At the moment I am saving as much as possible from my salary to create a financial buffer for my change in career. In December I blogged about my plans to live on a set amount, paying myself a cash sum each week that was based on my average monthly spending to date.
I guess there's plenty of you out there that know this already - but what an interesting process it's been for me! By sticking religiously to the 'cash only' rule AND writing down every penny I spend, money has stopped dribbling through my fingers. An unexpected side effect of this is that I'm actually more appreciative of the things that I have decided to invest in - lunch for myself and Mark at the local garden centre; one bought coffee and hot chocolate during a winter walk rather than regular tea shop stops... The rest of the time I just pack sandwiches, so we've enjoyed some fabulous winter picnics too.
I'm particularly proud of last weekend's frugal credentials...
On Saturday I walked to Worcester - free; I visited the WW1 Memorial Exhibition at the City Museum and Art Gallery - free; I walked down to the Library and sussed out some materials in their local history section - free; I bought myself a treat of some yoghurt coated peanuts - £1 from Poundland (but I'm still nibbling on them four days later).
On Sunday we parked the car on Hartlebury Common and did a six mile walk - free; we enjoyed a winter picnic - cheaper than a tea-shop stop; we also enjoyed some quality time with my parents - which made me feel even better!
On Monday Mark and I celebrated 30 Years since our first date. I made him a card with the words "30 Years... Doesn't time fly when you're having fun!" It's true - most of the time we have lots of fun together. It's only the external stresses of work (and occasional health issues) that 'rock the boat' from time to time.
I hope that you are all having a good week. Jx