Do you ever have those days/weeks/months/years where your bank balance just reduces rather horrifically quickly in front of your eyes? Yeah… me too. We are in one of those times at the moment, and it is making me kind of twitchy. We got slapped with a HUGE tax bill yesterday which was totally unexpected. I wanted to cry. And scream. And stick my fingers in my ears and sing “la la la la” very loudly.
However, we are fans of the “big girl knickers” school of dealing with stuff around here, so there is no sticking your head in the sand. We accepted fairly quickly that the chance of getting the wooden windows painted by someone else has disappeared. We can just about afford the materials to do a good job, but we cannot afford the labour. I guess I am going to be learning a new skill, and perhaps even conquering my fear of ladders into the bargain. Hoorah for that!
One of the other things that will have to be done as inexpensively as possible is redecorating the house. I have never been a label hound of any sort at all, but I am thinking that the house could benefit from some tickling around the edges. Things don’t have to match, but they do have to blend in together and some of the bits we have could do with a bit of help in the blending department. Plus some of the internal decor of the house is showing some signs of wear and tear, and besides, I want to stamp my taste on the place. But the fact of the matter is… we just don’t have the money to splash around.
Just before lunch today I was sitting at my computer and I got an email telling me that I could watch a TV show on an on demand service on my computer. It is a programme dealing with upcycling and recycling and I really enjoyed the first series I watched on TV, so I thought “Why not…!” Well, I am inspired.
There were LOADS of tips and tricks and hints about where to get free stuff (other than the usual skip-diving and talking nicely to the people at the council dump!) as well as ideas for turning the most unprepossessing things into fabulous items for the home. It was exciting to watch, and if you want to catch the bug like I did, just search Pinterest for Upcycling. You will spend many hours being amazed at what can be done.
So, stand by for a budget makeover on our new home. It is not going to be done in the short term, but I am determined to get this house the way I want it and being frugal and fabulous into the bargain. Who is with me? And more to the point, who has some great tips to pass on?