Today was shopping day, that ought to be written in flames, I shopped fro the week ahead, I stocked up on a few items that were on offer, I hasten to add that these are all things that I buy regularly. I still had change from my budget of £50. All well and good.
Then off to the petrol pumps, the tank was not empty and petrol at T***o is the cheapest in the area it cost me £43 and change. Nearly £6 more than the shopping, I did the classic double take, checked that I had not filled up with the premium brand I even went into the kiosk and asked them to check. All correct but most definitely not all right!
I did work extra hours last week meaning that as we both work at the same firm the car did a double trip at the end of the shift so the extra cost was more than covered. BUT that is not the point and does not make it any more palatable.
I shop for 3 adults and 2 dogs, we waste nothing, I buy very carefully and cook every meal from scratch. I make my own Laundry "gloop" and use diluted white vinegar as fabric conditioner. this helps to keep my shopping bills down. I have to buy petrol, I go to the cheapest and the nearest supplier, that is why I shop where I do
I read mean queen's blog post earlier and was impressed by her savings. As I said in a comment , if I retired my petrol bill would reduce dramatically, I could shop at the optimum time for savings and would have all the time i need to do all the things that I would like to do.
I would no longer pay tax, taking money out of the system, only a drop in the ocean I know. I would buy less, no longer requiring "work" clothes. Cut down on laundry and water and electricity costs would fall.
I begin to understand the benefit trap, why would anyone choose to get a job when their income falls and their outgoings increase. I ask again. How did that happen? Why did it take me so long to realise?
By the way my meal plan for the next week is not extravagant
Thursday Homity pie and cabbage
Friday Homemade fish cakes and salad
Saturday Homemade Pizza
Sunday Roast Lamb...1 leg at £4 per kilo cost £8, 3 meals for 3 people 89p per meal + stock.
Monday Vegetable curry and rice homemade onion bhajis and naan bread
Tuesday Shepherds Pie and vegetables, left over lamb.
Wednesday Wheat, lentil and veg soup using some of the lamb stock with dumplings
Any comments gratefully accepted. TTFN Pam