We started the New Year with hopes of selling our house.
Come March, we had a buyer, but it seemed downhill all the way, as we didn’t actually move until June 17th, and what a nightmare the entire process turned out to be.
Our search for a new home was equally traumatic, and although buying a boat wasn’t exactly what we had in mind, even in the current cold weather, it’s not all that bad.
Perks are we are closer to visit our friend and my Mum, it’s a lot quieter and relaxed here, the people are nicer, Maggie is more settled and judging from my spreadsheet, we have saved over £500 on car fuel.
Speaking of cars, we decided to put the Partner in P/X against a new Hyundai I10.
With three years servicing included in the price and a five year warranty, it’s cheaper overall to run as well and will save us money in the long term.
The 206 may well follow suit, but with no replacement, it all depends on the MOT due at the end of January.
Health-wise we are probably better off, as we seem to have found a good GP where we are treated as individuals, not statistics on a chart or tick list.
Equally, we have signed on with a good dentist, and Maggie is registered with a good vet.
Hubby was lucky getting a voucher for a free eye test, and I should have mine free because of my diabetes. Retinal scans (one in Lincolnshire and one here) for said diabetes were clear.
Food is a bit hit and miss, though if my spreadsheet is anything to go by, overall for the year we have ‘saved’ about twenty quid. It doesn’t sound much, but when you take into account that for the past five months our shopping methodology has changed, I’m actually quite pleased.
2015 will see a huge effort to get this part of our spending under tighter control, and hopefully we’ll lose the few pounds that have crept on over the past month.
2015 will also hopefully see us exploring some of the rivers and canals in our water caravan. Gentle steps, a night out here, two nights there, before committing ourselves to a long trip of a week or more.
Well done on sticking to your budget – very hard to do in this tight economy. I look forward to seeing more photos as you take your boat out 🙂