And onto my usual round up - no extras earned so just the two pensions and small bits of interest on savings were my income and thankfully July is a month without any large bills due - although the way
electric and diesel prices are rising there are large bills every
Saving to spend?
Years ago we saved our pennies in many places to simply survive. Nowadays I save my pennies in some places so I can spend them in others.
So I make no apology for my frugal month notes even if I don't need to be so frugal anymore.
- Always sending post by second class rather than first
- Mixing whole milk half and half with water - 2 pints becomes 4 pints at the price of 2.
- Home made bread
- Cucumbers, Aubergines, Tomatoes from the greenhouse
- Beetroot,Courgettes, French Climbing Beans from the garden
- Dried Basil leaves for winter
- Jam made using an overlarge courgette plus apricots from the cupboard
- Bundle of 8 good greetings cards from boot sale for 50p each
- Always washing the car myself
- Washing dried outside all month
- Washing Soda for clothes washing with a minimum of Ecover laundry liquid
- No clothes, shoes etc bought all month
- Personal spending limited to swimming and second-hand books - mainly 50p each from boot sales
- Co-op meal deal = Freezer Filler £5 - (Mixed Veg, Chicken Burgers and Chicken Breast Fillets, Alphabeti potato waffle/chip things and 2 Vienettas. I'm stocking up for summers smaller visitors.(Some people will probably tut about this being over processed food like they did last time I mentioned the Co-op freezer filler deal but as it's only a once or twice a year thing, they can tut as much as they like!)
- No car journeys except for boot sales/shopping and swimming/shopping, family visits and WI in the next-but-one village.
I have a date for the fitting of the water meter next month, which I know will reduce both my water and sewage costs. In this bit of Suffolk we pay for water to Essex and Suffolk Water company which is owned by Northumberland Water (?) and pay Anglian Water (owned by a French company?) for our sewage. Hopefully then the first should tell the second that I now have a meter as the second will be then based on the first rather than on Council Tax band.......if you follow!
Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert, was on the Today programme on
Thursday calling for help for poorer families with the potential rise in
energy prices. It's predicted that the average energy costs for a home with gas and electric
could be up to £500 a month - how on earth can people manage that? I don't have direct debit for electric but read the meter and pay only for what I've used every 4 weeks.(which actually worked out at paying two bills this month). The heating oil tank is just over half full so will need 500 litres in August. The oil fired boiler only comes on in summer when the hot tap is used so I try to only use it for showering/washing myself and if I do have to turn on the hot tap in the kitchen for washing something that can't go in the dishwasher then I catch a whole jug full of cold before the hot arrives and use it for something - soaking a messy pan or watering the Chives out the front of the house.
Lots of card making bits and another load of books have gone off to the charity shop this month thanks to the library van being missing for so long. It's made me read several and sort others that have been sitting there for years.