welcome to my 4th monthly thrifty post. So how I'm I getting on?
Well I've continued to look for areas to save money on regular payments. I have a lot of direct debits coming out of my bank account and while many of them are quiet small, they certainly add up. I'm keen to reduce this amount as much as possible. This month I seized an offer for half price Sky TV for 18 months. It's just their basic package. I would do without any pay TV but hubby and the boys would not be happy, so this was the next best thing.
Today I've finally got round to changing my mobile phone contract too. I wasn't using much of the data allowance I was paying for so I've now gone for a much cheaper £6 a month deal...woohooo.
I was a "fritterer." You know, buying lots of things that simply took my fancy. Some things from charity shops, some things in "Bargain" stores. All small amounts, but once again, they obviously added up. When you are using cash you are much less likely to do this.
I spend very little on anything but food, cleaning products and fuel for my car now. Of course I still buy gifts, but I always try to have a supply of inexpensive cards and wrap available, so I don't add unnecessarily to the expense. I also try and re-use gift bags and some wrap. It makes environmental and economical sense.
The happy thing is a healthy diet does not have to be expensive. A few sad looking vegetables can make an amazingly tasty soup
And leftover omelette is great with salad.
it's under there somewhere :0)
A large bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil is also very affordable in Lidl.
Of course the veg peelings I collect in the kitchen are still going into our garden compost bin.
It takes a long time to break down into beautiful, crumbly compost but eventually it does. Last year I emptied most of it into our new raised bed and the plants in here are thriving better than anywhere else in the garden.
Speaking of the garden, it's looking lovely at the moment. I'm enjoying all the work we put into it last year and hoping that my little apple tree will bear some fruit for the first time this year.
With 5 people in this house there's always a line full of washing and I'm happy to say I didn't resort to using the tumble dryer once in April.
I was surprised when I worked out that saving £40 a week on your food bill adds up to £2080 in a year. That's an emergency fund, debt reduction...or a very nice holiday right there!
In May I will be trying to avoid any impulsive online purchases...still an occasional area of weakness for me.
I'll also be continuing to meal plan and shop with a list using cash. I'll keep writing down all spending and look for any further reductions in direct debits I can.
I'll also try and remember to have fun and enjoy my favourite time of year :0)
My local council sends out e.mails of local events and lists any free events on offer. Just this weekend we took advantage of an event I was not aware of before Radio Nottingham's big day out.
We went to Newark Air Museum on this free admission day. The boys and hubby had a great time looking around lots of old aircraft, and I admired the details on this recreation of an air raid shelter.
I even found a bit of crochet :0)
Maybe there are similar events where you live. The museum was still making revenue from cockpit visits and cafe sales so I didn't feel bad about visiting for free.