About a month ago, I booked my wedding for later this year. I know, I must be mad! We’re keeping it simple and we’re trying not to splurge on unnecessary things. With the wedding being so soon, we’ve put ourselves under financial pressure for a short space of time, so when Plusnet offered to send me some goodies to help me save money before the wedding I was thrilled.
Look at this fantastic haul!
There’s plenty in this gift package to keep me busy (and in pocket). The parcel contained:
- A calculator
- A Busy B Oh-So-Clever Budget Planner Notebook
- Money box
- Meal planner sheets
- A Cotton reusable bag
- Lonely Planet Best Things in Life are Free book
- A light box (which I’ll be counting down on!)
- And a bag of chocolate coins for me to snack on while I plan for my financial future!
There’s so many things to help me here, I started straight away.
Meal Planner & Calculator
The meal planner is fab, it’s persuaded me to get some batch cooking done and cut down on convenience foods. I once read that just by planning your weekly shop you will save on average 15%, compared to if you wander around and buy what you fancy! That’s a lot over time. The meal planner has a shopping list section so I can budget for my cooking and add it up with my super sparkly calculator.
I’ve not had a money box for years, but the novelty of it is encouraging me to save. I plan on dealing in cash while I’m watching my spending. I’ll draw out my shopping budget each week and whatever change I get will go in my nifty little money box.
Busy B Oh-So-Clever Budget Planner Notebook
This is perfect for someone like me who freelances. It has a section for regular income and regular expenses, but now I can also write down money I’m waiting on and when I expect it to arrive. This means I can be hot on chasing up late-paying invoices (because I’m currently very lax).
Lonely Planet – The Best Things in Life are Free
This book is fabulous, I recommend everyone go and buy it right now. The only thing is, it’s giving me major wanderlust! I never travel and because of this, I never think about travelling. This book has made me want to explore the world. Oh well, at least I can do it on a budget now!
I also didn’t realise how much I spend on bags. I always buy the 10p ones because they are just better, aren’t they? But say I buy 2 or 3 per shopping trip, and I shop twice a week, that’s potentially 60p. No big deal, you say? That’s £31.20 over the course of a year! That’s almost a week’s food in our house! This cotton bag is living in my handbag from now on.
As for the chocolate buttons… Well, they saved me about 70p I’d have spent on a chocolate bar!