My latest investment is an air rifle. Cost £120 new included scope bag and 500 pellet (only good for zeroing). Had to cycle a round trip of 40+ miles to shop but well worth it. Can get 2 or 3 pigeons (wood pigeons) a day in my own garden. Really into pigeons. Will eventually get some beach fishing gear (2nd hand) told by fishermen right time of year you can't bait your second rod quick enough! Whiting by the way. Although I think my best investment was a wood burner. I am on a LPG tank. Used very little for 4 years £280 in one 18 month period. Not got any free wood anymore. As mate is now disabled will have to fetch myself. Tried fetching on my cycle with a big trailer but 5 journeys of 10 mile round trips did not make a big pile. So my next investment is a......power assisted bike with 2 battery's. One charging up while I am doing round trips. Opps I forgot a really good investment was Thorn, Rohloff equipped cycle with disc brakes. Cost £2300 new paid £1200 second hand. I actually expect to save money and time compared (over 5 years) to continuing to use a bike that is already paid for. Could explain but would take me ages. Come on let's hear yours
All I can think of at the moment is when I bought the compost bin for the garden. This means I no longer need to buy bags of compost for tubs in the garden, but I still buy it for things I'm growing indoors.
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Interesting one JB.
When we lived in Northampton I was a bit (well, more than a bit) of a shopaholic......simply because I could, really, we both earnt good wages. Since moving down here to Somerset 3 1/2 years ago, I no longer work and husband earns a good deal less than he did in Northampton. We've had to pare back our spending and adopt a much more frugal lifestyle, out of necessity, growing a lot of produce, not having takeaways, eating out much or buying expensive ready meals, but cooking from scratch, bread included. We hardly ever go to the cinema, theatre, restaurants or pubs, but when we do the sheer rarity of it makes it a real treat. We have the seaside and lots of lovely little villages within a short driving distance - we take a packed lunch and it's a free day out, other than the fuel.
So I suppose you could say that the huge expense involved in actually moving down here has saved us a lot of money and given us a much more fulfilling, relaxed and happy life.
As for being a shopaholic......not any more, no chance - there aren't any shops!! Well, none nearby, I don't drive and there's no public transport near us.
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Same here Sue. In about a week we are driving to Germany to buy me a Diesel Smart car. As diesel is cheaper here and the Smart does 85 mpg it will reduce our fuel bill by €150 each month. I do the most miles visiting various people so it is perfect for me on my own. The big Rav which is also diesel does an average 40mpg. The small Rav is petrol and too expensive to run so we will be selling it ASAP.
Another investment bid on Ebay for 18 months before I got a pair of winter cycle tyres. They have metal studs in them (200) can stop in a shorter distance than normal tyres on tarmac. Cost me £27 second hand new £100. BUT have to be careful When you stop as you can fall over when you put your foot down!
Yes I had a Smart a couple of years ago but it was petrol. I loved the car but with the small tank was forever refilling. With diesel it will go further and in France is cheaper. I am really looking forward to having another one. I am hoping to get blue and silver, with the peanut headlights.
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