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February Challenge - 28 Days of Extreme Frugal Living.
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Suzan
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:24 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I have spent $6.45 of my $10.  I bought bread and eggs.  Neither is cheap here. I will have to buy more bread but if I stick to the plan it will work until Thursday.  Then i will have an inventory to plan the weeks meals and shopping.  We are awfully low on most vegetables and fruit.  However it goes off quickly in this heat and I would rather it went rotten on their shelves not mine.
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mishy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Catsister - thanks for this recipe, I have seen soap nuts in charity shops so will keep my eyes open and have a go.  I have also been looking at the blog you mentioned and it looks quite interesting. So thanks for that too.

I had a NSD yesterday as I was informed the paying guests parents were coming to visit next month and staying for 10 days in a local b&b.  Hmmm thought I, I had better get on and start my spring clean early as I have no doubt they will be visiting chez mishy towers.  Anyway, kitchen/breakfast room done and found a couple of bottles of stuff to use elsewhere and a bag of stuff for the charity shop.

Also did some tidying up and cutting back in the garden but my three compost bins are full so need a strong bag of some sort to store more compost in.
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nosnarcmik
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NSD today. Made some cards for february & march birthdays. Using up what card stock I've  got left.
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Catsister
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a NSD for me as I gave towards a leaving collection and brought chicken feed- 16.45 for one bag of pellets and a bag of mixed corn.  It should last the girls for 6 weeks or so.

Things are going to get expensive though as I need to book for a seminar and hotel rooms tomorrow.  The seminar is in June so I have a few months to replace my savings but the need for careful house management is even more important now!
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csarina
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing soent yesterday, had to post a parcel this morning and get some rolls for tomorrow DS2 is coming, going to do him bacon rolls at lunch time.
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Catsister
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huge amount spent today as I signed up for a homeopathy seminar and paid for the accommodation as well.  As it's in London this was not cheap! Thankfully we managed to get local halls of residence which brought the cost down somewhat!

I also spent time fruitlessly waiting on the phone to talk to someone about my account.  One raised blood pressure session I still didn't get through.

I made the last of the lamb into a lamb casserole, three vegetable and lamb pies and put some to marinade in a madras sauce. We have meals prepared for the next few days, with enough to take for lunch as well.

I don't think that I'll be needing to go food shopping for a few days yet.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:22 pm    Post subject: Big spend alert! Reply with quote

70 for 5 bags of coal
2.50 for a box of firelighters (I wouldn't have bought them at that price but I'd to pay friend for them when she brought them!  )
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

suzan I have the same problem with keeping bananas for longer than a couple of days.
today I spent $1 on a doona(duvet) cover and pillowcase at the charity shop where I worked until Christmas. $50 on 2 cat carriers, these will be needed to transport the cats when we move but could be handy if we need to evacuate during a bushfire, the cheapest I have found previously was $75 for one. And razor blades, shaving oil for DH came to more than i would like t $22, fortunately this doesn't happen too often. On top of this the council rates of $1000 are due next week, and the car needed a service, another $300. So much for a frugal February. But this isn't stressing me because with  little shuffling of finances it is doable.
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Catsister
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the good thing about Frugality, MaggieH, "with a little shuffling of finances, it's doable". I would never have been able to afford to go to the seminar before as it has never seemed 'doable'. It may of been that I had the money but as I had little idea of what was needed next or what bills were coming up, even  spare money had no spending power, IYKWIM!

I am proud of how far I've come!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spent 7.46 on postage today, mostly returning Elder OOD's watch that he left at the weekend...grrr.  

Aside from that I've had a frugal day, and am very glad not to be going out this evening, the weather is foul - again!
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csarina
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NSD today, tomorrow will be the same too.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Menu plan done for the next 2 weeks using stores, just need milk, fruit and butter. 6 no spend days in a row  my hair is a mess so I will treat myself to a home done colour and trim my fringe a bit. I have made myself a new patchwork bag with stuff I already had in and there is enough to make another to sell so far so frugally good!

First week over just 3 to go then we can do it all over again
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

February so far has been a small spend month 9 on groceries I did pay for the cheap 5 day break but that is out of travel fund 109 for 5 days with an upgrade to a disabled caravan we opted for no entertainment passes(24) or the bed linen(15) we will bring our own.
I do need some things today but hoping to keep to minimum but Mr WP will be with me so anything can happen.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thankfully a NSD for me today, I was beginning to worry that this spending spree wouldn't end!

I shall be home alone this weekend so will be able to catch up with some sleep - bad insomnia at the moment , and enjoy some 'me' time. I love not having to work to anyone else's timetable!

I have to go on a half day course on Tuesday, in Warwick. I'm hoping to call in at Aldi's on the way home - I should manage for groceries until then.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3 NSD again. I like this no spend lark.
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mishy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well so far so good for me on this extreme challenge.  I have done my weekly shop but not spent any other money on food in-between shops and I am rather pleased.  My weekly shop has come in at 50ish per week (give or take) which is also pretty good.  I know I must keep trying to get it below the 50.

We are out for our christmas pub meal with the First Responders tonight and we are using the money saved from my sealed pot last year.  Its the first time we have been out since christmas!

I need some new jimjam bottoms and I found instructions on Mfi3 so will give it a shot.

Right best get along....
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:46 pm    Post subject: Frugal February Reply with quote

I have been so frugal that I completely forgot to update on here but I am doing a daily blog post in similar fashion to last year's post-a-day I did on here.

I have kept things as frugal as possible, despite having had to fill the coal bunker, and spends on groceries amount to just 2.62 do far. Trying to eat from stores as much as possible, so culinary creativity may play its fair share this month, as will cabbage!

Downside is 145 to pay out next week for insurance, upside is that's for the entire year, just a shame it falls during February. Hoping to keep it extra frugal on the groceries and electricity this month so I have the chance to catch up with all the big spends before Easter so I can make some fun plans.
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csarina
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

5 NSD's this week. Still managed to spend 15 at Aldi though. Must admit I owe the hk 2.99 for a crochet book I got.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big spend today, but only because I had OH with me. Fatal!

have posted on my grocery challenge
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pleased with myself today.  I was late for work and didn't have time to take lunch with me.  I was VERY tempted to go and buy something but instead drove the short distance home, (and rescued my washing before it got wet   ), and made myself some pancakes.

Dinner tonight was a rather yummy but rather sloppy lasagne, (I can never quite get the texture right!), and I've made a bacon carbonara type dish for tomorrow night.

A NSD as well. I managed to satisfy my Amazon craving by getting a free book on my Kindle.  We use Fantastic Fiction a lot at work and as it links to Amazon the urge to one click over to the site of mass temptation is often hard to resist.

I'll be hitting Aldi tomorrow on the way back from a work's course in Warwick. I need cheese, some fruit and potatoes but that should be it.

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