Once I have read a pile of books I offer them on the local page again, and they can give someone else some pleasure.
It may come as a surprise to you that I am a little over the recommended weight for someone my age, breadth and height.
I am trying to lose my 'baby' weight (ahem! my baby was 27 in December), and have tried several "diets" over the last three decades:
These are my opinions so far:-
Squeak, squeak, squeak.
That is either the sound of someone being tighter than a badger's butt, or the sound of their mouth 'downturning' at the thought of breathing and using up any of the earth's valuable resources.
Lighten up just a little frugal folk.
Yes, it's wonderful that you can get 14 meals out of a tin of beans, and that you have no wardrobe because you simply have no clothes except the ones on your back.
But please, don't forget to live life.
If it gives you pleasure to eat very little unless it is being thrown away by the local supermarket, then fill your boots - but additionally feel no guilt buying organic food for your meals too.
Yes, plan your meals as it avoids waste - but do feel free to swap those meals around or add in extra whatevers so you are eating well and having choice.
Personally I get a bit cheesed off with directors:
"Do what I say or you won't be doing it right!"
Living simply for us is cutting out lots of things we don't want or need.
But we do have things we like or want. We try to buy the cheapest where it is sensible to do so. For example, we could buy washing powder and loo paper cheaper, or wash our clothes in cold water and wipe our bums on nettles - but we buy both branded as the powder doesn't irritate the skin; and cheap loo paper is for people who like wiping their bums with their hands...
Living simply is having a small income and a small outgoing with some savings.
We are lucky to have no debt. This means our small income covers our essentials and I can save for important things. To me, Birthdays and Christmas are really important, as is being able to buy essential things for our Grandchildren. We have one pot that gets paid into each payday, and a savings pot for big purchases (like our recent sofas). We also have an emergency fund that does not get touched (we have yet to find out what kind of emergency would necessitate dipping into this).
Living simply is having alone time, couple time and family time, with simple activities that don't cost very much - reading, watching tv, board games.
We don't belong to clubs or do activities that cost us money. Where we live there is so much outdoor space to enjoy and the wee dog loves to walk and run. Today we took a walk for an hour and went one route out using pavements (to help keep her nails short) then came home through woodland (and mud!). When we both worked we would always say. 'If we had the time...' Now we do! There are very few days when we can't find an hour to go out in the fresh air.
Living simply is not being extravagant.
We buy food we can afford but it is good food. We have a fresh veg and fruit box delivered weekly. We could save money by buying fruit and veg from the cheapest supermarket, but our veg box is sourced from local producers (except bananas and oranges). We are able to pay a little more for this. We could save money by buying fresh fish from the supermarket, but we buy fish that has been caught that day. (We do know this to be true as we are friends with the fisherman himself, and buy whatever he has in that day's haul.) When we do buy meat, we could save money by buying value meat, or tinned meat. Instead we buy from the local farm shop where it tells you the name of the farm the meat was raised on, and the date it was butchered. In order to afford these things, we don't buy loads. Better quality, smaller quantity.
So live as you wish, save where you want to; buy please, please enjoy the living aspect.
While my health continues to be tricky but manageable, this week has been the week our little house has had it's updates.
Firstly a new carpet - this cost us a £50 excess as the carpet was replaced under our home insurance following an accident with a steam iron. (I have been banned from ironing in the lounge for life!) The accident was in October, but the company were great and delayed the refit while we settled Muttley - rearranged to this week at our behest. We chose a darker shade with a thicker underlay. It's lush!!
Secondly, this week our NEW sofas were delivered! We saved up tp buy new sofas in cash (we don't do credit), and had been saving since we moved in here 3 1/2 years ago. We had second hand sofas, one cost us £30 and the other was free. They were fine until about a year ago when one had springy issues that we couldn't fix and the other was getting more threadbare. It is lovely to save and pay something outright. I hate buy now/pay later. Unless something is life or death, I wouldn't spend out of my money bubble.
The sofas don't match (deliberately); one is lime green, the other is a dark Airforce blue. I'm in love with them!
Well worth saving up for - I knew how much I wanted to save each month, but separated that out weekly as it felt better to see on my chart the amount growing week by week. I drew out the chart and had boxes to colour in for each £5 saved towards the amount we wanted to spend on our sofas.
