Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A Good Start to the New Year


The Christmas decorations and tree were taken down yesterday, once the New Year is here I like it out of the way, when our son was small it would have stayed up longer.

So yesterday I mentioned this year we will focus on making a bit more and spending less. I am not going into detail on the making money side of things other than to say we buy and sell on a few selling platforms, all legit and above board, this takes up much of our week. We have had a good start, we sold 5 items on the 1st day of the month.

On the less spending side, we will continue to be as frugal and thrifty as we can be, continuing to seek out the best deals and value for money. I will continue to look for freebies and use coupons, and get anything we can make good use of from Freecycle, we have made a few pick ups already, we had a cupboard for the spare room and my husband was delighted to pick a a bag of light bulbs and transformers and such, this is for the aviary and quail housing, the quails are in the shed, but they have a light at night as do the aviary birds so they don't get night fright, the birds outside are all shut in the roosting box when its dark, but without a night light, if they heard a noise or say sensed predator which can happen they could flap about and end up injured, so the lights are a must and they also give out a bit of heat. So the ones we picked up from Freecycle are more energy efficient than what we were using so its all good,.





The challenging new year ahead doesn't mean to say we will or do live a grim existence, we are perfectly happy, we don't spend much on entertainment other than Netflix and an odd trip to the cinema, which most of the time has been free, or we use the 2 for 1 tickets, which we have with our car insurance deal. We will try and have a proper day out at least once a month, for our own sanity, all work and no play isn't good for anyone. Having a day out doesn't always mean spending vast amounts of money, it will be 50/50 half paid and free days out, there are plenty of free things to do, like walks, museums, galleries, cathedrals etc


The cupboards are well stocked and the two freezers are both full, and I have plenty of fruit and vegetables,so we have a good start.

There will be no need to buy any everyday toiletries this year like soap, shower gel, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner etc as I have a cupboard full from previous good deals/bargains.

I will be keeping all receipts and recording all spends.

Yesterday I needed to buy some make up remover wipes and a lettuce. The wipes I buy are 65p at Asda but there was a 3 for 2 offer. So this made them just over 43p a pack, much better than paying 65p a pack, each pack contains 25 wipes, but I tear them in half getting 50 wipes from a pack, I like to get my moneys worth. I did spot a huge trolley of reduced christmas cakes & treats, I just bought two boxes of mince pies, 22p a pack, this works out at just over 3.5 pence a mince pie, so will make a frugal bite to eat with the morning coffee.






Tea last night was a very simple affair, I had cooked up a small piece of  pork on Saturday which was reduced to £2.03, and there was enough of it left for last night. So I just did cold pork, beans, fried egg, tomatoes and some toast. 

So the pork was reduced, and I still had some reduced eggs and tomatoes left so that was another inexpensive meal.





We were out of bread so instead of going and buying a loaf a loaf today,  I pulled one of the Approved Foods bread mixes out of the cupboard and made some slow cooker bread.




It is only the two of us for tea until the end of the week, tonight we will be having a small salmon fillet each, with boiled potatoes, carrots and broccoli, but as I have two packs of the salmon I am going to cook the extra pack and extra veg at the same time to save on electric, then tomorrows meal will just need re-heating in the microwave. Saving money is what's it all about. 


Salmon reduced to £1 a pack was nearly £5 a pack before.



I spotted some freebies today on CheckoutSmart





We each have an account so we can get 3 of everything for free.

The porridge - £2.45 x 3 = £7.35
Stock Pots - £1.80 x 3 = £5.40

Total £12.75 worth of porridge and stock for absolutely nothing.

I just love free.









28 comments:

  1. I am always so impressed with your yellow stickers buys. I have been lucky of late because of the Sunday closing so I have managed to fill the freezer for very little money. We live quite a thrifty life so that we can have our Florida holidays. I never think to look on freecycle I must get into the habit. The bread looks delicious.

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    1. Well done you with your ys shopping, like you we love our holidays, freecycle is very good.

