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February Challenge - 28 Days of Extreme Frugal Living.
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Frugaldom
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:51 pm    Post subject: February Challenge - 28 Days of Extreme Frugal Living.  Reply with quote

It's a short month, let's see how low we can go in the frugal stakes after completing our January challenge.

I'm sick of people thinking frugal living is self-imposed poverty or else 'extreme' household budgeting, so I'm going to try it and find out for myself what the meaning of extreme budgeting really is.

Call it what you like - mean, frugal, thrifty, austere, mind-blowingly cheap... let's be hearing how extreme your budgeting skills can be.

How little can you spend during Frugal February?

We have 28 days and the countdown begins at the stroke of midnight tonight.

My 28 Days

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Day 28


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Catsister
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in!

I have my car insurance renewal at the end of the month but that should be covered by not having to pay the council tax. I will "squeeze de p's" this month!  
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csarina
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did my February shop last Wednesday, just topped up with fruit yesterday total spent so far 53.42 whick leaves me 46.58 for fresh fruit and veg during the rest of the month.

This month should be OK, but next month could be horrendous for various reasons.
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nosnarcmik
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aiming to shop the house for as much as possible this month again & see how much we can put back into savings.
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Suzan
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since I technically had $10 until Thursday and some more bills due.  I am in.

This month we will eat meat from the freezer.

This month we will consume all produce before shopping for me.

This month we will use the stocks of paper products etc.

We will eat out once as it is my son's final restaurant at training college.  That should be it.

Any other suggestions?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:05 pm    Post subject: Ultra Frugal February Reply with quote

Washing-up liquid crisis averted - pal got 2 bottles for 1 while she was in town, so that should keep me going for now and accounts for the first 1 spent this month. I need more milk, so that will be tomorrow's spend. There's always, always, always something!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still using my soap-nut washing up liquid, Frugaldom, and am more impressed every time I use it.  It cleans surfaces beautifully and even cleaned the kitchen floor, (aka cat paw print parade  ), leaving it clean and residue free.

I've taken a leg of lamb out of the freezer for tomorrow and another 4 pints of milk.  Elder OOD made another flying visit home this afternoon and promptly raided the cupboards.  6 wheetabix, a ton of raisins and copious amounts of milk later - a small snack to keep him going until dinner and, btw, Mum, what are we having for dinner?
(No wonder the nations defence bill is so high, if all military men eat like that at least half of it will go on the food budget....... ).

I may need some lettuce and cucumber this week but that should be about it.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will shop the house this month, I have 2 bills to pay out of the housekeeping this month totalling 100 and a fridge bursting.  With a little fresh purchasing, we should be able to cut the costs to a minimum. Lilo
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mishy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I will also be joining in.

Already used some of DH vouchers to replace my microwave which decided to stop working.  Mind you, I have had it for about 8 years and it was as cheap as chips so it doesn't owe me anything.

I don't have any big bills to pay out for this month, two for next month though.

Suzan - if there were other ideas, I would certainly be letting you know.  I am also hoping there may be some new ideas on here. Like you, I will be using my cupboards and freezer again this month.

catsister - what is this soap-nut washing up liquid?  where did you get it etc?

Use more of my stored cooking apples for baking, pie making.

Make a weekly soup to have for a main meal to include pulses and have leftovers for lunches and have a pud.

Start baking more again.  

Continue making bread alternate days.

Continue with the crochet blanket and hopefully get it completed!

Carry on with my frugal living and keep looking for ways to improve money savings.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:13 pm    Post subject: Spends Reply with quote

I'm going to blog each day's spends this months to see how frugal I can make February.

Used up a pepper and mushrooms given to me by neighbour who couldn't use them but didn't want to bin them.

Calculated precise costs for all meals, including cooking costs (total 1.94 for 2 of us eating 3 meals)

Splurged on coal to warm the entire house all day, so that wasn't so frugal.

Filling hot water bottle and using electric blanket rather than switching on electric heaters upstairs.

Used a past BBE dated cheap pack of sponge mix to make a fruit crumble. Enough there to serve 6, so 3 lots of pudding each for us.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will join in as trying to save as much money as possible.
We shall have hm soup as our light meal
Cupboards are fully stocked so only fruit and vegetables will be needed,milk etc
No extras that can add up which will mean tying mr WP hands so he can't spend money he is muttering he needs wood
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Retrowren
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:55 pm    Post subject: Joining in Reply with quote

This is a great challenge to join in.

