Thursday, 5 May 2016

Day 126 - Frequently Asked Questions


A blog reader came up with the bright idea of having a page for Frequently Asked Questions ... brilliant, why didn't I think of that!!

I know some of you have arrived at this weird cost-cutting party Challenge a bit late and possibly don't have time to read back through the previous posts, and therefore the same questions are cropping up over and over again ... to the amusement of some folk, the annoyance of others and the numbing of my fingers typing out the same answers over and over.

So I am going to have a page alongside the others at the top of the blog for Frequently Asked Questions, and hopefully new readers will either spot it for themselves or I can direct them to it if I know the answer is already there.  I will also add questions and answers as they arise if I think more folk than the actual asker would like to know the answer.

Now it would help me greatly to have a little bit of input from any of you out there who have a question.

I guess the first one for the page will be:

Why do you buy Sparkling Water?  .... argghh ... so I will start the page with that one.
I can also think of  .... What will you do when you get less vouchers/coupons next year?  and Why do you buy sliced bread?

Then my mind goes blank ... what else do you think should be there to start the page off, what have you been itching to ask but were a bit timid of asking ... I'll answer anything within reason :-)

Today is a No Spend Day
and I will Make It Through May

22 comments:

  1. So if you get less vouchers next year does that mean your hubby is retiring,?

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    1. It's always been the plan that once the mortgage is paid off and we have a little nest egg LH will retire from the day job :-)

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  2. I would like to know if you've always been so resourceful with food as you are now? I know I try to be but when the 3 children were young and all still at home my shopping bill was ginormous and we ate very differently, plus tons wasted I'm ashamed to say.

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    1. Good question and one that I will add. Never be ashamed of the past, as long as you learn from it and move forward things get better. There was lots that none of us knew about food waste at some point in our lives, but if you learn about these things and THEN do something about it it's all worthwhile.

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  3. How are you going to get vouchers if you're not spending money in the shops? Obviously the 'oldies' amongst us know, but it seems to crop up regularly!

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    1. Yep ... that's a regular one ;-)

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  4. If you don't mind me asking,I would like to know what the picture is of. Is it an ornament or something more useful, it is very pretty.I think you are doing very well on your challenge.

    Thanks

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    1. It's a tiny little wooden owl, about 1.5cm tall sat in a tiny heart shaped bowl that Lovely Hubby bought me just after we moved here, both handmade locally. I guess the owl's not useful, although the bowl is but they are both beautiful ... and tiny ... which I love.

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  5. One thing I'm curious about is how this challenge compares with your previous one (365 days £365). From where I am standing they have many similarities but presumably the experience of the first has influenced the second.

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    1. The similarity between the previous Challenge and this one is the reason that at first this was going to be a private blog.

      The main difference between the two is that they started out from a different point. '365 Days £365' saw me starting with an empty purse and getting £1 per day to spend on food, trying to have days where no money was spent to build up a pot of funds for shopping and yes, using vouchers, coupons and points to supplement the cash.

      I did learn a lot from doing the Challenge, although as it went on I lost heart as it seemed repetitive and in my opinion I spoilt the main ethos of the £1 per day by selling some foods and adding the takings to the pot. It ended in month seven of the Challenge ... I am going to try and see this one through to the end.

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    2. How about a bit of info on your power & fuel? And maybe a brief guide to your planting plans?

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    3. Those topics are really covered on my main blog, this one is just for the year long 'going without' challenge. Our power and fuel are not covered in this budget. I do touch on planting here but only in the food that comes from the polytunnel and veggie patch to supplement the contents of the fridge, freezers and cupboards.

      What I will do is a series of posts specifically on our methods of self sufficiency on the other blog in the coming days, hope this helps :-)

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    4. I have noticed some ask every now and then why don't you shop at aldi and lidl?i understand your reasons but others may not of seen your blog on it.

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    5. That's a good one - thanks :-)

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  6. Bahahaha! My first thought was "sparkling water" :D

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  7. You may have answered and I missed it but I asked about the average lifespan of your chickens after two hens passed recently. I know nothing about chickens except what I read on blogs and cannot keep them myself. Thanks!

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    1. Sorry I didn't get back to you on this one, it was obviously on my other blog.

      The average lifespan of a chicken as around 7-8 years. They have been known to live longer but the majority of laying birds will not make this age as it depletes their bodies of minerals and calcium to lay as many eggs as they do. Intensively reared meat birds have a lifespan of around 6 weeks and free range meat birds around 14 weeks. Commercial free range and organic free range laying birds have a lifespan of around 14 months before being turned into pet food etc.

      A really good website to find out more about this is -
      http://www.letsgogardening.co.uk/keeping_chickens.htm although they state on this site that any chicks of 'less than perfect standard' for example slightly deformed or male, are ' sent to sleep' .... in thruth they are minced!!

      Compared to how the majority of chickens are kept in this country my chooks and those of many smaller keepers and breeders have a very good life.

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  8. Can't think of any specific questions but the extra page is a great idea.

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  9. I would love to know how you made that Lemon Marmalade. It looks great and I've lemons aplenty at the mo. Jan xx

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    1. No lemons were harmed in the making of my marmalade .... lol!!

      I used a tin of Mamade from Lakeland and jam sugar. Although if you have lots of lemons you can obviously make your own from scratch.

      A good recipe is here - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1898654/lemon-marmalade

      But I think making Lemon Curd is much easier (and quicker) when you have fresh lemons ... and very very tasty :-) http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/4966/lemon-curd.aspx

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