If you do not want to read a rant do not go any further.....
There is a blog I read where the person concerned is more than a little inclined to preach.
Now I admire them for what they have done, cleared a large amount of debt in a short time, thanks to the fact that both partners were high earners, some of the things they have done would not be my way, rather extreme, I do not want to stand in a bucket in the shower to save the water to flush the toilet thank you. We practice the, if its yellow let it mellow way, which means the toilet gets flushed twice during the day and last thing at night once the last flush is done toilet cleaner is put in so the loo is fresh for the next morning. We also collect rainwater from next doors garage and our shed to water the garden and if its very dry I use non greasy washing up water. My washing is done at 40c if coloured and 60c for sheets and towels, the programme takes just an hour, if I cannot hang the clothes out they are put on the airer in the dining room.
Cleaning is spilt into 2, Bedrooms. bathroom and top landing on Monday, Sitting room, dining room, hall stairs and kitchen on Friday, each room gets a proper clean so I no longer do a spring clean. I follow the way I was taught at college for cleaning an hotel room.
Yes I do compare grocery prices, most of my shopping is done at Aldi, just a couple of things I cannot get there come from Tesco. Aldi sell good quality food at reasonable price.Where I can I buy clothes from a charity shop. I also have a clear out every so often in the wardrobe, if I have not worn something for 12 months it goes to the charity shop. Bigger stuff I recycle either through freecycle or by selling on Ebay.
All food is eaten, I batch cook and freeze portions. Stock made from bones, ie chicken carcass is done in the pressure cooker with carrot and onion to make stock for soup. If I am not going to use it straight away its frozen. I can only store so much frozen stuff as we no longer have a second freezer, no room for one in our little dolls house.
I do consider myself to be frugal, our food bill per month is £150 at the most and often quite a bit less. We do not eat meat every day have at least 2 or 3 veggie/pasta/fish meals a week. A chicken gives us 4 good meals plus stock. I also make our bread and rolls.
Since we had the extra insulation put in and the defective windows changed the house keeps warm with a couple of blasts from the boiler in the morning and then in the evening before we go to bed. Much to my regret we do not have a multi fuel stove, there is no way we could fit one in this house, there is just no where to put a chimney.....a great shame as we live in an area where wood is freely available. When we decided on this house in the short time we had before having to travel back to Scotland we had to settle for what was available in our price bracket, so we have to put up with what we have got. At least DB has a garden to keep him occupied and grows veg in between the flowers.
I do all these things without preaching about them on my blog, they are done as a matter of course, I may refer to Monday and Friday clean and usually what we are having for supper but thats it.
I do feel that sometimes the blog is written in a rather condescending way, as if they are talking to someone with a simple mind unable to grasp the meaning of frugality which gets up my nose............
There are people who are aware of their responsibilities and address them but at the same time do not take it to extremes.
OK enough........its a rather grey day and at just after 3pm its beginning to get dark.
DD1 has been over, stayed for some lunch and for a chat, news about the extended family exchanged, I have dug out the family history I did some years ago for her, it needs bringing up to date.....when I have 5 minutes I will do it. I need to sort out some names and dates.
Supper tonight sausage mash and veg, banana and ice cream for dessert.