I've finished paying for the Spanish trip (last payment January) and just have the euros to buy this month, so that's a big payout  

But I really really must save as much as I can!

Rw
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csarina
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing spent yesterday and today.........
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NSD here yesterday & today.
Corned beef & potato pie with extra veg for Dinner yesterday & today & 1 for the freezer, also bolognaise sauce and loads of meat balls made, All from stuff in freezer & store cupboard.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will join in. As I was quite successful with sticking to the meal plan in Jan I do it again. We've set on 150 for February, it would be great if we maybe could make it on 120. The fridge was empty by the end of Jan. (literally). On Sat therefore we did our first grocery haul. Our supermarket had -25% that WE on oil, rice & pasta, so we stocked up on that (I think we saved quite a bit and it will last hopefully for about 6 months.) I will post the numbers later.

I plan for 6 NO SPEND DAYS. 02.02. was the first of those. Yay!

We plan to make two different soups each week and we bought 1 chicken to roast and make all sorts of delicious meals with the cooked meat, some of it will be frozen for later as well.

week 1 is cauliflower soup (it was -50%) and pea-zucchini soup, 1x roast chicken w peas + mash, indian homemade takeaway: 1x tandoori chicken, basmati rice, vegetable jalfrezi. I hope this lasts us the whole week.

week 2 ... TBD


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:23 pm    Post subject: Day 2/28 Reply with quote

Day 2

Had a visit from pal, who picked me up some milk on the way past the village store, so 1.62 spent today.

Daughter arrived with some accounts she wanted updating and brought me a couple of cartons of UHT milk plus 2 packs of cheese, so that seemed like fair payment, to me.

No other spends today.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NSD yesterday, or today.

Had both OOD around for Sunday lunch, along with Cam's girlfriend.  I cooked a leg of lamb that had been sitting in my freezer since last year.  Roasties, boiled potatoes, yorkies, the last of the Pigs in blankets and veg. I then made plum crumble,(with no sugar but added raisins and cinnamon for me), and custard.  It was totally NOM.

Am home alone again now but have enough left overs to take to work for lunch for the next couple of days and a couple of portions of crumble as well.  There would have been spare custard as well but Younger OOD spotted it........


The soap-nut washing up liquid is something that I made from some very old, unused soap nuts that I nearly threw away during my last clean out of the kitchen cupboards.  I must have had them for years,   Mishy.  I crushed 3oz of them and boiled them up in approx one and a half litres of water. I left the liquid overnight and then filtered it into an old washing up liquid bottle.I got the recipe from Not Just Greenfingers, website.  I think her quantites are different but mine works really well.  As she mentions, there are virtually no bubbles and the water looks as if it shouldn't clean greasy dishes, but it does.

I made a casserole last week and soaked the resultant, burnt,  dish in water with a dash of soap-nut liquid.  It came clean beautifully.  I think it would be fairly expensive to make if you had to buy the soap nuts but as I had them already..... it's a win win situation and means that I can save my brought liquids for another day.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are hoping for a frugal month too and after spending time doing a freezer audit and a lidl shop we should manage on just buying fruit salad and milk. We had a huge gift of organic veg this week including potatoes so that will help loads.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

for the first 2 days of this month I spent nothing but today made up for it. I am trialling a gluten free diet and wanted some rice cakes for lunch, the GF bread needs toasting to taste reasonable. I also bought a cup of coffee and a bottle of wine. On the plus side while checking the freezer this afternoon I realised that I probably don't need to buy meat for at least 3 weeks. This will be  big help as the council rates are due by the 17th and the car is having a service tomorrow. The money which was put aside for this has gone on lawn mower and car repairs.
In the next couple of days I will be sowing some lettuce, cauliflower and cabbage seeds to help stretch the dollars further.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:42 am    Post subject: Days 2 and 3 Reply with quote

Yay!  I had my first NSD yesterday in a long time!

Today will be a no spend day today as well as I don't have to go anywhere!

Can't really believe it  

Good work everyone!
Rw

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