Spending Review of Week 21st – 27th January

Hi Everybody,

Another week draws to a close. I have a very rare day off tomorrow-my first since the 27th of December. It is because The Boy and I are staying up late to watch the WWE pay per view of The Royal Rumble tonight, which will finish around 4 or 5 in the morning. We are going to eat a lot of pizza and I am going to drink a lot of coffee.

I had a bit of a down moment on Friday night, as all my needs are covered financially, but none of my ‘wants’ are. Christmas set me back financially. I get paid weekly at Job 1, and in the run up to Christmas I would keep safe 4 week’s worth of wages, so that when it was the end of the month I would have a monthly ‘payday’ and I would be set up for the month ahead.

But now I am sort of accruing my wages throughout the month and by the fourth week I have all the money to pay the bills – but it is ‘last’ months bills. So I am trying to restrict my spending so that I can get back to the way I used to be, but this will mean my safe disposable income spending money in February will be about £50, which scares me. It’s more than some people will ever have each month, I know I should be grateful, but I will have to have gazelle intensity to make it through.

Without further ado let’s begin.


Crème Egg Pots of Joy, Bread, Tortilla Chips, 2 x Jam Donut 2.98
Night Cream, 2 x Toner, Shower Gel, Tampons 14.47
Coffee for Work, Greek Yoghurt, Cold Tea Infusions, Herbal Tea x 2 5.95
White lasagne sauce 0.65
Milk, OJ, Salad, Carrots, Potatoes, Rice, Cucumber 4.24
Toothpaste 1.99
Strawberries, Rice, Crisps, Chocolate, Prawn Crackers 5.17
Pizza 4
Tissues x 2, Milkshake x 2, Handwash, Celery, Grapes 5.76
Poppadoms, Pizza 3.75
Tikka Masala Sauce, Pilau Rice, Naan Bread, Wraps, Gum 3.57
4 x Onion Bharji’s 1
Lucozade Bottles, Pepsi, Cookies X 2 6.5


We overspent this week because we have bought treats for tonight, and because as the month draws to a close we are running out of things, as a result we are now over our food budget, which doesn’t worry The Boy but it does worry me as these overspends eat into next month’s disposable income.

I am still trying to use things up in the cupboard, and it is going reasonably well. Another reason for the high food spends is The Boy and I have both gotten better at bringing lunch from home when we go to work. This is obviously cheaper than buying lunch in a work canteen, it is frugal batch cooking, but this eats into the food budget whereas The Boy and I buying lunch at work would be a personal spend.

I will try better next month.



Train ticket to football £4.10


Round of drinks £11.05

I went out for a friend’s birthday and bought one round of drinks, I then panicked I wouldn’t be able to buy anymore after that.


Bottle of water £1.20



This is rather a lot to spend in the last full week of the month, but I will survive.


Published by flodebtfreediary

Hello, I write about food, debt, saving money, mental health and social anxiety.

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