Veganuary – how's it ve-going?

Are you doing Veganuary? I decided I was going to eat less meat. I’m not going to go full-on Veganuary – but I’m going to eat less meat, and less red meat in particular. And it fits perfectly with my overall plan to eat healthily but cheaply. Good for my health, good for my bank…

Shopping for One – 7 thoughts

Back to normal after the jollifications. It’s quite nice to get back to some ordinary food!! Today I’ll be doing my first weekly shop of 2020. I’ve been ‘husbanding my resources’ since my husband left – but shopping and cooking for one isn’t always easy. I’ve been doing it for nearly a year now, and…

Thick Socks and Smart Meters

So many reasons for saving electricity – the planet and my bank account being the principal ones (and not necessarily in that order, if I’m being brutally honest). After my husband left, I needed to watch every penny. I also had an ongoing issue with my electricity supplier regarding my smart meter. Saving money would…

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…