Living the simple life

I am Goth by nature, a carer by choice and a crafter by habit. living the Old Style way, spending less and making what I can myself. I follow Money Saving Expert and NYK forum avidly and am working to be debt free.


I shop wisely as every penny counts, my stock cupboard is my solution to any problem.


My home is full of craft stuff and I love making things for my grandson Michael and grand- daughter Bethany who are the reason I get up everyday. My kids are the best in the world and I thank them for being there for me and John

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Marys Blanket and amazing the electric man

Just finished sewing in the ends of this big boy! I wasnt sure about my friends choice of colours but think they work well now its done.

Have been pinching the pennies in earnest this last few weeks though Hubby has little appetite so mainly buying him granola. Supermarkets are a minefield nowadays and you have to be very canny to get best value. I collected lots of Tesco till spits 'you have saved x this time' and saved £3 on a top up shop. I find its the little bits and bobs you save that are most satisfying.

I found a recipe for kebab meat online somewhere the other day so am going to try that out. I have been buying Tesco lamb/mutton mince lately as it has more taste than beef so that will be perfect for it - will let you know how it goes.

Also I am waiting for a £100 voucher for tesco to arrive after recommending Sky to my son. I would have preferred Sainsburies but hey free is free. I will be filling the freezer with meat and stocking up on tinned goods therefore freeing up £100 of my housekeeping which will help with my debt busting attempt. In almost 3 months I have scrimped £86 out of the £500 I need by the end of the year. I am hoping that my veg growing will help me add to this as I have almost everything I need.

Had a visit from a chap sent by the housing association regarding cutting our electric use and checking if we need to change supplier. He left after an hours chat and may well have been in shock, he couldnt help me as I seem to know as much if not more than him about the subject. We filled in a survey so I could action his ideas but took it with him to show everyone how it should be done - every box was ticked !
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