Income this month was the usual State pension and the Spouses pension from the Council. Plus the £200 Government help with heating costs for those without gas AND the £67 help for electric...... both have been credited to my electricity account, so there was nothing to pay for electric this month and I'll be in credit now for a while longer. Although prices go up again in April so who knows. It doesn't seem long ago that £267 would have have covered a whole years electricity easily!
The other big expense was paying for having new trellis and posts. It's the same as what was there before, but now properly fixed onto full height posts that have been concreted in, rather than just pushed into the ground. Hides the oil tank and a provides bit more privacy
I also checked out sons hand-held-battery-powered-mini-compressor-air-inflator machine thing and it looked easy enough for even an idiot like me and the reviews were good too so I've bought one and hopefully next time the car tyre warning light comes on it will be easy for me to check and put air in wherever I am.
My personal spending was for swimming, second hand books, some new socks, WI Knit and Stitch group and a bunch of tulips.
The letter came from the DWP about the state pension increase from April - a bigger % than last years rise due to it being based on the rate of inflation last September - or something like that. It was immediately followed by notification from the Tax office with next years Tax Code. 2 pensions make an income of just over the tax free limit so they like to take a chunk off the Council Spouses pension just to make sure I never get too wealthy!
No Council Tax Direct Debit this month (and next) - I expect we will soon hear how much it's going up ready for when payments start again in April. I'm band D currently paying £145 for each of 10 months (single person discount) if it goes up 5% that's an extra £7 a month - roughly.(Wiping out part of the Pension increase!) Very glad I moved from Clay Cottage as that was band F and had been creeping toward £2,000 a year.
Thrifty notes : - Small ways of saving on the mundane and boring to be able to have enough for the necessary and the interesting instead.
- Making sure to shut curtains as soon as it gets dark
- Mixing milk half and half with water
- Home made bread
- Still using the home grown onions and frozen peppers
- Picking right days to do the washing so it can go out on the whirly
- Only used tumble dryer for the new towels to get rid of more of the fluff
- Using minimum of laundry liquid and more washing soda instead.
- Making sure to buy eggs when passing the roadside stall on way to swimming. £1 for ½ dozen
- Not buying alcohol, soft drinks etc
- Not buying make up and 'products'
- Using only 2nd Class post
- No magazines or newspapers except the Radio Times.
- Free library books
- Using lots of batch made meals from freezer