The Happiness Fund.

edited 18 July 2020 at 5:15PM in How much have you saved?
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  • edited 9 May 2015 at 6:33PM
    savingwannabesavingwannabe Forumite
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    edited 9 May 2015 at 6:33PM
    My fleabay auctions have just finished, boohoo no one's bought anything from me! I might relist in a few weeks at the next payday as that is when everyone is feeling flush.

    I have been working since 8am this morning solidly. Now a bit of a break is in order. The weather has been dry today but a bit too windy to do my work outside.

    I am wondering whether I should get a job in the summer hols to bring in more money? I used to when I was younger. Having said that it will be nice to rest. I am going to tidy out parts of my house too. I am v busy at work but I am so grateful to have a job. It is so stressful thinking that I may lose it. Maybe it has always been like this but I have never been so worried for a long time.

    According to the newspapers the economy is in recovery. I don't feel like it. I do appreciate the increase in tax allowance - I am better off by £27 a month but the bills are still so high.

    I really have cut my spending down. I don't really go out any more at weekends (when I used to socialise a lot) I just cant afford it as I am squirrelling away at my mortgage in case the situation gets worse. How do people cope with this?

    This is my latest SOA:

    Incomings are:
    £1665 wages
    £19 on fleabay.
    £5.00 from bank account

    Outgoings:
    Mortgage £825
    Bills £350 ( I am going to reduce this by about £20 hopefully when I cancel my basic cable although I am on a good deal)
    Christmas and kitchen fund £75 (Currently I have £500 saved up that I can access in one years time)
    Credit Card £60-100 now only used for urgent things. no more frivolous spends
    Cash:
    Food £100
    Spending £70 including transport & mobile (but sometimes I have to over spend for hospital visits).

    Anything left over goes into savings fund and or mortgage overpayment.
    Try to have a minimal spend year in 2021
    Saving change in money box.
  • AesopAesop Forumite
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    I think you are doing amazing hun. Maybe a little part time work in the holidays - just 2 4 hour days or something like that, so income in but not overdoing it, I know you have health issues.

    Well done on doing so well with cutting down.

    Why not pop over here and have a read of some ideas?

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?p=68366307#post68366307
    Make upto £10 a day - September 2020 £106.56

    Make upto £10 a day - best thread ever. :A

    Back to make money in the new Covid19 2020 as we are going to need it!
  • savingwannabesavingwannabe Forumite
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    Bless you Aesop, what would I do without my lovely friends? I have had a peek at your thread and it looks v good. I will try some of these ideas in the summer hols and maybe half term.


    It is manic at work at the moment. Doing almost 18 hour days. Roll on summer hols.
    Try to have a minimal spend year in 2021
    Saving change in money box.
  • savingwannabesavingwannabe Forumite
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    Thank goodness for the weekend. I have not spent all of my £10 on work snacks this week and i have some left over!!!!


    The worst of it will be over at the beginning of next week and then I shall count down the days to the summer holiday. The days are getting brighter and I am so chuffed I have made it through a v difficult year.
    Try to have a minimal spend year in 2021
    Saving change in money box.
  • savingwannabesavingwannabe Forumite
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    I have been working all day but am nowhere near finishing. Just clicked on fleabay and saw that I have made a sale of £8.99. I hope they pay up soon! It was a nice surprise as I thought I'd closed all my auctions due to lack of interest. :j




    Weather is glorious! Roll on summer hols. Hope I still have a job we will hear soon I think.
    Try to have a minimal spend year in 2021
    Saving change in money box.
  • Upsidedown_BearUpsidedown_Bear Forumite
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    Well done on your fleabay sale :j Hope they pay soon :)

    Very sunny here too sommer_sun.gif
  • edited 17 May 2015 at 6:27PM
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    edited 17 May 2015 at 6:27PM
    Morning. Been up since 6 doing work. A busy day ahead. Sun is shining but it is rather chilly outside. Had visitors to relieve the boredom of work thank goodness, feel v happy.

    Fleabay person has paid me £12.29!!!!! Going into savings asap.

    Just rang Virgin to give them one month's notice I want to cancel account but the cancellations departmen is closed on a Sunday! This pretty much is my only luxury but needs must in this economic climate.
    Try to have a minimal spend year in 2021
    Saving change in money box.
  • edited 23 May 2015 at 5:45PM
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    edited 23 May 2015 at 5:45PM
    It has been a frantic few weeks at work let's just say I had my tipping point yesterday and really had had enough. Nearly the end now. Officially it is the holiday but I have to go in to do some things. I am going to chill completely in the summer hols.


    I haven't done anything much or spent any money other than on food so am feeling quite chuffed with myself as anything left over will be in kitchen fund.

    Weather glorious, birds tweeting in garden just like the beginning of Rhubarb and Custard. Long may it last. Heard sad news that the actor who played Benny Green who was in Grange Hill has passed away, RIP poor man I hope he is at peace now. I am taking today off from work and will watch Eurovision.
    Try to have a minimal spend year in 2021
    Saving change in money box.
  • AesopAesop Forumite
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    have you spoken to virgin? if you tell them you can't afford to stay with them they may make you a decent offer so you can continue to stay with them. x
    Make upto £10 a day - September 2020 £106.56

    Make upto £10 a day - best thread ever. :A

    Back to make money in the new Covid19 2020 as we are going to need it!
  • savingwannabesavingwannabe Forumite
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    Eureka!!!!!!I have just read a fab post on a thread (average amount of savings for a thirty year old) on this forum where jonmknight mentioned that he had long term, medium term and short term savings. What a fab idea. Must use this as I have put all savings into kitchen fund (medium term) barring £200 which I have raised this month and these are now in my short term savings for hols and birthdays/Christmas.
    Try to have a minimal spend year in 2021
    Saving change in money box.
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