Monday, 14 November 2016

A few more days into November

We walked round to a table top sale at the Baptist Chapel on Saturday morning and even though I said "it's low spend/no spend month" Col decided we would have coffee and cake. I couldn't argue could I? Then he saw a stair-gate with all its fittings for £5, bargained it down to £4 and got that ready for the cottage. By the time we move in and the Surrey family come to visit Jacob will be crawling so we'll need the stairs fenced off.

It was a very sporty weekend......... as in on TV................not actual doing! Lots of rugby - both league and union, snooker, tennis, not everyone's cup of tea but each to his own. Then there was Strictly........gangnam style?.............. nuf said!

Here are the things I'm Not buying/making for Christmas this year.
 A Wreath for the front door or for graves; Christmas crackers; A big Christmas pudding; Christmas PJs; Christmas bedlinen; Christmas presents for pets; New decorations; Tacky blow up Santas for outside; Huge model Santa a la Asda *shudder*;Giant lights for the roof or anywhere else; Christmas tablecloth; Christmas plates; Christmas cushions; Christmas Jumper; Christmas socks; Christmas Hair do; Christmas Make up; Christmas jewelry; e cards; Advent calendar; Large tub or small box of Quality street, Roses  Etc; Extravagant useless gifts; Cheap useless gifts; Giant turkey that won't fit in oven; 6 weeks worth of food to last 3 days; Round-robin boasting letter;

Most of these I don't do anyway and many of them I didn't know existed until I saw them on blogs.
 I'm saving our money for trees to plant at the cottage.

Busy week ahead, back in a while
Sue

Low/No Spend November
Christmas gifts, fruit and milk,eggs and veg etc from Asda, Aldi and the greengrocers £21.50
Pharmacy £7
Stair-gate £4
Coffee and cakes £3
Total £404 + £32.50 = £439.50 ish

43 comments:

  1. I shall never, ever forget that salsa, gangnam style. Sheer genius!
    J x

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    1. Genius? I thought it was absolutely dreadful!

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  2. I can get on board with most of your not making/buying list (especially seeing what you're spending the money on) but the one thing I insist on in this house at Christmas is a tub of Roses 😊. Much love to you and Col. X

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    1. If I could buy a tin full of Quality street green triangles I'd be well pleased! and haven't all the tubs got smaller each year too

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  3. I always put a remembrance cross on my previous husband's grave (he was on the Death Railway) and at Christmas I always add a wreath and anchor it down with the cross. These are the only times I visit his grave in the year - it is a time to remember and be grateful for two wonderful husbands for me.

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    1. When we are nearer to Stowmarket I may put something on my real Dad's grave. I never knew him at all as he was killed before I was born but have always known where his grave is

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    2. Sue, that'd be lovely. My nanna didn't ever see her Dad as he was killed at Ypres and it was her regret she never got to visit his grave ( it's in France ) . I don't put a wreath on because someone would nick it if I did.

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  4. Those round robin letters are a curse. "Aren't my family amazing!" - no. Get lost. I never buy Christmas décor because it is tacky, and I'm a miserable sod

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    1. The model Santa and Mrs Santa in Asda are awful, but someone must buy them - gawd knows why

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  5. I'm right with you on the NOT buying all those rubbishy and unnecessary things just for Christmas. If my husband had his way, we would ignore it completely and treat it as another day, but I do LOVE a tree and dressing it, and having the excuse to make some extra special food treats.

    All our (3) children will be home for Christmas, one with her partner, so that will be nice and an excuse to do more extra special cooking!

    I'm pleased to read that Col's platelet levels are rising and that he can manage a goodly walk (without a rest too).

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    1. I enjoy decorating a Christmas tree too, not sure we have room for one anywhere this year - hanging from the ceiling maybe?
      Have just read that you may give up blogging - would miss you.

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  6. Very sensible. It's very easy to get carried away in the Christmas hype. I tried a Christmas jumper on in the CS and looked like Humpty Dumpty with stick legs! Something comfortable and stretchy for me.
    xx

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  7. Christmas will come and go this year on a lesser scale and that is a good thing.

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    1. Sorry to read about the health problems for your OH. MY husband had 56 years with nothing wrong then heart problems, stents and now the Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. We just go along with everything and hope for the best which is all we can do.

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  8. I remember that you had a lovely advent calendar last year from the National Trust and I imagine that you can use it again this year. I buy a $1 advent calendar with teeny, tiny chocolate pieces from Aldi.

    I have a fake (or is it faux) wreath I've had for many years purchased at a close-out sale for $2. Last year I updated it with a homemade, pretty new bow and I love it.

