Sunday, 15 January 2017

2017 target and uber frugal update

I have made my plans. They are similar to2016 but just slightly 'more' of it.

Pay more off mortgage.
Sort out all the legal and tax for the other house
Lose more weight ( I did okay last year - go me!)
Do more fitnessy things.
Do a few things i wouldn't normally do. I had five things in that category so that is quite exciting and have already set the ball in motion for a couple..

My uber frugal month has remained frugal (so far) as far as personal spending goes. Groceries etc have also been good. I did have 3 major purchases though. This Tuesday we are having delivered a new dishwasher and new washing machine. And i went for new and a lot further up market than i would have once. I am in a constant battle with our ancient machine with the dishwasher that doesn't get hot and therefore doesn't really wash, and the washing machine that does 3/4 of a wash and then errors, the un-un-lockable door and the sopping wet and soapy washing. No more!

Last thing was to have the hippo bag removed and have visions of my lovely garden so much closer. However its a hipposkip and i mis read how much it could contain so consequently i have paid my £200 and i still have an overloaded skip in my garden. I have to half empty and call again. Happy days! How fortunate that extra exercise was on my list, as Fahed is awaiting a serious knee operation and Jamal has a sprained ankle. Doh!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Uber frugal month challenge

I am doing the Uber Frugal Months Challenge (to capitalise or not to capitalise that is the question)

So far not so bad actually.

1st January was my dads birthday but I used a voucher I had been given to buy his gift and the card came from home bargains.

That;s evening we had dinner at home with the kids visiting and used up some meatballs from the freezer, They were one of our many attempts at the Greek dish Souzoukakia and were fantastic. We had them with potato wedges.

And actually I have just remembered we were even more frugal by having a 1am New Year snack of baked brie with crispy pitta bread strips. All already in stock.

Yesterday was also a bank holiday and I yet again resisted the shops. Not much resistance required to be honest as home was warm and lovely and the shops were not.

Fahed made an amazing Thai Green Curry in the style that his mate Yotika showed us back before Christmas. He used up about half of the left over veg we had in the fridge. Thai Green Curry is very forgiven and you seem to be able to put just about anything in it.

Today I was back at work (boooo!). I spent some money packaging parcels for stuff sold on ebay - net gain there though. Also I bought some lemsip as I feel awful. Looking on the bright side it stops me wanting to spend or indeed eat.

Tomorrow I predict a no spend day and more creative use of leftovers. I need lentils in my life!

Monday, 2 January 2017

2016 goals round up

££££:
£170k left on mortgage - failed by £6k but have upped my game (and standing order) for 2017


Greek House:
Pay taxes  done
Commence Legalisation   done

Health:
90kg
10000 steps a day on average by end of year. Not sure as my fitbit broke but I think I made it. Some days I was in the 20s. Go Lizzie!
Dancing - done
Pilates - done
No wheat except weekend and holidays   I did well most of the time on this and I think it did help wiht my overall weight loss
No booze and sweets/biscuits in January. Review in Feb complete Done
Add in two extra weekly exercise sessions DOne
4 times short gym sessions Done but got bored with this very quickly 

Sales (ebay etsy etc):
£1000 income - Done. Ebay and products from Crete sold very well but its a faff and not really worth it so probably wont bother again
Stall at market  investigated and found no-one buying

Trips:
USA train trip 2018? Postponed even though it is 2 years away (from when i set the goal( as we are legalising the CRete house and it leaves me very short of money.
Reykjavik 2017 Postponed due to legalisation
Madeira 2016 Cancelled as Eves mum unwell. I went to Newcastle with my son instead
Crete long trip Autumn 2016 Booked flights Done

Challenge:
Scuba :(  Failed - I have done 3 discover scuba courses and it still frightens me. I also failed to try again on hols. Next year!

Swimming underwater Doh. Somehow this got forgotten

Overall I am not unhappy with this list. 2016 was a pretty crappy year in the world so I feel very much ahead of the game. Roll on 2017


Friday, 30 December 2016

Kon Marie catch up

According to Amazon I purchased the Life changing magic of tidying in October 2014.  Its still working for me! My drawers have never been so lovely, if you see what I mean. They are still perfect from then. Every few months I get rid of things I dont want and fill the gaps as required. Its fantastic.

I still havent got around to thanking my handbag or shoes but I do take care of them which i surely the same thing.

And the freedom I got from realising that gifts and cards have done their job when you receive them. At that point its okay to get rid of them again. Blissful de-cluttering and other people also getting pleasure form my stuff.

So post Christmas, pre New Year, henceforth known as Crimbo Limbo, I have been mixing my days between relaxing, Kon Marieing, cooking, planning and some window shopping, as part of the planning.

Yesterday I sorted out my larder.
This morning we did the cloakroom area at the bottom of the stairs. Serious pruning and sorting has occurred!
This afternoon I sorted out my craft area a bit.
Tomorrow I am going to check out my wardrobe again but I dont think its pretty much as I want it already.

Today we also went around a couple of DIY shops to check out the flooring we need in the kitchen, conservatory and downstairs bathroom, And we totally agreed! Yay. Oak flooring in the conservatory and slate in the kitchen and bathroom. Its on the list now for 2017. We didnt find a bath we would like but we were happy with most of our other decisions.

Come on 2017. I am just about ready for you