“Money is a great servant but a bad master.”
― Francis Bacon
Well, this was a more expensive week than initially anticipated as we had friends in town who we had not seen in years, but I also incurred no or low costs by working from home for a couple of days which is good news. If nothing else this proves how expensive food and going out is in this city! I bought one item for the house, mostly because our apartment is cold during the day (we keep the temperature low to save on utilities), and used points programs to get some toiletries. Kinda. We did a grocery shop the day before this challenge started with a meal plan which meant that all meals that were not for the purposes of entertaining were made and eaten at home, and we did another meal plan for next week so we can compensate for some indulgences this week by not eating out at all.
ETA: I’m including recurring costs like membership fees in my tracking because I think it will be interesting to see how some of them stack up, plus I think it’s more honest. There are a lot of day-to-day costs of city living which are both interesting and a bit scary to acknowledge.
What, if any, were you indulgences this week, kittens? Drinks with friends? An Amazon order? Post-Christmas sales? Let me know!
Brunch with friends split bill: 41.00
Blanket for our living room: 75.00
Gym membership (not technically paid today, but a monthly ongoing expense): 20.00
Quick grocery run: 9.00
Nada! Worked from home.
Toiletries from Boots: Free! I used accumulated points from previous purchases. However my order may have gotten lost with the Royal Mail so this might be a bit of a wash…
Waitrose grocery order: 66.00
Quick groceries for that day: 7.00
Night out with friends: 110.00
Travel card renewal (a weekly expense): 32.00
Borough market cheese, meat, and bread: 18.00
Dinner with friends: 45.00
Dessert with friends: 14.00