100 Day Spending Ban Update #3

Monday, 28 January 2013


Another week is down and I've still not bought anything from my banned list, hooray!

I have to admit that Week 3 has been harder to manage than the previous two weeks.  The main reason is because I got paid last Friday which usually results in a couple of completely unnecessary 'treats' being bought.  

But no, I didn't give in to the lure of the shops, as much as I wanted to!  Winning a lovely blog giveaway last week certainly helped though! 
 Instead, I've paid off all of my outstanding bills that have recently come in (including a higher than expected gas bill - thanks winter), and for the first time in months I didn't need to pay them with my overdraft or credit card limit.  

The main thing I've learnt so far is that I never realised how all of the 'little' things can really add up.  A £3 morning takeaway coffee and a £3 sandwich meal deal for lunch every day works out at £30 per working week.  Add to that a couple of beauty treats, magazines and newspapers and it can go upwards of £50 per week.  

That's a lot of money to be spending on stuff you don't really need isn't it?

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27 comments

  1. sounds like you're doing great. I have really cut down, but have had a few slip ups. My spending is still a lot lower than normal though which I'm pleased with :)

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    1. Sounds like you're doing well with reducing it, always a good step :)

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  2. You are doing really well! :)

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  3. You're doing so well Evelyn! I went to the cinema yesterday and accidentally went into Boots, I came out with one of the Rimmel Apocalips *oops* But I must be doing well as I still have quite a bit in the bank haha! x

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    1. Ooo naughty! Good purchase though - I REALLY want one! x

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  4. You have so much more willpower than me! I went into Boots last week for nail polish remover and came out with 3 soap and glory products and 2 nail polishes! Big fat fail! haha

    Keep it up! :)

    xx

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    1. I've been strictly avoiding the shops that's all! If I went into Boots I would exactly the same as you :D xxx

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  5. I must admit I've been finding it harder in week 2. I desperately wanted the WIMH Alpha-H goodies - especially the liquid gold - but I resisted! :) x

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    1. Oh I saw that and wanted it too! So many tempting offers around at the mo! x

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  6. It's amazing what a difference not buying all those little things can make isn't it. I've noticed I have alot more change left in my purse by the end of the week (it's usually empty!) and I rarely reach for my bank card now. I've started saving all my small change, it add's up really quickly then I either lodge it or use it towards cheap-ish things like cat food. lol
    xo

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    1. Yeah I always thought things like getting a lunch out when I'm at work would add up, but I never properly realised how much money I was saving until I started to do this. Scary! xx

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  7. My H and I used to treat ourselves to coffee everyday from the coffee shop. At 3.00-4.00 a drink that's 2000.00 to almost 3000.00 a year! We now only drink drip coffee from home. It's not as "special" but when we think of the amount of money we save, we are happy .

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    1. That's a HUGE amount of money you two are saving, no wonder you're happy. Well done! :)

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  8. I'm always buying coffees and sandwiches- things I don't need at all! I don't think I'd have the will power you do!
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's definitely getting harder, though I haven't minded too much taking my own drinks and sandwiches to work. Has been nice to have a change :) x

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  9. Congrats on doing so well so far! I agree with you, the small things really add up :)

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  10. You're so right about the little things all adding up, you don't notice them and then all of a sudden it really creeps up on you!
    Keep up the good work!!
    Eleanor x

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    1. Thanks Eleanor! I know, you just don't realise it until you cut them out and add up all the money you've saved! x

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  11. Great to see you are still doing well!

    I am doing good too, which is a surprise even to myself.

    I didnt include food in my ban but I am bringing in lunch from home some days and that is not only helping my wallet but my waistline too - as I am on a fitness mission at the moment! In fact, going to the gym is keeping me out of the shops!

    Keep going! xx

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    1. Sounds like you're doing brilliantly too! Pats on the back all round :D xx

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  12. well done hun! you are doing so well. I had a slip up with payday this week but back on it now. x

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    1. Good to hear you're back on track :) x

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  14. Well done Evelyn. I am on a mission in February not buy any coffee/lunches out during the week as I've just totted up what it costs me each month and I think I need a lie down in a dark room!

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    1. That's a good mission, good luck! As long you prepare your own lunches and drinks etc in advance it's pretty easy and you save LOADS!

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