Since ending my other Blog '365 Days - £365' recently my spending has gone to pot.
Yes, I'm still using my coupons, vouchers and points but not having to be accountable to myself and the blog has meant that I have on occasion bought more than I should, more than I want to and more importantly more than I need to.
I need to reign it in big style ..... so in the interests of running down the large chest freezer and breaking this spending habit I have decided to have a No Spend/Low Spend September. I will only be buying the absolute necessities of everything food wise and absolutely NO books, clothes or other bits and pieces. As we still have a bit of August left I could go out and buy in what I think we will run out of .... but I won't !! I have enough, more than enough in the cupboards and freezers to cobble together anything that gets used up.
Bread - no problem, I have flour and yeast. Biscuits - no problem, I have flour and oats and butter. Fresh fruit - no problem, I have frozen berries and rhubarb in the freezer an apples on the tree. You get the picture. I also have quite a lot of frozen vegetables, so before any fresh veg is bought they will be used up. The only thing I will have to buy regularly is some milk for Lovely Hubby's coffee, but that's only a couple of pints a week, I don't need to stress about that.
I have to do something for my own sanity. I have gotten out of control so quickly it was worrying, well worrying to me anyway. From spending £3 here and £4.50 there to suddenly spending £30 to £40 pounds every week it was a shocker.
Coming up soon is our mortgage overpayment, we are allowed to pay a 10% overpayment each year without any penalty and to be able to add the money that would have been spent on food for September to the amount we have saved to do this would be fantastic.
This photo shows why Suky IS on a diet!!
While the weather was hot and we couldn't walk her much, playing with Charley has been getting her nicely breathless a couple of times a day.
... and she loves it!!
I hope you won't get fed up (and I apologise to my brother) but I have a feeling that this Blog will be all about food and saving money next month, I should be able to squeeze in a few doggy photos though, the baby is growing very quickly :-)