£5 x 52 weeks x 3 years = £780
£5 x 26 weeks = £130
3 1/2 years x £5 a week = £910
We wanted to spend around £900 on two sofas, so this was an easy way for us to save up.
And I feel very spoiled this week in a lovely new carpet/new sofas lounge!
Do you save up for big purchases?
How do you do this?
Firstly thank you for your comments on the last post: I'm fine darlings!
Also - important points about only taking essentials. Thank you for these additions. Xx
So an update on me:
Day 1- emailed GP surgery to ask for a call back next day. Inserted symptoms on internet form and was told to phone surgery straightaway.
GP wanted me admitted to hospital. OK.
Went to the assessment unit, had blood and wee tests, and a Covid test.
Told to go home and return next day at 7am as no beds available.
Day 2 - phone call at home at 5am; don't come in as my Covid test was "a weak positive".
I had to attend at 2pm for a second Covid test and isolate in the meantime. OK.
I told MW, GD and her hubby. The six of us (includes the two grandkids) are the only people I've seen since 21st December.
They also isolated and awaited news.
Second Covid test was done, then I went home to await the results. I asked to be phoned as soon as they knew.
Midnight: this Covid test was negative - PHEW!
Day 3 (today)
I attended the assessment unit again, and had an Ultrasound scan (no I'm not pregnant - as I'm 51 and have no womb..etc., etc..) was done and I had to then wait to see the consultant. Ok. No worries.
I spent the day dozing on and off in an upright chair in a corner of the triage unit. I had my kindle and read my current reading book All The Light We Cannot See. It draws you in and is the perfect book to get through what would have been a long and dull day.
At just after 4pm I saw the consultant who said I seemed to have a blocked bile duct (sounds really nice! What should one wear to accessorise a bile duct?!!) and need to return to have a MRI scan.
In the meantime I have a morphine solution to use when the pain is pretty bad.
So Covid - nil; Bile duct - 1
And the game continues!!
I'm blogging from a hospital ward tonight.
Yes, an emergency admission - no, nothing related to Coronavirus (thank goodness!).
I'm ok (well, obviously not ok, but I'm in the right place, so y'know; could be worse!) but this was not planned.
We had our new carpet laid today - that's what had been planned...but I digress.
The blog I'm writing is a fairly simple one - what to pop in the bag to take into hospital
(I'm not having a baby, otherwise the bag woukd have wildly different contents..)
Your GP phones you and says you have to go to hospital. Now.
What do you pack?
With Covid 19 in full force, your loved ones won't be able to just drop things in to you. You have to take it all with you now..and quickly!
This is what I packed:
. Pyjamas x 2 pairs
. A long nightie
. Comfy dressing gown
. Knickers x 4
. Soft bra x 2
. Laptop and charger
. Washbag containing: toothbrush, paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, flannels
Large hand bag:
. Phone and kindle with chargers
. Small amount of cash
. Wordsearch book
. Crochet and pattern
. Pens, pencils, scissors
. Prescription list and current daily meds for the week
. Drink bottle
I think I am prepared for most eventualities with this lot!!
So far I've read my book on the kindle, messaged MW and GD on my phone, and solved some wordsearches.
I'm in my own pj's with earplugs in and ready to sleep.
What would you take into hospital where you live?
Do you think I've forgotten anything essential?
P.S. they know what it is and I'll be fine...xx
Each Saturday we buy a newspaper.
I do love a weekly Guardian. (Other newspapers are available; by subscribing we get a considerable discount....)
We* visit the little local shop and combine this with a walk-the-dog to look at the sea. (*one of us goes into the shop these Covid days)
Each week we pick up a packet of sweets, some biscuits and some pads to pop straight into the homeless collection box - this is what we save by subscribing to the newspaper.
I didn't feel a great need to tell you this until I read about this charity on another blog:
If you have products languishing in cupboards, consider sending them to:
Give and Makeup
PO BOX 855
If it's good enough to give to your friend, they will accept it.
This prompted me to go and have a tidy-up in my bathroom cupboard, and tell you about it here.