My blogging life started a little something like this:
I had an idea. That idea was to try and turn over a new leaf and become a saver. Read about this decision in my first ever post here.
They say that writing regularly is a path to self-discovery, a chance to work out what you want to do.
- The Loss of Secrets.
There is something nice about having a secret and keeping it just for you. It gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling. Now, I’m not talking about the kind of secrets that ruin families, eat you up inside, or come out in the Queen Vic on Christmas day. No, just those pieces of information you like to occasionally hold onto for yourself.
Like, perhaps, finding your first grey hair. I blogged on this very matter (you can read it here) and ever since have felt people’s eyes searching through my thick dark hair for a rogue wiry grey ‘un. Well, you can all stop bloody looking, because I plucked it out.
The day after I had posted this, a friend sent me a link for hair dye. Oh, the hilarity.
When I find the hint of a moustache, you can bet your life that only me (and my beautician) will know about it.
- The confusion of my identity
If one more person tells me that Money Saving Madam wouldn’t be very happy with i) my holiday planning ii) my popping out for a cappuccino iii) my weekend plan, I am going to pitch them clean through the window.
I AM her people. She is me. This isn’t an alter-ego; this is the story of my attempt to save. Read the strapline: One girl. Trying to be frugal. Mainly failing.
I do not leave work, go into the phone box at the end of the street, spin around, and become a caped-credit-score crusader. I wish I did, but the reality just isn’t that exciting.
I am trying people.
Clothing shopping habits have taken at least an 80% cut. I bring a neatly parcelled packed lunch into work daily and am limiting my amazon book habit to 2 books per month. I cleared my credit card details from all websites, giving myself an extra few moments to decide I don’t need/can’t afford said item. I even gave up meat for a month to see if the cost saving was worth it. (Conclusion: it wasn't.)
I am not a hypocrite, nor a super-hero.
But I have cleared my overdraft.
Consumerism: 0 Money Saving Madam: 1