) Safe and happy travels!
    Originally posted by DigForVictory
    I thoroughly agree with this. Raising a baby is expensive as are weddings. Having an MSE wedding is perfectly possible and will put you in a great position going forward as kids don't get any cheaper as they get older.

    Once again many congratulations coastal and I look forward to hearing about your journey.
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    • coastalchick
    • By coastalchick 30th Mar 18, 8:32 AM
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    Thank you all for your kind words and sorry for radio silence - we were away last weekend and then this week I've just not had the energy to think after work!

    Definitely accepting all the "safe" second hand stuff we have - we now have the crib (which is pristine and picked up from friends sister who I used to knock about with years ago but hadn't seen for ages - lovely thing was we got on really well, and my OH got on really well with her OH (they are both flyers) so we are going to see them more!) so just going to get mattress and sheets/blankets new (thanks v much for the tip re gender specific being cheaper!!). OH's sister said she had some stuff in her loft for us (baby bath, changing station etc) so going to grab those when we see them monday and looking on the local sale site for clothes as he will no doubt go through them quickly!!

    MSE wise not great (as expected). We were away at weekend - it was my treat to OH so I had 160 left to pay on the accommodation (thankfully everything else had been pre-paid in Jan) and we just split food, petrol etc. Still resulted in us spending over 320 between us (on top of the accommodation!) but we had a lovely time. My morning sickness seemed to clear and I felt much more like my old self so we really enjoyed it. OH is so sweet, was struggling with my back so he secretly booked me a pregnancy massage at a posh hotel - he is v thoughtful.

    Since getting back we've spent a bit on paint etc as he is decorating the nursery - saving though by him doing it as opposed to getting someone in. Then will need a new carpet (a, because I hate the yucky brown it currently is and b, because OH has now spilt paint all over it (cos he knew we were chucking it!)) but that should hopefully not be too pricey. Ordered some plane stickers for one of the walls and a plane cot mobile. And some gorgeous bookends (and a few board books!). Trying not to go mad, but just liking buying a few bits here and there every now and again.

    Ended up with around 213 left over last month so have hoofed that in another account to pay for my half house insurance renewal when it arrives.

    This month not going to be cheap as also need some maternity clothes (as I am literally struggling for things to wear now and I still have to work) and paint/carpets etc but we are not really going out at all. Apart from a lunch at OH's mum's on Mon (so free but we will probably take a cake or something) we are staying in all weekend watching "Escape to the Chateau" (has anyone seen that - fab programme!) and painting (well, OH is and I am cooking up a storm). So expense this weekend will be big shop (have a massive list - making him a duck egg sponge cake, a lasagna, butternut risotto, spanish omelette, butternut and pancetta pasta) but nothing on going out at all. Then we have nothing in diary until 14 April and that's only watching the national at a friend's (we are doing afternoon tea and I'll make a cake as my friend can't cook at all (self-confessed) so hoping for a cheap month on that front.

    Work have sorted out my maternity package though waiting for final confirmation of figures. It's a bit annoying as my SMP (well, equivalent where we are) gets paid weekly so my work will take that off what they pay me monthly, so I might need a bit of a buffer from time to time). I get 18 weeks full pay (which actually turns into 19 weeks due to BH's which fall in that time meaning they add it onto the end so I get an extra week off and an extra week of pay!), 4 weeks paid holiday, then 8 weeks unpaid. But during the 8 weeks unpaid they pay their contribution to my pension so I only have to pay my own. Worked out that during those 8 weeks, with the SMP and income from my rental property I can almost cover my half of mortgage and bills, but will need OH to basically pay my pension contributions and fund our expenses/food for those 8 weeks (which he's more than happy with) so all is looking ok. Plus I should get a bonus in march (small) which is a month I'm not being paid so might not even need much from OH then.

    We have decided that as soon as we have baby's birth certificate we are opening an investment account for him. We will put 70 a month in there plus all the child benefit we get. I think my parents are also likely to be rather generous on birthdays/christmas etc so some of that can go in there too. I know it's a long way off but it's in case he wants to go to university. I'm 40 in Sept and I don't want him to get to 18 and then us have to worry about finding the money if that's what he wants to do. So if we start saving from birth (for as long as we can afford to) then we should have the money by then. My dad did the same for us so it's kind of been drilled into me! Then, if he doesn't want to go to Uni we can maybe let him have it for a flat deposit/some to go travelling, or just head to Rio ourselves!

    Wedding wise we are now booked in for next Sept - we have decided to do the big day after all but I will be saving on things like flowers (going to hire beautiful plants for the church part, and only have some cheap vintage milk bottles with one or two flowers in dotted on the tables), favours (thinking of making own chocolate bark for guests or not bothering) and spending the money on the photographer and things like that. Not bothered about a posh car to drive us around or any of that jazz either. Just want al friends and family there, fab music and everyone to drink and eat lots and have a fab time.

    Sorry for the long post - this is what happens when Ive not posted for a while!

    To those of you I follow, I'll catch up on your diaries and comment when back from shops!!!
    • coastalchick
    • By coastalchick 30th Mar 18, 1:38 PM
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    Spent 109.16 in supermarket!! (will be split between 2). Know that's a lot but making meals from scratch is not cheap and I've not properly cooked for ages - as OH working so hard on house feel I owe him nice cooked dinners. But will last longer than this week as making a massive lasagne and a risotto, leftovers will be frozen. Also included things like loo roll, kitchen roll, bin liners and flaming vanilla pods (almost 9 for those - then blinking realised we already had one!)

    Bought some teeny tiny trousers for the baby which were in the sale and 3 so thinking that's ok and ordinarily we would be out for lunches/dinners etc over easter weekend so saving cash by staying in.

    Made spanish omlette for lunch and still have plenty of ingredients left over to make another. Will make cake tomorrow.
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