Thursday, 15 February 2018

Spending Diary 8-14 February


After recording every penny I spent in the first week of February (here) I've decided to do it again!  

I still think it's a good exercise for openness but it's also made me feel a lot more accountable for my spending actions, and I need to save more money so I need that
Remember, I would really like other people to contribute their weekly spending diary - anonymously or not!  Please get in touch via email or social media!

Thursday 8th of February 
I'm working from home again today, trying to tie things off before I go on leave again.  So no spending yet as I'm eating from home. 

My monthly mobile phone payment is taken from my bank - £12.10 for a sim only deal. 

Matty got back from Northern Ireland at about midnight last night, so we're back to cooking for two.  He heads to shops after work so I give him £4.50 

Total: £16.60

Friday 9th of February 
I'm back on annual leave - I have to use all my leave by the end of this month so I'm taking advantage of it!  

I'm back on my deep clean mission and I need more cleaning wipes, I pick them up - £1.79 - on my way to the dentists.  My teeth are fine - although I need to floss more, so it's pretty cheap at £16.

I've taken a notion for some pies from a particular bakery in another town, so I've loaded the dogs into the car and we're off.  £6.60 for the pies and a filled roll for my lunch.  I need more fuel so I then stop off at Tesco -  £46.07 

Another notion - I want a couple more backdrops for shooting photographs against, so I pop into Homebase and buy a couple of tile samples.  You'll see them soon!  £4 

I need to post the clothes I sold on ebay last week, one last stop - £3.90.

Total: £78.36 

Saturday 10th of February 
You know what they say about best laid plans... I was planning to clean upstairs today but instead I'm watching Disney films and blogging.  

After a bit I pop to the bakery for some supplies - £2.25 and then to Tescos - £10.50 

Total: £12.75 

Sunday 11th of February 
Since I've got some time off, Mum and I are going to St Andrews for a few days to chill out.  I have a conference for a few days for my MLitt so I'm excited to get into the academic bubble again!

Mum buys lunch on the road, but once we get to St Andrews we chill for a bit and then head out to dinner which I get - £29.15 from St Andrews Brewing Company - a great pub which is also very dog friendly! 

After dinner I pop into Tescos for a couple of bits and bobs for the week - £4.45 

Total: £33.60 

Monday 12th of February 
It's the first day of the conference today, so when I wake up I take Hetty out before getting breakfast at the hotel. 

Registration for the conference opens at 9 so I head to Parliament Hall, although it's really cold (-1) it's dry so I'm enjoying walking though the town.  

The conference is great, there are some really interesting speakers plus they are feeding me so lunch and dinner are free! 

Total: £0 

Tuesday 13th of February 
Day two of the conference and I've picked poached eggs and toast for breakfast. 

Again, the conference feeds me lunch before the formal portion wraps up.  All that is left now are the informal 1-2-1 meetings that are arranged to get in touch with the staff and pick their brains for our research.  

I have a bit of time before my meetings so I go to a great independent lingerie shop - Whisper - who are great at fitting and have a great selection.  Although there is a massive sale going on I pick from full price - £51  

The meetings have left me really excited to get stuck into my research project, now they've wrapped up I head back to the hotel and Mum pays for dinner at the pub under the hotel. 

Total - £51 

Wednesday 14th of February 
Today is our last full day in St Andrews, plus I have no commitments so I have a bit of a lie in before breakfast.  

Mum and I go for a nice long walk on the beach before heading in town - just as the snow begins!  The weather means that we end up going into more shops than expected (but that's not a bad thing because St Andrews have some great shops).  

Although we browse a lot in the bookshop and Mum buys a lot of bird and nature books for her Solway Silver designs, I've held myself back and don't buy anything in the gorgeous Topping & Co bookshop!  

We're working through the town and in Joules I get a pack of three mini notebooks but Mum pays because she's buying some other stuff there.

I've been having a bit of a striped trouser phase recently, in December I bought some grey chinos with a red stripe down the side and I've spotted a loose fitting navy pair in The White Stuff sale.  Not only are they in the sale, there's an additional 20% off - I'm sold for £21.60. 

We have lunch in Bibis cafe, I order a great bacon and brie panini and Mum really loves her salmon salad - she pays.  

Next up on my shopping spree, I go to the Student Union to get some obligatory St Andrews swag - hey, don't blame me I've been graduated for two years now so my stuff is looking a bit worn!  To satisfy my branded desire I buy an orange crested notebook and a St Andrews school scarf I've wanted for years but never justified the £40 price tag (today I can... apparently).  Plus I pick up three retro postcards, which are literally from the 90's, one for my journal and two for friends who are fellow alum.  It ends up to £45.20.  

Since it's Valentine's Day we don't think it's worth trying to battle the hordes of couples for a table so we order a Deliveroo, I pay - £35.75 

Total: £102.55 

Weekly total: £294.86
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