..............Not very is the answer.
I'm glad January is over as we hadn't planned on Col being in hospital for 2½ weeks and of course buying diesel, parking the car for visiting and extra phone top-up plays havoc with any sort of budgeting.
Also hadn't planned to buy anything from Approved Food or having to have a new tyre when the car got a puncture that couldn't be repaired.
Add on the last few days of the month spending from Saturday 27th to 31st
£37 Very Large sack of bird feed peanuts which will last most of the year
Computer Virus protection £5
Diesel for blue car £34.20
Shopping at Morrisons and Aldi £21
Spending was lots less than income so that's good but I suppose I'd better do Frugal February!
February will be starting in a good place...............Both cars have enough diesel for a week or two. The cupboards are full. We have enough bird feed for the rest of the year. I think we are due a quarterly water bill and house insurance and I must get the LPG cylinder.
Although however much we have to spend out in February it won't be as much as February 2017 as that was when we bought a house!
Thanks for all the comments about the NHS, hope the question from a reader about our National Health Service has been answered.