Throughout 2018, I will be tracking every last penny I spend, and sharing it here weekly. I’m a (late) twenty-something lady, living in the North of England with my Other Half, commonly referred to as OH. I travel regularly for work, and often spend more time on the motorway than in my own home, which can often account for my fluctuating Car Expenses and entirely random Grocery costs! By the end of the year, I’m hoping to have a better overview of where my money goes to each month, and have a realistic retirement savings plan in place (as well as the many other savings plans I have in my head, but you can read more about that here). You can also read the full series of my money diaries here. I’ve built myself a personal money tracker spreadsheet, I am armed with my bank statements and a monthly budget spreadsheet and I am ready to rock!*
Here we are again, I feel like I wouldn’t even notice the weeks passing if I didn’t seem to be always writing a Money Diary post!
This week has been a bit calmer than last week, lots of nice walks, since the weather has finally started to take a turn for the better. I’ve spent most of my weekend being super lazy and drinking gin cocktails in the garden. I mean, it’s not exactly warm yet, but it’s dry, and that’s pretty much the best us poor Brits can hope for.
Sidenote: This Copeland Raspberry and Mint Gin is currently my life!
The most productive thing I’ve done this week is give a gift to a friend which I bought for her 30th birthday. In September. She then found out she was pregnant in November, so I bought her a gift for that too. Then I bought her a Christmas gift. Essentially, she came to visit and left with a gift for every occasion one person can encounter in a year!
If you are all out there thinking I’m the worst friend ever, she also gave me my birthday and Christmas present. My birthday was also in September. It’s just how we roll.
A well stocked drinks cabinet has made this a fairly inexpensive week overall, but I did buy a birthday gift for OH which racked up my total spends significantly. I like to think of it as saving my future self money.
That flies, right?