Yesterday was a Foggy Monday morning, the sun was probably up there somewhere but wasn't seen until noon, and even then it was only half-hearted sunshine which disappeared two hours later.
The fruit for my Christmas cake had been soaking for 3 days so it was time to get it made. Half the Victorian Christmas cake recipe that's on the separate recipe page makes a 6 inch cake. After Christmas I'll finish it by eating slices with an apple and a piece of cheese....delicious. Not sure about bothering with marzipan or icing this year. If I buy a pack of both there will be some left over after doing such a small cake. Maybe I can find small packs? Not going to make my own.
The last of the list from 2013
26. Make you own bread everyone is doing it - it's easy and much cheaper.
This is something I've done on and off since the famous strikes in 1976 or 7, when there was no bread in the shops and we had to eat cream-crackers instead. I'm making most of my bread again since getting the bread-maker, just keeping bread rolls and a loaf of sliced in the freezer just-in-case. As a bag of flour(making 3 loaves) is a lot cheaper than one decent loaf of bread it has to be a good penny saver.
27. Do you REALLY need to buy a book straight away - wait for paperback version or buy secondhand later or use your Library.
Thank goodness for libraries is what I say, with their free borrowing and free reservations, must have saved me £1,000s over the last 40 years.
28. Eat less meat- start by swapping one meal a week to veggie things then 2 or 3 a week.
How things have changed in the last 7 years - now so many more people are vegetarian than there were back then, with so many options available to buy, and veggie and vegan recipe books abounding.
29. Chutney is easy to make, the ingredients can be cheap and men like jars of chutney for Christmas presents.
Still a good penny saver - My Christmas hampers this year have 4 jars of various chutneys in them.
30.Drive wisely - accelerate and brake slowly and don't carry more weight than you have to, take off the roof rack.
Still useful to do even though we all all driving less through Covid!.
I wonder how relevant these 30 tips will be in 7 years time?
(Direct Debits for Council Tax, Phones, Car Breakdown Insurance,Charity Donation Total £260)
1st. No Spend
2nd Food £33 + Cat £6 + Diesel £18 + Printer Paper £4. = £61
3rd No Spend
4th Swimming £2.255th No Spend
6th No Spend
7th No Spend
8th No Spend
9th No spend
Today won't be no spend as I need to shop for fresh fruit and veg and a few other things that got forgotten on the 2nd.