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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 31st Mar 18, 9:32 AM
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    20/20 Vision (repaying a debt to my home and myself)
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    • 31st Mar 18, 9:32 AM
    20/20 Vision (repaying a debt to my home and myself) 31st Mar 18 at 9:32 AM
    I am debt free but I have neglected myself and my home for years. My home and I have held up well after years of neglect, but we are both shabby and need of care and attention. I need to move on. This house needs a little family to love it. So I am giving myself 20 months for us both to be camera ready, so we can rise from the ashes of debt like phoenixes in 2020.

    So over the next 20 months I will do a minimum of:

    --20 Major home improvements

    --20 Minor home improvements

    --20 kilos

    --20 drab to fab changes

    --20 health improvements

    --20 giant frogs to eat

    --20 normal sized frogs to eat

    I will set a monthly goal in each category and moan, whinge report on it throughout the month until it is done

    For APRIL it looks like this:

    —Fix the roof

    —Find window film for living room, put it up, clean the window and get curtains taken up

    —Lose 2 kilos

    —Wear tinted lip balm and perfume everyday in April.

    —Walk 3 miles at least once a week

    —Get insurances in place. This is A GIANT FROG outstanding for over a decade

    —Get glasses. This is a normal sized frog outstanding for 3 years.

    So, here I go…
    Last edited by doingitanyway; 31-03-2018 at 6:46 PM.
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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 10th Aug 18, 6:34 PM
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    Yes, I get that.
    Loathe being talked down too.
    I meant that you could decorate first if you wanted & then have window done.
    Maybe I picked you up wrongly
    Originally posted by beanielou
    Ah I misunderstood you. The lady decorator said hairline cracks to the plastering often appear when putting in windows. It isn't noticed with paper but I want plain walls so it might show, so thinking that would be a shame and best to do windows first. Just need to do it and stop being a wuss
    Last edited by doingitanyway; 10-08-2018 at 6:41 PM.
    • Drawingaline
    • By Drawingaline 10th Aug 18, 7:09 PM
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    Is it only one window? Or all of them? I found a fab company through checkatrade who repair over replace, but will replace if necessary. But the kind of company where one window is fine, no selling etc, just in, measure, quote done.

    Rather than a large company?
    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 10th Aug 18, 7:27 PM
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    Thank you drawingaline
    I need a definite replace as my frames are rotten. To replace: A large bay window (5 panes) and 6 other windows. It is the bay window that is the priority. The others can be done as and when. I would like a small company. The last one I used was smallish but they still rang rings around me
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 10th Aug 18, 9:02 PM
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    It is worth getting a quote from a joiner as aposed to a window company.
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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 10th Aug 18, 9:48 PM
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    It is worth getting a quote from a joiner as aposed to a window company.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    Thanks Beanie.
    • mark88man
    • By mark88man 11th Aug 18, 7:12 AM
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    My expeience with larger companies is that you probably need to end up at 40% of original advertised price. It was a while ago but I got my 4 bed detached house (80s build) done - 11 windows, 2 doors and a patio door, and I ended up at 50% of initial ask and I still think I paid 10% too much

    However as I had it done in January (!!) they weren't very busy so sent 2 vans down and had everything done in a day - basically knocked all the frames out then stuck the new ones in and they've been fine - so if you worry about trademan underfoot you might want to make sure they have enough workers to do it quickly
    Things happen for a reason. Often the reason is we are stupid & make bad decisions.
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    • Drawingaline
    • By Drawingaline 11th Aug 18, 3:35 PM
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    Yes my mum and dad overpaid a large company to do their old house a few years back. But offset by having three vans on site and a large four bed detached done and dusted in a day. Which was important for them.
    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 12th Aug 18, 10:26 PM
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    Lady Bountiful
    Today I decided I needed a desk as I work at home a lot. I also want a proper chair to protect my back. I explored Heals. It was the discount outlet but still silly money. A reality check. I cannot afford it there. That said, a decent office chair still costs quite a bit wherever I go.

    I feel as if i have more money now I am debt free but it is an illusion. I need a huge 5 pane window and a large room decorated and a new kitchen before Christmas. I have no money to waste.

    I need to make sure I do not continue to spend as if I am working 5 days when my salary will be about 18% reduced. I need a new budget for a new situation. Food and travelling account for too much of my budget. Today I cleared out the fridge and threw away some fish and some homemade stock. Wasting food is unacceptable to me. I need to do better especially if I am going to have less money coming in. Sigh.

    It is great that I only have to go into the office 2 days a week and this costs me under £20 in total but I could do it for £6 a week and get some exercise in too. 1 hour and 40 minutes a day twice a week would do my health good so why am I not doing it? Okay it would take longer but I could read or snooze on the bus.

    The good news is a separate account for discretionary spending really works. who knew?It reduces the panic. Despite pink cava spends and Lady Bountiful tendencies, the amounts allocated have worked out just fine. This makes me wonder if the spending account is too generous?

    I hope your weekend has gone well. Let's see what we can achieve next week
    Last edited by doingitanyway; 12-08-2018 at 10:45 PM.
    • RosaBernicia
    • By RosaBernicia 13th Aug 18, 12:18 AM
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    Have you looked in the Swedish store DIA? I sorted my little office for about £250 - desk, chair, and shelving unit from there (shelves hold all the files, trays, and printer etc). Plus a monitor riser via online. It's made such a difference to how I feel about the room so although it was sort of an avoidable spend - I could have stuck with the old kitchen table etc for longer - I don't regret it at all.

