Yesterday was an expensive day!
First of all, I went to B&Q to buy a load of long life bulbs. I have those small, round, inset halogen lights downstairs and a while ago I promised myself that as they went I would replace them with the long life, eco friendly ones. Several all died over the last few weeks so I bought enough and a few spare. That was pretty ouch but they will pay for themselves over time, I am sure, given how short the lifespan of the ordinary ones tends to be.
Then I drove along to Staples for some printer ink. I keep the old cartridges going until the quality is appalling and we had got to that point with the black! That would have been ouch enough but I also got some extra strong filing cabinet inserts as mine are all giving up the ghost after many years. I am being inspired by Beth's example to clear out and sort out my paperwork and this is the first step. I can now replace the battered ones as I deal with each section. I wonder how long one is expected to keep things like bank statements, pay slips, etc? Must Google and find out. I have them going back decades!
All of that was ouch enough but in the afternoon Beth and I did something that we have promised ourselves we would do for a while now and that is buy a sewing machine to share.
I was given my first sewing machine as my main 21st birthday present and it has done sterling service over the years. I used to make all of my clothes and quite a lot of the childrens' clothes too, saving a fortune as I did so. You could get fabric at good prices then. I also made curtains, cushion covers, etc. All jolly good fun!
But as life got busier and the machine got older, I stopped using it so much and after some faults and repairs I discarded it. Well, I say 'discarded - I think it is in the cupboard under the stairs, in fact. Maybe it will be an antique in fifty years' time!
Anyway - back to the present. We ended up with a Viking Husqvarna (my machine was a Husquvarna so I had positive vibes for the make), not too cheap but certainly not shockingly expensive, with a few gizmos to make life easier. It's due to arrive later this week which is most exciting.
|Looks nice and sensible and pretty sturdy!|
And on that subject, I got my act together and planned meals for the week. I know it helps, I know it works and yet I don't always do it. Beth said she will do Live Below the Line again this year and seemed a bit open to a longer time doing it, which is nice (she may change her mind on that one, but I don't think I will). It might not be strictly according to the rulebook but I reckon it is the individual's equivalent of doing it in a big group and sharing out the food. What's the difference between four people doing it for a week and one person doing it for four weeks? Apart from the obvious, of course!
So these frugal weeks will help when I get super-frugal with bells on!