Yes I know it’s the 4th already, time really does fly when you’re busy saving money doesn’t it?
In a new series on A Frugal Month, I’m going to be sharing my aims for the months ahead and reflecting on the month past. Where did I go wrong? What can I do to improve this month? Also, more positively what did I do right and how can I build on that?
So, in no particular order, here are my aims for October.
- Continue to declutter my house. It’s amazing how quickly you can see improvements when you focus on getting rid of things and tidying up the remains for a couple of hours. Check out the progress I’ve recently made on what is known as the ‘corner of doom’. While it doesn’t seem very frugal to throw things out/donate/recycle if they don’t ‘spark joy‘, what I am finding is that I am buying far fewer things as I’m now able to see and access the things I love.
- No new clothes. I can’t even remember the last time I bought any clothes for myself – the last clothes transaction I have on my statements was March 2016 so I’m going from there. I’m thinking about following in the footsteps of Mrs Frugalwoods and seeing if I can go a whole year.
- Use up the fridge contents before we go on holiday. We’re off to Butlins on 23rd October and I want to make sure we don’t waste anything before then. I only have around £40 left in the food budget so this will help that as well. I also want to plan some meals for while we’re there so as to avoid eating out all the time, so will get a box started of dry goods that we can take with us.
- No using my credit card. I have £50 left in the fun budget and this will have to do me.
- Make good use of our English Heritage membership while the weather is still good. We’ve already been to Beeston Castle and are planning a trip to Brodsworth House towards the end of the month. We paid for this using Clubcard vouchers so it didn’t cost a thing.
So, those are my October aims. I’ll reflect back on them come the 1st (4th) November.