Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
So my new bedtime is 11pm. Gone are the days where I force myself to get in bed at 2am slightly dreading how that will feel when I get to the 7.30 alarm and a day that begins with shouting at children to hurry up and get ready for school. So here's to hoping that sitting in bed at 11pm I might allow myself 10 mins to write a blog post.
I'm about to make this months credit card payment... new total coming in the next post which I will do after facewash and teeth clean.
Monday, 1 August 2011
We have no funding for my job.
I'm a little bit scared.
So we were gutted this week to have got a no about our grant application that was right into the very final stage and the feedback was looking so positive. It would have solved so many things and been so amazing for Golddigger as it would have resourced us to open our centre in town up to host girls courses, open a drop in and to start some very much needed work in town with some very vulnerable girls being targetted for sex trafficking. The reality is I actually am worried more at the prospect of NOT being able to do this work than the prospect of not having any stable income as a family. So I just don't really understand the whole rubbish situation. Still -we believe we should be doing this and so I have made it a parallel target (whilst paying off £7111.93) to raise 24,000 by the start of October so that we can at least start the project we've planned. I hate fundraising - its not something that uses anything in my natural skill base and I have no idea where to start - but enough of resenting the fact that I have to do something because there is no one else to do it - the story of so many charities - and somehow Beth and I will find it somewhere! £24,000 can't actually be that hard to find can it!?
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Anyway - its an adventure. I feel kind of peaceful about it all because I know we have really tried to get a proper stable job - the job market is really tough at the moment and we're not used to not getting snapped up for employment but he has been for so many interviews and we've just been surprised at the standard of the candidates at each one. Tough market. So we can at least move forward with the vision to set up these new projects he is stepping forward with knowing that he kind of has to make it work - and not just because its the favorite option but also because there is no other option. My focus project has just been to get us out of as much debt as possible before things get too tight and so that we bring down our monthly payments on the credit card - because hopefully there won't be any credit card left. I think I've got quite a bit more to pay off by the end of August - I MIGHT not manage all of it :S but I'm still optimistic that somehow I'll be able to find £7000 from loose change down the back of the sofa and clear it all before September!
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
On the other plus side I have been so busy with work over the past few weeks that I havent' spent anything at all. Not sure what the kids have been eating - oh I think all my mum and dads food but I have been on school dinners and that must have saved me a bit of cash!
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Friday, 10 June 2011
Thursday, 9 June 2011
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Monday, 6 June 2011
Sunday, 5 June 2011
I guess I feel like we're wading through treacle for quite some way ahead... and I'm not sure what the end result will be. Hopefully carefree but with strong legs that have been built up along in the wading process. Maybe I will have become a naturally good money organiser that I just do it without having to think about it and I will feel like I never have to give it a thought?! Anyway...its my birthday on Saturday and though I've not decided what nice little thing I might do I also am not looking forward to it in the sense of hurrying it to get here because I am going to enjoy every day of the week for as long as possible. I've wasted 3 days ill in bed and 2 whole days worrying about the existence of the day because we need to pay for the meals it makes us need and the electricity it requires - neither of those types of day are any good whatsoever so I'm NEVER planning to spend them like that again.
Saturday, 4 June 2011
Friday, 3 June 2011
A used cottontail rabbit family just sold on ebay for £6.20 plus £1.80 postage. RRP 16.99 new. So £8 for a used family is actually quite cheap for what I've seen on ebay... its quite a ridiculous market... but I just checked amazon again this morning and picked up this cute little fawn rabbit family for £9.63... they'll come new in a box and everything!!
I did, however, just pay off this months definate installment on the credit card - so with £200 over to that we are now down to £7,951.93 D - ACE - I love having that all in one place - that just seems so much more managable :)
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Anyway - the plus side of being bed ridden (aside from having to spend money on prescriptions, paracetamol, lucozade and ravioli) was that I've entered TWO competitions. Loose Women and Dickinsons Real Deal. I entered on the website for free. So bonus if I win one of those?! Well... David Dickinson himself did point out -there has to be one winner and it could be you! So it COULD be me! That one is for £3000 - Loose Women on the other hand is £10,000 AND £5,000 in M&S vouchers... the ladies in the audience did a big 'OOOooooooooohhhhhh!!' at that - personally I would struggle to need that many pairs of pants but I could buy a round of pants and bras for everyone I know with that sort of a winning!
