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Food shopping on a budget

In our house, we go food shopping each week, mostly for the perishable items e.g. milk, then do a larger monthly (or sometimes bi-monthy shop) including frozen foods, toiletries and house hold items e.g. cleaning supplies. I’ve been trying to properly budget the amount we spend on food shopping each week. Here are some of the things I’ve been trying and that work for me (some are recycled from my budgeting post):- Don’t shop for food when your hungry! I find that most of impulse food shopping happens when I go to the shop hungry. Compare brands and check prices. Read More…

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Bake Ware Organisation – The “Supply” Cupboard

I made the decision to go through my bake ware cupboard(s) – I have one home to various moulds, pans, nozzles etc, my “tools” and one for the ingredients and a mass amount of sprinkles! – First: This isn’t the first time I’ve gone through it. Last time, I finished having a bag full of “tools” that I had never used for donating. But, even after doing that, my bake ware cupboard(s) still have a nasty habit of getting disorganised very quickly. Here’s what they looked like before I started :- How can I find what I’m looking for with Read More…

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Clothes shopping on a budget

Remember that clothes shopping list from my previous wardrobe organisation post? Here’s a reminder:- 1 long sleeved top – white or black 2 plain colour tshirts 1 plain black tshirt 1 smart skirt, suitable for work but also a smart/casual night out – black? 1 white and 1 colour button down shirt, as mine ended up in the “to go” pile A dressier shirt in a colour – think texture or patterns Smart/casual trousers, but not jeans or black “work trousers” – Khaki’s, linen trousers? A graphic sweater – Think big, fluffy, having a bad day and need comfort. David Read More…

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Budgeting

Since moving out of my parents house nearly 2 years ago now, I’ve been trying to cut down on my monthly expenses – budgeting. Of course there are still the things I have to pay for each month, the non negotiable outgoings, rent, council tax, utilities, insurance, phone, internet, tv subscription, credit card and obviously food, but anything else I’m trying to cut back on. Here’s what I’ve been trying so far: Making & baking: Instead of paying for things such as cakes, cookies, pizza etc – basically anything that can be easily made at home – I’ve been making/baking Read More…

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Organising my Chest of Drawers (“Dresser”)

After Organising my wardrobe(s), I decided I should also go through my chest of drawers (“dresser”) & also my bedside cabinet. This also includes sorting through my accessories/jewellery. I began by removing everything from my chest of drawers (and later from my bedside cabinet too) and sorted it into piles: Things worn in public: T-shirts, tank tops, hooded tops, jumpers Workout clothes SocksHosiery Underwear Swimwear Nightwear In my T-Shirt drawer, I have a lot from various gigs/conventions/shows, most only worn once at the event itself and most too big (often you don’t get a choice of size at a convention), Read More…

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Restoring a vintage wicker shelving unit

This wicker shelving unit has been in my parents house for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure how old it is, but it was my Gran’s. It used to be in my parents living room, then when I moved out, made its way to my bedroom for storage. I’ve always liked it and was told take it or we’re binning it (!) – so I did. 🙂 It was in good condition, but needed some TLC… and a clean lol. First I vacuumed it with a small bristle brush attachment, then went over the smaller nooks and Read More…