I've checked the bank balances, read the meters, checked over the menu for the week, and I'm all set up for the week ahead.......I've just got to make more leek and potato soup [I could live on that stuff!] and get our bags packed, as the FH and I are off to UJ's house, ready for Papworth at 0830 tomorrow.....
UJ has arrived and we have been out to get straw for the chook runs, which I am about to go and spread out. UJ has wisely brought his wellies. The girls will be home at 3.50, and UJ will take the YFG to her extra piano lesson tonight. He's a star - worth his weight in gold for the support he extends to us all. We really appreciate him, and look forward to him coming to stay each time - he's here now until after the lunch club on Wednesday.
I did promise to report on the success of the savings strategy: November is going a whole heap better than October did, that is for sure! We have increased our tallies by about £700 so far this month, and I still have hopes of making it to the round thousand. If I can do the same next month, we will hit our revised target of £7.5K for the year. Slightly down on the ambitious £9K I started out aiming for, but always better to aim high, I think!
I have read rumours on the interweb that there might be another Aldi £5 voucher in the Mirror this Thursday, so I will keep my eyes and ears open to more information about that. If it does happen, I shall probably be buying two papers again, so that I could do two shops in the week, although I shall have to seriously consider our December menu before I go mad in the shops because I also have a £5 off a £40 spend from that other supermarket. I am not going to spend 3 lots of £40 in a week, so I need to think carefully about what needs to be restocked and where I can get the best prices on the items, before I go shopping. It pays to think before you shop!
The other tip I can share this week is that when you let teenagers know that you have only got £10 in your budget for this weekend's top-up-on-fruit-and-veg shop, they are much much less likely to want to tag along.......the EFG has realised that I love saving my money and will really only spend £10!
Better go and spread that straw and make the soup! I'll be back after gymnastics tomorrow evening, God willing xxx
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