Managed to do a little bit more painting this evening – just going around the room finishing the very tops of the walls where they meet the ceiling. I’ve washed the brush out so I can do the last little bits of the ceiling maybe tomorrow. I figure if I keep doing a little bit every day it will be finished eventually!
My big monthly shop went quite well on Friday – my lowest yet this year at just under £55. Admittedly I had a clubcard voucher for £7.50 but I used that to get some treats (primarily a tub of Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream…it was good). Pay-wise it’s another wretched 5 week month. I keep trying not to think how much extra I would have been able to save if I didn’t have to make it stretch to another weeks worth of food, petrol and spending money.
On the subject of budgets, I’m trying out managing my money differently this month. I find that if I do the same thing the same way for very long I become complacent or it somehow just doesn’t work as well. So this month I am not taking all of my food and spending money out in cash – I’m using my debit card. I think I will still take cash out for some of my spending money but only here and there and not all in one go. I’m still budgeting £20 a week spending money. I have allocated £175 for food shopping and so I have £120 left to last the remaining four food shops. As the large monthly shop came in so low I have (what feels like a massive) £30 a week. Brilliant! In terms of my spending money I shall be interested to see if I spend less. In addition to my weekly spending budget I’ve treated myself to two CDs this month. This is the first music I have bought this year. I am really looking forward to that Amazon parcel arriving!
From the challenge-a-day list:
- Home Improvements: a bit more painting
- Financial management: making a change to the way I spend to keep me focused