Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas Bonus...Yay!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment on my last post.  It seems I am not alone in being organised this year.  Many of you are too, as well as being uber-frugal. It really does reduce stress levels when you begin early because you are spreading the cost as well as giving you time to seek out reductions in price.

I wanted to add to the GC's gift bags ( I like to give a well stuffed one!) so made these....

The fairy one is much prettier than it appears in the photo as the images were die cut from purple mirri card.  I have attached a sticker on the back with a special message of love for each child.

Our December pensions have been paid into the bank along with the Government Christmas bonus of £10 each...Yay!  Now what to spend it on?  OH was desperate for a warm top so his has gone on this Slazenger fleece @ £9.50   I just rang him to see where he is (he went to the village for some bread over an hour ago) and he was in the pub.  No surprise where his 50p change has gone then :)

My £10 is still in my purse.  I intend to ponder awhile before I treat myself and just enjoy knowing it's in there.  The Christmas bonus has remained unchanged for decades, I can remember my mum & dad getting £10 each years ago. My dad passed away in 1989! The actual buying power of the bonus has dropped dramatically but I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth :)

When I woke up this morning the world had changed to a very pretty white one.  It's still snowing heavily but I feel so lucky to be nice and warm and with fairly full cupboards.  Many people are not so lucky.  If I can get out tomorrow I intend to add a bit extra to the food bank box.

Thanks so much for popping in everyone.  Take care x


  1. In my previous life £10 wasn't a sum of money that I'd bother about. Now - when I run the house and live on £100 - it's a real treat to have some unallocated cash. Enjoy planning how you're going to treat yourself! Jx

  2. What lovely gifts for your grandchildren.
    Enjoy spending your £10.

  3. Oh, I forgot about the bonus, mine will no doubt go into my craft budget. I hadn't realised how long it had been stuck at £10. I wonder how much it would be if it was linked to inflation. The shopping is done, all the food that can be frozen is in the freezer. Just the fresh stuff to get and the final bits for the food bank.

  4. I have so enjoyed reading your blog over the past few months.

    I also think it's wonderful that you are living on a limited budget and yet you still donate to your local food bank. I volunteer at my local food bank and we appreciate each and every donation. Thank you.

    1. Thank you, Veronica, for your very kind words. Donating to the food bank is the least I can do. I consider myself to be so very lucky. You are the hero in my book for giving up your time. It's good to know you care x


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