Sunday, 1 February 2015

January Roundup

Well, how has your January been?  To sum up mine in two words, I would definitely say expensive and long.

Now, I'm not trying to garner any sympathy here, as it has been completely my own fault. I have got carried away in the sales a little this January.  They seemed to last so long too and I just kept coming across things that I just couldn't resist.  Admittedly, some of them were for Little Bird, to fill some gaping holes in her wardrobe, but still, I did go overboard and will be paying for it this month, which will be a very lean one.

I can't even remember now what my aims were for January.  Just to continue trying to get out of the remaining small amount of debt that I have by way of my overdraft.  This might take another month or two, but it is hard to resist things when they are discounted.  At least I feel I've crossed a few things off my Capsule wardrobe list. (Even if a couple weren't actually on it in the first place!)

I think after all the spending in the lead up to Christmas, it was hard to kick the habit, but I think I'm all shopped out for now and need now to start concentrating on things closer to home and getting more de-cluttering done around the house.

OH is treating Little Bird to a belated Trampolining party for her birthday next week, so I will have a busy week getting the house cleaned for when her friends come around. This should keep me out of trouble. Following this I need to get stuck back into our bedroom blitz, which has ground to a halt. I also need to collate a Food Bank box in February and deliver it to the food bank.

One good thing this last month, is that I have been reading quite regularly.  Only for half an hour or so before I get out of bed in a morning, but I am working my way through the remaining book pile by my bed and some of my reading matter has inspired me to re-organise my routines and rethink my diet a little, to get a better balance and live more healthily.

As a consequence I have stopped buying almost all sweet food items and am trying to cut down my carb intake and introduce a few more vegetables to my diet, to encourage my body to burn more stored fat. I'm not sure how this will pan out, I can but try. We're still eating down our cupboards, to clear some food that has been hanging around for quite a while, but I seem to be making quite good progress on this front, which is encouraging.  Here's a couple of pics of my overspill cupboard looking almost empty

and my main food cupboard after a food shop today.

I do realise that there are a few sweet things in here, (middle shelf) but these haven't been bought this side of Christmas. The only other cupboard in which I keep food is the cereal cupboard which is shown below.  As you can see, it mainly contains cereals and low fat crisp snacks but there is a box of crumble topping and one dessert mix behind which you can't see.

I guess most of our food is kept in the fridge or freezer, which is good as it must mean we eat quite a bit of fresh food.  Here's a picture of the contents of the fridge, again after a weekly food shop today.

The yoghurts are virtually the only desserts I still buy and the double cream is to use up one of a couple of dessert packet mixes I've had kicking around for a while.  We seem to be getting to a healthier place at last, now I've finally put my mind to it.

I definitely find it works best for me when I have minimal food in the house, as I'm not so tempted to overeat or constantly snack.  If we get a sudden craving for something and can't resist, there are plenty of shops up the road to go to and buy whatever it is, as we need it.  I do, of course, try to make sure I fill the fruit bowl at the beginning of the week which helps when it comes to snacks.

Looking to February and other areas, I am aiming to list a few items on eBay this month and raise a little bit of cash, hoping to do a lot more cycling (more in another post) and would like to get back to doing a little sewing this month (I've said this before, however, so we'll see), but other than these things and the fact that it's going to be a frugal one, I don't have a lot planned.

What plans have you got for February?


  1. We are all about saving in February. It's the first month of our paycut experiment so it could be interesting. Or it could just be the same as usual, who knows?

    1. Good luck on your new budget. Sorry to hear of Dan's pay cut. You seem to be very positive about it which is a credit to you both.

    2. Oooh no, thankfully it's a virtual pay cut. Dan has been keeping an eye in the job market and lots if interesting jobs are a lot less money than he's on now. This year is a practice run to see how we could manage if we really took a hit.

      Thank you for your concern though :)

    3. Thanks for explaining that to me, I get it now. Sorry, I completely misconstrued what you were doing. That's not so bad then and is a great idea for anyone looking to make a career change. Good luck with it.

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  2. No plans here. We just take each day as it comes. I'm on a de-cluttering high at the moment.

  3. January wasn't too bad as far as spending is concerned here (I was very good about staying out of shops). Good thing too as my dental visit last month and the two this month will be a bit pricey.

    God bless.

    1. I think you did well to stay out of the shops. Unfortunately most of my spending was online which is sometimes harder to resist.