The NHS pays me a decent wage but its not enough to be wanton! I've decided that (sob!), aside from new underwear and leggings, clothes buying should be off the agenda for the next year. Even from charity shops! You can get rather carried away in those places. A fiver here and £7.99 there and a considerable sum has been spent. There'll be no books either. They MUST come from the library or be gifted. And there'll be a strict embargo on arty crafty fripperies to make my house a home. Unless I make them or receive them as a present they're off the card. Let's see how long it takes to break that one!
At the beginning of this month I set myself a budget of twenty pounds a day for regular living costs apart from regular direct debits, school expenses paid through Parentpay and the initial bundle of expenses for setting up home. Diesel, groceries, cleaning stuff, toiletries, clothes and entertainment in all its forms all have to come out of pot. 'That's plenty!' I hear many of you scream. And I'm totally in agreement that I'm lucky. Many live on far less.
What remains will be saved or go towards making my home 'ideal'. Some will be given away for, in a world of need, it does not seem right to keep all I earn to myself when I have stuff left over for luxuries.
So it's day three of the new regime and how's it going? Well day 1 put me in deficit by £36. Eeek! Totally wiped out by having to refuel the car and a monthly meeting held in a curry house! Nothing spent yesterday though. That leaves me four whole pounds to let my hair down on a Friday night. It's a good job I'll be studying!