This week has been a little up and down, and probably contained too much food and coffee eaten away from the home/office! I don’t know about you, but I’m having problems adjusting back to the regular work routine, and staying away from the tasty foods that have been part of the holiday season! However, I have managed a few things I’m proud of:
- I bought three months of bus pass (which I use to travel to work rather than drive) at a reduced student price, saving £100! I’ve paid for an evening course in April with the local college, and as a result I have a current student card. My local bus company accepts this as sufficient to issue a student-priced bus pass, which is absolutely fantastic!
- Recycled the liquid cartons when I drove to the supermarket. This is so dull I always wish I didn’t have to, but I still do it. I also managed to remember to take stuff to the tip, including a bin-liner of clothes too damaged to be charity-shopped, which went in the fabric recycling bin. Dull, but dutiful.
- Reserved from the library that a book my partner and I really wanted to read. I had to pay 90p for the privilege (I don’t know any other library that does this and it annoys me so much!) but that is 10% of the cost of buying the book. I only had to wait a few days and it didn’t hurt to put that new copy I was lusting for back on the shelf too much…
- Swam 1km in the local pool, for just £1! My workplace has a special arrangement with the pool, so for as long as the funding lasts, I can swim for cheap. Not only is it excellent for the body, it’s good for the mind too, as the rhythm of swimming and counting laps tends towards mindfulness.
- Made a bunch of dinners out of sad looking left-over vegetables from the back of the fridge as part of my drive to reduce waste. I’m trying to shift our dinners over to more vegetable-based food, but I’m not feeling very inspired!
Thinking on my News Year’s Resolution, I am trying for more buy-nothing-days, but not succeeding very well so far this month. The problem is that I do quite a lot of things that require (sometimes tiny) amounts of expenditure, like the swimming. This has to be paid for as-and-when you swim, rather than on a card or season pass, so I can’t just pay once a month. Wish me luck for improving this in the coming weeks!
As ever, this post was inspired by Katy’s blog, where lots of similar lists get posted!