Sunday Special: My Week in Review #5

My Sunday Special blog posts include my spending report, life and blog related news and updates on any challenges I set myself to accomplish. I try to post them every Sunday to review my week.

Happy Sunday, blogging friends!

I have got a couple of updates to share with you all.


This is finally up and running. You can find it on the menu tab to check out Personal Finance Blogs that I am currently reading and enjoying. I will keep updating this list as I discover new blogs that I think are worth sharing with the whole world 😛 I am sure there are loads out there that I am yet to discover.

My original plan was to also include a list of Travel Blogs that I read regularly. After some consideration, I have decided to give it a miss for the time being. This idea is not completely off the table, and perhaps in the near future I will include some of my other favourite blogs too.


Yes, this geeky looking girl in big glasses is me. Well, I made it look like me as much as I could. My glasses do make me look like I spend all my time in a lab (which is kind of cool as I’d love to work in a lab making scientific discoveries). I don’t wear them all the time though.

So here, now you have an idea of what Girl Counting Pennies looks like.


I didn’t post my spending update last week, but I spent £26.88 on food and personal care items and £8.00 on a lunch date with my friend; total of £34.88. Last week I managed two no spend days.

Here’s this week’s spending report –

Monday, 09 September
no spend day

Tuesday, 10 September
no spend day

Wednesday, 11 September
groceries -£2.44

Thursday, 12 September
groceries -£1.71

Friday, 13 September
groceries -£3.62

Saturday, 14 September
no spend day

Sunday, 15 September
groceries -£5.70
personal care -£3.69

Total: -£17.16

I got up bright and early this morning as I have a busy day ahead of me. Grocery shopping – tick. I didn’t buy much food as I am moving out next weekend and I didn’t want any food to go to waste.

Overall, this has been an okay week. I attended one work event on Thursday and in addition to having a lovely dinner in the hotel’s beautiful garden, I got to network with some cool people. Win-win!


So far, I have made £160 in September extra income. It took me 10 minutes to earn get £100 into my bank account (yep, that’s right, 10 minutes! Okay, maybe 15! More on this in a separate post) and £60 is from selling a handbag to a friend of a friend of a friend.

I have been thinking about getting a weekend job but I’ll be honest with you here: I don’t want to spend my Saturdays and Sundays (in addition to my 9-5 job) working for somebody else. If I do decide to do something with my free time over the weekend, this will be something like teaching English (where I can get paid at least £20-25 per hour), translating technical documents (I used be a technical translator from English to Russian, and this job pays very good money but is very tedious) or freelance writing (I am yet to explore what’s out there as I haven’t even looked into this yet). One step at a time, but I think I am on the right track here.

How was your week? Are you on track with your September goals and spending?

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  1. I like the updates so far! I agree with you as far as the weekend thing. It’s very hard when you have no flexibility to keep your sanity. But if you work for yourself, if something fun comes up, you can always choose to not work. I did a short stint in retail last year and it was miserable. Now I sometimes make in a day what I made in a week and I’m so much happier about it.
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  2. Thanks for including me in your blogroll and I love the avatar! Super cute. Sounds like you had a good week on the spending front. I was a little frivolous but just went shopping and am committed to doing better this week. I love having no spend days and should have a few this week. I didn’t work at all this weekend, which is weird for me, but it felt so good. I often think about getting a second job, but much prefer the flexibility of my current side hustles. I can’t wait to read your post about your side income!
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  3. Thanks for including me on your blogroll!!

    I completely agree with your sentiment on the weekend job. Although it will help towards paying down that debt, taking on too much might lead to you resenting the process of paying down the debt.

    However, identifying some flexible extra income opportunities (like the translation) seems like an excellent idea. recently posted…Is eating out worth it? You decide…My Profile

    1. I agree with you, Graham. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I think I am doing well at the moment and the last thing I want it to push myself too far. I prioritise my health above all and this is one of the things I am not prepared to compromise. So yes, a couple of extra hours per week I can handle, without burning out.
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  4. Blonde, glasses, enjoys working in labs eh. Do you watch the Big Bang Theory? Because you remind me of Melissa Rauch 😀 I don’t have any goals this month in particular. Just following my budget like usual. If you decide to go for a weekend job make sure it’s one you enjoy doing. I teach part time on the weekends at the same school for over 5 years now. It’s really fun because I get to meet new students every year. Total income I’ve made from this side hustle so far is in the tens of thousands of dollars. Which have turned into nearly a hundred thousand dollars over years of investing it. It may not be the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon, but to me the work is worth it if it means I can be a little bit closer to financial independence 🙂
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    1. No, I don’t watch the Big Bang Theory as I don’t have cable. I’m not a big TV fan and I think the last time I watched telly was when the London Olympics were on! 😛 Although I love films and have loads of dvds!

      I would love to teach part time, I loved teaching English and I’m certain this is something I will still enjoy doing! Wow, it’s really great that your Saturday job has earned you so much over the years!
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  5. Hi Eva, I am so excited that I found your blog. I’m from the States and just bought a ticket to London last night – will be there for the first time in my life next month! Please let me know if you have 1-2 activities/restaurants that I really must try while I’m here.
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    1. Ohhh, I have a long list of suggestions for you 😛 It really depends on what you like doing, how long you are in London for, what your budget is and what type of food you like. I’m writing a post about London at the moment which I’m planning to publish this week (or maybe next week), so you may find some useful tips there. In the meantime, let me know about your food preference and what sort of activities you are interested in and I’ll think of something. You can always email me if that’s easier 😛
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