Anyway - I started making these a few days ago - some cute little wooden bunting flags which will either be a good party bag filler for Hollys party or part of a craft thing I can do with the girls - the idea being they get a short little piece of bunting each and the middle one will have their initial on. Good way to use up tester pots or leftover big pots of emulsion and some MDF we had clogging up the shed. I'd quite like to be finishing painting these rather than stuck in bed but thats not todays plan obviously!
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Monday, 30 May 2011
Our basic bills come to just over a grand. Thats mortgage, council tax, insurances, phones, gas, electric, water etc. So on pay day that amount can stay in and whats left gets transfered over to another account and THAT ONE is for petrol, food, spending, presents, school trips, clubs etc... basically EVERYTHING and ALL cheques need to come out of there. Most importantly when I check that balance I know that is all we have AND that there are no bills due to come out of that - so it should make for better budgetting. So here goes!
I have transferred over the leftovers for this month and am a little wary that we have £317 to live off for the month...and car tax is due in 3 days so thats 1/3 gone already! Looks a little frightening to be honest - but then I know that that amount is always what we have - its just normally hidden at this stage of the month amongst lots of other pennies that are promised to some company! So since its also 4 family birthdays this month too we'll be pushing the weekly shop amount to the very extremes and I'm not going till the cupboards are actually empty!!
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Saturday, 21 May 2011
So the challenge is on to hopefully have this space in September! We need to find other funding to pay for the changes we'll have in rent - which will go up by about £75 a month from what we have now as well as this grant - if we get it - (please Jesus) so its a challenge but its quite nice to have a different financial mountain to climb as well as my own - a change is as good as a rest isnt it?!
Thursday, 19 May 2011
So anyway, before I started I also just gave myself a little spending fix by splurging £50 on the credit card- not spending from my credit card...but paying it off. I don't know whether we can afford it - but that made it feel a bit more exciting. I like barclaycard... they give you a colourful target board thing - a bit like a blue peter fundraiser thing - so that you can see how much further you have to go. I DO have quite a way...but I'm looking forward to seeing whether I can go on it again when I've ticked off all my bills and have £150 left to spend!
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Monday, 16 May 2011
Friday, 13 May 2011
So, working out how much things cost is a bit more laborious than I first expected... but counting cherry tomatoes and division sums with my receipts in hand is the way forward I guess!
Yesterday I made a load of mushroom soup and a big vat of bean chilli... and then I got calculating and got all the tupperwear out and portioned it and stashed a load of it in the freezer. I now have a 1 day plan that comes to a grand total of £3.58 for 4 people.
Breakfast: Wheetabix (Sainsburys 48 pack is 6p a wheetabix) x2 each + milk (10p ish each??)
88p for 4
Lunch: Mushroom soup (600g value mushrooms £1.70, 3 value onions (30p) 2 cloves garlic 10p-ish, water (free), spoon of boulion (10p), butter, bit of milk)
2 slices bread
86p per meal for 4
Dinner: Basmati rice (4kg bag from Tesco £6.35 and 3 cups per family meal EQUALS 88p per meal... oooh thats quite a lot more than pasta did you know!
Bean chilli (olive oil, 2 onions, 2 cloves garlic, 1 red chilli 25p, 8 tins plum tomatoes £3.92, 1 jar pasata 98p, 1 spoon boulion, mixed herbs, - blend it with mixer – 2 cartons kidney beans, 2 cartons canalini beans, 2 cartons chick peas £3 for 6 cartons) Makes enough for 10 whole meals – thats 40 servings!
£1.84 per meal for 4
Grand total of £3.58
So... theres no snack allocation here...or puddings... or drinks. I will certainly need a tea bag allowance and to add in the price of a few apples and biscuits but generally we all drink water. We fill up a bottle in the morning (2l each for Joel and I and 1.5 for the children) and each try to get through that each day.
£3.58 would come to £25.06 in a week if we had that every single day...which is on target...but of course is far too much mushroom soup and bean chilli in your life... but the good news is that pasta is cheaper and interestingly organic porridge is actually cheaper than wheetabix – so there are still savings to be had on the meal plan journey!
