Happy 15th Anniversary to our Published Frugal Challenges.
|Christmas Day walk|
|What's nearby? Deer!|
- Got a meat order for the freezer, making the most of some discount codes and free delivery from MuscleFood* (This link is a friend referral link that offers new customers free chicken fillets with their first order.)
- Topped up the electricity pre-payment meter by as much as possible to reduce the number of to-ups needed over the coming year. The meter was in the house when we came here and I hope to have it removed as soon as I have reduced the 2014 spends against previous years by at least the cost of removing it.
- Bought a couple of bags of coal
- Paid for a full year's BT line rental, which cost £141, rather than pay £15.99 per month - an overall saving of £50.88
- Got two new bunnies - completely NOT frugal but who can refuse such a fabulous present when it also includes housing, food and bedding for the cuddle-bunnies?
- Umm... this is a very tricky one, so I will attempt to explain it first. My previous 'expensive habit' was smoking - I published my challenge about quitting and practised exactly what I preached, making a point of saving every penny I'd normally have spent on cigarettes. At today's shocking prices, this now equates to over £700 over a year. That's a huge amount of money for a frugaler so I opted to split it among the following: a tax free savings bond with life assurance, fun money and the garden. My previous 'expensive hobby' was horses. I have not been able to save the equivalent of what I used to spend on them because it is impossible for me now. This year, to celebrate, commiserate or commemorate the above, I bought a small share in a racehorse. If any of you out there have ever been bitten by the horse bug, you'll know it is not something you can simply shake off and forget - it's in your blood for life. This is my indulgence for 2014.
|Looking forward to watching the progress of 'Winnie' this summer|
|Tried to teach the frugaldom bunnies why they shouldn't try typing, but fail..lkshavsi\l luHK.EN8xm z,///////Ncj....ed|
|Hmemade decorations now all gone for another year, but hoping the horseshoe brings us more luck, rather than more horses|
- Went out walking on Christmas day.
- Had relative staying between Christmas and New Year, so we visited a local historical site that's within walking distance - weather was lovely.
- Had several neighbours round for drinks on Hogmanay then
- We all went out first footing one another until the 'wee small hours'.
- Visited the newest neighbours (en masse) to handsel their house on New Year's day
- Keep on beating the budget by focussing on needs and saving for wants.
- Grow more fruit and vegetables.
- Complete the living room, kitchen and bathroom.
- Create a 'secret garden' complete with 'tiny house'.
- Watch the progress of 'Winnie' in the hope she makes it onto the racetrack
- Enjoy having the rabbits, hens, ducks, quail and wormery while seeing them all 'help' cultivate the garden.
- Meet up with friends for another frugal expedition - it's looking like Schiehallion will be the 'big hill of the year' but I'm sure we can fit in several other trips. It's not like walking costs money, is it?
- Take eldest grand daughter on another big adventure.
- Encourage more friends and relatives to visit Frugaldom.
- Knit, sew, craft, bake, make, mend, reduce, reuse and recycle more.