Christmas is a-coming…

It’s the 25th of October – Christmas is a-coming, the goose is getting fat. But what about the bank balance? So many calls on the money – drinks out here there and everywhere, the Office Do, Secret Santa, Christmas Jumper Day, pressure from the kids. Things you didn’t know you needed on every advert and…

Handbags and Gladrags

I haven’t bought any clothes AT ALL for eight months. I’m not a big clothes shopper at the best of times – but even for me, that’s a long time. I’ve been Husbanding My Resources like billy-o since my husband left the marriage in February. I’ve cut back my food bills, my energy bills, my…

Not-so-Smart Meter

I had a smart meter, which stopped working when I switched energy suppliers. I’d had it for about 6 weeks but then it stopped working. I liked it – I liked being able to see how much energy I was using, and I got a warm glow when I could see the usage drop after…

My Mean Food Bill

A couple of people (online and in real life!) have asked me to go into more detail about how I keep my spending so low (average £17.88 a week over the last 6 months) – what do I actually buy? You already know (from Husbanding my Resources) what my  rules are – use up what’s…

Husbanding my Resources – revisit

When I found myself on my own after my husband left back in February, I gave myself six rules to follow, to make sure I was ‘Husbanding my Resources’. And no, the irony wasn’t lost on me – not then, and not now. I needed to cut back drastically on what I was spending, at…

Not Counting My Chickens

I’ve started my new job, and the lodger has signed the contract!! Things are definitely heading in the right direction. No actual money has changed hands yet (apart from the deposit from the lodger, which isn’t mine to spend anyway), but I think it’s time for a review of how I’m Husbanding my Resources. It’s…

Energy savings

This post started life as a bit of a rant. But, well, keep reading. I’m not blaming the people involved, they can only work within the system they’ve got, I’m just blaming the system. If there is a system… I had a smart meter fitted. But due to needing to save money , I also…

Rubber Chicken

I’ve had to cut back enormously on what I used to spend, after my husband walked away from our marriage – here’s what I’m doing. In that post I promised a blog post devoted entirely to Rubber Chicken – and here it is. For those who don’t know, Rubber Chicken is all about making a…

Husbanding my resources (oh the irony!)

I’m cutting back. You’ve heard of Extreme Ironing? This is Extreme Economising. But also – I’m determined to keep on eating healthy food. This is my way of taking control. So I’ve made myself some rules – here they are Rule 1 – using up what I’ve already got. I’m working my way through everything…

Selling the Jag

The first major thing I did was sell my car. I was driving a Jaguar XF. Lovely car, obviously – but when I sat down and crunched the numbers, I realised it was costing me over £500 a month to run (finance, insurance, tax, fuel, servicing and MOT, repairs and car wash). Before I even…