Today is payday. I've been struggling to keep within a tight budget all month and kind of failed again. My biggest downfall - the grocery store. I keep spending the odd tenner here and there on specials, or discounted items thinking I'm saving money, not really spending it. I really need to stop this.
It's a new way of feeding the bargain hunter within me. I used to bargain spend on clothes in the Gap; before I knew it we all had way too many clothes and I was sending huge bags of it out to charities. Then it was cheap book club books until we had so many we couldn't move house for all the heavy boxes of books. Now it's the yellow tag section of Tesco and buy one get one free deals. Why am I such a sucker for sales marketing?
So, as a way to curb this, I've started ordering groceries online and having them delivered. This way I can stick to my shopping list, budget, diet and keep out of trouble. I used to do this because I don't drive and carrying all we needed on the bus was pure hell with a toddler strapped to my back. I think I've paid my dues in that area.
It does help me stick to my diet. It's not so easy to talk me into impulse buying sweets. I did have some cookies on the list, two tubs of ice cream and bagels which were all on special prices, but I have the luxury of making the order on a Monday and having it delivered on Friday and in the days in between I can check and recheck the list to make sure I've not been silly. So I've managed to whittle the list down to necessities and no extra junk - gone are the cookies, ice cream and bagels. Ok, the kids get popsicles which are cheap and not so bad so far as treats go. I can go back and police myself. It costs extra for delivery but I think it may be ok.
Off to the gym gym gym to pay my dues to be slim slim slim.