Monday, 28 November 2011

Calling for posts for Our December Thrifty Blog Carnival


I am calling for posts for December's Thrifty Families Blog Carnival, which is here at A Thrifty Mum on December 8th.


All you need to do is send in a post (on making or saving money, thriftiness, upcyling. recycling or living frugally) you have written in the past month (it can already have been published on your blog.) to me at mail@jenwalshaw.co.uk with Thrifty Blog Carnival in the subject header by 6pm on December 6.

Each month across many blogs the subject of making money, saving money, living frugally and being thrifty are shared. It’s a sign of the times and a more careful and caring generation of people that we protect our resources, recycle, upcycle and make do.



Saturday, 19 November 2011

Way's to make trousers last longer

This great post about turning worn out jeans in to a skirt by Slugs in the refrigerator, really inspired me to look at way to make clothes last longer. We used to be a throw it away family, but now we are make do and mend.

  1. Turn the trousers in to shorts - this is perfect for school trousers that are too short in the leg.  You do not even need to have sewing skills you can use wonderweb.
  2. Patch any holes.  Again you can use any old material you have lying around or of you are not a sewer then why not try iron on patches like clothes plasters.
  3. Have a swapping party.  Get together with other mums and swap your outgrown clothes.
  4. Sell them.  If they are in good condition, but outgrown, then pop them on e-bay and use the money to buy new to you ones.

I would love your ideas for others ways to make clothes last longer.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Make Childrens summer clothes last longer

Just because the weather has changed doesn't mean that you  need to put your childrens summer clothes away, especially as most children will have grown out of them by the time the weather changes for them to be able to wear them again..  It is all about layers.

BG (From New Mummy's Tips) rocking her summer clothes this autumn

  • Layer shorts and short skits over leggings and tights
  • You can add a long sleeved T shirt and tights under dresses
  • Wear vests under tops
  • Add a plain long sleeved t shirt under a short sleeved one
  • Add long sleeved tops under short sleeved shirts
  • Wear leggings under trousers when the weather gets cold
  • Make sure any roll up trousers are warn unrolled
  • When my boys were small I used to add long sleeved all in ones (the ones with poppers) under their tops
  • Use t shirts for pj tops  
I would love to hear your ideas for getting the most wear out of your childrens clothes

Friday, 4 November 2011

Thrifty Families Blog Carnival

Each month across many parenting blogs the subject of making money, saving money, living frugally and being thrifty are shared. It’s a sign of the times and a more careful and caring generation of parents that we protect our resources, recuycle, upcycle and make do.



Becky (from Baby Budgeting and Family Budgeting),Cass (from a frugal family) and I thought it would be a great idea to pull these brilliant posts together so we could all learn from and share with each other our thrifty ways. So each month we are going to hold a Thrifty Families Blog Carnival and we woudl love you to take part,

All you need to do is send in a post (on making or saving money, thriftiness, upcyling. recycling or living frugally) you have written in the past month (it can already have been published on your blog.) 

Please send the link for:

November – to Becky@babybudgteing.co.uk  by Tuesday 5th Novembver 6 pm for the carnival on Thurs 10th November at Baby Budgeting

December – to mail@jenwalshaw.co.uk by Tuesday 6th December 6 pm for the carnival on 8th December at A Thrifty Mum

January – to borocass@aol.com Tuesday 10th January 2012 6 pm for the carnival on 12th January 2012

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Feeding a family of four for £50

I do a weekly shop at Aldi and if anything else is needed it tends to be the co-op in the village.
Now I do have a good store cupboard and freezer with staples like gravy, frozen stock), herbs, spices, flour etc in.



Sunday
Lunch – mince (£1.99) and onions with veg from the garden and new potatoes from the garden too
Dinner – Poached eggs (99p or six for the butcher or friend) on muffins (60p)
Monday
Lunch – Scrambled egg on toast (99p for the eggs and 99p for a loaf of bread)
Dinner - Bolognese made with left over mince pasta (99p a bag) and pasata (59p) with added herbs and any veg left over from Sunday dinner (pureed).  Garlic bread (home made)
Tuesday
Lunch – Beans and Sausage on Toast (59p)
Dinner – Curry with home made naan bread
 
Wednesday

Sausage rolls form the bakers (4 for 99p)
Sausage casserole with Potatoes from the FIL

Thursday

Lunch – Scrambled Eggs with cheese and ham 
Jacket Potatoes with Cheese and Beans or leftover curry 

Friday
 
Sandwiches (cheese and ham or egg)
Fish and Chips with peas from the garden

Saturday

Hot Dogs and rolls with potato wedges (from the garden)
Home Made pizza (ham, salami, pasattatta, mozzarella and onion), garlic bread

Shopping list

Mince (1.99)
Breaded Ham (99p)
Mozzarella (2 x 49p)
Salami (99p)
Sausages (99p)
Bread (99p)
Hot dog rolls (55p)
Bratwursts (99p)
potato (69p)
Apples (1.25)
Banana (1.01)
Natural yogurt (49p)
Flour (33p)
Oven chips (99p)
Frozen battered Cod (1.99)
Passata  (49p)
Gouda (1.15)
Onions (69p)
High Juice (99p)
Jelly mix (20p)
Coffee (2.59  a month)
Paracetamol (2 x 19p)
Spreadable butter (1.79)
Marg for baking (50p)
Pull ups (3.59 once a month)
12 eggs (1.98)
Milk Iceland £1 for 4 pints we use at least 16 pints = £4)
Porridge (99p)
Choco Hoops (1.15)
Teabags (2.10 very 4 weeks)
Salad Stuff (currently 39p for tomatoes, lettuce and onions from ;Mar £1.20) 
lemonade (40p)
Yogurt (2 x 80p)
Chicken pieces (1.99)
Hot Chocolate (99p) 

I DONT buy cakes or biscuits, but I do buy the ingredients to make them and have baking powder, raisins etc in the cupboard board all the time.  I buy one loaf a week and then make all the rest (lidl do a really good inexpensive bread flour and I buy in bulk when passing).
 
I also make sure I have Ice cream and cone in  and when we hear the ice cream van  we make our own.  Sprinkles on top to make special or if they are really lucky then we might have a flake.

The garden is a huge source of produce for me, the peas are just coming to pod and the beans will be ready in the next few weeks. The spinach and chard is all cut and come again. We have tomatoes and onions, which we turned in to pasta sauce last year.
I always check the Internet to find out who has what offers on and shop around to ensure I get the best deal.  I will buy cheese and freeze it.
So how much do you spend on your weekly shop and how do you keep the bills down in the current climate?

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Three money saving tips now the clocks have changed

It was dark by 4.45pm tonight and it is just going to get earlier and earlier as the winter draws in, so I have three quick, easy and inexpensive tips to save money.

1) Close the curtains as soon as it gets dark, this makes sure you keep the cold out and the heat in.

2) Buy a hot water bottle for everyone.  There is nothing worse than getting in an icy bed.  A simple hot water bottle can make getting int o bed on a night so much nicer.

3) Turn the thermostat down by one degree.  Just by doing this you can save up to 10% on your heating bill.
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