Now that January is out of the way and boy does it feel like the longest month ever, it is time to focus on what we want out of the year ahead and how we go about getting it?
I am an avid list maker and there is a mountain of things I would like to accomplish this year, not least of all having a holiday as a family. We have not been anywhere the past few years, except for day trips or when I took the girls to Scarborough during September.
I would really love to take the boys away too but this, of course, means pennies and unfortunately, its pennies that I don’t have right now. This is where my list making and money saving tips come in, I am going to cut back where possible and sort out the finances so that I can make anything possible this year!
Instead of collecting all kinds of everything I am going to ask myself, do we really need it. I know this might sound simple,but I am an impulse buyer and constantly think something will come in handy later, in that case, I guess I should buy it when I need it and not hoard things on the off chance of it being used.
The girls are terrible for complaining they are cold and in general, I tend to just turn the heating up without consideration of why the house is so cold. I have lots of fabric and old cushions that we don’t use so I will be making my own draught excluders and lining for thicker curtains. It is about time that I bled all the radiators etc. too. A quick look online gives me a whole host of ideas where we can cut backor make relevant adjustments. Check out Heating and Plumbing World to find out if you can save money while keeping your house warm, there is a whole range of boiler spares and water pressure systems available on their website and you can call them for more advice if you wish.
Food waste is also a huge issue as the girls are going through phases where they will only eat certain things. I have never had this issue before so have always bought on a whim with recipes in mind, but now they are turning their noses up and I am resorting to making different meals for each of us. Do anyone else’s children survive on picky food? Honestly, I sometimes think it would be easier to not make meals and just let them graze all day!
Lastly, we have way too much STUFF! Since Christmas, the girl’s bedroom has looked like an explosion in a toy factory so I am sure we can purge a lot of it, whether that be the charity shop, Facebook marketplace or a car boot sale. Every penny we make can go in the holiday fund so I am sure once the girls know they are going to get some sun, sea and sand out of it they will be willing to get rid of quite a lot!
How are you planning on saving money this coming year?
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