Austerity measures

22 Aug 2022
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My partner Spock made himself a cup of tea just now, and I lifted the kettle to pour the remaining boiling water on the dishcloth.Trouble is, there is no water left. He puts the exact amount for his favourite mug in the kettle, not a drop more.

 

I recall a friend telling me that she felt like killing or divorcing her husband when he retired. He made it his mission to examine all aspects of domestic expenditure, and suggest helpful ways to economise. In addition, he gave unwanted  time and motion “advice”. Spock has worked from home for a long time, but his penny-pinching habits have got worse with each passing year. He is not a mean person in many ways. He never comments on things I buy, gives very generously to good causes and likes eating out. He seems to get some puritanical pleasure in self-denial. The hair shirt is never far away. Nearly all his clothes are bought by me, because left to his own devices he would never bother.

 

Every so often he will go raving mad and splash out on a pack of underpants or socks from Asda. He buys only plain black socks so nothing gets chucked out until it’s full of holes. I recently bought him a pair of well-made lovely soft pants called “Comfyballs”  (Don’t ask.) He was shocked to hear the price, so these were immediately consigned to his special occasions drawer. The mind boggles, what would this occasion be? A romantic tryst with a new mistress (dream on Spock!) or perhaps a prostate examination?

 

An ancient pair of cargo trousers (£12 from Tesco) has been reincarnated during the heat wave into a pair of shorts-no hemming of course. No designer suit could give him more pleasure than he gets from these. Oddly, although he will cling onto the most rancid old garments, he cannot understand my love of charity shop bargains.

 

An electrician friend told him that turning all appliances off at night could save a couple of hundred pounds a year for most homes, yet he happily has everything on standby. He can’t resist anything on offer, so we have enough toothpaste and cheap soap to last the rest of our lives. One big bone of contention is his soap, nasty slimy slivers that he tries to meld with my fragrant bars. His Mum used to boil up all the soap bits in a pan, so it must be some genetic thing.

 

In turn, he cannot understand why I save nice gift bags or classy carrier bags to re-use. Letters and cards are turned into notepads, tin foil that is clean will be reused. I snip the ends off tubes of make-up and shampoo to use every last drop. Stubs of lipstick will be squidged with a bit of foundation to make cream blusher. Legs are cut off old lycra opaque tights to make no VPL knickers. I have quite a stash of bubblewrap and delicate tissue paper that will surely be useful one day

 

My mother used to keep her home like a  greenhouse, heaters on full blast. However, she would only turn on lights after dark, convinced that electricity poured like molten gold from the ceiling bulbs.

 

We are now faced with the need for bigger economies, so I am wondering what, if anything, Moodscopers are cutting back on? My contribution so far has been to use only the 30 minute setting on the washing machine, with a good dash of soda crystals added to the powder. Very few things require longer than that. We’ve been having more picnics this year, rather than eating lunch out.

 

I have to add  that I have been  desperately short of money in my time, and I know for some of you the rising cost of living calls for more desperate measures than these little tweaks.

Please don’t think I am being flippant about this, money worries are terrible and a big source of mental distress. We may have experiences and ideas that can help each other. I love making people laugh, but I know that some things are no joking matter.   

Val

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Paul

Aug. 23, 2022, 4:33 a.m.

Hi Val Thank you for todays very amusing blog, really made me smile. I think it’s a man thing I very rarely buy clothes as I usually get it wrong my wife is far better at dressing me. I have seen customers filling pans of cold water from the hot tap the water before it runs hot. Then transfering it to a bucket to flush the toilet. My father in law used to get on the tram for one stop so he could get a free metro paper. Customers have followed me round turning lights off that I need for working light. One customer told me half fill the kettle the night before so in the morning the water will be at room temp and use less power. Another would leave the bath water in as the heat from the water would transfer to the house. I could go on I think this year I will be turning down the thermostat one or two degrees and wearing more layers. It is frightening the cost of fuel but have to admit most of us have gone a bit soft. I intend using the car and van less or planning journeys better. From a big family growing up in the 60s with no heating and little food we have come along way. Does money buy happiness,? not really but it can help. Will leave with a joke As a boy if I came home from school and mum was only wearing one stocking I knew we would be having suet pudding for tea. Paul

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Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 23, 2022, 5:31 a.m.