    Rosa xx
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    • in need of direction
    • By in need of direction 13th Aug 18, 8:23 AM
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    in need of direction
    I saw some office chairs on living s0cial or gr0upon at the weekend. Fully adjustable and reasonably priced plus there's always some small bit of cashback. I'd saw hold fire on the full blown office but get the right chair to avoid back pain.
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 13th Aug 18, 11:51 AM
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    Fortune Smiles
    Are you on Facebook DIA? I've found some really good items on Facebook Marketplace. Most people will let you come and take a look before you buy.

    Fortune x
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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 13th Aug 18, 10:12 PM
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    Thanks everyone for the advice.

    I am not on Faceache Fortune Smiles

    I will keep thinking about this one and when pay day arrives I will buy a chair at least

    Today was my day off. I frittered most of the day away with not even a peep at my task list and no frogs were eaten

    But then I went to the Post Office to return the items ordered that I do not love. The dress I have kept is lovely but I got it in a smaller size. It fits, but will look better if I lose half a stone. Everything was boxed up and returned.

    I met a friend for a cup of tea and a catchup.

    I have not got going with the diet but I have not given up. I shall restart tomorrow and keep at it until I get it right.

    A bit of a meh day but I (hopefully ) live on to fight another day

    I hope you had a good day reader.
    Last edited by doingitanyway; 14-08-2018 at 8:07 AM.
    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 16th Aug 18, 5:06 PM
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    A mixed bag
    I have been offline for a few days after my laptop had a fit but I am back from the laptop hospital (also known as JL) and it is better now. I was still under warranty by 2 days! So no charge. NOTHING was backed up. Nope nada. I was lucky not to lose any data so buying an external drive on Sunday (I know I could use the cloud for free)

    My week has been crazy due to not being 'connected' and also having to commute to the office daily. Off work today on holiday but it was used sorting out the sick laptop.

    Lady decorator came back with a quote. A bit more than I expected but I will probably still go with her. I like her and that makes a big difference to how I feel about having a tradesperson in my home. She wants to start next week but I think I should put the window in first as the walls may develop hairline cracks and it would be a shame after paying so much to get the room decorated.

    In other news a plumber who was on holiday is back and can come and quote next week.

    I am feeling a bit 'off' I really had to push myself to go and get my laptop fixed. I put off a kitchen meeting until next week too. I am trying not to put too much stress on myself but I think I should contact the plumber and ask him to quote?

    I hope you are all okay out there
    • Chrystal
    • By Chrystal 16th Aug 18, 5:16 PM
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    Yes, bite the bullet (swallow the frog!) and get a quote from the plumber.
    I agree about getting the window done before the decorating, it would be so annoying if the cracks appeared, which they probably would, so why give yourself that headache worrying about it.
    I know you don't like having tradespeople in, but the sooner they're there the sooner it's finished and you can start to relax a little bit.
    Glad you managed to get your laptop done within the warranty - someone was smiling down on you!
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    • abba1772
    • By abba1772 16th Aug 18, 5:21 PM
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    That was lucky with the laptop still being under warranty by two days. Xx
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    • Cumbria lass
    • By Cumbria lass 16th Aug 18, 7:48 PM
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    Cumbria lass
    Glad to see you are back online , and good news about the warranty. The window definitely wants doing before the decorating, you are perfectly right.

    As Chrystal says the sooner the trades in the sooner it's done.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 16th Aug 18, 9:05 PM
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    Good news on the laptop.
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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 17th Aug 18, 8:13 PM
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    STOOPID (as Dave Ramsey might say)
    Cumbria Lass I am going to do it in the right order so the plan is to ask her to start the decorating in November and use September/October to get the window put in.

    Beanie and Abba1772 you are right. I definitely got lucky with the laptop repair

    Chrystal you make sense. The sooner I get the tradesmen in the sooner I can relax. At the same time I need to be careful not to over-stress myself as I’ve not been back at work that long. That said, I called the plumber and he is coming to quote next week

    Today I have frittered money away on food, drinks, snacks and travel but the worst is I paid for an expensive film ticket on a whim. To get the price down I paid a membership fee and then bought tickets. Once I pay fares to get there this impulse would have cost me £108. INSANE. Because I am a wuss about asking for my money I paid for my friend’s ticket too. STUPID. It isn’t her fault but whenever I am around her I overspend. When I start my new 4 day week we won’t overlap on a regular basis and maybe it is just as well.

    £108 could have gone towards my emergency savings. It is done now but I notice this sort of ridiculous impulsiveness happens when I am tired

    I hope you all had a good MSE day

    Called decorator and agreed a start date of beginning of October to give me time to put the window in
    Last edited by doingitanyway; 17-08-2018 at 9:01 PM.
    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 18th Aug 18, 7:34 AM
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    chaotic eating
    As well as impulse spending I am impulse eating. This is especially bad (not to mention expensive) as I have been away from home every day this week. I am supposed to be eating low carb but then I am eating chaotically and I am tired so I have been craving sugar and crisps are rearing their ugly heads again. So today I will be creating some healthy meals that include healthy carbs.

    Tahini lemon and ginger sauce
    Lentil and veg soup
    Raw veggie platter with humous, olives, pickles and toasted cashews
    Thai fish curry

    Stock bubbling away
    Washing machine humming away
    First lot of dishes washed

    So thankful to be working from home today

    Happy Saturday everyone
    • Homegrown0
    • By Homegrown0 18th Aug 18, 1:21 PM
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    Sounds like some positive progress, despite the cravings for badness. I too have fallen off the eating and exercising wagon since being away with work last week so getting back into it on Monday once my busy weekend is over.

    Glad you've booked in the painter as this will give you motivation to get the window situation sorted!

    Enjoy your weekend.
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