Credit card journey has also moved forward. £-8201.93 – thats a nice chunk of my wages and expenses I've comitted to paying across! – and I'm trying to work out how much more we can free up from the rest of this month.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Saturday, 26 February 2011
Garden Party ideas... go!... ok we'll have lots of bunting... I will have to use material I have for occasions from the 'needing some spare material' box and I shall make some, picnic rugs and cushions outside, den made out of Hollys old bed, games, bead making, we'll make hanging lanterns out of old jam jars (need to save them) tea lights (I have hundreds) and some wire? will need some glass paints (google) and maybe how about some candle making - that'd be fun....oooh maybe with some dried leaves and flowers in to make them extra gardeny - sure I can hire something from the council... games... will think of some later... giant cup cake for the birthday cake and that can be enough ideas for right now! Ok so budget - I have no idea. Lets aim for £100 in total - food, party bags, prizes, decorations - everything...but must be in keeping with my normal party standards.
Just got back from filming... managed to dig out some v. cheap tesco straightners out of the loft and they had to do. Filming was good but it was SOOOO hot - bad idea to plan to wear a jacket in one of the songs!
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Worse than that my GHDs actually just exploded. Actually this is more like what happened. 1. I just washed my hair - its a sensitive shade of blonde right now. If I style it right and get my make up right I love it - but when I've just washed it its frizzy and that makes it seem a horrid colour. So anyway... my power cable for my laptop has been a bit dodgy recently. It keeps sparking, which is a bit worrying. I plugged it in and there was a big BANG noise- and half the house went quiet. I had been getting my straighteners ready to use - so had to unplug them and waited for Joel to make the electricity work again and plugged them in and started straightening my hair. Then after about 2 minutes they did this big sparky fire thing right in my hand and BANG and thats them dead too. So I'm quite understandably a little scared of touching anything electric right now... especially as I came back upstairs and needed to plug Joels lamp in - mine is still on the fused plug that doesn't want to work. I picked up what I assumed was the plug to his lamp and as I connected it there was the loudest most scary noise I have ever heard and made my cry and think my life was actually over. It was actually just the radio at full volume that I happened to plug in - not the best thing to happen in my uber jumpy state.
So aside from having to sew up my dress I also have bright yellow frizzy hair that I can do nothing about and off I go to be on TV tomorrow!
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
My original plan was to put aside £10 of my spending money every month... but even a simple bit of maths tells me thats a ridiculously long time to have frizzy hair for... I need a plan.
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Today the solicitor letter came about the land. That's the last phase of spending and what we got the extra mortgage for... time to buy some land and make it into a usable space with the money we have left and before the kids birthday parties! Go!
Monday, 21 February 2011
Friday, 18 February 2011
I've decided to go back to being blonde. I like my hair dark but 2 years has been a long sint of dark hair for me and now I'm craving the change. I went to my hairdressers a couple of weeks ago and we did the first phase of highlights. Some of it went blonde, some went orangy and some stayed dark - it looked ok but I dont like the medium stage and I was going to have to go back soon to have the next phase done and then keep going back to get the roots done. I worked out this was going to be expensive. Anyway a packet of dye from boots is £5 and I can pay for that with my boots advantage points so its basically free - so I did that and the blonde lady on the front has been beckoning me to become like her and dye it. Starting a 45 minute dye at 12.30 was a bit silly as I've got to be up at 8am... but thats what I did. So, now, I sit with a towel on my head at 1.39am and I'm pretty sure my hair is a yukky shade of orange. :) all fun and games.
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
The one exclusive column that is allowed to be more is the one at the end that says Barclaycard.
I really like my budget folder :)
Thursday, 3 February 2011
I spent a bit of my pocket money yesterday. I managed to find a pretty jumper I like and a dress both in a sale... dress reduced from £75 to £20 and the jumper £45 reduced to £20 - (which of COURSE also means I have saved £80) so I paid for those with cash from my purse from my January pocket money and I still have Februarys all left (yes it is only actually the 3rd...but this is me) It as the first time in... perhaps forever...that I have been able to own up to my shopping bags with Joel without having to feel guilty.
Ive also just had a couple of cheques in... aim is so see if they can be allowed to go onto the credit card... but my 'realistic aim of the month' is to get it down to below 9,000 - If the figure starts with an 8 before the end of February then I will be worthy of the title 'The Biggest Loser' too.