Pah! Loved the joke Paul - many youngsters won’t get it!! Also loved the stories you gave us - funny things that we or parents have done to save money and be frugal! Love and Bear hugs x x x

The Gardener

Aug. 23, 2022, 7:49 a.m.

Paul, you make some important points. I have been annoying people by saying turn heating down, wear more clothes, take more exercise. I DO run cold water off, nearly a litre before hot arrives, put in watering can for plants on window-sill. Had to read joke twice, gottit.

Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 9 a.m.

Hi Paul, I bet you have a stack of anecdotes about what people get up to in their own homes. You are right,we have become too soft.I grew up in an old house that had known grander days.If you put me back there now I would die of hypothermia.x

Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:26 a.m.

Paul,a sparks I used to go out with hit upon a nice little earner.He would get men moaning that the females in the household kept turning up the thermostat.He came up with an idea that was very popular.He would move the real thermostat out of sight,and put an unconnected dummy on the wall in its place.x

Paul

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:42 a.m.

Hi ladies looks like we are all smiling today all thanks to Val with a great blog I like the dummy Thermostat trick. I may try that out. Paul

Christine

Aug. 23, 2022, 5:06 a.m.

Val, your blog made me smile, my husband is just the same, never buying anything until what he has has fallen apart! I do all his clothes shopping. He is always interested in what I spend my money on, mind you he is a bit of a hoarder never letting me throw away any cardboard boxes (they might come in handy one day!) he is very careful with money and I am more of a spender! Anyway Val thanks for your amusing blog Take care Christine

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:02 a.m.

It's often the way Christine,one saver lives with one spender.Those boxes must take up a lot of space.x

Julie

Aug. 23, 2022, 5:10 a.m.

Brilliant Val. We’re looking down the barrel of retirement in our household here. I recall my Mum saying she had no space or time to call her own once Dad retired.

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:05 a.m.

I read recently that there are a couple of peak times for divorce in the U.K.One is couples of retirement age.Hmm-wonder why that might be? x

Julie

Aug. 23, 2022, 5:10 a.m.

Brilliant Val. We’re looking down the barrel of retirement in our household here. I recall my Mum saying she had no space or time to call her own once Dad retired.

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Oli

Aug. 23, 2022, 5:12 a.m.

Thanks Val. Somewhat scarily the blog reads like a list of things I've learned: I happen to know the exact cost of everything I've spent, to the penny, for the last 20 years -- it's simply because I keep computerised accounts. What I learned is: keep the information to yourself! Your gf does *not* want to know! Clothing: the difference it makes when someone has a good eye cannot be understated. I had literally no idea about clothing till I was seeing someone recently who really understood what I could/should wear. I replaced everything I wear. That's not a money saving but *** I feel better for it. My recent, happy saving is when I was given an old Chromebook which was no longer being updated -- built-in obsolescence. I get why Google do it but what a waste. I nuked the old operating system and replaced it with a lightweight Linux version and the machine is flying along better than before. I love that.

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:11 a.m.

You are very wise Oli,don't whatever you do tell any girlfriends about this strange little secret. I am sat here rolling my eyes,thinking "That's men all over" at your comment about your ex getting you sorted out sartorially. In return you drop her,and now some other woman is getting all the benefit of the make-over! ***

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:27 a.m.

Ha ha ha - Val you crack me up!!!

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 23, 2022, 6:04 a.m.

