Well the birthday went well, my daughter ending up with a sleep over with 5 of her friends and managed to finally go to sleep at about 4am, where do 17 year olds get their energy from? I managed to get work done as well which surprised me with all the activity going on. I still haven't had time to do the christmas items I know that if I don't do it soon it will be to late.
Its difficult to know exactly when i'm going to be busy, this time last year was still quite slow then picked up at the end of October. With all the news about banks in trouble, businesses suffering and fuel prices going up I was expecting this to be a very quiet Christmas I think alot of the panic is down to the television and newspapers. I've always been very careful with money, you have to be when you have 4 children to support, but I think if you are clever enough the credit crunch doesn't have to effect you.
The most resent money saving ideas we have had is to do with our electricity we have changed some of our bulbs to LEDs they use less electric than energy saving bulbs and you can get them in so many effects too. We are now only shopping for meals, I plan what we eat for the week and only buy the food that will make those meals, we have very little waste in the fridge at the end of the week. Our rubbish bin is emptied once a fortnight and last week our bin was only 2/ 3rds full it must be working.