How to make ends meet #5frugalthings

This is going to be a really expensive month for me. My kid’s activities start up again and I  have 2  (expensive) school trips to pay for. As well as that, of course, Christmas has just come and gone. I have had to make ends meet this month so I can pay off what I need to without getting into debt. Here are  some of the smart choices I have made

How to make ends meet

1) Instead of joining the gym I am walking, walking, walking. Part of the reason I am doing this is that I plan to walk a marathon in a day in July. I have restricted lung capacity so this is a big aim for me.  I am raising funds for the British Lung foundation whilst exercising on a budget. That has to be a win/win. You can sponsor me here if you wish. Oh and here is a post on how to make walking less boring

2) I have been cooking up a storm and trying to spend as little as possible. This week I only had a little quorn mince but a mass of potatoes and I knew a big veggie shepherd pie would last us a couple of days  – I didn’t want to go an buy more quorn so instead, I raided my cupboards and found a bag of red lentils. These worked perfectly to bulk out the meal.

3) We took the kids swimming last weekend. Normally I treat them to sweets/drink after. We just took bottled water and came straight back for lunch. Small savings but they do add on up.

4) I made a decision to put our house sale on hold. We have too many other things to pay for at the moment and we just are not ready. This makes me sad but I think it is sensible.

5) I have a couple of nice things I do not use. A beautiful watch for a start that I perhaps wear just once or twice a year. This will help towards the cost of the school trips so it is time to make the sale. Sometimes needs must.

So yes a bit of a tough month and some tough decisions and some easy ones.

How are you doing this month?


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1 Comment

  1. January 12, 2018 / 18:05

    I’m sorry to hear that you’re having a difficult month. You know you’re doing the right thing by not going into debt for the big expenses but is still no fun at the time. I’ve been frugal this week by not leaving the house except to go to work. Such fun!
    Roll on spring…

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