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Archive for May 2008

Spending Discipline

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I love Pay Day . . . and today is that very day. For a few days I can rest comfortable knowing there is at least ‘some’ cash in my bank account. How long it will last is anyone’s guess but I’m surprised what improvements I’ve made to my daily spending with the help of my blog.

I think its all about the discipline really. The discipline of just trying to keep a dailyspending blog helps you to keep track on exactly what you’re spending and changes your attitude towards those thoughtless little purchases.

Happy saving/spending!

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May 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm

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Bank Holiday Spending – Back to Basics

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We aimed to take it easy this Bank Holiday weekend and keep spending to a minimum – and succeeded! Managed to get away with minimum spend on Saturday, Sunday & Monday with cunning use of some old school days out!

Saturday, Feed the Ducks! – Took it easy at the park. Took the children to feed the ducks and for a run around. Two cheap ice creams & a good play on the park. Spend – £1.60 (two ice creams)

Sunday, Get to the Seaside! – Blackpool! Oh yes! Blackpool! If ever there was a place children could make you spend money – its Blackpool! . . . No if you’re savvy like me though. Park at the far end of the prom (find a free spot outside someone’s house), take a good long stroll up the beach and then spend a couple of hours on the fairground. Spend – £3.49 (large chips, candy floss)

Monday, Watch the Planes Land! – The most expensive day this weekend was a trip to the Aviation Viewing Park to see the planes come in at the airport. Fab afternoon out (if a little geeky) – Spend – £20.00 (fuel & entry)

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May 27, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Football – An Expensive Hobby

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I do enjoy football (sorry ‘soccer’) but I’d be the first to admit that I’m not as big a fanatic as some of my friends & co-workers.

There are a number of reasons for this:

1 – I don’t have the time to spare
2 – It’s not one of my major priorities
3 – I just couldn’t afford it . . .

Being a fanatical football supporter can leave a serious footprint on your daily spending regime and with Premiership tickets now averaging between £30-£50 per match you can see why.

Even if you threw the odd match in as a special treat, you’d still rack up some serious additional spend.

On the back of lat night’s Champions League Final, one of my co-worker’s totted up exactly how much it’s cost him to follow his club this year . . . £5359.00 including tickets, travel & accomodation!

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May 22, 2008 at 11:06 am

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Credit Crunch – an obvious observation

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I suppose the story starts about here (where the media started to sew the seeds of consumer spending doubt) and ends about here (where middle England gets hit by the credit crunch). Somewhere in between, unprecedented financial conditions have made a previously unthinkable impact on UK consumers.

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May 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm

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A Good Bacon Sandwich

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I fell foul to a great bacon sarny this morning for the princely sum of £1.50. I try to stay away from these little treats until the end of the week . . . but I just couldn’t resist on this occasion.

Just in case you’re interested. I like my bacon slightly underdone with crispy fat (depending on the quality of the bacon/establishment).

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May 20, 2008 at 9:58 am

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Travel Allowance to Date: Tues 20.05.08

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Travel Allowance Update – Mon 20.05.08
Budget = £256.00
Month to date (total spend) = £191.45
Surplus/(Deficit) = £64.55

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May 20, 2008 at 9:48 am

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PPI Update 14.05.08

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Ingredient Prices at 14.05.08:
T Healthy Living Italian Mozzarella – £0.252
Tesco Value Ham – £0.525
Tesco Value Mild White Cheese Small – £1.344
Tesco Value Plain Flour – £0.12
Tesco Value Plum Tomatoes – £0.085
My Pizza Price Index at 14.05.08 = £2.33

NO CHANGE

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May 15, 2008 at 2:10 pm

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