"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."
— Oscar Wilde
— Oscar Wilde
The above quote was probably my mantra when it came spending... well not quite but pretty damn close.
If you read my last post you will see that I am on a mission to challenge my spending. Starting with the spending diary.......
Day 1- Monday
Racked up a tidy sum of £21.85 at Sainsbury's..... intended to be my basis for packed lunches. Funnily enough this never materialized and I paid for my lunch every day. Couple of unnecessary hair products may have been added too.....
£2.99 was spent on a download of The Mark-2 Wife.... short book which provided an evening of entertainment. Probably could of picked one of the many unread books on my bookshelf....
Total Spend £24.84
Day 2- Tuesday
Lunch- Boots £4.38.... not a patch on M+S and with the £3.95 salad meal deal on at the moment i will probably be returning to the dark side of smoked salmon salad. Somethings just don't cut it.
Carpark £5.20 (bain/drain of my life)
Random machine coffee and a Nutrigrain 80p
Total Spend £10.38
Day 3- Wednesday
Pret Lunch £5.20 (Yes, the stuff i bought for lunch was still sitting in the fridge)
Apple Headphones £26.00 (I was desperate)
Vending machine spending £1.50
£2 charity bucket donation to the Spinal Injury Association (means a lot to me and would never not donate when I see them collecting)
Total Spend £43.68
Day 4- Thursday
Random coffee and chocolate £1.00
Total Spend £17.85
Day 5- Friday
Total spend £7.49
Day 6- Saturday
M+S Dinner £4.45 (dining at the desk.... Saturday night glamour)
Total spend £8.65
Day 7- Sunday
My far my best day, probably more circumstantial than any massive self-control!
Tesco lunch- £4.04
Dairy Milk and three machine coffees £1.10
Total Spend £5.14
Yes that was it.... the truth be told i spend my whole weekend studying in the office and had college today.... however there were no sneaky online 'make myself feel better' purchases. Very proud : )
Total Week 1 Spend £117.03
Lessons learnt- Week 1
1. Admit making lunch is probably something I won't ever do. I cave at the first mention of a lunch out with a colleague, which is most days. That is OK, just don't kid yourself Eleanor.
2. Magazines are generally dull. The internet has a whole plethora of more exciting articles.
3. Cheap car parking involves being on time. Must get up 30 minutes earlier.
4. I like food; especially out.
5. I can go a week without buying make up and no, I haven't run out.
6. I'm pretty sure my reckless spending would have made more enthralling reading, alas this is not the point.
Obviously this excludes things such as my board but this my controllable spending.
Week 2......destined to be more expensive, based on the need for petrol and the temptation derived from exam related stress. I'm going to try to be strong.... maybe by name and frugal/thrifty/sparing can be mentioned in a sentence together one day?
I can safely say keeping my card in the back of my Moleskine reminded me I would have to disclose that purchase and put me off on a number of close calls. Knowing the facts had to be faced at the end of the week kept me motivated!
Did anybody else start a diary? How did you all fair?