Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Perils of Bulk Buying

I have just started a new box of Ariel.  I have several more boxes left.  I got them at £5.50 for the 40 wash size instead of £11.

They are currently back on sale at £5.50, which is the least expensive they have been all year, according to  They don't get that good a price very often.  However I am not buying any more at the moment.

There are several reasons.  I have a few boxes left and I don't know how long it takes me to get through a box (starting the record now).  I don't have much space currently to store stuff as there is a large stockpile of stuff in general already, including the 27 rolls of binliners.  Also I don't want to spend the money.  I need to spend £200 on electrics on Friday and our fridge needs replacing quite urgently as at it's coldest setting it is hovering around 6-8C, or two to four degrees higher than recommended for chilled food storage.  I also want to book bear into some activities over the summer, and I'm looking at a large chunk of cash for that.

I think this is going to be a tough month.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Happy With This

I am limping gently on with the dining room and kitchen.  I haven't got that far, but I am cautiously optimistic.  I've been going through piles of stuff I've put there 'for now' and that haven't been touched for months or, in some cases, years.  The most recent of the piles has been interesting.  I found 27 packs of 25 extra large pedal bin liners.  I am ridiculously protective over my living room and study bins, and bear and his pals generate large quantities of rubbish (to be honest, so do I), so I get through quite a few of the liners.  I couldn't even use carrier bags because the bins are too large.  These ones are strong, slightly scented, fit wonderfully and were 75p per roll, or 3p per bag.  The closest ones on the Tesco website when it came to size and quality were around 10p per bag.  I wonder how long it will take me to get through 675 bin liners.  I need to generate less rubbish.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Continuing Bear

Bear is off today but likely to be back in school tomorrow.  He has a stonking cough and is apparently without bones and ninety percent leg, but the doctor and I agree that he will be fine.

I have made a very limp start to clearing out the dining room and kitchen that need to be fit for a workman by Friday.  I am not optimistic.  I suspect there will be heaps of rubbish under throws in corners on Friday morning.

I have just thought of an awesome set of short stories for the series of the Forgotten Village.  That series that I thought I had run out of ideas for.

Tonight there are issues - England playing Iceland or the Great British Sewing Bee - decisions, decisions!

I think I have whatever bear has had.  I'm feeling very lightheaded.  I hope this post makes sense.  Or at least is properly punctuated.

Saturday, 25 June 2016


I am sagging, I am really not keeping up.  I was up at 6.30am after a tough night and now I feel faded.

Today we went into Leeds and DH bought bear some much needed trainers, which may last more than a month, while I dived into Love Aroma.  They were selling cakes and raffle tickets to raise money for Macmillan Nurses, who were awesome when my late mother had cancer.  While I was there I picked up the usual candles for the end of term gifts for the teachers and a replacement candle for us.  As I had spent a small fortune I got a free Yankee candle and some points on my loyalty card.  I plan to use the card to pay for Christmas gifts for the maths tutor (who is awesome) and the piano teacher (who is also awesome).

I am now off to watch Wales v N Ireland and I hope I do the occasion justice!

Friday, 24 June 2016

The C Word

I mean Christmas.  I bought my first presents this week.  If I was in any way organised I would have started in January.

To be honest, there's not much to buy.  I have a brother who gets a magazine subscription, his partner who also gets a magazine subscription, and my sister-in-law and her family who usually get money in a card.  Of course, then there is bear.  Today I got the delivery of a box from The Book People which included eight 'Goosebumps' books and an autobiography of Steven Gerrard which bear will love for Christmas.  I think I will otherwise try to get back to doing surveys for Amazon vouchers which will pay for a lot of bear's goodies.  I also still have a lot of wrapping paper left.  There may no longer be the fifty rolls that I found last summer, but there's plenty for a while yet.

Bear is getting better.  He is explaining Fifa16 to me.  I have absolutely no idea and am more confused at the end than the beginning.  I believe this is normal.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Stockpiling toilet paper

Thank goodness I do!  Bear has a runny tummy and it is not a nice time for him.

I had a bad night, bear had a bad night, today is a duvet day.  In bear's case it is a computer day with frequent, unavoidable breaks.  Poor lad is all washed out.  He is, however, driving me fairly nuts as I am not on top form and he is currently playing on the Xbox while watching a YouTube video of someone else playing the Xbox - at double speed.  The commentator has a south London accent and it doesn't sound clearer for being speeded up.  He doesn't always pause it as he dashes for a toilet break and it's grating!

I may abandon any further attempt at anything constructive and just play patience.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Shopping Happens

I was putting together my Tesco order and realised that they had an event on.  If you bought four or more of one of the qualifying products, you got 25% off.  The qualifying products were over a thousand cleaning products.  I was interested to see that some of the Everyday Value range was included as the really cheap stuff is usually not included in this sort of thing.

Big boxes of Ariel were included in this, though I'm holding out for them going to half price.  I seem to remember that Tesco had a similar offer this time last year, so I shall be using my Bullet Journal to track the sales.  I did my usual trick of bunging on anything that caught my eye on to the online shop and then taking off what I didn't actually need.  Thanks to the 30 day cleaning thingy I had an idea of what I already had, which was lots.  I still got carried away - it was up to £150 at one point - but I've whittled it down to around £60.  One thing I stocked up on was the little sponges.  I do like them but I wear them out quickly and while a pack of 8 of the Everyday Value ones is only 40p, I still save tenpence a time.  I got two packs.  I also stocked up on the only bin liners that fit my kitchen bin.

So if anyone is interested in stocking up on cleaning products then the Tesco offer of 25% off qualifying cleaning products runs until 28th June.  I am considering my storage space.