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Tonight though I had to leave work early to collect the kids so was in a bit of a rush to get everything done there, then had to get up to school, down to dancing, over for some petrol and back to collect from dancing and driving home at 5pm with 2 hungry, tired, cold children wondering how they were going to take to having to eat a microwave meal (they have never had one of those!). I pulled up on the drive to find a hot potato bake sausage and kidney bean meal still hot and wrapped in foil and a big cake on the doorstep! How very cool is that! Instant surprise dinner! One of the most wonderful people in the whole world goes to our church and she just happened to pick the perfect time!
Saturday, 22 January 2011
Tonight though we've sorted the budgets. I've got my £40 left over spending money for the rest of January as cash in my purse and I'm excited that I've managed to save something for more than 1 day! Better still 3 credit cards have been condensed down to 1. We paid off one and combined the other two and this year we will be working hard to pay off £9321.72 D - Oh my...thats a lot of money!
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
But...'out with the old' wise... our old kitchen will be collected this week and hurray for selling it on ebay for £350! Plus we already sold the fridge on there for £90. Better than hiring a van to take it to the dump once its sledgehammered to pieces!
Monday, 17 January 2011
So the credit card jar is filling up and now I have spending money. Yes, I get an allowance just as I did when I was 13. Joel has an allowance too. £50 a month! Yes... and thats a whole increase of £20 from what I got when I was 13- and to cover all the same things! Anything I want to do, entertainment, clothes, coffees, entry fees, grabbing lunch while I'm out, parking etc all has to come out of my spending money. It has made me ignore the lovely All Saints dress I've been watching on ebay for £30 buy it now - thats over half my money in one go. As much as I would so much rather it was a lot more than that I do think its a great idea. Joel and I have never had a spending budget and share a bank account - so if we run out of money its too easy for him to blame me for buying clothes and me to blame him for going out too much. This way neither of us needs to get stressed about what the other one buys. If he wants to go out for lunch rather than take a pack up then that's fine as its not coming out of the grocery budget then that I have to make cut backs in.
Woop for the credit card fund branston jar as a tax refund for our old car came through for £100 - taking the jar total to £480.39. Thats a happy recycled jar for you!
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Friday, 14 January 2011
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Also - debt plan coming soon... while we're juggling land payments and kitchen appliances etc we're not sure where we're up to until that's all gone through so we can't tell...but once the next step is out of the way we'll have a new figure to tackle and I'm excited!
So later today I'm going to buy some blackboard paint! I dont normally like to publicly document things in process just in case they go very wrong - in which case I need not mention that anything ever happened - so I am being quite brave because I am a little nervous about the idea. Im not worried about the black. Joel did question why we were going to such lengths in getting a whole new kitchen to be much lighter than the last one if I was going to paint an entire wall black. He could be right - but its all about shape and space and using colour to create a feeling - so if the kitchen plan is good and works then the colour wont be a problem...and I am a fan of black wallpaper. I have clack wallpaper in the lounge, charcoal and silver in the hallway - which most people say they love and hallways are normally supposed to be plain magnolia as standard, black and silver wallpaper in the study and I picked out a gorgous black wallpaper for our bedroom when we moved in which mum and Joel persuaded me to take back as mum said it would look like a brothel... I took it back and 3 weeks later saw my wallpaper done in exactly the way I'd planned with the exact shade of paint I'd chosen to go with it on a design programme. So maybe there are enough black walls in my life... but lets do it anyway!
So my worry is this - in googling blackboard walls I've not been as inspired as I am in my imagination. They seem to fall into one of 2 categories... Old skool school style or Cafe menu board... and there are loads of examples of people creating this look in their homes...not what I'm after :S Here are some of the ones I think I like...
How extremely simple and easy is that... !?? In fact I did this a while back... and just thought of it while tidying up after a play party or something... so cars on the toybox -photo and boom that's your photo to print onto a nice plain square card! (mini ones are lovely and as little as 5p each from craft creations) Whole thing including printing ink and envelope will still make them less than 10p per card - which is a HUGE saving if you're otherwise getting through 40+ cards per child per year at standard greeting card costs...and I had fun theraputically lining up cars and sweets to make shapes... some of us are just sad like that!
