April 4, 2008

Tea Everywhere

Posted in Frugal, General, Simplicity tagged , , , , at 9:41 am by vicii

I love tea – I could quite easily drink about 10 mugs a day (it’s a good job you can’t overdose on it!).  I’ve been buying teabags like they’ve been going out of fashion since being on leave from work and then I realised that I had lots of boxes of herbal tea that I buy occasionally in an effort to be more healthly – but then never finish (or even open) them.

However in an effort to use what I have in my storecuboard I decided to start drinking the herbal tea and use all them up before I start on the “proper” tea again.

teabags

Storecupboard starting to get empty!

So far I have managed to get through 3 boxes since the weekend; camomile, blackcurrant and blackberry & nettle. I did have a number of headaches at the weekend due to withdrawal symptoms but they have gone now and I’m quite enjoying the different tastes – however I’m determined to empty the storecupboard before I buy anymore…

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March 12, 2008

Magazine Subscription

Posted in Finances tagged , at 11:13 am by vicii

I’ve just treated myself to a magazine subscription – luckily though, it was completely FREE!!  I used my Tesco ClubCard vouchers last year to buy a subscription to Gardeners World for my dad for Christmas and although I received my vouchers through a while ago I have only just gotten around to seeing what I can have.  There were no crafty type mags available which I thought was a shame, so I treated myself to Prima instead.  Now I just need to wait for the details to come through so I can start receiving it…

I suppose I could have saved the vouchers up for more presents, but seeing a I have gotten £9 of vouchers in the last 3 months I thought to hell with it and to treat myself.  I’m sure I’ll get enough vouchers for another gift by the end of the year!

March 11, 2008

Grocery Budget

Posted in Finances, Food tagged , , , , at 1:25 pm by vicii

I set myself a budget of £200 for groceries for a 4 week month or £240 for a 5 week month.  I get paid on the 25th of every month and currently get my shopping every Friday or Saturday so the budget depends on how many Fridays or Saturdays there are in the month.  This month is a 4 week month for me so the budget for March is £200.

I have already planned my meals for the month and so in theory should be under the budget that I have set – however the budget also includes wine (I have been making my OH buy his own lager/cider so he appreciates how much it costs!) and household stuff.  Additionally I have recently given up on the breast-feeding since it was taking so much time out of the day – I would finish feeding Izzy and then barely have time to do anything else before she would need another feed.  This means I also have to take into account her formula milk as well, but I guess this is compensated by the fact that now I should need to eat as much (apparently by breast-feeding I should consume an extra 500 calories a day, unforuntately now I don’t have an excuse to eat so much!!)

So back to the process of budgeting, I have just gone through my receipts for the last two weeks and by now my budget is up to £120 (£80 wk 1 + £40 wk 2) and I have spent £120.38…. I think I got about as close as possible there!  However I do have a fully stocked pantry and a few meals in the freezer along with all the household products I need (toilet rolls, cleaners, washing soda, etc).  The theory is that I only need to buy fresh food in the next two weeks; meat, vegetables and fruit – according to my plan I only need to spend a futher £50 and not the budgeted £80.

Once my garden is producing vegetables hopefully I can reduce the budget even further as I use the fresh produce from the garden.  After the garden the next project I need to work on for reducing the grocery budget is making my own wine and my OH is very keen to brew his own cider as well.  We both agree however that we need to clear the garage out first to give us the space to make our own.