Something weird happened to me this afternoon.
I was driving along when I saw a Shetland pony loose at the end of a drive. I turned round, got out and managed to lead it back in by its mane. The gate wouldn’t shut so I posted it into a handy pen.
But as it didn’t look like it was supposed to be in there, I went to the house to tell them.
I could hear loads of dogs barking when I knocked and when the door opened, about six leapt out – and one of them bit my leg! Seriously, it sank its teeth in big time. The bloke hadn’t really noticed but I just sort of gasped “it bit me!” with tears in my eyes – and he wasn’t that bothered! I started telling him what I’d done and he was just casually saying: “Oh, I can’t have shut the gate properly” and “It’s a Jack Russell, you see”. I felt like saying I didn’t give a toss what breed it was, or why the gate had been left open 🙂
In the end, he just sort of said: “sorry about that – er, thanks” – and I drove off – that’s what you get for doing a good turn!
I was so shocked, I had to share that… but this post is actually about jumping on a bandwagon, a bit late even for me :
There is some sense in it though, as I get paid on the 14th. I’m always really budget-conscious and write down, to the £5, how much I’ve got but I’ve spent a lot this week (exciting reason to come!) so I need to rein it in a bit more than usual.
I’m lucky in that, through work, I can buy Asda and Sainsbury’s gift cards for 5% off, espeically as there are two Sainsbury’s petrol stations between me and work and petrol’s my biggest weekly expense.
There’s also an Asda within metres of work so I get bits every day, saving the need to do a big shop. But I’m going to make rules 🙂
– No chocolate, biscuits or similar to be bought. I’ve got plenty of chocolate here and I can make my own (healthier) biscuits, especially with the 12 weeks challenge.
– No out-of-season fruit or posh new-to-me vegetables. It’s going to be about seasonal savings, taking advantage of the apple tree in my garden and my dad’s home-grown carrots, cabbage, leeks etc.
– No expensive “I might use them one day” ingredients. There’s too much hiding in the cupboards that I’m going to use first, like this:
– Make a load of my own burgers, like these, to freeze, rather than buying Beanys from Holland&Barrett (not least because being tempted into there means spending a lot!)
Plus making more use of the Poundland/99p Store near work for stuff like shampoo, cleaning products. I got two huge bottles of washing-up liquid for 99p at the start of the summer and the first one’s not finished yet, result.
I’m also just going to be sensible. No random cooking equipment that I don’t really need, for example. Not that I’m ever tempted by that… 🙂
Thanks Laura for the challenge! I’ll update more as I go along… what are your best budgeting tips? And have you ever randomly been savaged by a Jack Russell while trying to do someone a good turn?!