This often happens to me. I have a very inspired month and then the following month it all starts to feel like a hard slog. It was the main reason I started blogging again after a long break; I hoped it would inspire the frugality to continue. Sometimes I feel like I haven’t yet reached that place where frugal living is a way of life, but then I remember that so much of what I do on a day to day basis (mystery shopping, bringing in my own lunches, never buying coffees) is all part of the journey.
I’ve just booked a little bargain break in Paris for the three of us next year (£600 for a three night break including flights and AirBnB accommodation *) so the frugality is going to have to step up a notch if it’s not going to ruin my debt repayment plans. And it’s this that makes it feel like a trial. I’ve spoken before about how family holidays are hugely important to me and I have no buyers remorse about booking this one either, but it’s the day to day tedium of frugality that gets me in trouble and sees me breaking out my credit card.
I have eleven days until I get paid and I am out of fun money. My food budget is all but spent. Everything that was being sold has been sold or is not getting any interest. I’ve tried Matched Betting but I was too concerned about losing even more. We had a quiet weekend where very little was spent and we barely left the house. So I feel like I’m at a stalemate.
HOWEVER. This too will pass. As I say, it’s just eleven days, and eight of those will be spent at work. One of them will be spent at home alone doing housework and general decluttering. So that’s just two days – this weekend – where I need to power through and not spend a lot. We’ll be using our train passes to go to a free Tim Peake event, we’ve been invited to a children’s birthday party (presents purchased) and we have our son’s swimming lesson after which we’re all too tired to do anything so will have a movie afternoon (popcorn and DVDs in plentiful supply). And at the end of the eleven days, we go on holiday. Bring it on.