One day we will get to the end of all the work that needs doing here and stop spending money but in the mean time it's a money pit!
The thermostat on the hot water tank is the latest thing to go wrong!And we must get the garage doors done before the weather turns cold so we can put the car away. Then there are lots of branches that need cutting down and of course the oil tank replacement and the en-suite to be built. Ho Hum!
On the plus side of the equation
First runner beans from garden and first tomatoes from greenhouse. More Mange Tout peas, French Beans, potatoes, chard, beetroot, salad-leaves, radishes, courgettes, cucumbers .
Mange-tout peas, French Beans and courgettes put into freezer
I decorated the Living room - saving several hundred £s
Col replaced downstairs loo saving more £s
Bought two side tables with drawers from auction saving £s against the alternative of new. Living room now tidier and old coffee table now in conservatory.
Cooked meals from scratch and baked cakes
Green Tomato Chutney made for us and hampers.
Marrow and Ginger Preserve ditto
Cherry plums picked from the wild and some put in freezer.
2lb damsons picked from hedgerow trees and turned into jam
Bulk purchase of Ecover laundry liquid saving £15
Bulk Purchase of kitchen roll - made from recycled paper - which we use for tissues as well - same price as buying un-recycled from supermarket.
Bulk Purchase of Sodium Bicarbonate for cleaning saving £6 on shop price
Col's brother gave us some leek plants and a load of wood off-cuts for the woodburner.
Brought home cakes,quiche and sandwiches from the 'after the funeral' food
Took packed lunch and had free coffees from the clinic while at Addenbrookes
Made cards from stash
Ordered from Approved Foods saving over £30 (unless you count the Lindt Lindor box of chocs which brings the saving down a bit!)
Used vouchers and divi at Co-op and got yellow sticker and local produced sausages and other things £14 worth for £8.
Small cheque back from solicitor - an over payment
Toys for grandchildren from carboot- including huge amount of Brio type railway for £4
On the other hand...................
Paid for new roof for garage
Didn't bake bread this month.
Bought new curtains for living room and another bookcase.
Bought a dehydrator which might be a money saver but might not.
Had to buy food at hospital when we were there for longer than we thought we would be.
Lots of diesel needed for cars due to all the hospital stuff
Part exchanged old huge ride on mower for new smaller one
August might be better but I doubt it