Spending Report, Office Christmas Party and My New Tiffany Bracelet

The party season has officially started.

I attended a supplier-sponsored event on Thursday night with some of my work colleagues. I haven’t consumed a drop of alcohol even though they were serving the most delicious mulled wine (how do I know? I get to attend their party every year). I figured drinking on a Thursday night was a bad idea. My colleagues were of a different opinion: it was an open bar event, and they were still ordering drinks when I decided it was time to head home at 9:30 pm. That’s right, I’m that  much fun to go out with! 😉

Friday was a great day throughout. I got given a pretty little bracelet from Tiffany & Co. by my employer as a Christmas gift. It’s beautiful – I’m so in love with it – and I hope it’s okay to show it off on the blog! 😉 I was also given a hot water bottle to use when I am cold in the office (which is often). I picked one for myself from John Lewis – and it’s super cute.

Our office Christmas party was held in one of the nicest hotels in central London. I got a bit carried away and had one drink too many. Oops! I knew this was coming, though. I left the party at midnight to catch the last train and got home before 1 am. Needless to say, I spent my Saturday in bed (reading personal finance books and blogs, so really – it was a very productive day).

I am very pleased with my spending this week. To my surprise, I have had not two, not three, but four  no spend days. Here’s my spending report –

Monday, 09 December
no spend day

Tuesday, 10 December
no spend day

Wednesday, 11 December
groceries -£1.69

Thursday, 12 December
no spend day

Friday, 13 December
personal care & make up -£4.50

Saturday, 14 December
no spend day

Sunday, 15 December
groceries -£15.19

Total: -£21.38

I hope next week will be as good spending wise. I am not sure I can pull off another four no spend days next week, but I will be happy with at least two.

Regarding my December goals – I am on track and happy with my progress so far. I will post a review at the beginning of January. I must admit I have never been good at setting goals, but I thought it would be fun to set some personal and financial goals for 2014. I have more or less set all my goals for next year and will publish them next week on the blog, so don’t forget to check them out 😉

How has your week been? Are you on track with your spending? Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

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34 Comments

  1. Wow…what a lucky Gal 🙂

    I’m also “a lot of fun” out as well as I don’t drink at all.

    Your office party sounds like you had a great time. I remember, back in the day, when I worked 9 – 5’s, we had some amazing office parties which made working the rest of the year somewhat tolerable!

    Hope you’re well rested! Take care and all the best.

    Lyle
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  2. ha ha I totally agree with Michelle on wanting your employer. What a cute bracelet and those parties sound like so much fun! I’m going way over in my spending in December. January it’s back down to the basics again! Glad to hear you’re on track with your goals!

  3. Of course it’s okay to show off such wonderful gifts on your blog! That is awesome that your employer is so generous and makes sure you’re well taken care of at Christmastime 🙂 Glad you enjoyed your office party – and recovering by reading finance books/blogs is a pretty smart way to cure a hangover!

    Oh, and nice job on all those no-spend days, too. That’s awesome!
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  4. That’s a great gift from your employer. Tiffany’s is a pretty swanky store. My roommate found a Tiffany ring on the ground a few weeks ago and is super pumped about it. 🙂

    I’m glad you’re tracking towards your financial goals, too. I may copy some of yours in 2014. 🙂
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    1. I think holiday spending is bound to be a bit higher than usual spending and it’s okay as long as it’s budgeted for. I have budgeted exactly £200 (all included) on Christmas this year and so far have managed to stay within my budget. Tracking spending has been a real eye opener for me and is something I do all the time! Good luck with 5 no spend days each week in January, it’s not easy but it can be done! 😛
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  5. Sounds like you had a good week – congrats on the no spend days! My Christmas spending has been going really well – I’m $200 under budget so far.

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