Wednesday, 15 March 2017

March Challenge - Day 15 - An unexpected but necessary purchase



Today's grocery spend .

Milk and some cheesy rolls to go with last two cartons of "free" soup which we are having for tea tonight.




Today's spend £1.75

March spend so far - £64.09

Meals this week have all been very basic & quick as our son is working at the Cheltenham racecourse this week and doesn't finish and get back home until around 7pm



The unexpected spend

When we moved here the landlord asked if we wanted to keep the cooker, dryer, washing machine and fridge freezer. Most of you know our story when we sold our house we sold all the contents whilst living in an american rv, then we went back to renting, in the last place before this one we only needed to buy a tumble dryer. So we kept the fridge freezer and washing machine which belongs to the landlord, these were not part of the rental, it was optional if we wanted to use them or not. We bought a new cooker when we moved in.

So today I went to use the washing machine which is quite old , it filled up with water and then wouldn't wash and after a few minutes the water just started pumping out again, we tried several cycles and nothing, we could use the rinse cycle so I could rinse all the detergent out, then I could not spin it. We rang the landlord and as it was old and not that energy efficient he really wanted to get rid of it and didn't want to pay out for another, which I guess is fair enough because it was on loan really. 

When we move we were going to have to buy one anyway, so we ended up buying one online today, it will be delivered tomorrow. So that was £300 we didn't expect to spend today, the machine is much more energy efficient, uses less water and it even has this thing were you can wash up to 7kg, but if for example you only put in 2kg of clothes it weighs it and then uses less water, brilliant idea.


Never mind at least we won't have to go the hassle of getting one when we move.

14 comments:

  1. That's a shame you had to fork out for a washer when you may be moving. Where we live there are a few traditional shops, one of which is an old fashioned electrical shop who still rent out white goods. In the 90's when the kids were small and our mortgage big we used to rent a tumble dryer from them. It was brand new and we eventually purchased it after renting it for a couple of years. Although it's not ideal, in the event of a breakdown they come to swap or fix it straight away - it's a shame there aren't more of these independent retailers around who cater for the local people instead of the big PLC's.

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    1. It is sad that old fashioned shops are dying out.

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  2. The new machines do come up to scratch where water conservation is concerned, but do we really need that number of programmes? I loved my American machine, so simple to use and no multitiude of choices. I also get annoyed with the cold only fill which uses electricity to heat up when I have a tank full of lovely hot water heated by gas. Oh, for the heady days of the good old fashioned twin tub!

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    1. I would love an american style one, when we went to Spain in the apartment we had a small top loader and I loved it, these days in small kitchens where with work benches everywhere there is no room for them sadly.

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  3. Unexpected purchases are always a bit of a shock but a washer is something you can't really manage without, in my opinion. Your new one should save money in the long run x

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    1. Yes that's what we thought, it will save in the long run x

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  4. We bought a new machine when we came back from France. The very sweet Cornish saleslady told us we should buy one with an 'afflode' You know that embarrassed feeling when you don't want to say 'What??' So we waited a bit while she talked and I finally had to ask her what this was. Um...... Half-load.
    I'm sure you knew that!!

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    1. Very funny, the half load feature is brilliant.

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  5. These unexpected purchases are a bit of a pain aren't they.
    Andy had to pay out a couple of hundred he could have done without when he had his van serviced last week.
    DD had taken it to work to pick up the rabbit hutch and while it was parked somebody must have gone into it. No marks to see but the headlight was pushed up and had to be replaced-x-

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    1. That is annoying Shelia, it's good to know funds are available for the unexpected.x

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  6. There's always something, usually when you least expect it. Atleast you got it sorted quickly and won't have to be without a washer for long :)

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    1. It is annoying, but just one of those things we can't live without.

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  7. There's always something isn't there? It does sound like a good machine though. I hope it lasts you a long time. X

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