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My spending log – trying to save money

Christmas is quickly approaching which means I have a lot of shopping to do which I means I’m going to need money.

I am trying so hard right now to not spend money on random stuff I don’t need and eating out all the time so I’m making cuts.

I’ve also been reading some of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series which is also inspiring me to save.

I love Becky’s Dad motto of ‘Cut back, or make more money’.

I’ve tried doing the second one, but didn’t really make much, so now I’m following the first, cut back.

And to help me do that, I thought I’d write a little spending log. I read a similar post on That Friday Girl and seeing what she spent in a week kind of just helped me, I can’t explain why but seeing how much other people spend in a week kind of put things into perspective for me.

What I spent last week:

Monday: Had a pretty boring day, didn’t really go anywhere to spend money. However I did buy a satnav holder as Jamie gave me his old sat nav but lost the stand.

Total £8.95

Tuesday: This was a much busier day, went to a pumpkin patch in Leicstershire, it was free to go in and my pumpkin cost £2.30. Ate lunch  at the farm cafe £5.90 and a bottle of raspberry lemonade £1.50. Treated myself to a slice of their delicious homemade cheesecake £2.99

On the way back we stopped off at Foremark resevoir spent £2.50 on parking. Then went to a few shops back in Derby. Bought a magazine and paint in Hobbycraft £6.29. I also bought a new candle from T.K Maxx but I’m not counting that as I returned an item I’d previously bought and used that money to buy it with.

Later on in the evening I was starving and broke my healthy eating vow and had Chinese food £6.00

Total £27.48

Wednesday: Had work in the day so bought a £3 meal deal from the shop, stayed at home in the evening.

Total £3

Thursday: Bought some food from Coop £4. In the evening I went to the Roxy Ballroom opening night in Nottingham with a few other bloggers (post coming soon). Spent £5.40 on bus fare.

Total £9.40

Friday: Did a little online shopping and spent £29 on three new tops and some socks from George ASDA, they have some really nice and lowly priced stuff in at the minute.

Also bought some poo bags from Pets At Home £2 (glamorous I know). Nipped to the shop before work and spent £1 on some sweets.

Total £32

Saturday:Had a lazy day before work in the evening, ordered myself a new phone case off eBay £2.45

Bought myself some crisps from the shop before work £1 (So healthy)

Total £3.45

Sunday: I pretty much worked all day so I didn’t even get chance to go anywhere and spend money which I see a positive thing.

Weekly total: 84.28

So all in all, I probably didn’t do too well with the whole trying to save money thing. Although I did only eat out once which is an improvement as lately I’ve been eating out several times a week.

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any money saving tips I’d love to hear them.

Bye for now

Copy of Copy of Jess x (2)

Things don’t always go to plan

I was hoping to sit down and write a nice post all about the fun day out I’d had but my Tonight plans just fell completely apart.

I woke up early, put on my new favourite play-suit and set off to Stratford-upon-Avon. I haven’t been there since I was in year 7 and me and Jamie had the day off work, so I thought it was the perfect chance to go.

Lets not forget the weather was sunny and warm, the perfect combination…. until the car decided to stop working.

Luckily we managed to get it started again long enough to pull into a nearby service station and gave the AA a call.

We had a little wait ahead of us and unlucky for us the service station we had pulled into was not one of those nice big ones full of places to eat. It was a tiny petrol station with a toilet and a subway, great.

I noticed where we’d parked a little path leading off into some woods so I did what I do best and had a little explore.

It was such a beautiful wood and I followed a path round until I found the back of an old run down building.

I find abandoned stuff so interesting and of course I had to have a nosey round.

I peeked inside but it had been completely stripped, I’m assuming its been like that for a few years.

I still had a look around the outside and tried to get some nice pictures.

The AA finally arrived and were very helpful. I don’t really speak car but there was either a fault with the clutch or the gasket, I think.

Anyway we were okay to drive back home which is what I was panicking about.

We were so close to Stratford-upon -Avon but we thought it best to just try and get home, we had over an hours drive ahead of us.

We just about made it back to my house, the car did stop once when we were close but it luckily started again.

The weather was still so nice so we took a now bald Ted (He had his fur cut today 😦 ) off for a walk.

Once we’d got back I then decided to make the mexican chilli bowl recipe from Niomi Smarts’ cook book. I’ve been aching to try this!

Despite it not containing any meat, it was so delicious. It wasn’t hard to make either and didn’t take too long.

I’ve had her book for a while but haven’t really tried any recipes yet, but I plan on doing so in the next few weeks.

So, today didn’t exactly go to plan but I did enjoy it.

Hopefully I can visit Stratford-upon-Avon another day.

Bye for now

Jess x

 

I Graduated From University

Last week I graduated from university!!

All the tears, stress and sleepless nights were worth it as I managed to graduate with a 2:1 in Journalism.

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These past few months have been one big endless roller coaster but all that was forgotten when I walked across that stage and shook the hands of some random people then got handed my degree at the end.

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I have never worked so hard for anything before and to have actually graduated with a 2:1 feels amazing!

Journalism was such an interesting course to choose, over the past three years I have definitely done some interesting things. I interviewed Jesse McClure of Storage Hunters, visited old abandoned buildings, videoed Morris dancers and bands and seen way to many court trials.

I also met some of the most amazing and interesting friends and I’m going to miss seeing them every week and all the fun we used to have.

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For my graduation I wore this nude dress from River Island (please ignore my face), which I paired with chunky heels from New Look and clutch from Next.

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After the ceremony I went out for a meal at Zizzi’s with my family and my flatmate.

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Then in the evening I of course went out to celebrate with my friends.

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I wore this body-con dress from Missguided and grey heels (which I am in love with!) from New Look. I wanted to wear those heels for my Graduation but the failing on stage risk was to high so I played it safe instead.

I had such a great day and I still can’t believe I  actually graduated!

As for my next step, I’m still trying to figure that out.But for now I have a full time bar job and live with my best friend.

Bye for now x

 

 

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