Hi there! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! 😛
I thought I’d post a quick update about what I’ve been up to these past few weeks. My Mum came to visit me just under two weeks ago. We spent some days sightseeing and shopping in London and left for our vacation in France afterwards. It was an inexpensive but a luxury holiday (apart from our flights and some spending money it didn’t cost us anything) as back in March I won an amazing price at one of the industry’s events: a four-night-stay in two stunning Relais & Chateux properties in the south-west region of France, breakfast and dinner included. Both hotels were absolutely gorgeous and we truly enjoyed every minute of our vacation. I will write more about our trip soon and post some photos too.
Did I mention I went shopping? Well, I totally blew my June budget and bought some things I needed to buy. Well, I could have continued living my life without them but I chose not to. The items that I bought are listed below along with their price tags –
Suitcase – £45.00 (on sale)
Summer sandals – £28.00 (on sale)
Ballerinas – £45.00
Trench coat – £189.00 (on sale)
Dressing gown – £20.00 (on sale)
Total – £327.00
I needed to replace some items, like my suitcase and my dressing gown. I also desperately needed a new pair of sandals. I also needed a pair of flat shoes so I got a beautiful pair of leather ballerinas. I didn’t really need a new trench coat (especially not in the summer), but I really loved it and since I was thinking of getting a new coat in the autumn anyway, I decided to buy now since it was heavily discounted and I love the brand too (the quality is excellent). I don’t have any regrets about buying these things. Although not exactly budgeted for, these were not impulse purchases: I was looking around, comparing prices online and doing all other things a financially responsible person should do before committing to a purchase 😉
Anyway, what I wanted to say is this: THIS IS IT! No more shopping as I have everything I need for the foreseeable future. I am secretly (or maybe not so secretly) dreaming of a gorgeous dress but it won’t happen until next year when I am debt free.
Since I don’t have any travel plans for July (apart from visiting some friends of mine in Cambridge at the end of the month), my July budget is pretty much set in stone. I would really like to spend as little as possible throughout the month of July. I am also planning to start jogging again (I should really lose some weight as I was eating non-stop while holiday) and borrow more books from the library to read in the evenings. My plan is to not eat out at all (apart from that one weekend when I am going to Cambridge) and cook at home as much as possible. If this means saying “no” to some expensive activities that my friends are planning, so be it. My weekly budget is £50 in July. It can be less, but it cannot be more. It’s that simple!
I will be making my debt repayment tomorrow so you can expect an update some time next week. Tomorrow I will be officially below £5k in debt with only 5-6 payments left to go (fingers crossed). I cannot wait! 😛
What have you been up to? Have you planned any exciting challenges for the month of July?
images: my own taken on holiday in France.