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  2. You are an example to us all with your frugal ways Marlene. I am also tightening my belt this year (even more than usual) looking towards longer term financial security, so will be glad of any ideas you are able to share. X

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    1. Securing long term financial security is a very good idea, the good thing about blogging is we can all share ideas and tips and learn from each other. xx

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  3. Well done, yet again, Marlene on more 'savvy' buying. And the make-up wipes are a very good price, some of them are ridiculous prices.
    Margaret P

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    1. Thankyou Margaret we are scrutinizing every penny now.

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  4. Good start to the year. Well done on the selling, we never seem to do very well at all when we try xx

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    1. Thankyou, don't give up, why not try a few local selling sites? xx

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  5. Congratulations on selling more items online, Marlene.
    It's great that you don't have to buy soaps shampoo etc this year. Now I use vinegar as conditioner on my hair and I really like how it feels.

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    1. Thankyou Nil, every little helps. I got so many toiletrie bargains last year, so it's nice this year not to have to think about it again, vinegar sounds a very frugal conditioning treatment.

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  6. Great deals and a wonderful start to making more money and saving money on spending. You do so well on the yellow stickers.

    God bless.

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    1. Thankyou Jackie, we are going to work extra hard at it this year.

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  7. Can I come and live in your city? You found some great bargains! I thought the prices at my Persian market were great until I see the wonderful things you find at your grocer. Wishing you all the best for the New Year! Pat xx

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    1. Thankyou Pat, and I wish you all the best for the New Year. We love living in the city but I would be just as happy living in the countryside, decisions, decisions ? xx

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  8. Great post, Marlene. You are so inspiring. That meal looks delicious and nutritious!

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    1. What a lovely thing to say thankyou Stephenie.

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  9. Simple teas are the best! Yours looks so yummy. I love how you improvised to make bread. I try to do this when I don't have an item, rather than running to the shop.

    Happy New Year to you and yours! This quiet time of year is when I have more time to catch up with blogs :)

    xTania


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    1. Hi Tania, yes I agree simple food is the best, if I can find what I want at home its all good, as you say saves running to the shop and avoids temptation.
      Happy New Year Tania. x

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  10. You really are brilliant at finding bargains, Marlene!
    I was thrilled with my recent 12 boxes of raspberries for 32p each (rather than £3.25) but there is a limit to the versatility of raspberries! I don't often find much in the way of yellow stickers. I do need to look at this checkout smart though.

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    1. Thankyou.
      I love raspberries, great find.
      Checkoutsmart is something to look at everyday, you have to be quick with the freebies though, there is a limited time on them.

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  11. Brilliant bargains again Marlene, well done. The meal looks very tempting x

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  12. I used to use the wipes but now I use an 'adapted' Liz Earle (v v expensive facial cleansing system)method that has worked out better for me and the environment. I buy cheapest brand of Vaseline, put that on my face (even removes waterproof mascara with no stinging)and then take it off with a face cloth that has been rinsed out under hot water tap. Gets all my make up off and leaves my very dry skin feeling smooth and soft. Elderly neighbour with best even skin told me this, she's been doing it for over 50 years! I've only been doing it for last 12 months and have to say, my 61 year old skin has never looked or felt better. I'm always being complimented on my glowing skin now. Mind you, I think a lot of that is I took early retirement so don't have to worry about work any more LOL!

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    1. I am 50 and my skin is very good, I don't really have any wrinkles, I do drink gallons of water a day I think this helps. Thankyou for sharing this, I will try your way when I have used up the wipes.
      Best Wishes
      Marlene.

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  13. Wow, free products, that's a good opportunity! Here in The Netherlands nothing is free, but we live frugal.
    I found your blog only today, and will be following it, I think I can learn a lot of you!
    Good luck throughout the year!
    Love, Anja

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  14. Wow ... love your freebies. And some brilliant YS shopping :-)

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    1. Thankyou Sue, it's the only way we shop now.

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