As to my finances, I think I have done pretty well this week. I am still getting used to the idea of living on a budget and I am constantly looking for ways to change my spending habits and become more frugal. I have spent an extra £3.95 on food shopping this week (mainly on chocolate and biscuits as I’ve been having incredible cravings for something sweet) which was not part of the plan as I was hoping to stick to my £20/w on food plan. But fear not, to compensate for that extra bit spent on chocolate this week, I will only be spending £16 on food next week. Wish me luck! 😉
I have also found more ways to help me save money on a daily basis, and here are a few of them:
- I do my food shopping every Sunday at ASDA and stock up for the week ahead (I have a huge 24-hour ASDA just down the road). I always have a grocery list that I stick to (I use an app on my iPhone to create it) and I always shop on a full stomach to avoid impulse buying. I also meal plan, so I never buy food that I won’t get to use.
- Due to the nature of my work, I attend cocktail receptions and gala dinners at least once a week after work. This week I had a lovely 3-course dinner at ME Hotel in Central London. This is definitely a bonus as I do not have to make dinner at home that evening and I get to enjoy the beautiful food at most exclusive and prestigious venues in London for free. It’s a win-win!
- I no longer use expensive foundation, I used to buy Clinique foundation and I loved it. But drastic times call for drastic measures, so I now use L’Oreal which is much cheaper. Same goes for my hair spray and shampoo & conditioner, every product I buy is £1.00 each. I have to say that my hair is naturally healthy and not fussy at all, so I can get away with it.
I hope you all had a wonderful week and got to save tons of money 😉