Goodness Val - one of your best! Loved the humour as well as what we are all having to think of - a timely reminder as we head into September and many people will already be worrying about the bills. There are so many little snippets that you mention that both my Mum and MiL used to do and I still do some of them myself!! Always re-use tin foil unless it’s covered in something that cannot be cleaned off. Nice paper/card bags that can be reused for another gift. Gifting lovely things and re-gifting the beautiful bags with little cards attached. Some of my friends and I don’t write on the little attached gift cards as we know they can be reused! Especially Christmas ones (apologies for mentioning the C word in August!) and bottle bags. Emptying MiL’s home after she had died years ago, there was The Drawer - bit like a man-drawer but held pens, pencils, scissors and a multitude of odd-shaped pieces of pretty wrapping paper; some of it had come with a gift, and had been ironed for re-use, whilst other bits were cut-offs, but were so tiny they could barely wrap a thimble! All her spare wool was reused or gifted to knitters. When we moved last year, I came across all sorts of odd-shaped pieces of paper and wrapping for - let’s call it the winter festival! - as well as a humongous amount of bubble wrap. Still have much of the paper; the bubble wrap got reused for packing. Mr. Bear’s woodpile had to go (it was anything from 6ft long pieces of maybe to tiny slivers of perhaps…!) but he’s started a new one here!! Our main thing this coming winter will be to turn the heating down a degree and we will be collecting wood to store for the following winter, letting it dry out etc., for the fire. We are hoping the fire will heat the house, as it’s a small cottage! Cwtched up in layers and blankets I’ve made, will be cosy so that will be better than the gas heating. We already try to do many things when going out to shop etc., on car journeys to town, so we are not wasting fuel. I car share to go swimming. I do use ‘clean’ saved water from the kitchen sink to water pots etc in the garden - something we learned in the ‘76 drought, or add bleach and clean the sink with it…or re-gift it to the loo!! I remember we were told to hang on to the bath water and use it in the garden but it was a pain and a mess trying to get buckets full down the stairs without dripping everywhere, when we tried it in another drought in the 80’s!! Didn’t have a pipe to get it from the upstairs bathroom to the garden. Showers are quicker and use less water so I only have a bath if I’m cream crackered after gardening! I don’t always look at sell-by or use-by dates on stuff in cupboards and the fridge - if it stinks and looks like it’s rank, it goes in the bin otherwise it gets used!. Whole chicken carcasses or bones from joints of meat get boiled to make broth and soups and any further leftovers go to the doggits! I try to mend things but struggle to darn holes in socks - they end up being uncomfortable. Used to save up loo rolls and egg boxes for making stuff with children at school but not allowed to do that any more (rolling eyes emoji) so I pass the egg boxes to a neighbour who has chickens and sells/gives her eggs away. Same as you, I squeeze every bit of product out of tubes and even cut large bottles of hair conditioner open to reach the huge pile left at the bottom that won’t get squished up the pump! I do what my Mum used to do and keep re-using the delicious fat leftover from cooking meat, to fry up bacon, eggs etc., rather than using these vegetable and seed oils that are damaging us and the planet! Val - confession time - I am definitely stealing your Lycra tights idea for no vpl knickers!! That’s a gem and a half!! Thank you so much for a fun blog and I look forward to gleaning other gems later today! Love and Bear hugs x x x

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:19 a.m.

If I am unsure if something is safe to eat,I give some to Spock for his lunch.If he still O.K.by suppertime I have the rest. My neighbour was obsessed with saving money,despite having plenty of it.She used to get old knitted garments from jumble sales,unravel them and knit new things.She showed me a jacket for a newborn in the family.It was horrible coarse wool,brown and orange.***

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 23, 2022, 6:06 a.m.

Val - looked up the comfyballs undies - might have to get some for Mr. Bear!! Lol! Bear xx

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:21 a.m.

Wish they did ladies stuff,they are so well-designed and soft.Maybe I should grow a pair! ***

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:28 a.m.

Ha ha! Tee hee! x x x

Sarah yellow rose

Aug. 23, 2022, 6:31 a.m.

Hi Val , I enjoyed reading your excellent blog this morning. Thank you for the great tips. X

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:27 a.m.

Thank you,so glad you enjoyed it.x

Sally

Aug. 23, 2022, 7:11 a.m.

Hi Val, what a hoot! And amazingly, lots of nodding in recognition too. OH very much like Spock: I have little ruses to dispose of long past their use by date tops and trousers of his, I’m afraid. Every now and then, he might ask what happened to…but I am ready with an answer. He’s even worn two tops gifted to him by my sister for his birthday this year! Whoop whoop whoop! I tell him how handsome he looks in this new attire…but old habits die hard I’m afraid! I am the same as you, Val, keeping pretty gift bags and the like….After all, a gift has literally been lifted out of the bag, so no visible wear and tear to said bag at all! And like Bear above, will probably be stealing the no VPL knickers idea! Who says I’m a spendthrift!! Ha! What a fun way with words you have, Val, your sense of humour should come on prescription. Heartfelt thank yous. Xx

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:31 a.m.

Aww,thank you love.I have had to resort to sneaking old clothes out and putting them in skips. He has been known to bring stuff back out of our bin.You would think I had dumped a litter of kittens by his reaction.***

Bunnykins

Aug. 23, 2022, 1:20 p.m.

