Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Monday, 28 March 2011
Today is payday and I have sat down after work armed with pen and paper . I was surprised when I checked the bank account online to see we had gone overdrawn by £80. Feel annoyed about that as it is £80 less off the credit card balance. This month looks as if it could be quite expensive, a few birthdays coming up and Easter Holidays looming. I also have to factor in childcare for my daughter whilst I am at work. With the Easter break and the Royal Wedding , the children will have nearly 3 weeks off school. I intend to sit down and make a holiday meal and activity plan. Hopefully the weather will be good, fingers crossed !!
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
My husband has heard back from the garage today, they can't repair the tyre so it will need a new one £59! However my husband has been able to get it slightly cheaper at £53. Still a lot of money to spend as a result of a silly nail in the road.
Monday, 14 March 2011
Today - Spaghetti Bolognese - Mince beef about £1, mushrooms 30p, onions 10p, can of tomatoes 40p, pasta 50p, ciabatta 30p ( reduced from £1.19) salt , pepper and squirt of tomato puree. Total £2.60.
Tuesday - From the freezer - Salmon En Croute/fishfingers with potatoes/frozen veg Total £4 approx.
My crude maths gets that to a total of £21.60 which averages £3.08 per meal , which is'nt bad as there are 3 of us. This is for our evening meals, we do take sandwiches to work/school and have cereal/toast for breakfast. A lot of the freezer stock is items that were reduced or on offer such as the salmon en croute and scampi. Once the freezer has been ran down, I could probably make up some cheaper meals. A family favourite is omelettes, good for using up leftovers !
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Well... after Mom's Taxi last night we noticed that the tyre on the car had a new accessory, a nice shiny nail stuck in it! So this morning we took the car into the garage. The nice man put the spare on and is going to see if the old tyre can be repaired. If so the repair will cost about £20. If it can't be repaired it will be a new tyre, £40 upwards?
We decided to claim the freebie corned beef from the supermarket in town. We already had to go into town to collect an undelivered parcel from the post office so decided to make one trip to save time & fuel. The new supermarket gives 3 hours free parking so another little cost saving there. Unfortunately it had run out of corned beef,such was the demand yesterday ! I resisted temptation to buy anything ( albeit I did have to buy the newspaper to get the free Alton Towers voucher).The freebie corned beef coupon expires today so unless we chance upon another store we won't be able to take advantage.
My daughter and I went to visit our friends this afternoon. She played with my friends children in their big garden for a few hours ,had a great time and we didn't spend a thing.I was able to catch up with my friend and helped to demolish the lovely biscuits she had.
Husband and I have a longstanding engagement tonight, we are going for a meal with some friends which we are both looking forward too.To be honest it is extra expense but it has been put off before due to illness. After this we haven't really got anything else expensive lined up so will just enjoy tonight then re concentrate our frugal efforts.
Friday, 11 March 2011
I always love a freebie and have lately been collecting the vouchers in the newspaper for the free Alton Towers tickets. Friends have collected them in previous years and have enjoyed a great day of free family fun whereas I did'nt know about the scheme and missed out . In fact when my daughter wanted to go last year for her birthday , and take a friend, we went along and paid around £100 for the day out. It was a good day out and the two girls really enjoyed themselves but it was still a lot of money to spend.
This year I was determined not to miss out and have bought the paper religiously each day. So far I have not missed a voucher so should be able to apply for our tickets next week. The only downside is that they chose when you go , as you can't nominate a particular date only a 'time band'. Nevertheless it is still a great offer and if it comes through for a date we can't make , we could always give them away to a dear friend !
However along with the park vouchers to collect , there has also been some other freebies. On Saturday they was a coupon for a free six pack of crisps, normal RRP £1.56. We chose a new flavour, which ultimately we did'nt like so we were glad we had'nt paid for them. Today there is a coupon for a free tin of corned beef. Not everyones cup of tea but makes a nice corned beef hash! Tonight I am on Mom's taxi duty as my daughter goes to a kids club so I am hoping to pick it up , time permitting. My husband says it's just to get me into store to spend more money. It probably is ! I will have to go in with blinkers on, get the corned beef and leave promptly. The challenge is on !!!
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Decided to take the plunge and blog my experiences. Have been trying to be frugal for a number of years sometimes successfully, sometimes not ! My principal aim is to have a healthy piggy bank instead of an empty one and have some fun along the way. I have followed a few blogs over the years and admire the level of frugality that others have managed to keep too, some out of choice , others out of necessity. Nevertheless blogs are great , and give us loads of ideas and tasty tips !