For 2011, the challenge is to continue with the £4,000 houshold running costs with the rest of the Frugaldom project developing into a self-sustainable, homebased business. We're still a long way short of making Frugaldom completely self sufficient but we have taken several steps closer. The biggest expense of all relates to fuel and power - electricity, coal and logs accounted for approximately 37.5% of the entire household budget!
Nonetheless, we are starting 2011 with zero debt, a lovely little multifuel stove in the kitchen, the coal bunker and one logstore filled plus enough food to sustain a small army. We have 50+ assorted chickens, ducks and quail that, despite the atrocious weather and sub-zero temperatures since mid September, have managed to keep us well supplied with eggs. In fact, I haven't had to buy eggs, preserves, wine, lemon curd, bread, cakes or biscuits since 2009. Long may it continue. I also invested in a new incubator, decorated the kitchen and managed to include a corner bistro-style bench set, all without dipping into the savings.
Not a bad year, all things considered, and it's thanks, mainly, to all the great frugal friends I've made during the previous years' challenges. I wish each and every one of you health, debtfree wealth and happiness in 2011. I hope to encourage many more people to take up the Frugaldom Challenge and will look forward to seeing you all in the Frugaldom Forums. Until then...
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