So I've been working hard on the only terrible room in the house- the garage. And for some reason I have many many coathangers, more than I could remember ever having. I found a big bag and collected them all up neatly, freeing up floor space as I did. I swapped over the nice wooden ones for the plastic ones in my closet and have them ready to take with a box of donatables in the week.
One trip with the recyclable boxes to the tip, some Konmarie-ing with the leftover clothes and my garage will be perfect. It will then only have the freezer, KF's bicycle and the wheelie bins in it. KF wanted to keep the Christmas Tree, so that was plastic sheeted and placed in the tiny, nice dry shed out back until next Christmas.
I spent a lot of time the other day on sprucing up the palm trees. The long leaves brown from the bottom underside and it's easy to just carefully rip them off. The old lady who lived in our villa before us was obviously too frail to care for them so it has taken some time to bring them back to life in the months we have been here. But the air is circulating round and through the leaves now and they are looking fab!
In terms of money I spent $4.55 today on a Saturday night snack from the supermarket. We had sweet potatoes and hummus for lunch and for tea a Buddha bowl of vegetables and fruit based loveliness. We are allowed to have one takeaway meal a week, it's not takeaway as such. It's a takeaway recipe that we then put together at home with the ingredients we've purchased. KF chose nachos this week, so we fiddled with the right ingredients so we could both enjoy.
I don't list the money that has to be spent on bills on this site, since they are non-negotiable. So things like electric, water and such don't get a mention. What I will do is keep my statements to see how different the bills are each quarter though and write a reflection on them. Other automatic payments that I don't mention are rates, insurance, car registration, donation to guide dogs ($25) monthly, FMTV , internet and schooling costs for KF.
None of these can be changed and have to be paid for. I can and do consider every light and every bit of electric useage, so that can be malleable to a point, water is used with forethought and baths do not happen, internet is tax deductible for my job, as is FMTV, so that's a bit of a boon. But I am aware and keep tabs on everything, but especially th spending outside of these unchangeable things.
How do you cut costs on these supposedly uncuttable things? Can it be done? Does it vary from country to country? Would love to hear from you.
Have a brilliant day.