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!*
At the end of last week’s Money Diaries post, I was left with two outcomes for the week ahead: I was either going to spend a complete fortune, or not spend a penny while working away from home. I’m pleased to say I managed to spend very little when I finished up on holidays and made my way to a sunny field to kick off festival season!
I love working on outdoor events, especially when we get the beautiful weather we have done over the past few weeks. There’s always something different going on and absolutely no two days are ever the same!
This week, however, has been a little bit bittersweet. While I don’t generally discuss anything on this blog that doesn’t affect my finances in some way or another, I just don’t think I can write a blog about my week without mentioning this.
For any of my friends across the pond who may not be aware, today is the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing which killed 22 people following an Ariana Grande concert.
I learned of the news when I was woken by a panicked phonecall from my Mam early the next morning, checking that I was ok.
I was in no way involved in this event, but it really hit home with me for several reasons. As well as the venue not being very far from where I live, it’s one I have worked in on several occasions in the past. It could have been any venue, it could have been my venue.
The music industry is a small one, and many of the event crew and security staff working at the arena that night were colleagues of mine. It was some of these colleagues who I have spent the last 5 days with. Working on a large concert. It could have been any concert.
No one should ever be afraid to do the things they love, be that going to a concert, travelling somewhere new, or simply doing our job. We will not let this win.
I’ll never really be able to find the words to convey how I feel about the situation, or the emotions that are stirred up as I watch the memorial service on the news. So I’ll get back to what you came for, back to the money!
Weekly Spending Review: The Breakdown:
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