Hi Val, I have smiled and chuckled at your comments. "Dumping a litter of kittens" made me laugh the most. I love cats btw :)

Teg

Aug. 23, 2022, 7:32 a.m.

Good Morning Val I like your style; it makes me smile. Firstly a confession, I have something in common with Spock apart from our ***. I like some rituals in my life even if they don't make sense. I think these become more prominent as one ages. Someone called it marital bliss! The last part of your Post deals with a more serious matter. The financial worry that the country and many of its inhabitants are suffering. I am very grateful I do not face severe hardship but I appreciate many do. We must all do as much as we can to alleviate the problem. Thanks Txx

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:38 a.m.

The dog rescue we work with is really seeing the effects of inflation.On top of their own costs going up,loads of members have cancelled their standing orders.I expect all charities are the same.All this when they never recovered from lockdown.***

Liz

Aug. 23, 2022, 7:38 a.m.

Hi Val, I loved this, laughed out loud and read the bit about the Comfyballs to my husband. I think it's a certain husband thing. Mine keeps socks with holes in the heel that really should be in the bin. He wears the same cycle of t-shirts all the time too. I have to say I love some of your tips... the opaque tights and the cream blusher! I do do the other things similar to you, like snipping the top of say foundation so you can get to the contents inside and then inserting it in to the other end so it becomes like a smaller version of itself. I have separate soaps that I tend to use, usually fragrant too and herbally. I also cut up Christmas cards to make tags. I love throws so I imagine sitting wrapped around one during the long winter up here, which I am not looking forward to. After the (proper) room sprays are all used up, I shall keep the atomiser type ones and make my own with witch hazel, water and essential oil. I sometimes add to slow cooker meals the next day with different veg. I'm also going to be growing my own veg more next year, having obtained some apple boxes which will be lined - an idea from my husband. Eating out I suspect will be a treat (as it is now) as well as the fish and chips. I am selling stuff in the house or (shock horror) giving things away that have been gifted to me - a recent example was an ex John Lewis wooden table with three chairs which I had upcycled. To see the family that picked it up and their happy faces was so lovely. I'm happy to share. I picked some plums off the tree of a friend's who had a glut so made date and plum chutney and I make my own chutney from our apples from the tree in the front garden, I tend to gift this to pals. I also forage for stuff and will be doing this more and doing home baking. The dishwasher isn't on every day as it used to be. I shall think of lots more ways to be thrifty, a not too distant one was seeing two clients back to back for meetings to save on petrol and raising my fees to cover more petrol. I buy cheaper food and it's good to know when they are marking things down, for example Sainsburys have great deals at certain times of the day. I really enjoyed your blog, it was so humourous and full of great ideas. Thanks again xx and hugs from the Highlands

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:52 a.m.

I find that buying frozen veg works out cheaper with no waste for just two of us.A neighbour is a retired food scientist,and he says tinned and frozen fruit and veg can be more nutritious. I have enough clothes to last me the rest of my life,so I am getting stuff out again. Whenever I have decided to treat myself to some expensive cosmetics or skincare I have felt cheated. Loreal or Maybelline are fine by me,I don't fall for the hype any more! Retail therapy and stuffing my face used to be my way of self-medicating,but I have changed. ***

Orangeblossom

Aug. 23, 2022, 8 a.m.

Thanks for your great blog Val! I found bits resonated for me especially the bits about Spock who reminded me of my OH with his ideas & the way he did things.

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 11:02 a.m.

Many thanks OB.It's beginning to worry me,the thought of all these Spocks out there! c

Adam G

Aug. 23, 2022, 8:01 a.m.

You certainly made me laugh Val! I have something of Spock in me too, especially when it comes to clothing. There is also a pleasing satisfaction to be had from boiling just enough water for the drinks being made … and any there?! ;-))

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 11:08 a.m.

Oh ***,another one ! Help! x

Tutti Frutti

Aug. 23, 2022, 4:07 p.m.

My husband was saying only yesterday that we should try not to overfill the kettle. He even suggested boiling water on the gas hob when not in a hurry since gas is currently cheaper than electricity.

The Gardener

Aug. 23, 2022, 8:02 a.m.

