So far this year I have to admit that I’m rather liking this challenge in a masochistic kind of way. If anything I am noticing spending patterns and am acting upon them which is the whole point in this exercise after all.. A perfect example of this is my tendency to hoard stuff that I buy from work.
Anyone who’s ever been in my bathroom will testify to the amount of Lush products in it. At this moment in time I have the equivalent of over 6 litres of shower gel, a shoebox filled with soap and at least 2 carrier bags worth of bath bombs and various other bath treats in there as well as various lotions, potions, shampoo and massage bars. Safe to say I don’t think I’m going to need any of those this year. Same goes for perfume which has actually proven difficult thanks to Illamasqua who currently have a sale on. I’ve wanted a bottle of Freak for ages and it’s currently reduced. I’ve had to be a big girl and say no however because a) I must already own something like 20+ bottles of fragrance so I know I won’t need anymore for a very long time and b) V bought me a bottle of the Tom Ford perfume I’ve been lusting over for a very long time as a late Christmas/early Birthday present which to be honest is literally the best aroma that’s ever filled my nostrils and I’m really grateful for him to have spent so much money on something so decadent. Recognising what I already have/how often I use things is going to be key to this challenge I feel. So here’s a daily breakdown of expenditure for week 2.
Monday 6th January: It’s marmalade season and I need some Seville Oranges so I went to the local greengrocers to see if there were any. There wasn’t but I did need some fresh garlic so bought a bulb of that (in the past I would have bought about 3), some fresh coriander which I now regret as I already have some in the freezer from the last time I bought some (at least I can freeze this if I don’t use it however and I now know for next time) and 4 Persimmons for £1 which is a bargain and I love them. That lot came to £2.99. None too shabby but I still need those oranges.
Tuesday 7th January: I spent 87p on a load of carrots. What with the coriander I’d bought the day before I made soup which sorted me out for a few meals. I also spent £4.99 on dried dates and some dried apricots in Holland & Barrett. Not necessarily needed but I want to try and make my own version of these for after exercise etc. which I’m sure will work out cheaper in the long run. After work I went to the gym. I walked there and got the bus back which cost me £1.85. This brings the days total to £7.71
Wednesday 8th January: I admit now that the money I spent today was not due to necessity. Firstly I got my nails “did” (acrylic infills) which cost £11.25. I like getting my nails done. They’re less hassle than my real ones as they’re really low maintenance, and it’s a treat and a bit of me time at the end of the day which is always well received by myself whenever the time comes around. I work hard so why not? I then bought a lipstick (£3.01) and a new gel nail varnish on eBay for £3.99. I have the UV kit to do my own gel manicure and doing my nails myself saves me around £15 a pop so I find it well worth it in the long run. May as well be hung for a sheep than a lamb I guess. Bit of a bad day really. Total spends = £18.25
Thursday 8th January: On this day I went a bit mental. However I did buy things I actually needed as opposed to things I wanted which is always a plus. What with my going back to the gym I’ve discovered that I a) hate wearing baggy jogging bottoms as I don’t like how they flap about when I’m on the treadmill and with me wanting to start running I figured I needed some new gym clothes and £44 later I had some. Later on that day I made the mistake of going onto ASOS and ended up purchasing a pair of £140 Kurt Geiger heels for a bargalicious £13.50. I’m sorry I know it was completely unjustified but I did spend a few minutes gingerly thinking about pressing the checkout button, and well…
Friday – Nothing
Saturday – Nothing
Sunday – Nothing
So this week I’m quite please that I didn’t spend any money on lunches, or coffee for that matter whilst at work which was rather ace. The shoes and lipstick? well did I need them? Not at all but I did actually want that lipstick for ages so it wasn’t an impulse buy, the shoes? a totally different matter. The gym wear was a must however as I normally look like a tramp when I’m there and getting new gym wear has been on my “to do” list for a while. I also know that I don’t *need* the acrylic nails but I do enjoy wearing them. They make me happy and dare I say *ladylike* and so for now they stay. I may review it when they need to come off but I’ll review it then. The food items I obviously need and when the weather improves I’ll cycle to the gym and back. Total spends this week: £86.45 (eek).