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Watching the tennis and catching up on DFW diaries while we wait
BAck to Zoom for the afternoon now
TT £1.99 this morning. A low spend day £4 at the Coop plus £4.90 for 2 coffees from the Costa machine as we were out of milk at home, then £9.99 on a collapsible washing basket (Home pot) of all things! With the new understairs cupboard there isn't really space for rigid baskets but the carpenter's put a neat little shelf above the washing machine where we can fit a folding one. OH got us fish n chips for tea, which was a lovely treat.
Looks like a miserable day tomorrow of torrential rain and a bit of lightning for fun, so planning on hunkering down. I have a scheduled run so will get that done, bath and comfies for the day
DD had a tough day at school today but luckily I'd bought YS doughnuts earlier in the coop shop so we snuggled up on the sofa and watched a cartoon together It's been tough for her moving to a new school/area, getting a week then lockdown.
Have a lovely Friday night
PS: I have looked into Paper Republic since you last mentioned it. I fell into the spiral and now interested in some sort of a traveller's notebook. Let's see where I end up, lol.
Debt-Busting Progress: 2020: £13,200 | 2020: £9,200 | 2021: £4,900
We had planned to stop in but the storm didn't come so decided to head out. We clocked around half of the 89 'Cows About Cambridge' before deciding we'd had enough and it was time for a bus home lol! Here is Sir Isaac Newton as a cow for your edification and amusement
Spends-wise, it was £4.50 for the bus and £13 for (critically important!!) coffees and pastries (Ents pot). I verged on hangry about 2 and picked up a 'shroom burger for £8 (guilt-free spends pot). OH got us a swift half on the way home but a large group of lairy footie fans descended so we made a swift exit before we ordered a 2nd. Other spends: £20 from Coop delivery and £17 from an online eco shop for a conditioner bar for DD and some multi-vits for me (non-food pot).
So quite a spendy day but should set me up for a couple of NSDs. Maybe it's a downside of having NSD targets - you spend once then think 'ah sod it!' and just rack up some more.
Showered and in our jammies before 6pm for the matches
SHould be an NSD today (no 3 of the pay month - aiming for 11 in total). I'm a little over in my food budget for this TOTM but these things are always a bit unevenly spread. Should be able to cash out on Prolific Academic for just over £6, which will probably go into the general virtual pot until there's a decent sum to transfer into my external savings a/c. Hoping to boot sale it on Sunday morning (early doors ) which should raise about £30-40. I'm an introvert so I find all the salesmanship of boot sales a bit much. OH is brilliant at all the small talk which I admire v much from a distance Have to admit that it is quite a fun way to hang out as a family (and I clearing out the clutter too).
I do PA surveys too. My earnings total is currently at £78 but I am hoping I can leave it there & cash out at £100 around Christmas.
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A couple of NSDs in a row then £20 at Sainsbos and an unexpected demand from DD to take her and her bestie to get a present for a friend of theirs who's been feeling down. They used their pocket money but cost me £2.30 for parking for an hour and obvs coffee needed while I waited (£1.80, both Ents pot). Luckily I'd packed earphones as a colleague texted to say I was missing a meeting Managed to get on Zoom on my phone, but bit of a diary fail on my part (is this an aging thing?!) DD is now safely dropped with her Dad, and OH and I have made dinner from leftovers and stores.
Ooh, OH found a simple vegan choc cake receipe for DD and it was lush. I'm sure it counts as a health food...
And some really great news I almost forgot!! I applied for an extra increment at work for exceptional performance (the next promotion for me doesn't bring any increase in pay) and I found out today I got it!!!! It'll probably mean about an extra £150-200/month, which is amazing but it's also great to have a kind of vote of confidence in you from your employer. I don't know where the beer emoji is but that's what I'm channeling tonight!