What a cheer up Valerie. Adds bonus to pain disappeared and a night of rain. Your lovely tongue in cheek description of Spock bought up clones of varying shades of Scrooginess. One guy is paranoiac about spending, very unpopular. His wife forgets his credit card when it is his 'turn' to pay. (We've stayed together a lot, both countries, and the guests usually treat the hosts to dinner last night, he wriggles). He burst through my front door 'What are you paying for cat food?' D, I don't know and I DON'T care/ He goes on diving holidays, very expensive, very selfish, wife bored stiff. He supports his old public school so still available for the 'right' people. Everybody has the 'drawer' with assorted, useless junk because 'it might come in useful'. Thanks for the laugh - hope Spock's antics are more amusing than annoying. Just 'peccadilloes'. xx

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 11:14 a.m.

Unfortunately Spock has many little "peccadilloes" TG.A big hate of mine is the type of person who always manages to leave their wallet at home.So often these are the ones with the most money. A friend is a professional dog walker/sitter.He has customers in houses worth millions,and they are always in arrears paying his very reasonable fees. ***

The Gardener

Aug. 23, 2022, 8:11 a.m.

Mr G did end up enraging the whole family. I got a journalist's job, meant London, long hours. His was local, 9-5 more or less. He made the grand gesture, take over housekeeping. First implied idea, I had not been a good housekeeper. Work study and bulk buying. We threw out a three kilo tin of custard powder when we moved to France. The kids jibbed at beans for every meal. He made our own bread, it crumbled, girls in tears as had to make pack lunches. He found a 'labour saving' product which would keep copper and brass clean for months. It left smears which never came off. I flogged it all to some Yanks who thought it ought to be like that! My job folded after 6 months, back to status quo, relief all round. I think all couples should 'swap' roles every so often. Either lead to better understanding or divorce. Enough, Ed.

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Mary Wednesday

Aug. 23, 2022, 8:20 a.m.

I'm so glad I read your blog today, before writing my own for tomorrow, as one of my choices for a subject was exactly the same. You, however, have written of it far more amusingly than I could. I shall choose my other subject (which I was leaning towards anyway). I always love your blogs, Val. You always bring a smile with your words. Today I was thinking seriously about where we could find savings. This year, we won't heat the bedrooms, and will turn down the thermostat during the day - unless I have clients, of course. My fortnightly bottle of 0% gin may have to go, and your measures of a good dash of soda in the washing machine on a short cycle. Cooking in the Slow cooker will be better than switching on the oven. If I do use the oven, I shall try to batch cook. All small economies, but every little works. And Spock reminds me of my Father-in-law who, despite his bank balance, will not allow us to buy him a new cardigan to replace the one with huge holes in the elbows!

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 11:27 a.m.

I am going to have to overcome my hatred of indoor drying of clothes.The tumble drier we have is the most economical you can get,but it still adds up. It maddens me that there is some element of exploitation going on too.Petrol prices are a case in point.Wholesale prices dropped a lot,but some greedy garages carried on as before. ***

Sue

Aug. 23, 2022, 8:26 a.m.

Great blog Val, I too was laughing at the recognition of things my husband does too. Socks are darned until there is no-where left to darn, I get told off if I overfill the kettle. And he barks 'Lights' at me if I wander from one room to another without turning them off. Good job I love him! We have an ali-baba washing basket in the spare room, full of bubble warap, padded envelopes etc. Just occasionally I send a package and search it, but there is never one the right size! And as for boxes, my husband has just cleared some of his 'treasure' to go to an archive site - all 14 boxes off it. Despite our collection, he has run of of boxes (apart from those under the house - I have no idea what he has kept under there 'just in case')

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 11:48 a.m.

I reckon one of those books that were all the rage in our parent's day would sell well now-"Make do and mend" type of thing.Now where's that gravy browning to put on my legs? x

Sally

Aug. 23, 2022, 11:58 a.m.

Hahaha! It’s pity emojis don’t work on this site, Val, cos I’m thinking of the one where he’s got tears springing from his eyes ! You’ll know the one I mean I expect… knew gravy browning would come in handy one day !

The Gardener

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:02 a.m.

Been battling with the ivy - how DOES it do so well in a drought? And mulling over the blog, so much to it. Occasionally, in our world travels, something happens which makes our family advise us to travel Business class. I just cannot. That sort of expenditure is impossible after India. The price of a foot more legroom for 10 hours would keep and educate at least five children in India. It was my Indian 'daughters' birthday yesterday. Supported her from 7 to 18 years old, then a big party for her 21st. For board, lodging, clothes education I paid 300 euros per year (still supporting one). The party, for 58 refuge kids and a few nuns cost 200 euros.

