On the budget side I am doing very well and spending very little during the week which is helping to rebalance my account after the heavy Christmas period.
I am continuing to shop at home in my cupboards – I haven’t bought a single hand wash since December thanks to the many I received as presents. My only problem is I will never use all the matching hand cream. I have been able to use tokens to buy as much as possible to restock things I have genuinely run out of and need and made use of any reward points and vouchers I have collected.
We continue to wade through the mountain of biscuits and chocolates received at Christmas and needless to say these items will not be replaced when gone as I expect we will be on a diet!
I watched Superscrimpers on TV the other night and tried one of the suggestions for getting the remains of the cream out of a tube and I have to say that a) it does work and b) I was shocked at how much cream remains in these tubes even after I have done everything to squeeze out the very last drop. If you didn’t see the programme – basically you cut the end off the tube about 2/3rds down so that you can access the inside easily and then use this section as the lid…simples!
During the rest of February and the beginning of March I aim to do a big Spring Clean of the house and use up the box full of cleaners that I have acquired since clearing out my mum in law’s house and this should free up some much-needed cupboard space. Although I tend to use Ecover or green products I could not bear to throw away so many unused or partly used cleaners as it seemed such a waste even if they are not very environmentally friendly. My house should certainly sparkle when I have finished.
Not surprisingly I have spent quite a bit on storage and organising products this month but mainly so that I can continue decluttering and re-organising my office / craft room and get it finished as soon as possible while I have the momentum and time. Most of the things I have bought have been from Muji or Partners but disappointingly neither store have had sales or offers on the items I have wanted.
However, I was thrilled to find that the Muji drawer organiser trays that I bought, which come in different widths, fit my Ikea Alex drawer unit perfectly and even though it seems quite an extravagance to fit out a whole drawer at once I am thinking of it as a long-term investment as not only do they look good but are extremely versatile.