NO MORE SPENDING
12. 08. 2014

Hello! I think it’s safe to say the whole house moving thing caught up with me this weekend and I had to take a little time out. Boy did I feel whacked! Anyway I feel normal again this morning and eager to get on with everything that needs doing around here………mainly house updates and money-saving :)

First up the laundry room cupboard!

One of the first things we did last week was remove the broken washer dryer and replace it with a new one. We’d asked the seller to remove the appliance, but of course he didn’t!

I wasn’t sure about getting a washer dryer, but purchased one just in case we need it during the winter months. I don’t want to use the dryer function if I can help it, so we’ll see how it goes.

laundry room

Before and after (so far)

Over the coming weeks we plan to add shelving above the machine for laundry items (of course) and a mini stockpile – loo rolls, toothpaste etc.

Window handles.

We had two handles to repair. The one pictured below, that fell off when I closed it last week, and another that wasn’t locking correctly. We wanted to fix them pretty quickly as ventilation is so important in such a small place.

window handles
I had no idea you could replace these yourself, but after a little research I realised how easy it was. I bought a two pack of Yale standard handles from Homebase for £13.99 (they may be cheaper elsewhere but it’s the only one store I could walk to) and hey presto, working, locking windows!

Water & Electricity

This apartment comes with a water meter and a pay as you go electricity meter. I’m pleased about the water meter as this should save us money in the long run (they’ve estimated our bill at £23 a month, half the price of our old house), but the electricity will be getting changed as soon as possible as it’s more expensive to pay this way. We can’t get it changed just yet though as they have to see how we run the account first. This is despite us being with this company for about five years (with no problems) previously. One good thing about it is seeing how much electricity (in pounds) you use everyday – it’s slightly obsessive though!

I think that may be it for this slightly random post. I’m off to do a freezer inventory and make a meal plan for the rest of the month as I’ve been slightly slacking in this area!

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06. 12. 2013

I thought long and hard about the amount of money needed for food in 2014, but in the end decided to keep the budget at £200* a month (for now). It will be changing a little in the summer as we’re expecting B to come home after uni for a short while (long while?), but he’ll be paying board, so I’ll up the budget accordingly.

*I’ve spent an average of £217 a month this year, so £200 seems a good amount to aim for.

December Grocery Spending:
So far this month I’ve spent £106.19 – which includes my already ordered shopping for December 23rd. This leaves me with 93.81 for the next 17 days – totally doable even with 3 of us to feed (B is home next week).

Food cupboard + Freezer Inventory:
Here’s a list of the food we have in our pantry and freezer before today. I’ll be using this, and the food being delivered later, to make a menu plan for the rest of the month.

Food inventory

Have you set your grocery budget for 2014? Are you increasing it compared to this year?  Or are you trying to lower it?

09. 09. 2013

This morning I thought I’d show you my menu planning in action…sort of! :)

Menu Plan Monday

I started with a quick freezer inventory, added in planned events, and then worked out the meal plan.

Meal Plan:

– Pork Loin Chops & Veggies
– Salmon & Veggies
– Eggs & Bagels
– Beef Casserole & Veggies
– Chicken + Noodles
– Pasta

Things to note:

  1. I don’t have any pre-made meals in my freezer right now – this needs fixing!
  2. We have lots (and lots) of fresh fruit still available to eat with our meals
  3. I need to buy eggs from the farm shop as soon as!
  4. I’ve spent £111.29 on grocery this month and it’s only the 9th!
  5. But we’re eating a.lot healthier and I’m losing weight (not that this should be more expensive?!)
  6. I’m going to give our local farm shop another go this week.

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What’s on your menu this week?