Money Month 2 (Year 2) Review

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We were going to write this blog last night, but ended up in the garden for an hour listening to the dusk chorus of yodelling blackbirds, and enjoying the super-bright crescent moon, with Venus and Jupiter close by. In the darkening evening we marvelled at the reflective cow parsley flowers and their creamy fragrance, listened to frogs plopping into the ditch and were joined by a swooping, diving bat.

We’re back today, and happy to report that we saved 31% of our income in the last month despite having a few large (including quarterly phone/internet bill) and/or unplanned expenses.

Aside from bills, food, drink and the usual consumables, our money went on:
– Wood to mend a broken fence
– A bicycle service and replacement parts
– A notebook
– A knitting pattern to make a whale!
– Borrowing a Game of Thrones DVD from the library
– Gardening gloves
– A replacement oven grill element
– A selection of food containers
– Birthday presents
– Underpants!

The most exciting purchase was definitely the food containers. Lucy bought one for breakfast and one for lunch, at work. Both have separate compartments, to keep the wet bits of the food away from the dry bits, and have cutlery that slots into the container, so you can put your meal together and eat wherever you fancy! Having used them for a week (mostly outdoors, though they are pictured on the desk), they are genuinely life-enhancing!

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A few days ago we both noticed how fast the month, and the Spring, were going. We’re looking for any ways we can slow down and take more of it in – such as our hour in the evening garden last night. Having started to feel a bit under pressure with some garden jobs, Lucy took yesterday afternoon off to dedicate to really enjoying what needed doing – now the compost heap has been turned over, and compost spread on beds for kale, tomatoes and sweet peas along with various other jobs. Trying to squeeze things into evenings and weekends is sometimes stressful – taking some time to mindfully work on projects that we care about is always time well spent.

The compost from the heap, some of it spread on our new kale bed, and Lucy's abandoned wellies (they were full of compost so had to be taken off on the grass)

The compost from the heap, some of it spread on our new kale bed, and Lucy’s abandoned wellies (they were full of compost so had to be taken off on the grass)

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