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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Juggle It January, Car Booting & Stretching Finances

As it's a fresh new year I intend to go through my cupboards methodically getting rid of any stuff we no longer need or want.  I thought I was pretty organised but looking at other blogs I realise that I have a lot to learn :)  Quite early on in 2014 I decided to stop buying 'bargain' toiletries and to use up what I have. OH buys his own although he usually gets enough for Christmas and birthday to last the whole year anyway! We are into a new year and I still have bits to use up. 
 
These two have been used, squished and rinsed out until there is nothing left....
 
 

These are all that are left.... and there are only tiny bits left in most of them....but I intend to make them stretch for as long as possible.  I do like to alternate shampoos but don't really mind if the conditioner doesn't match.  Let's see how long I can go before I have to buy more....


Strangely enough I was given absolutely no toiletries for Christmas so I must smell ok :)  But what I did have was these...



These were the wonderful gifts in my gift swap with Marlene from Simple Living.   The kitchen notepad is already in use.  It's hanging in my kitchen with my menu plan on and an on-going shopping list on the second page.  I can only plan one week ahead as I'm not organised enough to do a monthly one and I like to use up stuff from the freezer as we go. I shop on Mondays so the menu plan covers Monday - Sunday then I can tear it off to reveal my shopping list for the following week...Simples!

Thank you so much, Marlene, the lovely charms and buttons etc will be used in my crafting.

The title Juggle It January refers to juggling finances to enable us to save a tiny bit each month as a safety net in the event of one of us being left alone (as mentioned in my last post)  I have discovered that I would need an additional £2,000 per annum to enable me to stay where we live now (and we do live in a modest home with a modest income) and that would leave no money for general spending let alone a holiday or repairs to the car or home.  I'm not going to let it worry me but I am going to put aside some cash if at all possible.  eBay-ing and car booting could well be on the plan for this year! That will help with clearing some more space too.  OH has boxes and boxes of tools in the shed but he can't bear to part with them.  Each time I suggest sorting them out his reaction is " step away from the shed...step away..."  lol...He hasn't used them in almost 10 years so why would he now?

Is anyone else planning a clear out soon?  Any suggestions how to get OH to sell his tools? In theory he is open to selling them but can't bring himself to even look at them at the moment. ....
Give me strength.....

Thanks so much for popping in  and have a lovely Sunday (frosty and foggy here ....) x



9 comments:

  1. Hi Angie, I am so pleased you liked your gifts, your post sums up me at the moment, I was just putting away Christmas gifts and was thinking about how much I had, hubby ordered me to the shop on the way back to use up some euro's so I came back with even more, tommorow I am going to recycle all the christmas cards and then will be working my way through the house, I put unwanted things in the carboot box and if they don't sell, I will then be taking them to the charity shop. I also will be doing more ebaying this year, I am lucky to be able to be able to buy things at the right price from the charity shop and sell on, I buy things and put them on Ebay and hubby does any cleaning and polishing, and restoration, and he packs all the parcels, every penny counts.

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    1. You two are a great team! I might be looking to buy then sell on too but CS s by us are pricey. I will take a look anyway.

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    2. Yes, carboots are ok though.

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  2. you have more chance of hell freezing over than getting a bloke to part with tools ..lol

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    1. Oh crikey, you could be right....lol...

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  3. Kate said what I was going to say. I'm sure Col has at least 6 of everything!

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  4. If you figure how to get your hubby to part from his shed stuff please let me know and I will apply it to my son and his toys. I think I need to sneak things out when he is at school.
    Twiggy

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  5. I too am married to someone who never willingly discards anything in case it might come in useful. However, we had to seriously de-clutter before downsizing a few years ago and it's amazing how seldom we miss stuff we got rid of. I found it a liberating experience and now, if we're considering buying anything for the house, my first question is "Where will we store it?"

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