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Monday, 10 January 2011
Of all the recycling that is going on in different sized mountains around me the prize tub is recycling brilliance. All the party bag toys all the lollies your child doesn't need the 5th one of on their way home from a party already fulled with enough sugar, all the odd bits an pieces from your own party toys and sweets - like when you needed to buy another set of 8 pirate bubbles but only needed 5 of them, a few odd balloons and anything that needs using up but there aren't enough to use or they don't go with the the party theme etc... they all go in a big tub to make the prize tub. Then every party game you do the winners get to dig around and choose something from there - saves on buying another big bag of sweets, means kids can choose between sweets and toys - so the ones that actually don't want more sugar don't have to have it and kids just love it!! (and lets hope they don't recognise that the monster bouncy ball actually came from their party last weekend! So while so many things are getting sorted and cleared out this month - I might just revamp and make more space for a bigger party prize tub!
Sunday, 9 January 2011
One slight glitch in the meal plan so far happened today when I ended up with the hungriest little boy needing a proper good meal when I'd planned not to feed him as he was going to a party. I'm not a big fan of play centre parties at the best of times. I know they're great for the kids to run around and wear themselves out while you just hope they don't get lost down some big tube because you have no idea where they are... but today... the children were all given neon shoelaces in their party bags. Shoelaces that are suitable length for the size of a pair of doc martens. Weird. More weird was the food. The party was 11-1. By 12.30 the children were hungry - some were practically crying because they were so hungry. At 12.40 they were taken into the party room and sat at the table... and served with quavers and custard creams. That was it. Actually true - no sandwiches, no salad, not even alternative crisps or biscuits - just quavers and custard creams. Then each of them were given a bun for pudding. My poor boy complained of being sick all the way home. He's never sick and he looked terrible. We fed him a homemade banana and mango milkshake while I made him a bowl of soup and we got the colour back in his face strait away. That was just weird.
Saturday, 8 January 2011
But what about hand me downs that cost you? What about when they're kind of good and a bit what you need but not ideal and might need investing into?
My mum and dad have been quite determined that we strongly consider taking their sofa bed... these are the factors in no particular order...
1. They probably feel guilty about throwing it out - it was really expensive
2. We could really do with a guest bed
3. The colour is pinkish and really clashes with the dark pinkish wall in the lounge
4. we already have 2 sofas and dont really need another
5. I wouldn't want to get rid of one of the ones we already have - we chose them to last us
6. the sofa bed will ONLY fit in the lounge and there is no space and it is too heavy for upstairs
7. Its a really comfy sofa bed to sleep on.
8. mum prices up reupholstering at nearly £600.
9. oooh now the Christmas tree is gone there IS a big space just right for a sofa!
So instead of turning it down OR paying a fortune to invest into it OR living with an ugly clashing sofa in my nice lounge I've invested just a little...and decided we WILL make it work!
1. Throw (that I've wanted from ikea for ages)... navy and knitted (£25)
2. 2 cusions from pound stretcher and committment to finish off some knitted patchwork ones I once started. (3.99 x2 and free left over wool cushions)
3. Potentially a new can of paint if these tricks don't disguise the clash (£10.99)
So voila... new sofa bed all comfy for guests all for the grand price of 43.97. BOOM.
Shopping trip today - no spends :)
Monday, 3 January 2011
What surprised us though were the things that we later found hiding in our Homebase quote - a couple of hundred quid for them to move our washer while they fit it and plug it back in... £400 for a 'magic corner' so that you can get stuff out of your cupboard without having to stretch! We realised we would never sit and discuss spending £400 on a contraption for a cupboard - not an option! Its amazing what things go hidden when surrounded by what appear to be big necessary costs...while at the same time I'm wondering and debating for hours on end whether to add another £20 onto what I'm willing to bid for a Smeg fridge on ebay! I couldn't care less about a magic corner if I can get a better fridge or a whole oven for that money really could I!
But I did win my Smeg fridge! Joel collected it today and its very beautiful and I'm also feeling satisfied we paid a good price to a lovely family who have looked after it really well and we have a great fridge that aesthetically pleases me and has already been planned into our lovely kitchen design. The only issue is that Joel is cross I want to put magnets and pictures on it to add to its charm and he thinks it should be 'left pure'. Decisions decisions.
