2018 Financial Goals: A Halfway Review

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Well guys, I thought it was about time I faced facts and had a look at how I am actually doing with my financial goals for the year. We’re more than half way through and some of my time sensitive goals are past their sell by date.

 

Back at the beginning of the year, I published what I wanted to be my financial goals for the year. You can check out the full post here

I like to have specific goals in mind each year as I find it very difficult to save money with no motivation, nothing to work towards. Since then, I’ve had a bit of a revision of these goals during my first quarterly review, so what I have listed below are the all new and improved version!

 

“Save £800 by June to cover my half of car insurance on both cars (when we eventually buy a new one)

Save £1500 to supplement my new car fund by July”

 

I’ve managed to pay off my car insurance all in one chunk again this year, which is awesome. I love the feeling of just not having to think about it for another year! I really would recommend this to anyone, it might take you one year of struggling to get the fund to pay upfront but I find it so much easier to save through the year when your regular outgoings are lower.

 

I feel very little sense of achievement from saving this pot and I was very sad to spend it all again, but I do need to remind myself that saving for next years car insurance isn’t really saving!

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How Tracking my Spending has Improved my Finances

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It’s no secret that I am a long time fan of Refinery29’s Money Diaries series. I check religiously every week for the new posts, and after discovering the U.S. version about 6 months ago, I’m totally hooked on that too, (even though I have no idea how much they are actually spending!)

I always wanted to submit my own, but just never quite got round to it.

 

Shortly after Christmas 2017, I took a good look at my finances and realised I was slipping in to old habits of spending money on what I can only describe as “stuff.”

I was feeling especially motivated, with it being January and me obviously being broke, to kick my money back into shape. I thought, why not start my own Money Diaries? Why not post it on a blog? Why not do it for a whole year?! 

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Money Diaries: March 26th – April 1st

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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!*

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You may have noticed that I’m a day late with my Money Diaries this week! Unfortunately, due to a minor tree-climbing incident, I spent most of yesterday with my wrist on ice.

A stark reminder that I am actually 29, not 9.

 

Anyway, a quick trip to the doctor this morning confirms I am slightly overreacting, and with the help of a support bandage, it should be back to normal in a week or so! Quite a long time considering a lot of my job involves typing and driving…we’ll see how that goes!

Before that happened, I’d had a lovely weekend! With last week being a 4 day working week, it flew in, and Friday was spent getting all of the dull household chores out of the way.

On Saturday, myself & OH did The Big Shop ahead of cooking a huge roast dinner for some friends on Sunday, then went out for a long walk. Sunday diner was a tonne of fun, it was nice to catch up with some friends we don’t see very often.

 

Weekly Spending Review: The Breakdown

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2018 Goals: How Do I Measure Up So Far?

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Guys…It’s almost April. The first quarter of 2018 is officially over.

Exactly one week ago, to the hour, it was snowing. Today, I am writing this in my garden with a gin cocktail in hand. Granted, I am well wrapped up, but it is a beautiful day!

 

I thought this would be as good a time as any to have a look back over my financial goals for the year, since we are fast approaching the July deadline which I’d set on a couple of them.

I have always been well aware that these would change through the year and I’m fine with that, as long as I have a starting point though, I really do need motivation to save money.

 

You can read the full post on my financial goals for the year here.

My financial wishlist looks something like this…

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Money Diaries: 5th – 11th March

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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 I am ready to rock!*

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This week has been a pretty short one by all accounts, I had a couple of days off work at the beginning of the week to make up for having worked all of last weekend on a bloody ferry.

Unfortunately, this gave the time to go shopping! I’ve been pretty well behaved really, and considering I took the flu a couple of days later, that’s meant I’ve not spent anything at all for a few days, while I’ve been lying on my sofa feeling sorry for myself and taking care of far more chocolate than any one person should consume.

I’ve also had my Dad and brother visiting for one night only. They are both massive football fans and “visit” quite often to go to matches at the stadium near my house. I use the term “visit” loosely, as most of my quality time with them tends to take place in the car while I’m acting as their taxi driver doing airport and stadium runs!

 

Weekly Spending Review – The Breakdown:

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