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!*
I seem to remember, only very recently, talking about how content I was and how things had slowed down a bit after a pretty hectic summer…
That changed pretty quickly!
I’m sad to report that a close friend and colleague of mine passed away suddenly last week. This has come as a total shock to all of us, he was a fit & healthy 38 year old who offered his girlfriend a morning coffee in bed and never came back.
As well as the obvious grief which has taken over, I worked particularly closely with him, so have had to pick up a lot of his workload to get us by.
I had booked a trip home to Ireland a couple of weeks ago to celebrate my Grandmothers birthday, but after hearing the news, I was undecided on going. I decided last minute that there was no point in sitting around and hopped on the flight with scant regard for what I had actually packed for 5 days away from home.
I had a great weekend full of celebrations with friends and family, and in the process, managed to spend surprisingly little (except for having to buy some emergency clothes!)