The bill came for Council Tax for the next year. I opted for the 10 month direct debit this year, so that I'd get the £150 Government "gift to help with price rises" automatically in April rather than having to claim it. That will cover one month.
I've thought of a few things done this month that might have saved me a few pence
- Dyed a pair of old beige shorts with some navy blue dye, they came out a bit blotchy because I forgot to stir them but will be fine for at home and more practical than a light colour - I'm a dirt magnet when working in the garden!
- Home made bread
- 1 Pensioners discount Fish and Chips
- Sowed seeds of Aubergines, Peppers, Leeks and planted onion and shallot sets, and the aubergines and peppers are now pricked out into their own pots.
- End of the month I sowed seeds of tomatoes
- 4 tins of fruit for £1 from boot sale
- Noticed an ad for the occasional Co-op Freezer Deal , and bought this lot for £5(although I got the substitute ice cream which was Ben and Jerrys Cookie dough ice cream instead.) I don't usually buy fish like this but needed fish fingers for grandchildren and peas were on my shopping list anyway. The fish was OK but I wouldn't bother with it at full price. I prefer my once a month treat from the chip shop.
- Lots of lovely library books for free
- Gift of half a dozen eggs
- Used up the remaining unusual fruits from the jewelled Christmas cakes to make a small fruit cake (it was mainly angelica, crystallised ginger and mixed peel and was slightly odd...but edible!)
- Made lemon and grapefruit marmalade with a tin of prepared lemons and a tin of grapefruit.
I knew February food spend was just too good to be true at under £80. It just meant that the March food spending was nearly £50 more than that although I bought a few extras including flour, butter, cooking oil and sugar(for marmalade) before they go up in price even more.
Out of the house this month went..............