When the shoestring is a bit short
A series full of tips and old fashioned wisdom (with an up-to-date twist) to help with the constant battle of financial survival.
If you didn't win Lotto this week, here is the column for you. ALTHEA FROM MIDDELMOST(of "Letters from Middelmost" fame) with ideas and hints to help you stretch that stretched budget even further. Enjoy.
Like money in the bank...
Hay in the shed is like money in the bank and my little hay shed was full.
If the cap fits....
I did worry the other day when we had the first real cold snap since summer finished.
You scratch my back....
I saw an advert in a weekly rural paper which reminded me of a discovery I made a while back.
Small but powerful
It is so tough when you struggle each day to keep your self-esteem intact because one eye is continually on the bank balance and the other is always on the ever-diminishing budget forecast.
Getting to the bottom of things
I'm a bit of a label reader. Firstly it saves me money because, if there is a word I can't read or can't pronounce on the label, then the item gets put back onto the shelf.
Treat with care!
I get quite cross when I am at the checkout and I find my hard-worked-for goods are treated with disrespect.
Cabbage a la Middelmost
One of the key things at this time of the year is to not waste all of the hard work you have put into your vegetable garden.
Time ... how do you make time? Time is my New Year's Resolution. "Take time out to smell the roses" ... easier said than done. But done it's going to be and I started by recognising what I already do.
A timely reminder
Talking about my mother's last article reminded me of something she always did at this time of the year.
The best makeup
I was in at the Doctors flicking through the magazines as you do and I found myself reading an advertorial for a life-saving, youth-returning, new-to-the-market foundation type makeup.
A matter of taste...
With Xmas just around the corner, chocolate (and many things related to chocolate) seem to be constantly in my face.
As is, where is
Desperation does not have pride and when you are desperately trying to achieve something financially
Resourcefulness. A transferable skill that poverty-stricken people hone to a high level.
Sunflowers for Xmas
I called in to see a friend and found her on her hands and knees planting sunflower seeds - she had an ice-cream container of them.