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 11:50 a.m.

I am like that.I find myself thinking "that would pay for x number of stray dogs to be speyed" ***

Daisy

Aug. 23, 2022, 9:35 a.m.

Hi Val Such an engaging blog There is some strange satisfaction in wearing out clothes _ almost like getting a gold star or 10/10 at school. I used to feel uncomfortable about the clothes that were not good enough for charity shops but our local fire station has a collection where shoes and clothes of any state are collected washed then used for insulation in buildings cars etc. the money goes to fireman’s benevolent fund. I feel so satisfied My house might be tidy clean organised. But my definite weak spot is financial housekeeping- - I know I need to cancel a couple of subscriptions I don’t use. Will I do it before the renewal? The financial precipice the county is facing worries me. Some people will face unbelievable and undeserved hardships. Others have squandered and live in styles their budgets don’t don’t support- but will probably get by. Thanks for the blog

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 11:21 a.m.

Just a third of people in the uk.have savings.Of these the average savings is £500.I had several years like the other 2/3rds. I have never lost that fear of being homeless and flat broke.x

Dragonfly

Aug. 23, 2022, 3:15 p.m.

I have that fear too Val :( x

Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 6:11 p.m.

*** hugs

Daisy

Aug. 24, 2022, 7:15 a.m.

Hugs both xx

RC

Aug. 23, 2022, 10:19 a.m.

Hi Val, Thanks for the great blog today. Made me laugh ;-) I too keep decorative carrier bags and boxes and recycle them. I also buy tins with exciting contents, use what’s contained and then put ribbons, buttons etc. inside and keep them somewhere handy. My daughter does the same. I’m very lucky with Mr.C; he’s just throwing out a load of clothes ( and me) and giving them to charity. Some stuff doesn’t fit anymore but most of the items he’s had far too long. Quite rightly they have to go. Love your writing Take care RC xx

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The Gardener

Aug. 23, 2022, 10:36 a.m.

RC, which charity is he giving you to? Did you mean the 'and me'? The mind boggles, 'Second hand Rose', re-cycling, medical research, round the world sailor in need of company?

Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 11:31 a.m.

Blimey RC. I thought Spock was pretty uncaring,but at least he has not chucked me in the bags for recycling.Surely grounds for divorce? ***

The Gardener

Aug. 23, 2022, 2:31 p.m.

RC, grammar. It is you who are also throwing out clothes, not Mr C throwing you out, relief all round. When the 'Times' had ads on front page one was from an 'American lady collector' afforded much speculation.

G

Aug. 23, 2022, 5:11 p.m.

Can’t stop laughing now!

Vivien

Aug. 23, 2022, 12:29 p.m.

Hi Val, good blog! Like many, I worried when I heard/saw how much everything was going up! It even caused me to lose sleep, but I then thought, well Viv, you've been on your own for some years now, and you seem to be doing fairly well. Switching lights off when I leave the room, putting the washing up water on the garden etc. Every so often I have a clear out of a cupboard and either recycle or dispose of things. Mind you I did clear out one cupboard and found that somehow or other I had 4, yes 4 bottles of window cleaner! Oh and I also found several bottles of glue - need I go on! I've taken to cooking several items at once in the oven - a couple of pies, accompaniments for Chinese/Indian meals so therefore only having to microwave them when needed. Although I live on my own, when cooking some meals, I will make enough for a couple of meals for me, then freeze the rest. Yesterday I made a Marmalade Traybake cake - one piece for me, one for my nice neighbour and the rest in the freezer. One thing I'm not going to cut back on is my Moodscope! I love it and enjoy putting my views out there. Have fun all xxxxx

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 2:07 p.m.

*** no,Moodscope is an oasis in the desert Viv. I like the sound of that marmalade bake.***

Dragonfly

Aug. 23, 2022, 3:16 p.m.

Love this blog Val :) xx

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Valerie

Aug. 23, 2022, 6:13 p.m.

Thank you darling Dragonfly.***

G

Aug. 23, 2022, 6:56 p.m.

Hello Val. Great blog, I could relate a lot and had a good laugh at your classic sense of humour :-) thank you. Please keep writing blogs and making comments, you are a breath of fresh air x

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