Money Diary: An Executive Assistant In Lancashire On 31.5k

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Welcome to Money Diaries, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking a cross-section of women how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period – and we're tracking every last penny.

This week: "I'm a 24-year-old executive assistant in Lancashire. I moved here four years ago after buying my first home with my fiancé as it was the perfect location between my family and his family. He is currently working abroad so I spend the majority of my time living alone with my two dogs. I am starting my new role in healthcare this week after working in a similar role in the education sector. The role has a pay rise, which is very exciting, and offers more responsibility and flexibility to work from home.

My fiancé and I have always viewed our money as 'couple money' and as he currently earns over 3x my salary, he transfers money to our joint account to cover all the bills (including my car insurance and gym membership). He also transfers money into our joint savings account for holidays. I understand this approach to money in a relationship isn’t for everyone but it works well for us. Now I have had a pay increase, I will also be contributing to our joint savings account (just for clarity, this money diary is solely what I spend from my own bank account and doesn't include anything that my fiancé pays for)."

Occupation: Executive assistant
Industry: Healthcare
Age: 24
Location: Lancashire
Salary: £31,500
Paycheque amount: Around £2,000 (TBC as I haven’t been paid from my new job yet).
Number of housemates: Just me and my two dogs (apart from when my fiancé is home).
Pronouns: She/her

Monthly Expenses

Housing costs: £480 (paid by fiancé).
Loan payments: None.
Savings? A total of £3,280 in various Monzo pots (car service and MOT, ground rent, service charge etc.).
Pension? As I am starting my new job, I’m not entirely sure what my pension contributions will be just yet. This will be the first pension I have paid into as I have declined entry into the pension schemes at my previous jobs.
Utilities: Paid by fiancé.
All other monthly subscriptions: I cover all costs for our dogs, including £250 for their dog walker, £60 food, £50 grooming and their GPS tracker subscription, which is £250 annually. I also pay £90 a month for my niece’s music lessons. Subscriptions: Natural Cycles £7, Headspace £10, Nespresso coffee credit £25, Spotify £5, Monzo Plus £5 (absolutely worth it for the customised spending categories).

Did you participate in any form of higher education? If yes, how did you pay for it?

I didn’t attend university. I considered going but as I had no idea what I wanted to do, it didn’t feel like the right time. After my A-levels I decided to do a level 4 apprenticeship in business administration and have worked ever since.

Growing up, what kind of conversations did you have about money?

All I remember is money being extremely tight when I was younger. Money was often a contributing factor to a lot of disagreements and it made me super determined to never be in that situation in my own adult life.

If you have, when did you move out of your parents'/guardians' house?

I officially moved out at 20 when we bought our first home.

At what age did you become financially responsible for yourself? Does anyone else cover any aspects of your financial life?

Readers would probably argue that I am yet to be financially responsible for myself given my fiancé covers our bills but I would be able to cover these myself if anything was to happen to our relationship.

What was your first job and why did you get it?

I had a paper round at the age of 13. I loved this job and the £15 a week gave me some spending money and also topped my phone up with credit.

Do you worry about money now?

Not as much as I used to but I do still have panicky moments that I’m not saving enough and I worry about security of our jobs and income.

Do you or have you ever received passive or inherited income?

Neither of us has received passive or inherited income, however our house deposit was loaned to us by the military as my fiancé was a serving member at the time. We paid this loan off before he left the military two years ago.

<strong>Day One</strong><br> <br>7.30am: Wake up to my alarm with all good intentions but sleep draws me back. It’s my last weekday off before starting my new job next week so I feel as though I should make the most of it. <br> <br>9.30am: Wake up (again) to the sound of my gardener mowing the lawns. He comes every two weeks and is worth his weight in gold. I transfer £20 to him before getting out of bed.<br> <br>10.20am: I have a call with a financial advisor regarding the option to purchase my leasehold. The call is really insightful and I decide to add the purchase price onto the mortgage next year when our fixed rate runs out. Afterwards I FaceTime my fiancé to update him on the situation. He is extremely chilled out and laid back so I get his usual 'okay sounds good' response. <br> <br>11.15am: My new team leader calls me for a quick catch-up and to explain the plan for my first day. It’s lovely to chat with her and it sounds as if they are as excited for me to start as I am! <br> <br>1pm: I meet my friend for lunch at a local pub. She’s currently on maternity leave with her little girl, who I just love to bits. We both get fish and chips and chat for a while about work, babies and life in general. While I’m in the toilet my friend pays for my meal as a birthday treat (it was my birthday earlier this week) but I feel bad about her paying given she’s not getting a full wage. I transfer her £20 to cover my meal. <br> <br>3.30pm: As if our fish and chips weren’t enough, we decide to drive to a local cake shop. I spend £11 on a Jammie Dodger blondie, Biscoff brownie cookie and milk chocolate cake slice. Worth every penny! We eat half of our blondies before heading back. <br> <br>4.30pm: Home to my dogs who are always pleased to see me! I try on my new Hunter Chelsea boots, which arrived while I was out. They fit lovely and will be perfect for our skiing holiday over Christmas. The holiday was booked for last Christmas but we transferred it over to this year and I honestly cannot wait to get back on the slopes. <br> <br>8.35pm: I build my Ikea desk, which arrived earlier, and it looks amazing. Feeling like a proper girlboss right now (will probs have to get my fiancé to tighten the screws up when he’s home in a few weeks but that’s by the by). I FaceTime him to show him my achievements and he is impressed by my handiwork. <br> <br>9.20pm: After a quick tidy up (dumping all the cardboard boxes in the spare room and shutting the door), I crawl into bed with a brew and the rest of my blondie and watch an episode of <em>Adult Material</em> on Netflix before falling asleep. <br><br><strong>Total: £51</strong>
Day One

7.30am: Wake up to my alarm with all good intentions but sleep draws me back. It’s my last weekday off before starting my new job next week so I feel as though I should make the most of it.

