Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Friday, 24 August 2012
- One large online shop to include all the essentials to last the month. Using mysupermarket.co.uk the cheapest supermarket for us has been ASDA for the last two months.
- Weekly (ish) top up shops usually from Morrisons or Lidl depending what we need.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
I've seen a few of these around but they cost about £15 upwards so my mind began to whirr and I knew I could make my own from the stash of fabric I already had.
I found this wonderful tutorial on this fabulous website. Just need to find the time to make it now!
Sunday, 19 August 2012
Thursday, 16 August 2012
I save £75 a month for birthday and Christmas and have built up about £300 so far this year. My aim is to use the cost neutral Christmas so I can put this extra cash into the overpayment pot. So far I have:
£220 cashback from credit card
£65 Nectar vouchers
£10 Morrisons vouchers
£2 Coop voucher
£44.25 Quidco cashback
Total - £342.25
I'm rather pleased with this, although we are limited to some shops/websites with some of the vouchers I think we could probably manage most of the festivities with this!
Roll on December!
Monday, 13 August 2012
I just need to ring our payroll dept this afternoon to pay the £80.35 of my pension arrears I've accrued while on maternity leave. Although I've been reading about Mabel and Maisy's pension dilemma and it is making me question how sensible it is to continue with a pension these days I'm not brave enough to stop paying into mine but it has made me think about other possible income streams.
Friday, 10 August 2012
I've been looking on several websites but can't come up with anything that isn't a variation of what we already have. Any ideas for a first birthday gift (preferably slightly educational!) would be greatly accepted.
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
The pie filling was made with plain flour, stock and milk. I wasn't hopeful it was going to be rich and creamy but I was pleasantly surprised and it was very tasty. Nom nom.
We tweaked the recipe here and there to be suitable for baby led weaning for Little J.
I would highly recommend it!
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Sunday, 5 August 2012
I also never knew you could collect points from Amazon or eBay. We buy loads of stuff from these sites so I need to get a bit more savvy with things like this!
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
I have a little over £500 left to pay so I'm hoping that can be sorted out and paid off before Christmas.
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
I was hanging the washing out (a rare occurrence these days) when I discovered one of little J's t-shirts still had bean stains down the front of it. I hung it out anyway thinking I would pop it back in the wash basket for the next load of washing or give it a little soak. Low and behold when I got the washing in later that day all the stains had vanished. Amazing!
If only we had more weather like this. All our clothes would look pristine!
Friday, 20 July 2012
I've been doing a bit of research into budgeting and I am quite taken by zero based budgeting. The gist of it is you allocate all your pay to different categories and technically have nothing left at the beginning of the month. You have to factor in your 'fun money' and haircuts, dentists etc but I like the idea of it and think it could work for us. This way I get to choose the overpayment we make on the mortgage rather than it just being whatever is left over at the end of the month.
You can read more about zero based budgeting here.
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
In hindsight it was a bit ambitious at the time as I was on maternity leave but I have been chipping away at it £100 a month since February and I think it might just be possible to reach the £3k target by December. I'm currently at £600 paid off with a bit in savings allocated for the pesky mortgage. I'll 'do the math' and get a total figure soon.
You can find details of the challenge here. I'm number 71.
Friday, 13 July 2012
A quick sweep of the bedroom and bathroom reveals:
- 3 shampoo and conditioners (From our trip to Centre Parcs)
- 2 Hotel bath foams
- 2 Hotel shower gels (I see a pattern forming here - I cant just leave them in the hotel as I've technically paid for them!)
- 2 Spray deodorants
- Several sample sachets of shampoo, moisturiser and conditioner
- 1 pot day cream
- 2 Fizz ease type products
- Benefit benetint, blusher and highlighter (left over from our wedding nearly 5 years ago - not sure if they are still safe to use?)
- 2 Soaps
- 3 Packs of face wipes
- 3 Shower gels
- 1 Footgel
- 1 Lip balm
- 3 Handcreams
- 3 Cuticle creams
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
After much deliberation I purchased several different birth to potty nappies which we have been using since Little J was 6 weeks old. On the whole I love them and cant imagine using disposables. I wont deny they can be hard work but once you get your own system in place it just becomes part of the routine. And it is all worth it when you tell someone you use washable nappies - their face is usually one of admiration or disgust!
Here are a few questions I am frequently asked:
How many nappies do you have?
I have 15 reusable nappies in total which are all birth to potty. I have a variety of makes from Bumgenius to totsbots and even some cheap ones from eBay. This number seems to suit our routine well.
What sort of nappies are they?
I chose birth to potty as they seemed to be the best value for money. I have a couple of all in ones, 8 pocket nappies and 5 fitted nappies with a wrap. All the terminology can be confusing so do your research first (I've recommended some websites below) to see what suits. I find different nappies are good for different things. I always plump for fitted nappies with a wrap for long car journeys as they absolutely never leak for us. The pocket nappies dry really quickly (overnight hung in the kitchen) and the all in ones are compact and are great for popping in the change bag when you are going out.
How much do they cost?
They can vary vastly but if you buy in bulk and take advantage of offers then I usually pay around £10 for a nappy. The cheap ones from eBay cost about £4 each but I got these to top up my stash. While they work well at the moment they don't appear to be as hard wearing as the other ones.
Dont forget many local councils give you money to use them. I got a £25 cheque when I spent £50 or more on washable nappies. All I had to do was send a copy of the receipt.
How often do you wash and dry them?
I wash them twice a week. I usually do a rinse first with a dash of tea tree oil then a 60deg wash. They don't smell at all when they come out. A few of them have a few stains that don't come out but as long as they are clean I don't mind - who sees the inside of a nappy anyway?
Whenever possible I dry them on the line. However, in reality and this being the wettest year EVER, I have two peg racks (which I think are for socks and underwear) which I hang in the kitchen or living room. No, they don't look great and I do try and move them if we are having visitors.
Would I do it again?
YES! Plus the more you use them the cheaper they get! Or you can still get a good price for used nappies on eBay.
Where can I find out more info about reusable nappies?
The Nappy Lady - Great advice. Check out her videos, they tell you everything you need to know!
Go Real - Loads of info and links to local sellers.
Reusable nappies can be addictive - you have been warned!
If anyone has any questions about reusable nappies just leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer them.
Thursday, 28 June 2012
No where is the off switch...
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Sunday, 24 June 2012
I know that some people would shudder at the thought of hand-me-downs for their brand new baby but it honestly saved us a small fortune. And the little ones wont remember or know if their tiny babygros they wore twice were preloved!
From memory, here is a list of things we have been given so far (we are still getting things now!):
- Clothes (lots of!)
- Baby shampoo
- Leapfrog learning table
- Baby walker
- Door bouncer
- Cot mobile
- Stair gate
- Potties (wont need these for a while but every little helps, eh?)
Friday, 22 June 2012
Just found out that I have to go back to work full-time, I'm disappointed to say the least. Trying to look on the positive side though...we can have a cleaner (because of course I would have cleaned the whole house on my extra day off ;) ), we can focus on paying off the pesky mortgage and we can focus our weekends solely on spending time with little J.
How does everyone else cope working full-time and looking after children and the home? I've probably got a couple of months maternity leave to get myself in a routine!
Monday, 9 January 2012
There will be a change of direction for this blog now. I'm hoping to chart the challenges of baby led weaning and review/comment on all things baby.
Here we go on a new journey...