I had to improvise with my header for my March intentions as we are still at the caravan – so with the help of the front cover from my Country Living magazine I managed to cut out the letters using their picture of spring flowers!
After listing far too many intentions last month I have tried to cut down this month to give myself a chance of completing more of them. March is always a busy month for me with Mother’s day coming up and this year Good Friday falls at the end of the month on 30th March. We will need to fit in a trip up to North Yorkshire – weather permitting as well as another visit to the cottage.
Most of our additional spending this month will be on gifts for Mother’s day and Easter so this won’t be a huge outlay but the visits will take petrol money and probably a trip to a tea room. On the bills side we will have my car insurance to renew and a quarterly water rates bill but we have a month free of Council Tax.
On the plus side I am looking to bring in more money – the extra overtime at work and more sales on eBay, but the biggest savings are of course on not being tempted to spend in the first place on items I really do not need. So staying away from the shops will be key. We need to save as much as we can now to put towards our Italian trip – the taxi alone to the wedding for 7 of us has been quoted as 120 euros for a 12 mile trip (mmm I think we are being taken for a ride!) – we are presently looking into the bus times but not speaking the lingo it is hard to know if there is even a bus that would get us there in time.
I intend to plan our menus for March again to limit the amount I spend on food. Most of my overspend last month was taking advantage of the groceries on offer. I am not keen on stockpiling as it goes against the simplistic / minimalistic lifestyle but I think having extra of what we do use is better than having cupboards stuffed with foods we never use and I try to avoid having hoards of stuff we will never eat.
At this time of year the vegetables we have been enjoying are still around – Brussel Sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and leek but soon we will see Spring greens making an appearance and this is a good season for watercress. As the weather improves (I hope) I will need to search out my ‘lighter’ recipes to reflect the coming season and make meals using the same vegetables as the winter months but in recipes that are not quite so dense and heavy. Instead of having a potato topping on my Shepherds Pie I will use cauliflower or broccoli rice, instead of a thick stew I will be doing a lighter casserole with less potato and swede.
Anyway enough of my rambling here is my list of intentions for March –
Birthday cards – make 2 cards for friends and one for sister’s wedding anniversary.
Easter cards – twelve to make
Hen tea cosy – make a pattern and cut out the pieces
Reflecting the season and spending a little on some bunches of daffs and tulips to brighten up the house
Pensions – attend free advice appointment and book further appointment with IFA.
More eBay selling – bathroom taps – wooden doors – my wedding outfit
Buy Mother’s day gift for mum
Buy Easter egg for little L
Grocery shopping target – £50 week
Use Boots coupon for face creams and new mascara
Savings – move matured savings in Flexsaver to e-savings to replenish account
Begin new Flexsaver account and set up standing order
Car insurance to research and renew
Pay water bill – look at more water saving ideas – try to shave another £10 quarter off this
Garden tidy up at home
Garden shed to dismantle
Exercises – eyes
Make time to start some much needed fitness training using the plan from ‘Total Body Plan’ by Lucy Wyndham-Read (I have had this Magbook for a while now under my bed – it promises to deliver a toned body in 6 weeks for less than 15 minutes a day – we shall see!)
Continue with mixed fresh fruit in mornings
Take healthier snacks to work
Continue reorganising the wardrobe in the main bedroom and mending or decluttering any unused items of clothing.