This morning I ordered a kitchen maid, in fact that exact one above. It's the original one with cast iron components and solid pine laths. I could have got one cheaper but I hope this one lasts me for many years. The tumble dryer will only be used in exceptional circumstances. And as a bonus it will be raised well above dog level so my clothes should have less dog hair on them!!
I've been looking at other ways to trim the fat, so to speak. For example, switching more brand labels to supermarket own label. We've already switched from the well known tomato ketchup brand to a 28p bottle of basics (the Teenager prefers it!!) We now save 70p a tub on spreadable butter. I keep trying the own brand labels and some are good. But I just can't change my coffee brand. I love my coffee and normally use 1 and a half teaspoons per mug. So I've changed my mug to a slightly smaller one and gone back to 1 spoon. Okay so saving 1/2 teaspoon per drink isn't going to change the world but if I can find lots of small ways to save money they'll soon add up.
I'm working on cutting down my car use. This morning I needed to pick up a prescription. That's all I needed at the supermarket (Sainsbury's) so I cycled there. Round trip of 4 miles. Saving on petrol and squeezing in some extra exercise aiding further weight loss thus trimming my own fat! Win/win, right? :-)