Whenever I haven’t written a post for a while, it is really hard not to write a ‘why I haven’t been blogging lately’ blog. To be honest, if I wrote that sort of post, it is all that would be on the site at the moment. This post really isn’t one of those, however, all the
excuses reasons for not blogging lately are totally relevant to what I want to write about today. So it might seem like an excuse filled post but it’s not, I promise!
It has now been over a year since we started talking and forming a plan to change the way we live. In a little over a month it will be a year since we started our proper hardcore saving habits, turning us into frugal thinkers. I’m sure I’ve said this before so I won’t bore you with it again, but it really has turned our lives around. We are in control of our finances and the stress of overspending each month has gone away (oh look, I did bore you with it again…#sorrynotsorry). At the start of the year, Mr B and I had our annual meeting to review 2016, life, the universe and everything (yes, we really did) and came to the conclusion that we not only hit all our targets for 2016 but, thanks to Mr B’s hard work, exceeded them. We also found that Mr B was more fed up with London and commuting than ever (full minutes of this meeting are available to download at the end of this post*).
As time went on this feeling intensified. In March and after many number crunching spreadsheets, we decided to start house hunting. That is where this post comes in as I was having a wobble about it all. I’m fine now, thanks for asking. Anyway, fast forward a few months and here are the stats:
6 trips to Herefordshire/Worcestershire/Shropshire
10 houses viewed
1 beautiful house loved and lost (sob)
1 house put on the market (ours, obvs)
£££££ spent on petrol and trying to fix the wretched car which apparently can’t handle the mileage.
So there you have it. We are actively house hunting for our dream property. Our lovely home is on the market. What with the emotional strain of putting in offers and missing out on places we have fallen for, flogging the 180 miles almost every weekend and fighting a losing battle vs the kids by trying to keep our house in a state suitable for viewings, I am pretty much done in. The blog has taken a backseat as I found I just didn’t have the brainpower left after all the recent emotion.
Added to all this we have been very lazy recently in our money saving ways. I think our focus has been taken off ‘saving for the dream house’ and replaced by ‘looking for the dream house’, and as a result, we have relaxed our normal frugality. We have given ourselves a strict talking to and are going to try harder in the future.
As a research tool, house hunting has been invaluable as we definitely know what it is we are looking for now, both in terms of what we need for a glamping business or holiday let, and for a family house. Speaking of research….we are going glamping next weekend!! I am so excited! We haven’t even told the kids yet but to be honest I am excited enough for all of us. I know holidays can seem to clash with the money saving idea but as I explained in this post, family holidays and activities are where we want to spend our money and how we make frugality work for us. Also, it is lucky that our (my) ideal family holiday is something that doesn’t cost much anyway – camping. This glamping trip will be excellent research (coughexcusecough) and as its only two nights, will serve as a good trial run to see if we’re ready for a proper camping trip.
You can expect more from me now (not hard tbh) as I have sorted out my brain and told it to get on with things. I have wanted to write this post for ages but it felt like I might jinx the search or something so have held off. We have already offered on one amazing place and missed out on it, but I have since discovered that I can love again so I now feel brave enough to announce our intentions.
So there you have it. That is why I haven’t been blogging lately.
*No they are not. They do not exist. We’re not that sad.