Happy New Year!

Hello! Yes, I’m still here, rattling around the place. I seem to drop in here every few months and apologize for my absence. 2013 was extremely busy. We’ve completed a huge amount of work on the house – all 3 bedrooms are ‘done’, the bathroom and kitchen are complete and the living room has had a lick of paint while we decide what to do with it. There is still plenty to do (lots of hallway and stair space covered with hideous wallpaper), the outside of the house is a bit scruffy and the garden….eek…still, I feel like we’ve done the most major stuff. Just as well since we are well and truly out of funds!

Of course, most of last year was dominated by our impending arrival – due sometime in the next couple of weeks! Oh, did I mention it’s a boy? It has definitely been a tougher pregnancy this time around, although I am still one of those people who loves being pregnant (although I am now v ready to finish this stage!). I felt sick right up until 20 weeks and then not long after had to start taking iron supplements for anemia. For me the main symptoms were staggering tiredness and being extremely breathless. It took a while before I felt better. I’ve now got SPD (lovely pregnancy pelvic thing) and am finding standing up after sitting down and walking really quite painful. So I guess if you put it all together that is why I’ve been absent.

Aaaaand. Well. I’m not sure where I fit in. I still love reading all of the thrifty/frugality blogs out there but I’m not living below the poverty line or trying to pay off a huge lump of debt. I certainly find trying to stick to a shopping budget a total nightmare. I just can’t reconcile what I want to be spending with what I want myself and my family to be eating. But I have to as things are going to be very very tight this year. Even so, I’ve veered away from coming back and doing a big financial clamp down project. I found that that type of approach had got me into a weird way of thinking. A sort of extreme form of productivity that took over at the expense of any creative or spontaneous thought.

Anyway, I do have some very simple plans for the coming year and I’ll be back with a post in the next day or so. The blog stats show people still dropping in and subscribing so Happy New Year to you all – I hope it’s the best one yet!

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6 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. I’m incredibly happy to see your return! You’re my ongoing inspiration to become frugal and thrifty! Happy New Year!xxx

    • shoestringalley

      Ah bless you! Not sure how thrifty I really am at the moment but I keep trying! x

    • shoestringalley

      Hello lovely. Happy belated new year too you too! Xxx

  2. Hello! Wishing you well for 2014. Great news about the baby. I love reading here – great to have you back xo

    • shoestringalley

      Hey! Thanks – Happy New Year! x

    • shoestringalley

      Thanks Clare. Sorry for the late reply – hope you are having a great 2014 so far!

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