Oooooerrrrr, they're talking about me over on Money Saving Expert Forum, my name has cropped up again on the Super Scrimpers thread. Gone but not forgotten eh, ha ha, that's nice.
This second series is nothing like the first, quite a lot of stuff in it that isn't relevant to life as we know it today. A lot of make do and mend which people don't have either the time or the inclination for. Making cushions, redesigning your clothes, but they don't show you how. Buying ingredients to make perfume when it would be cheaper to buy the perfume, or cheaper still not to buy any at all. Showing people who are not short of a few bob how to economise. Why bother, if they can afford their lifestyle good luck to them. Some of them don't look very impressed when shown a cheaper way of doing things. I doubt very much if the couple who stayed in the Youth Hostel will ever do it again. Why don't they get some people who are really skint and help them out with some ideas.
I see it as a bit of light hearted entertainment now. Bye the way, Mrs Moneypenny was on The Bottom Line on Radio 4 this week, you can watch it as well on iplayer. She has a very high powered job in the city as a headhunter. Admitted she probably knows her business, but I don't think she is the right person to dish out money saving advice when she obviously doesn't have to be frugal herself. I'll move on.
Someone has asked if I have noticed a change since starting on smoothies. I assume anon means health wise. I think it's early days yet, though I will mention that I have had absolutely no digestive problems, as you do when you you eat too much gunk. My internal workings seem to be in tip top condition. As you may remember I went for some tests at the hospital because I had stomach pain. All that has gone now and I have no need for any medication. I also sleep a lot better, and my skin is fresh and clear. When you think about it there has to be lots of benefits from eating raw vegetables and fruit, I couldn't eat it at every meal though.
This is my latest concoction, my afternoon snack. 3 brussel sprouts, 3 small carrots, broccoli, 1 plum, 1 banana, 3 teaspoons of pumpkin seeds, and a small carton of juice. It tasted ok, not one of my better ones, but it was good for me that's the main thing.
I went to town this morning, had to take the car as I needed cat litter, and it's bloomin heavy to carry on the bus. I went to Morrisons and found some reduced plums and cherries, bananas were £1, and I got a tub of cheap yogurt. I'm going to use some of it tomorrow to make some more, with condensed milk, in the slow cooker. I also got a bag of sprouts for £1. Then I called in at Asda, and bugger me, they were selling the same size bag for 50p. I cursed myself, for not doing my research. I bought a bag anyway, because I love sprouts.
On the way home I called in the cash and carry and got two tubs of Utterly Butterly spread for £1. So a bargain there. While I was there I got talking to a woman who was loading up her trolley with bargains, it seems she is a frugal shopper just like me. We had a lovely chat, it was nice to talk to someone who doesn't think I am totally bonkers about saving money. She said we ought to wear a secret sign like a safety pin in our lapel, so frugal people could spot each other when out shopping. A good idea I thought. There must be more around here like us.
Well what have you done with your week? I have been writing all my activities down on the calendar, so I can check that I haven't been wasting time doing nothing. I did a big litter pick on two mornings in the woods. Youngsters had left their camping gear there from last summer and it looked unsightly, so I dragged it all out, tents duvets, pillows the lot. I also went all over picking up bottles and cans, as well as a lot of bags of dog muck which had been chucked in the bushes. Now it is all in a heap awaiting the council truck to come and collect it. I rang them on Wednesday, wonder when they will show up.
I am walking Rocky dog quite a lot now, he doesn't get out much and spends long hours in his garden. He is such a happy little fella, a real joy to walk and so much fun. He loves to visit Barry and Scruff who live nearby, and he enjoys socialising with other dogs while out walking.
Of course every day I am on the trainer. I put my sixties music on and stride away to it, singing as I go, ha ha. I'm upping the resistance a bit now to make my legs work harder. Phew, doesn't half make my pulse rate go up. I feel good after a session, will keep it up. I'm going to watch a bit of tele now, on the computer. Bye bye.