I'm collecting £2 coins and 20p pieces in an old money box I've had for some years now, and I'm already looking forward to opening it on December 3rd.
I began, yesterday, to sort out and declutter my bedroom, which due to lack of space has become a general dumping ground for everyones' belongings that won't fit anywhere else. I haven't got very far yet, and this is going to be a work in progress for some time. Any bits that are suitable to sell I'm going to list on E-bay and then add that to the sealed pot to boost the savings.
I have my craft desk and supplies in my bedroom too, but don't get a lot done lately as its so dark and depressing. Despite the fact that my living room will become very messy for anyone to visit, I'm going to move my craft stuff in here, the light is much brighter in general and I actually get to see some sun! We don't get that many visitors anyway.
I'm trying very hard not to spend very much this month. I've got plenty of food in the cupboards and freezer. The night before last I cooked some spaghetti bolognaise, and saved some of the sauce for last night. Then last evening I added some cooked brown rice to it and put it into 2 red peppers that I picked up at my local Tesco Express. They were marked down as out of date, but there wasn't a thing wrong with them. Then I had a portion of cauliflour left over from Thursday's meal. It wasn't a very large cauli but it had been sitting in the bottom of the fridge since Xmas and the leaves were all yellowy, and some black specks were appearing, so I cooked it all, and saved what we didn't eat. Last night I covered it with a cheese sauce that I made with some small bits of left over Stilton , and some dried out Edam and some Cheddar. Then I cooked them both in the oven for about 20mins. It was delicious, and I felt really as though I'd achieved something amazing. A few months ago I would have looked at the Cauli with horror, or at least not saved any to make another meal. I've been inspired over the last few months by several 'Frugal Living' blogs I've been following, so grateful thanks to them, and I'm heartily ashamed of how much I've wasted over the years. Well, retirement on State Pension is creeping up fast now, and I refuse to struggle with costs. I need to learn to live within my means, and I mean to live well!
I'm going to have to remember to take more pictures so I have something to show. Anyway, time to go and do something with wool. I'm making myself a hot water bottle cover, I'll definitely show that when it's made! bye now