Sunday, 2 January 2011
My food planning is made considerably easier by the fact that I hate cooking, I can only make about 10 meals anyway and to save money I normally cook enough when I make a meal so that we eat the leftovers the next night. This also helps when I'm working late or busy some nights. So I've actually just chosen (with the kids) 7 meals and if each of them last 2 night each then I've actually planned for 2 weeks at a time - fab!
So here it is...
2x Macaroni cheese with brocoli and cauliflower in (and bacon on a rich week) with some veg
2x Pasta and tomato sauce (with bacon when using up bacon on a rich week)
2x Spagetti Bolognaise
2x Chilli Con Carne and rice
2x Red pepper and cream cheese pastry thing with salad and potato wedges or jackets
2x Cottage Pie and veg
2x Chicken Pie with any combo of veg that needs using up (normally leek and mushroom)
So there we have it! Actually I havent even included lasagne, or any kind of stirfry or standard roast dinner - so they can be my standby interchangable options for days when we are SO BORED of eating the same thing!
So tonight... I made the red pepper thing and when it was ready cut it in half strait away to make sure there was just as much for tomorrow nights tea :) and even got uber organised and used up the excess pepper in my huge cook off...
I normally make up a big pan of pasta sauce - a basic and tasty tomato sauce that can be used for loads of meals inc. pasta based, pizza sauce for the kids lunches etc and a big tub sits in the fridge all week till its used up or we notice its gone moldy. So instead tonight I made it and portioned it out for freezer meals. This makes me happy cos I know there are now 6 nights where I can get tea out of the freezer and still feel content in being a homecooked mum - as I'll be serving up good healthy food I have put effort into - and not smiley faces and chicken nuggets! So using 2 onions, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 large organic passata, 4 tins of organic plum tomatoes, a bit of sugar and olive oil, bits of pepper and fresh tomato, bit of boulion, pepper, spicy herb and chilli mix, and 3 bay leaves (all comes to £3- when you stock up on tinned tomatoes when the good ones are half price) I made up a load of sauce... portioned enough for 2 meals into 2 tupperwears, labelled them for the freezer... then cooked some beef mince, added some mushrooms and half a yellow pepper that needed eating and then portioned out 2 tupperwears of bolognaise... added a bit more spice and a tin of kidney beans and the rest is enough for 2 chilli con carne teas. £6.50 for 6 family meals (without the rice, penne and spaghetti of course - which I always buy in jumbo catering size bags anyway!) Ahhhhh... pleased with myself.
Saturday, 1 January 2011
I spent new year in for the first time I can ever remember, other than when hosting parties. My parents and their friends have always had, and still have big parties and take it in turns to host so I've always been at parties for new year. This year ended up being stuck for ideas and the kids were desperate to stay up - so we stayed in. New Years Eve 2010-2011 Joel and the kids washed the car, I wallpapered and the n when the kids went to bed we did a spot of budget planning and kitchen design. Then approaching midnight I cleared out my wardrobe and started reorganising it. At 11.50 we called a halt to the procedings and picked the kids out of their beds and carried them downstairs to bring in the new year with hot chocolate with marshmallows and a cookie while we watched the fireworks on BBC1. Then all back upstairs where they went back off to sleep and I got back to the big wardrobe sort out. Extremely boring but something about it felt really good - it was like the beginning of how things hopefully will go on.
So...not wanting to be too ambitious or anything...these are my main New Years Resolutions 2011
1. Send all birthday cards and presents on time. (I just sent one to Charlie who's birthday is in february as late as December... and the majority of the year it has sat ready to post)
2. Keep my wardrobe tidy (every year I have this one)
3. Get out of debt.
4. Make and stick to a meal plan
5. Budget and change to card free spending.
6. Go to bed at a reasonable time (mainly 2am all year with 7am starts = tired days I've found)
7. Remember the food at the bottom of the fridge as well as the food at the top in eye sight... too many wasted carrots this year :(
8. Read at least 8 books I haven't read before.
9. Use the Wii fit at least once a week
10. By the end of the year I will have cleared out the 'stuff for Ebay cupboard...and hopefully sold it!
10 seems like a good place to stop! So tonight... at 10.54 I reckon I can wrap a birthday present, look at the budget so far, maybe start book No 1 (after I've folded my clothes and put them away tidy of course) and also stick to no 6 if I'm quick :)