Money saved, money received, bargains found, food harvested.
Got the refund from Ipswich Borough Council for council tax for the bit we had to pay before the bungalow sold.........a long winded business that took weeks.
Then we got the refund from HMRC for having to pay 2nd house stamp duty which - surprisingly - was sorted quite quickly and was a big addition back into savings.
Applied to HMRC for the Marriage Allowance which is when a low earner can pass some of their tax free allowance to the higher earner as I will be earning nothing and Col's income from his County Council pension and Employment Support Allowance will be a fraction over the personal allowance. (Thank you to my Penny Pincher friend S who reminded me of this possibility) Because of the way HMRC have allocated tax allowance to ESA and work pension we won't actually get this each month but will have to claim it back when we fill in tax returns next April. Annoying!
Car boot bargains were useful. 2 Box files 40p, shirt for Col 50p, muffin cases 20p. Things for grandchildren £4.50. Clothes and Box Duplo for granddaughter £15. 2 Shoulder bags £3, roll of greaseproof paper 10p, double sided sticky tape 50p and 2 huge Sudoku books £1. A Little pop-up play tent for beach or garden £5, bundle of crafting bits included about 50 white envelopes £2.50. New oven gloves 75p; 30 Dolly pegs £1; Large Plastic container for storing part opened dry cat food 75p.
Strawberries from Col's brothers garden ........4lb into the freezer for jam, some used for strawberry vodka liqueur for Christmas hampers, some made into coulis and frozen and lots eaten fresh.
Sales of smallholding items including 2 old trailers, water pump,generator,large ladder etc etc at the Big collective auction at the end of May gave us just over £600. Not to be sneezed at although Col was disappointed that some things went for less than he thought they ought. But really it was all things we won't use any more so they needed to go sooner rather than later.
First cucumbers from the greenhouse. Courgettes, potatoes, salad leaf,radishes and a few raspberries from the garden. Then first beetroot, chard, mange-tout peas and climbing French beans later in the month. Basil dried and used fresh.
Friends brought me a purple rose for my purple garden
Another box of £1 mushrooms from the local car-boot
£22 profit from selling bits and bobs at the car-boot sale.
Made bread, bread rolls and cakes. Using recipe book from library to try new frugal recipes
Cross stitching cards using stuff from the stash.
Col sanded down the £10 bench and gave it a coat of wood stain ( which was among things left here) and put it down the bottom of the meadow - replacing the one he made from old pallets which was too uncomfortable to sit on!
I've been looking all over for an old wooden chair for my bedroom so a dining chair could come back downstairs and found one at car boor for £5.
On the other hand we have spent out on materials for the lad who's going to re-do the garage roof, bought a new loo for downstairs which Col says he is well enough to replace and paint for the living room which I'm starting this week.
Lots of miles have been travelled with Colin to hospital twice weekly and visiting someone who is not well.
The boiler has been serviced as has the solar thermal thingy.
Col had to buy a new hedge cutter as he wore out our very old one!
Hope July is less spendy but I bet it isn't............the joy of restoring an old house!