Monday, 2 October 2017

Summer and other stories.

So we got through the detachment to the ME. Biggles now home. I managed to take the kids away on holiday camping and see relatives.

I go back to work/study on the 8th Jan 2019. 14mth course of work and study and the government pay me a bursary - a decent oen of about 19k and pay for my post grad dip. Am I scared. Yes I am bricking it but one step at a time. It means we will be free to leave here when Tweenager finishes Y6. we wont be flush through the course but we won't have student debt to pay off.

Just busy busy busy. Got much to organise re child care for two. Biggles is starting work early at 7am and leaving early each day other than Thursday. Ideally I take them to day care/before school care and he collects and does extra curricula till I get home. Only two days of extras to see to-Swimming and guitar.

Small boy is still small and doesn't start ft school till 2019 but this is a great opportunity which fits with Biggles likely moving date of Summer 2019 and starting secondary school not to mention the financial aspects. I will miss him very much but we will have from March until September 2019  together and weekends and all of August next year though I will have lots of homework.

Life is lovely and quiet here. Not much military intervention which suits me.

Still frugaling. We have the same sofa we had 6 years ago. it was third hand to us. its still serviceable.

Five frugal things I have done recently

1.Purchased a new to me single spare duvet for small boy for 3.50 from The Princess Alice Shop and two blue pillow cases from another charity shop for 1.00.

2.Tweeny spied  the Honey Badger from the Lion Guard for 1.50. The Lion Guard is his thing this year. Snaffled and put away for xmas.

3.While on holiday we visited a Science Adventure centre call Magna. Visit once and you get 12mth free pass. It's worth going twice or thrice. So when we went back to Sheffield to see Grandma we used our pass. Good day had by both the kids. There is enough there that is accessible for toddlers and tweenies and a great play park. In the summer there is a water splash park. Not paddling pools just squirty stuff.

4.The freezer if full of left over meals. I make enough chilli, soup etc to freeze at least one or two meals. Biggles has a choice of grub to take to work.  We are making at attempt at slimming world. Rather he is. I am doing the cooking but have been rubbish at sticking to it. It's just learning a new way to cook your tried and tested favourites.

5.Slimming world cheaper options - frozen and tinned fruit, plain yogurt flavoured with a few drops of caramel, vanilla or lemon and sweetener.  Am not purchasing muller flavoured yogurts   or other pre flavoured ones when I can save money by doing it myself. Onken fat free flavoured or muller which is most common is not cheap.  Fat free natural or greek yogurt is as cheap as 45p for a 300ml tub from the right supermarket. This lasts two people two days if you have a generous portion for pudding.

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