Monday, 24th of September.
Husband had to leave the house at 5.30am for work today, so I made breakfast and lunches while trying to open my eyes. After I’d seen him off I made the decision to try and get more sleep before having to get up for work- managed to get some, which was good as I felt more rested. Weather was nice and sunny today so pegged washing out before going to work.
Walked to and from work today, was lovely!
Was largely left to my own devices at work today which was frustrating, as I had to deal with many different queries while trying to complete a to-do list- not very professional looking when you have to keep referring to the manual while someone is waiting at the desk!
I know I will do better as I become more familiar with their systems and procedures, but it’s no fun being the new hire.
Rescued two lovely apples my colleagues were about to throw out as they were ‘tidying the fridge’.
Posted two eBay parcels, and bought some milk after work. Came home to find a letter from HMRC stating they can’t take my underpaid tax out of my tax code after all, so have to find £279 for them. Smells like a job for a Wednesday.
Checked both our bank accounts today, PIP has still not gone in. 😦
Tuesday, 25th of September.
Walked to and from work again today as the weather was nice, felt really good to walk in the nice weather, plus, it was free!
Took some cawl and melon with me to work for lunch. Think tomorrow will be the last portion of it I will eat as there is so little left.
We were supposed to go out after work but other party had to work, so got moved to Wednesday. Thank goodness I had the foresight to prep some stuff on Sunday night as I got in and Husband was hungry, so got the dinner ready quickly.
Looking through my cupboards I noticed we still have a pack of tea rusks I haven’t used yet. If there are still apples that can be foraged nearby, I may have an idea…
Wednesday, 26th of September.
Day off today.
While Husband was out this morning, I went for a walk to the nearby park and foraged some apples. It was so peaceful being out in the morning and just watching the world wake up.
Note to self – do not being Husband along to buy food if he is hungry as it means buying stuff not on the list! Two pesto foccacias and four tins of mushrooms later, we managed to get out of the shop. A bit cheesed off as we have plenty of food at home to eat, but Husband couldn’t wait.
That was my last day on my bus pass. It is now officially empty. Need to work out if cheaper to buy all-day tickets as I won’t be using it as much now, or to get it topped up again.
That evening we went out with Husband’s parents, Keeping Up Appearances meant going along and buying a meal for us each.
Got some freebies through the Shopmium app which will be really interesting to try:
Thursday, 27th of September.
Large grocery shop arrived from Sainsbury’s this evening, which should keep us going for quite a while for protein and carbs. Also bought cleaning stuff and a great big box of washing powder. Maybe it’s a sign of the times, but I feel that our money can buy us less and less in the shops. Thinking back I felt our money stretched much further in terms of buying groceries in the past.
EDIT: Having just added up our grocery spend for September, we are now £20 OVER budget. How? Why?
Friday, 28th of September.
Well they must clearly trust me at new weekday job, as I was left completely on my own there, all day! Had a good read of the intranet and found out we may both be eligible for a reduced price bus pass as we both work in the health service now. Will investigate this once I receive all my details so I can apply.
Neighbour asked if I wanted to go out and have tea before showing me the cat feeding routine for when they go away. Keeping Up Appearances meant accepting, but paid in cash from our stash in the piggy bank.
Saturday, 29th of September.
First day back at weekend job today. A colleague very kindly brought in homemade food and goodies, and there were leftovers from a weekday event. Also rescued two yogurts my colleagues were going to bin and had them as part of my lunch together with the food already there so that saved some of our food at home.
Returned my library books and found a new one to borrow.
Had a notification from Shopmium I could get some toffee popcorn for free, so went by and bought it after work.
Came home to find an email from our energy provider to say prices are going up in November>:(
Sunday, 30th of September.
Last Sunday off for quite some time, next week I’ll be back working six days a week. Did some jobs around the house, tried to do laundry but it started to drizzle to brought it inside. Emptied my inbox of surveys, paid the credit card bill, did self-employed work and updated our grocery spreadsheet, and relisted the items that didn’t sell on eBay.
Husband still hasn’t been paid, which is odd.
I managed to use the apples for the idea I had: To try and make Veiled Country Lasses. It’s a Scandinavian dessert, a dish with apple sauce in the bottom, then a layer of bread crumbs/cake/crumbs/crushed cookies or gingerbread biscuits, and a layer of whipped cream on top. I even managed to make three jars in addition to the dish of it, which I can send with Husband to work.
A great way to end the week. So chuffed with myself I have learnt to make this. It used up apples I had foraged, plus some Indian toast we were given I had no idea what to do with. Score!
Onwards, to Austerity October.