Keeping to budget

I said in a post shortly after we’d sold the boat that Hubby and I reckoned we could furnish and carpet a small house for around £5000.

Our new home cost a little more than we had hoped, but saying that we did have a fully fitted kitchen with fridge, freezer, washing machine, oven and hob. It was also carpeted throughout and had been recently decorated.
That saved us some vital expense, and so at the end of our purchase taking into account our legal fees, we actually had about £4000 left in the pot to furnish it.
I was relieved as it gave us breathing room.

I’d made a list with prices accordingly and for the most part we purchased under budget.
We had our new mattress and bed, kitchen cupboards for wardrobes (perfectly fine for us)
kitted out the lounge with donated chairs, a second hand sofa bed and a standard lamp

and later a table and four chairs.

Our extravagance was my piano.
We didn’t expect to have to fork out two grand for a new boiler, fifty quid for a new shower, or two lots of vet bills.
Still, if we ignore all that, we actually did it on less than two thousand.

The Man Cave (shed/outbuilding), replacement oven and spare room furniture are on hold for the minute as we will have to live extremely frugally for the next few months, especially as our income is about to take a dive by some 35%, hopefully only temporarily.

But the good news is that everything is paid for. We still don’t owe a penny to a soul (not even the gas company), and we can cover all utilities, fuel for the car and food to our normal budget.

I’m rather pleased about that.



About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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5 Responses to Keeping to budget

  1. bikurgurl says:

    Congrats! What a big move — and to do it without taking on debt is outstanding!! Something to make these frugal days even more sweet 🙂

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