In this week’s five frugal things round up, I have been reviewing our budget and looking at good, old fashioned thrift as a way to keep us on track.
A new budget
My circumstances are about to change. From next Friday I will no longer be in employment. Far from worrying about this, I am viewing it as a massive opportunity. The chance to take voluntary redundancy has come just at the right time for me. Regular readers will know that I have had a few health issues in the last year. Actually, the 9-5 has felt ridiculously hard for the past couple of years.
Now I will be able to set my own schedule. I have all sorts of ideas for self employment and will blog them all as I go. Because I want my redundancy money to last as long as possible, I have sat myself down to devise a new budget.
We have pretty much pared down to the wire, but can do better. I am making sure the grocery budget is kept as low as possible by being creative in the kitchen. Home grown veg and big buckets of soup on the way!
Talking of soup, as I type I have a big pot of vegetable stock bubbling away on the stove. I save all of the vegetable peelings and trimmings to use for this. I started Slimming World this week, so thought a hearty vegetable soup would make a good (syn free) lunch each day.
Another good one for my five frugal things round up. It being bank holiday weekend, my daughter and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get rid of some of our accumulated junk. The weather forecast is a bit disappointing, but it looks just about good enough, cold but no rain due.
I have been trying to work out how to put together the clothes rail. Tomorrow we will be dragging bags and boxes in from the shed in readiness. Can’t wait!
On the subject of weather, it is all over the place at the moment – I am sure it is the same for you. It was so warm over Easter we had turned the heating off, but it has been freezing at times. The heating has gone on, but only as a last resort. I have bought some throws downstairs and worn extra layers rather than turning it straight on. I think we will have a fire tonight!
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Cheap cinema tickets
One of the only perks from my current job is half price cinema tickets. We don’t go very often but always enjoy it when we do. As the vouchers last for a year I have bought a load of them so that we can have a few cheap nights out in the next few months.
There is actually a ton of good TV on at the moment. We have been enjoying Line of Duty, the Bay and the Victim, among others. One that I found by accident on the BBC iPlayer that I really recommend is Back to Life, about a woman who is released from prison after 18 years. It is written by and stars Daisy Haggard and I think she is brilliant. The series is warm and moving, and a very original and sensitively handled idea. Loved it!
Wish me luck for my last week at work. I know it was the right decision for me, but I am going to miss the loonies I work with. Such a great bunch.
I hope you enjoyed by five frugal things round up. How has your week been and have you been sticking to the budget? Let me know in the comments below.