    You and Col were smart to get the stair gate.

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    1. Oh the NT calendar, in a box somewhere in the shed I think. I shall have to search it out

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  9. I will make a wreath for the front door, but with you on everything else. I don't even cook a Christmas dinner, some really good bread and local cheeses suffice.

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  10. My husband and Bovey Belle's husband could spend Christmas together ignoring it! Apart from that I don't do anything much as the true reason for the season seems to have been forgotten. Col's improved heath and those two beautiful grandchildren along with your house move back to the country will be the reasons for celebration this year. Catriona

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    1. next Christmas we will have room for all the family again and the 2 grandchildren will be big enough to enjoy some presents - looking forward to that

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  11. Love your list, we are not getting much new this year, we have loads of lovely decorations, which we use every year. I get sick of seeing magazines and TV showing the perfect Christmas full of purchased things, we are about family and laughter.

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    1. I shall have to do a list of what we will be doing to balance things out

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  12. I have the challenge this year of not doing much for Christmas at all.
    As for gangnam style, as Bruno said, "That's got to be the best worst dance ever"

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  13. Hi Sue... we are moving to Suffolk. If you remember I asked you about Leiston, well we have bought a super a semi-detached Victorian Villa there. Our own house sold here in Essex in 3 days! Hope to meet you some day, you'll have to tell me the best markets etc. If you have time, my email is chs22hk@gmail.com

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    1. Congrats on the rapid house sale - not a sniff of a sale here. And welcome to Suffolk and leiston. Hope you enjoy being not far from the sea. If you register with the local optician you may well see our youngest once she is back after maternity leave. Are you moving there for work?

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    2. Hi Sue.. no we're retired, so a big step for us. My son has bought a house in Middleton, I saw this house in Leiston and fell in love with it.. so hence the move. Hope things move soon with your house sale, it can be a waiting game.

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  14. You are doing excellent with the no spend! And that baby gate was a real steal

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    1. Col found similar stair gates for £20 on ebay

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  15. Some of that list made me laugh out loud! I'm hoping to keep it pretty low key. I'm not even sure who is going to be here yet. We go to MIL for some of it and she always overdoes it. I really don't want to keep eating the same food over and over. I am starting a goal to cut down on our food waste and all those leftovers wouldn't help!

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    1. Happily this bungalow is too small for any visitors! That's my story anyway!

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  16. I was amazed when last week ie 10th November, I saw our local supermarché putting out Christmas chocolates. What? This is rural France, where normally Christmas shopping starts around 1 December. Mind you, when I think carefully about it, it has started to be earlier and earlier over the years. Such a shame, we really love the low key Christmases here. What I WILL enjoy is seeing my brother and his partner here for the festivities - it's been a year or two, plus a couple of single friends who would have been all alone this year - the more the merrier, but no blow-up Santas for me!

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    1. There will be Christmas musac in the shops very soon -Aaaaagggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  17. Popping in to agree with all the things you listed that are unnecessary expenses. Fortunately for me, our decorations, Christmas tablecloths, bed linens, pillows, dishes, and such are all decades old and some were inherited. Happily, all pre-date those awful inflatable "holiday" shapes! Otherwise, we bring fragrance indoors from the evergreens that are in our garden.

    I do make my favorite Christmas cookies and shortbread for DH as that's his favorite.

    Wishing you well!

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    1. I have a few Christmas things - a tablecloth and napkins, my cup and saucer,a jug ...... mostly acquired from charity shops but they are packed away in boxes and I have no intention of adding to them.

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  18. We were saying we'll need a stair gate soon. Hope I can find one that's a good a bargain as yours. Mental note to start looking.

    You should make an advent calendar of what you're not buying, open one a day, then tot up all the money you've saved. Actually, there might be a business venture there somewhere :) xx

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  19. Mos of that we are not doing apart from a pressie for Sol he needs a new bed just waiting for vouchers to come from pets at home, looking forward to seeing what trees you choose, i have just had my 5 sweet chestnuts arrive.

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    1. We planted so many trees at Fareacre and lots were seedlings. We had 3 sweet chestnuts 2 of which came from car boot sales. We rarely spent money on trees from nurseries. We'll have no spare money for expensive trees at the cottage so will have to beg seedlings again

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  20. Hiya! will be following with interest :) BEst of luck with your cottage tree plans and a good bargain on the stair gate. I love planning ahead! I've added you to my side bar, hope that's ok.

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  21. I love your no spend list - such a clever idea and trees are such a great thing to save your money for!

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  22. I love your no spend list - such a clever idea and trees are such a great thing to save your money for!

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