The washing machine died yesterday. When we moved here I made the mistake of buying a really good and not very cheap washing machine. I know a big frugal tip is to buy the best you can afford, this is by and large not something I agree with, but that's another story. A few spending highlights -
Groceries - £144.65
We spent less in every other category this month, other than alcohol, which was almost double the January spend (£9.10 more than January). We spent less on eating out and coffee etc. £73.45, the average for the previous 4 months was £110.77. We spent nothing on health, furniture, gifts, clothes for Dan, the car (other than fuel), or craft (although I did buy a few things with gift money). We spent more than usual on tickets £101, as we gave a donation to the galleries in Nottingham and Derby when we visited and we bought tickets to see Pet Shop Boys later in the year.
A few things we ate in the final week of the month.
East Coast Coffee Cake from Vegan Brunch, you can see a recipe variation here/ baked tortillas filled with beans, topped with pesto, tomato sauce and avocado/ more baked tortillas with squash and mushrooms and a green pepper stuffed with bulgur and quinoa.
we were very low on food by Friday of last week, so we had chestnut stuffing and mushroom pie, surprisingly nice/ Saturday brunch, grilled tomatoes and mushroom, scrambled tofu, avocado and chia seeds on light rye/ there is a nice yellow curry under the sriracha tofu and noodles.
So it was a bit of a weird one, behind the scenes things were a little crazy and we did spend a lot but as most of it wasn't from the main budget it feels as though I can't draw any conclusions. We did manage to hit our target for the emergency fund savings though which is great.