I know I've not written on here for a few of days but that's not to say I've not been around. Whilst catching a sneaky five minutes during my dinner hour (15 minutes) looking at all the other blogs I follow, I've also been trying very hard at becoming more frugal, thrifty and green; and this takes time!
When I started this blog I wanted to share events in my life that would interest like-minded people. Little did I know the effect it would have. Not only is it like diary, but also an education at the same time. I am learning so much from the other blogs. Frugal Queen's blog http://frugalincornwall.blogspot.co.uk/ entitled 'Fish and Chips Twice' certainly made me think twice about the amount I spend on a Friday night takeaway. £15-£20 a week = £780 - £1040 a year = shocking!
Little Cottage Comforts blog about harvesting in 'So many shades of grey' http://littlecottagecomforts.blogspot.co.uk/ . I'm nowhere near at the stage of being self sufficient but I am a willing learner and have started my own kitchen windowsill of herbs (another time, another blog), and also http://chantillefleur.blogspot.co.uk/, a lovely Australian blog that has encouraged me to try and bake my own bread. There are also loads of other blogs that I have gained a great deal from and will mention them in future posts.
I've also read about snowballing debts - when one debt is paid off, use that money to pay off extra on another debt. I like to think I have always been pretty good when it comes to managing money but as I have learnt, there is always room for improvement. I've said au revoir to two catalogues this week. Next is hubby's overdraft and then the biggy, MORTGAGE! Our mortgage is not by any means large (a little under £60,000) but while interest rates are low I want to take advantage of making over- payments. 1- to pay off the mortgage quicker and, 2- that when (and believe me it will happen) interest rates go up it will not affect me as much and finally, 3-to have that feeling of finally owning your own home. So that is why I have examined food cupboards for soon to be out-dated food as every little helps towards. Below is last night's tea: