Hello and welcome to my blog. I've been getting some thoughts & feelings, exasperations and the odd happy moment down on the blog which helps my sanity and, I hope, provides a little entertaining read for you for a couple of minutes!

Right now I am mostly concentrating on getting through a rocky financial patch which I really hope will be cleared (all being well) by the end of Summer 2013. In the meantime I need to concentrate on continuing to do well in my "new" job (actually got it in Sept 2011 but it still feels new!) and living my life as frugally as possible.

Thanks for stopping by and if you leave me an encouraging comment, it'll make my day. :-)

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Through The New Window


Well the three rotten windows have gone and the new windows are in.  They look really smart, they match the remaining windows really well and we have some new "cappit" boards as well to go over the awful windowsills we had in the bedroom and lounge too.  Awful because of the previous house owners I must stress not because of us.  We like to try and take care of our home whereas the previous family seemed hell bent on destroying it bit by bit!  But that's another story for another day.

ANYWAY....this morning I had to punch my PIN in to pay for it and so here I am again with another credit card bill over my head.  Although this time, unlike in a previous life, it is for something that adds value to the home, is useful, should save us money on heating and is interest free until March 2013.  I have done a forecast for the next year to include the monthly payments.  I don't think I could improve on this given our circumstances and lack of savings.  This time there is light at the end of the tunnel albeit a twelve month tunnel.

I went shopping at ALDI today after work and berated myself for going £1.74 over budget!  I can't believe the difference in myself these days.   Not that it's a bad thing.  Well, I got 35 items for £26.74 which will keep us going till next Tuesday bar a few fresh things I may need to pick up at the weekend.  In one of the big supermarkets I know I would have been shelling out at least £40 on the same items.  Got to try and stick to the budget of £25 though as even at their reasonable costs it soon adds up if you just pop one little thing here & there into the trolley on a whim.

I have a long weekend this weekend, got Friday off.  I am really looking forward to it, the last few Fridays at work have been really hard work due to other colleagues being on holiday so I am looking forward to the break.  My turn!  The car is going into the garage for a repair on the day so that'll stop me going further afield and being tempted to spend money I can't afford to spend so I will probably busy myself around the home and see what money saving things I can do or plan!

Did anyone watch SuperScrimpers last night?  I thought it was a little better than the previous week.  I can't believe though that there are still people left who want to buy ALL BRANDED food?  Really?  I was struggling to believe it.  I wished they had shown *how* to take in the dress that was slightly too big for that young girl as I would be prepared to give that a go but I don't know how.  I guess I can look it up but I thought that was a missed opportunity on the episode.  Didn't think much of that lady's DIY bath bombs though.  Nice idea but when she popped it in the bath it looked foul!   I wouldn't have wanted to get in with that.

Well that's about it for now, I do hope you are all well.  I am off now to study my Excel spreadsheet and see if there is anywhere I can make any more improvements for the next few months which are going to be rather crap financially but like I said before.....light at the end of the tunnel and all that.

Take care. x x x


  1. Enjoy your weekend off! All the best, Jx

  2. I watched Super Scrimmpers but I don't think it's tackling the real issues, it's just your usual "made for TV" type thingy. I don't think I'll be watching it again.

    Enjoy your long weekend, when it comes around!

  3. I was watching that programme and thought; "Ok, if you can AFFORD a bath!" LOL