Waitrose - Total Spend £15.97
Now the holiday is over and it's time to get back in the swing. I spent all my saved spends last week and a little bit more besides, but I had a great time and it was worth it. Now I am back to my Frugal October but there was some things that I just had to buy.
Lovely Hubby forgot to water my herbs while I was away so an emergency restock was in order. Once you get used to cooking with lots of herbs you just can't go back to not using them, although all the outdoor ones are fine my selection on kitchen window sill herbs had died a very sad death. They have all been trimmed right back to soil level and there are already signs of regrowth so all is not lost and I can make do with just some Basil and Parsley until they are usable again.
In town - Total Spend - £7.57
Housekeeping left - £ 26.46
Although I nipped to Waitrose for the shopping I did call to town for a new washing line, the days may be cooler and shorter but I still like to make full use of outdoor drying whenever I can and although I already have a line between the trees near the house, now the sun has shifted in the sky it does not get the sun for very long, so LH has said I can stretch a line from his Man Shed to the climbing frame where the sun shines for much more of the day. It will be great for drying those big items, sheets etc, that can be stretched out to get the full benefit of the suns weaker rays and even the slightest breeze.
While I was there habit lured me into the charity shop and I'm glad I called, I got this brilliant recipe book for just 99p and a lovely pudding bowl for £1.99. I see lots of frugal winter puds coming up. I love reading about the way rationing made people really work magic in the kitchen. I did it myself for real for years and it stands you in good stead for feeding your family in the future on a limited income whenever you need to.
And I need to because of The Plan - I'm on a mission to save every penny possible over the next two years, now there's a challenge and a half!!
We have made the big decision that we will move back 'up North' rather than buying in this area. We will get so much more for our money there, at the moment we live in one of the most expensive areas of the country. Currently we rent a 1930's two bed bungalow that is believe it or not (with it's 4 acres of land) valued on the open market at almost £800,000, there's no way on this planet that we could ever afford to buy anything even remotely similar if we stay in this area. Even better we will be closer to our roots and much nearer to all our family. It does mean that we have to get as much money together while we can, while we live here. LH's job is really based here and it's here that we can milk the 'cash-cow' for all it's worth and hopefully save enough to almost buy a place for cash. Any shortfall will have to be made up by LH continuing to work down here and commuting back to our new place for weekends, so my challenge to save every penny matters........really matters, we don't want to be apart for too long.
So I've already started earning pennies and pounds where I can, and yesterday I listed my first 10 items for sale, books on Amazon and other things on Ebay, and good news, one book has already sold, so I'm just off to package it up and get it ready for posting. Although I will hang on until I have to go into town for something else, saving petrol matters too.
I'll try and get a link in the sidebar to my Amazon and Ebay pages so you can see what I sell. After that I'll be looking out ten more things ready for listing next week. I'm doing the listing every Tuesday so that the 5 day auction ends on a Sunday evening, I've been told by a very good authority (thanks Froogs) that this is the way to maximise earnings.