One small bit of extra income this month was £16.50 from selling several secondhand books through Ziffit. Other than that it was the usual pensions and small bits of interest from savings bonds. Plus the £200 winter fuel allowance went into the bank.
Then it was No Spend November which is an annual challenge plan to only buy food, fuel, Christmas things and pay bills through the month. The idea is to save some money to use in December to finish the Christmas food shopping. Lots of bloggers used to do it when I started blogging in 2013. I've never taken it as a serious rule - actually that's my take on life in general!
Therefore it ended up being a Very Spendy Month - to make up for this I shall do a No Spend January (she says - with fingers crossed behind her back!)
Any tiny frugal things? Only the usual.........
- Mixing whole milk half and half with water
- Making big batch of vegetable/paneer curry and put in freezer for family visit at Christmas (will save a takeaway)
- Library books for free
- Somehow avoided using tumble dryer all month - finished things off on radiators
- Made a pair of leggings last longer by threading in new elastic and mending tiny holes.
- Ordered some Grandchildren Christmas presents with a Black Friday discount
- Pensioners discount Fish and chips
- Home made bread
- Made Christmas cakes for the hampers (not really frugal but better than buying more shop bought items )
- Charity Christmas cards for £1 from a charity shop.
- Avoided temptation to buy expensive diary (the Country Wisdom and Folklore diary for £12)- and got one for £2 from The Works
- Avoided more temptation to buy gorgeous traditional picture advent calendar - saving myself another tenner at least!