Phew, what a week! Being away at the weekend made things a little more complicated than necessary, and I managed to take a day off work and then not be able to use it for what I intended to… but it turned out a benefit in disguise, as I just stayed at home, tidied, packed away and generally grounded myself (see this post for a bit of context).
- I adhered to my budgeting software religiously this month, logging absolutely everything. I did okay, critically spending less than my income by a good amount. I am actually starting to have savings again. SAVINGS!
- Still haven’t replaced my damn dysfunctional phone. That’s a couple of hundred saved. I’m kinda hoping someone I know will upgrade their own and I can just buy an old-but-functional one.
- Still taking the bus to work, even though it would be much nicer and half the time to drive. But as I can currently get a student pass, it’s a little cheaper to bus, so I’m sticking with it. It’s also clearly better for the environment, even if sometimes I do wish I could just hop in my car and go home without having to see or speak to any more people!
- Signed up to my library’s ebook and audio book download facility. I still have to put books on ‘hold’ and wait for them to become available (this is totally stupid and is entirely artificial, presumably to rinse more money out of the library), but it is completely free (unlike reserving regular books). I haven’t used it too much yet, because the selection is still not great and I am still working through the backlog of unread fiction in the house, but I think it’ll be good for the future. And it saves on physical copy being made, transported, recycled.
- Picked up a bunch of vouchers for different things; one from The Co-Operative for £5 (John Lewis) for a survey, four £10 vouchers for Sainsburys by getting some shopping there online, a free ebook from Amazon, £10 app credit (hilarious as my phone is too dysfunctional to really use apps!) and forsee a few more bits and pieces in the future. It’s worth filling out surveys, folk!
For a bonus, my partner is currently finishing reflooring both the toilet and bathroom! I think this counts as frugal because it makes the house much nicer, which should help us get new housemates, and green as the new flooring protects the chipboard floors, which should save them from being replaced and therefore us producing more rubbish and consuming more new things.
As ever, this post is inspired by Katy and her fascinating readers.