I’ve really had to dig deep and remember what frugal things I have done this month. I always knew that December wouldn’t be the most money saving month but I had a planned for that fact.
I’m constantly having to remind myself that doing something frugal no matter how small does make a difference. I find it’s like a balancing act between knowing where to save and where to spend. Writing these posts every month has helped me to celebrate the little wins and to identify where we need to improve.
Here’s my five frugal things for December.
1. I ordered something and when it arrived it wasn’t what I expected at all. I was really disappointed with the quality and In the past I would have just put up with it. This time I packaged it back up and returned it for a refund. It’s only a small refund but every penny adds up.
2. Thanks to a good stock of meals in the freezer I have been able to miss a whole week of shopping out. We may have eaten some unusual combinations but nobody has gone hungry.
3. Chris and I sat down and planned our financial goals for 2017. It was good to look back on our successes and useful to see what our failings were in 2016. I’ve got lots of new ideas to incorporate next year. What frugal means is a very individual thing for some it’s living to the extreme and for others like myself it’s about small changes that can make a big difference.
4. With the mixture of temperatures in December there have been some days that we haven’t needed to put the heating on at all. This makes my heart very happy although anyone who visits usually remarks on how cold my house is. I say put a jumper on !
I must reassure you that the kids are never cold I like to think I’m contributing to them having a strong disposition.
5. I’ve carefully packed away the unused wrapping paper and gift bags to re-use next year. I’m not ashamed to say that I haven’t had to buy any new wrap for a few years now. I highly recommend buying the 10 metre rolls in the January sales.
It’s December already and I can’t believe that this will be the last monthly goals post of the year. It’s probably been said every month but where on earth has this year gone. Sharing our goals with you has really helped to keep us on track. It’s definitely something I want to continue with in 2017.
There are lots of celebrations and events in December so we don’t worry too much about the frugal side of things.
Our focus for December is just to enjoy the festive season and not to stress too much if things don’t go to plan.Family
- Celebrate Daisy’s 5th birthday.
- Host a little Christmas Eve get together.
- Carry on with family film night on Saturdays.
- Make a Winter bucket list.
- Enjoy Chris having some time off work.
- Freeze and use up all leftovers.
- Plan a budget for 2017 (didn’t get round to it last month).
- Use up wrapping paper from last year before buying new.
- Organise financial files (paper & digital).
- Sort out toys (store,donate,sell).
- Wipe down doors and frames upstairs.
- Keep on top of daily cleaning.
It’s a nice short and achievable list for December. As a planning and organising addict you can imagine how excited I am for a brand new year. I will be back next year with a fresh new list of goals for January.
December has flown by so quickly, as every month does towards the end of the year and this month has certainly been busy here at the Webster’s.
I threw myself into entering competitions, and there were plenty to choose from with the advent competitions running alongside the usual suspects and December turned out to be an extra lucky month for us with some fantastic prizes won.
I also spent a lot of time deep cleaning each room and getting extra organised in preparation for Christmas and it really paid off as for the first time in years I had time to just relax and spend lots of time playing games with the children before the festivities began.
Anyway here’s this months highlight’s.
- We celebrated Daisy’s 4th birthday.
- Daisy went to the cinema for the first time and decided she didn’t want to go ever again.
- There were parties, grotto visit’s, nativities and fun and games at nursery this month.
- I found the exact desk I was going to buy for Free !
- Jake’s teeth decided to all come though at the same time which was fun (not!).
- FrugalMrW made some more lovely profit with matched betting and bingo offers.
- We’ve had an excellent month for prizes, freebies and online earning.
- We celebrated Christmas quietly at home.
- We celebrated Boxing day with family.
- We got new fences in our garden giving us totally privacy at last (yay!)
- I found the joy in my favourite hobby again.
- We crafted lots.
- We used very little heating thanks to the mild weather.
- We used up lots of leftover’s.
December At The Webster’s
I’ve really enjoyed writing these monthly round up posts and I will be back at the end of January to share the highlight’s with you.
Have a good new year, here’s to a frugal and fun 2016.