2018 total spend
I did last year start another list for Shoes, clothes, books and household, but I got lazy in the middle of the year and the everything other than clothes and shoes fell away.
I aim to allow myself £30 per month for clothes and shoes, I already know I won't need much this year, I am in the habit of not buying just because I see items. But it will be nice to have a small budget.
I was good with books at the start of the year and through the summer, but I did buy loads in the latter months of last year. I was really bad with garden magazines in the summer, I do have gardeners world on subscription, which will finish this year, I won't renew, I have kept all the magazines in the two years, so I can refer to them. But I was getting other gardening magazines, those with the free seeds, cost effective, but I didn't use the seeds, I gave them away.
I read 49 books last year, much less than in 2017, but loads of my time has been taken up with crochet and my ripple blanket.
I am going to add to a second list to my craft list page, showing clothes and books, by having a list it keeps it in my mind not to waste my money.
We are planning on a low spend January, we still have £50 in Co-op vouchers and full food cupboards and freezers, so this is an easy challenge, I do want to keep good stocks of food, just in case Brexit in March causes any issues.
We are not adding to our waste targets, we know where we are aiming for, it's just a case of being mindful.
On the truly plus side, I always weigh myself on Jan 1st, this year I am 8lbs lighter than last year, and less than a pound heaver than Jan 2017, I am more than pleased with myself, no diet, just being sensible.
Clear values for this year, not many changes, just following our chosen path.