Well it's three months into my limited spending challenge and I thought that was a good time to do a few sums and see exactly how I'm doing?
If you remember back at the very beginning of January this year on THIS post, I set off to try and live for as long as I could on the money I had saved up from last year. I had made the cash by selling my excess belongings on FB Marketplace and at the two table top sales we did. It was to be used for anything that I needed or wanted.
There were no real restrictions and the only thing I really wanted to do was to bring down the food stash. I have quite successfully done this, well to a level where nothing jumps out at me when I open the food cupboard door now and I can easily slide out the freezer drawers without things being jammed in.
My grand cash total was £ 592.20 ... was there any left?
Yesterday I went carefully through my diary and added all the purchases up, over the first three months of 2023 I have spent:
Food = £340.66
Haircuts - 3 x £23 = £69.00
Car MOT = £45.00
Non-Food Items = £78.20
A total of £532.86 in cash spent.
(And one £10 Booths Voucher)
Leaving me with £65.61 in cash, a new £10 Booths voucher, £21 in M&S vouchers and around £15 in Nectar points. I think I will be using all my vouchers and points over the coming month in a bid to hang on to as much cash as I can. Even though I have averaged £175.67 a month for the last three months, April should be a much cheaper month for me, the only family birthday is mine, so no cards or presents to buy. My next hair appointment is not until May and obviously the car is now MOT'd.
So I have my fingers crossed that I can get at least one more month out of my little non-Challenge cash pot. What I really need to do is to try harder not to shop, to eat more from the foods that I have already got in the cupboards. I am so easily tempted when Alan says those eight little words ... 'Do you want to come shopping with me?'
Confession time, I have to admit that £37.70 of the 'non-food item' spending was spent on books. I clearly remember saying that I wouldn't buy any books this year ... oh well I guess most of you realised that that wouldn't happen even if I rather madly thought it would!!
Well the wine might be all gone ... but the books remain. 😄