Whoops, should have posted this earlier in the week, it's now well past half way through the month. How are finances going?
If I don't count the beach hut ground rent and the house insurance, things look very good!
Cold weather and feeling poorly saves money
Stretching pennies is what it's all about.........................
£1 = washing soda crystals from Wilkinsons - these are used with a little Ecover Laundry Liquid in the washing machine.
55p= 2 Bath cleaning sponges also Wilkinsons. I cut these in half to make 4, I use them on the wash basins as well as the bath and shower.
£10.80 = Car parking at hospital. We get the ticket stamped so it "only" costs £3.60 a time. Sometimes we are there for 4 or 5 hours and it would be £7+ each time without the 'generosity' of National Car Parks allowing this discount for clinic patients!!
£10 = The cat. I've cut her down to 1½ pouches a day. She was eating Felix pouches but then they changed the texture and she wouldn't eat them so I've gone onto Sheba and cut the amount and increased the dry food a bit......... Cats!
£4 = Seed compost. I shall get some multi purpose later.
£1.50 = Entry to potato day (but I picked up a good sized cotton shopping bag free)
£5.10 = 30 seed potatoes. 5 of each of 6 different varieties
£3 = fleece mini tunnel for growing
50p = the seed feeder for the birds from car boot sale
50p = the Winifred Peck biography from car boot sale
£2 = The brass trivet from charity shop
£1.65 = items from the chemist
£92 = Supermarket food etc - a lot of which is still in the freezer,fridge and cupboards and quite a few £s of this is trying to find something that tastes right for Colin. He is still losing weight which is worrying. I'm gaining weight finishing the things he's tried and found not good! We've gone back to full fat milk to give him a few extra calories and I'm watering down ¼ pint to make half a pint for me each day.
£6 = eggs from local roadside stall - Col is eating lots - scrambled and french toast. Bread, cheese and eggs are now something he finds tasty and soft enough to eat.
£35 = Diesel for Blue Car
Total spend so far roughly £170 (+the beach hut ground rent and house insurance).
The rest of the month..................
Need to buy.............the LPG, diesel for grey car, milk, fresh fruit and veg. and a few other food items.
Also have to add Direct Debits for charity and phone/broadband.
We are feeling pleased with how well the heating oil is lasting. Never had oil before so had no idea how often we would need to fill the tank.When the new oil tank was put in it had a remote sensor that plugs in indoors which shows how the oil is going down, except that quite often it isn't showing anything, then a day or two later seems to be working fine. We had the tank filled in May last year so the other day Col wrapped up warm and taking a clean garden cane he did what people used to do.........dipped the tank to see what the level was and happily it's still got more than a quarter left. But with so much cold weather and Col sitting resting the woodburner has been lit for longer and our wood heap is much depleted. We may have to get Col's brother to come and split more Ash before the weather is warm enough to be without a fire.
(Our next door neighbours - elderly and without a wood-burner, have had their tank filled 3 times this winter.)
Have a good weekend.