Okay so I really did try that minimalist thing. You know. Not buying stuff ever. Surviving with just 6 pairs of knickers, one pair of shoes, and bulk buying shampoo. Turns out, I’m not about that life. I love shopping. So I’m switching it up a bit and bringing you some of the best bargains I’ve found so far, especially for Galentine’s Day.[Read more…] about Treat Yaself: Home Bargains Galentine’s Day Haul
I’m trying to master the art of being frugal. I want to buy a house you see. And that involves saving a lot of money. A lot a lot. Something I’ve been able to save a ton of money on is make up and beauty products. A lot of the products I used to buy were for one time use. One special occasion or just something new I wanted to try. Now I’ve stopped doing that I am saving money, but also running low on a lot of things! So now it’s time to find some cheaper products, which means it’s time for a dupe review.
This is a storytime. Not really the sort of content you’re used to seeing on here. I’m mainly doing this because so many people have asked me about this day. And to save myself having to go over it again and again. Let me just say I am being pretty dramatic. As in, I can already think of five days that were worse than this. And I’m certain you’ve had worse days. But it was a snowball effect. One thing after another that led to a pretty shitty day.
It was a Sunday…
And I wasn’t working!? Anyone who works in retail or hospitality knows that Sunday’s are by far the busiest and most awful days to work. And I managed to get it off. How could a day that ended so horribly start so positively. Basically, my Scottish family had come down to visit my mum in Brighton. I live in Bournemouth so it’s about three hours away. I tried to get two days off in a row to go and see them, but because the kids are on school holiday and other people were off work the best I could get was a Sunday. Which I leapt at. Obviously.
We’re heading into May and it’s still raining outside. The fifth month of the year and the first full month of me trying to save money to buy a house. Obviously, my overarching goal is to save enough money to put down a deposit on a house. But, thanks to the advice of many, I’ve decided to set some monthly goals. Small wins as it were. Mainly because it will help me feel like I’m getting somewhere when faced with such a daunting task. But also so that I have a reason to drink some Tesco value wine and celebrate.
I’ve decided to have two goal categories for May (even more chances to drink wine). The first category is to help me achieve my main goal: buy a house. I’ll be setting monthly goals for working hours, money earned, and money saved. The big one. Most people try to put down 10% or more of the value of a property as a deposit, so saving big chunks of money a month is essential. The second category is to set goals about this blog.
Let me just clear something up really quickly. I’m not planning to make an income off this blog. I’ve been getting a few messages recently from people telling me that I’ll never earn enough money from blogging to buy my house. I really don’t care about that. I’m making my money working my arse off in a restaurant, and I love it! You can read about that here. I’m actually blogging because it’s a free (or so I thought) hobby. It consumes a lot of time which stops me going to the pub. And I like writing. Also, I’ll be able to look back on this blog and remember only having £1,000 in my savings account and being nowhere near buying a house.
I’m blogging for fun! Any income is very welcome! But I’m by no means here as a get rich quick scheme. I’d have done some webcam modelling if that was the case. That being said, I do get a bit excited when I get new visitors to my blog. I like watching my socials grow and slowly building my tiny audience. It’s good to have a hobby when you’re trying to save money… and that is why I have given myself some blogging goals this month.
Monthly Goals: May
Work 160 Hours
I get paid an hourly rate and I’m on a zero hour contract. That means that the more hours I do, the more I get paid. You can see how many hours and how much I earn here.
I’ve decided to set myself the goal of working 160 hours in May. That’s the equivalent of about seven hours a day with two days off a week, doesn’t sound too extreme. Actually, very achievable. I’ve done this so that I don’t fall at the first hurdle. I’ve never really monitored the amount of hours I work before, so didn’t want to set an unachievable goal in my first month!
If I achieve goal one, then goal two is a given. If I fail goal one, then I’m gonna have to sell a lot of stuff on eBay and take a lot of online surveys to try and achieve goal two.
I calculated my monthly expenses here. I worked out that I have to spend £529.69 to survive. That includes all my utilities, household stuff, food, car, and everything else real adults have to pay for. If I earn £1,440 (as set in goal two), and spend £529.69, that leaves me with £910.31. I’ll leave myself a tenner to get a KFC or something (and because it doesn’t look as pretty in a title). So my goal is to save £900.
Write 25 Blog Posts
I have so many ideas for content, and so much stuff I want to document. I’ve decided to try write 25 blog posts throughout May. Anyone who doesn’t write a blog will probably scoff at this. Anyone who does write a blog will probably burst out into a nervous sweat reading this. Blogging takes up a lot of time. Each post can take a day or more to write. Especially when you factor in the extra bits and pieces you do like scheduling your socials and finding/taking/editing the images. Writing 25 posts, whilst working 160 hours as a waitress might be a tricky one. Either way it’s one of my goals.
Reach 500 Monthly Views
I’m a humble person. And a very mediocre blogger. Although I’m trying my best to keep up with the whole Twitter scheduling and Pinterest things, I’m not expecting tons of traffic to my site. So I’d like to think that in May I’ll be reaching 500 views a month. Probably just as a fluke because of the amount of content I’ll be uploading, but still. One of my goals is to have 500 views across my site.
Reach 300 Twitter Followers
Like I just mentioned, I’m not that good at the old Twitter and Pinterest thing. But I do like Twitter because I’m finding so many blogs that give me ideas. Or even just entertain me for five minutes. I know more about plugins and social media thanks to content shared on Twitter and it’s a platform that I enjoy being on. That being said, it’s quite embarrassing having no followers – so one of my goals is to reach 300 Twitter followers by the end of May.
May’s Goals: Summary
So my goals are:
- To work 160 hours
- To earn £1,440
- To save £900
- To write 25 blog posts
- To reach 500 monthly views
- To reach 300 Twitter followers
Sounds simple enough for my first month of goals, right?