Anyway - I did the BIG shop for December for 8 of us here mid month, 6 Christmas day and 2 the rest of the time. I got all the things that they don't have in our local Tesco and went to Poundland where I bought a 2016 diary and some things for Father-in-laws hamper. I'm always astonished at the prices of diaries in other places, because if you just want somewhere to write down dentist appointments and birthdays then £1 will do the job perfectly adequately.
I found some comments back on old posts that I'd not read so I need to explain that although we are living on savings we do have a good amount of savings thanks to an inheritance several years ago. We also have this smallholding that we've accepted an offer on of £495,000( not bad considering we bought it as a wreck for £85,000 back in 1992) We can buy something for less than half that, either to rent out or to live in, so we will be OK until pension time. We had many, many years living on a low income when Col was a council road-man and we had 3 small children. That was when we started growing food to stretch the housekeeping. We've never been extravagant, never had debts except the mortgage and have always been ingenious at earning a little extra and stretching what we had. I've always kept my eye on what we spend and know what we can afford, if we needed to cut back further then we could and would.
Thank you for comments about the advent calendar, I was pleased to find it as I don't like chocolate ones or branded ones ...... when the children were small I was the mean mother who refused to let them have chocolate advent calendars!
So here's advent photo 2
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