Black August – where did the money go?

There are months throughout the year that we know as a family are more expensive than others. Generally speaking it is the autumn and winter months that we need to make sure that we are prepared for. With Roo and Tigger’s birthdays in early November, followed by a procession of family birthdays throughout December including my own and then with Christmas on top of all that it can work out to very expensive.

This year however we seemed to have had our most expensive month of year… August 2014 will go down in our family history as Black August.

Crash, bang, wallop!

The month started badly as our family car was written off just days before I was due to drive home to my Mum’s with Roo and Tigger for their two weeks holiday with her. After many phone calls backwards to the different insurers we finally managed to get a hire car (a rather lovely SEAT Leon – if only we had the money to buy one of those).

Car crash - piggy in the middle

Beautiful bathrooms

Our long awaited bathroom renovations took longer and cost a little more than we were anticipating, although the finished result made it all worth it. With a dual flush toilet I have been trying to teach Roo about how to save water, advising her which flush is for what erm.. function. Personally I’m loving that we spent a little and got a bath/shower mixer tap, washing everyone’s hair using the shower attachment is so much easy than a jug… no more tears at bath time now.

Bathroom Renovation - Before & After

Boiler bother

To round off the month, the day after our bathroom fitters had left we realised that we had no hot water. After getting our usual gas man out to take a look it originally looked like a relatively easy fix, sadly these things are never easy and it would require at least two new parts to fix, plus the fact that our make of boiler was no longer made and parts were in short supply we had to replace our boiler at an unexpected cost of £1400! Although I can console myself with the fact the new boiler is better at saving energy than the previous one. It has a fabulous feature that allows me to tell it if we are away on holiday so it doesn’t heat an empty hose.

I’m hoping that out usual expensive months of the year turn out to be a little cheaper this year to make up for all the money we have already spent – I can live in hope!

Do you have months that are more expensive than others?

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  1. October 7, 2014 / 7:13 pm

    I find that March is our most expensive month although saying that September has been pretty bad too

  2. October 9, 2014 / 9:09 am

    Every month seems to be expensive in our house! *wails*

  3. October 9, 2014 / 1:09 pm

    Oh what a month! August is always expensive for me, as two of my kids have birthdays, his year especially so as one was an 18th, my wallet is still recovering!

  4. October 9, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    I know this feeling, we had a Black August/September with House Insurance, Car Insurance, car tax on both cars and MOT needed. Then on top of that Hubby’s car ended up needing loads of work doing on it which came to nearly £1000!!!!!! Then the kitchen tap broke and so did the downstairs toilet which resulted in a plumbers bill of nearly £200. Hopefully that’s all finished now so we can focus on Xmas 🙁

  5. October 9, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    Why is it always that all the expense seems to come at once? Here’s hoping things are easier from now (and cheaper!)

  6. October 9, 2014 / 6:28 pm

    So sorry about your car. I wrote mine off earlier this year, and I know what a hassle it is to sort it all out… Your bathroom looks amazing by the way, and I hope you get the boiler sorted soon enough! Emma 🙂

  7. October 9, 2014 / 9:36 pm

    This is being a particularly expensive month – 2 birthdays, and how many school trips. We need lots of stuff – new front door, bathroom etc and quotes are very pricey.

    Hope you have a better rest of the year.

  8. Manneskjur
    October 9, 2014 / 9:54 pm

    Life is one constant money drain at the moment with the house extension in full flow. So far we are on budget but I’ve seen too many episodes of Grand Designs to know that everything always goes smoothly!
    Here’s to hoping that October is a happier money month x

  9. October 10, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    I haven’t found a cheap month yet! There always seems to be something getting in the way of me enjoying my hard earned money!

  10. October 11, 2014 / 8:19 pm

    ouch what a total nightmare. I hope next month gives you an easier time.

  11. Paul White
    February 10, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Well I’m glad your boiler got sorted in the end! smashing bathroom makeover though, very nice too! With me my boiler got condemned so I had to get a new one quickly, but thankfully I managed to get a low price from stl heating, plus (this is fab!) I was able to pay for it on monthly instalments too!

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