There was some income........
In the workshop I found some bits of copper pipe, about a dozen, some 5 foot long and a few less than a foot long and also a small roll of lead. I could have cleared them out by taking them to the Household Waste Recycling centre but decided to take them to the big Scrap metal place where we used to take stuff from the smallholding. I'm glad I did because it put nearly £27 into the bank.
The ring that was too chunky for me that went into a higher value jewellery sale in April netted me over £70.
Almost two years on from his passing away the final money from Colin's Dad's will arrived - all a good help for me until state pension time.
The expenses this month have included all the usual stuff......food for me and the cat, diesel for the car, charity, phones and broadband direct debits.
Then I had to spend out on ......
- more peanuts and fat balls for the birds - bird feeding costs a fortune, but how do you stop once you've started? and hopefully I'll never have to.
- another 500 litres of heating oil at the beginning of the month when the weather turned chilly again and I don't like the tank getting too low.
- The TV Licence (and please don't say it's not a "have to" spend- it is for me!)
-Extra food for family weekend
- Hotter shoes for summer - replacing ones that had got very tatty over the last two years - I was really pleased they had done some prettier shoes in their wider fitting.
The things that money was spent on that technically (but only technically!) weren't needed....................
- I promptly spent the scrap money on a ticket for The Suffolk Agricultural Show! Made sure to decide early enough this year to get an early bird ticket. Last year, because of everything that happened, I couldn't make up my mind to go or not and ended up missing the cheapest offer.
- And while I was spending on tickets I bought a ticket for one of the presentations at the Felixstowe book festival too. I did two last year and would have gone to one or two more this year but there was nothing else I fancied.
- 4 elder saplings to make up for the one the neighbours cut down in the lane
- dressing up/fancy dress clothes, books and toys for grandchildren
- a tunic top in the Morrisons sale and a long summer dress from a charity shop ( comments by kids - "haven't seen you in a dress for years -except at weddings and funerals!") plus a cardigan from a charity shop.
- and some jeggings that actually fit me from Asda ( usually jeans that fit my thighs and bum are miles too big round the waist and tum - Oh Poetry!) ( For someone who doesn't spend much on new clothes this was a big spree.)
- A book for my birthday
- edible Easter pressies for the family
- A takeaway Chinese meal when Eldest was here
Was there anything at all that could actually count as frugal?
No..................... apart from using my Morrisons More £5 voucher and finding the cheap printer ink.
The usual things like free library books
Rhubarb and chives and two servings of asparagus from the garden.
Could be classed as a very un-frugal month I think............Ho Hum.
Still clearing out..........
- The scrap mentioned above
- A couple more bits of rubbish from the workshop into the bin
- A box of car light bulbs and fuses to Col's brother
- A couple of old Hi- Viz jackets into the bin
- Old panniers off my bike into the dustbin