9.30am: Wake up (again) to the sound of my gardener mowing the lawns. He comes every two weeks and is worth his weight in gold. I transfer £20 to him before getting out of bed.

10.20am: I have a call with a financial advisor regarding the option to purchase my leasehold. The call is really insightful and I decide to add the purchase price onto the mortgage next year when our fixed rate runs out. Afterwards I FaceTime my fiancé to update him on the situation. He is extremely chilled out and laid back so I get his usual 'okay sounds good' response.

11.15am: My new team leader calls me for a quick catch-up and to explain the plan for my first day. It’s lovely to chat with her and it sounds as if they are as excited for me to start as I am!

1pm: I meet my friend for lunch at a local pub. She’s currently on maternity leave with her little girl, who I just love to bits. We both get fish and chips and chat for a while about work, babies and life in general. While I’m in the toilet my friend pays for my meal as a birthday treat (it was my birthday earlier this week) but I feel bad about her paying given she’s not getting a full wage. I transfer her £20 to cover my meal.

3.30pm: As if our fish and chips weren’t enough, we decide to drive to a local cake shop. I spend £11 on a Jammie Dodger blondie, Biscoff brownie cookie and milk chocolate cake slice. Worth every penny! We eat half of our blondies before heading back.

4.30pm: Home to my dogs who are always pleased to see me! I try on my new Hunter Chelsea boots, which arrived while I was out. They fit lovely and will be perfect for our skiing holiday over Christmas. The holiday was booked for last Christmas but we transferred it over to this year and I honestly cannot wait to get back on the slopes.

8.35pm: I build my Ikea desk, which arrived earlier, and it looks amazing. Feeling like a proper girlboss right now (will probs have to get my fiancé to tighten the screws up when he’s home in a few weeks but that’s by the by). I FaceTime him to show him my achievements and he is impressed by my handiwork.

9.20pm: After a quick tidy up (dumping all the cardboard boxes in the spare room and shutting the door), I crawl into bed with a brew and the rest of my blondie and watch an episode of Adult Material on Netflix before falling asleep.

Total: £51
<strong>Day Two</strong><br> <br>5.55am: The sound of the rain wakes me up. I lie in bed for a while and snuggle the dogs while scrolling through TikTok. <br> <br>7am: I throw on my swimming costume, some comfy clothes and head to the gym after feeding the dogs. It’s cold, wet and dark so motivation isn’t running high but this has been my Saturday morning routine for a while now so it feels almost second nature. <br> <br>9.20am: Get home and make myself some sourdough toast and a coffee. I then decide to brave the rain and head out on a dog walk. (This turns out to be a bad idea as one dog cries the whole way and the three of us end up resembling drowned rats.)<br> <br>12pm: After a quick change, I go to Tesco to pick up some bits for my new job (pens, notebook, Post-its) and also a couple of things for my new desk (plant, diffuser, waste bin). I should have written my food shopping list before coming out but I will do a proper food shop tomorrow. I hate wasting food so refuse to shop without a detailed meal plan and shopping list. £40.50<br> <br>12.25pm: Fill my car up with petrol on the way home. Petrol prices are ridiculous and a full tank today costs me £70.36. <br> <br>2.20pm: I wrap a birthday present for my sister-in-law and write her card. I am going out for a meal with her and the rest of my in-laws tonight to celebrate, which should be lovely. I count my lucky stars that I found an amazing fiancé who has an equally amazing family. <br> <br>4.50pm: The traffic gods are kind to me so it only takes 38 minutes to get there. I give my sister-in-law her gifts after I arrive and she loves them. I don’t think there’s anything better than gift giving; seeing someone’s face light up when they open the perfect present is priceless. <br> <br>9.15pm: Just devoured the most incredible steak and chips with Eton mess for pudding, which my in-laws very kindly pay for. We’ve had a gorgeous time but I do miss my fiancé just that bit more when I spend time with his family; I wish he could be here for times like this. We’re all stuffed and ready for bed so I give them a lift home and pick the dogs up before setting off myself.<br> <br>10.40pm: Home, PJs on, makeup off and in bed with a brew, ready to catch up on tonight’s <em>Strictly Come Dancing</em>. I really do live a wild life…<br><br><strong>Total:</strong> <strong>£110.86</strong>
Day Two

5.55am: The sound of the rain wakes me up. I lie in bed for a while and snuggle the dogs while scrolling through TikTok.

7am: I throw on my swimming costume, some comfy clothes and head to the gym after feeding the dogs. It’s cold, wet and dark so motivation isn’t running high but this has been my Saturday morning routine for a while now so it feels almost second nature.

9.20am: Get home and make myself some sourdough toast and a coffee. I then decide to brave the rain and head out on a dog walk. (This turns out to be a bad idea as one dog cries the whole way and the three of us end up resembling drowned rats.)

12pm: After a quick change, I go to Tesco to pick up some bits for my new job (pens, notebook, Post-its) and also a couple of things for my new desk (plant, diffuser, waste bin). I should have written my food shopping list before coming out but I will do a proper food shop tomorrow. I hate wasting food so refuse to shop without a detailed meal plan and shopping list. £40.50

12.25pm: Fill my car up with petrol on the way home. Petrol prices are ridiculous and a full tank today costs me £70.36.

2.20pm: I wrap a birthday present for my sister-in-law and write her card. I am going out for a meal with her and the rest of my in-laws tonight to celebrate, which should be lovely. I count my lucky stars that I found an amazing fiancé who has an equally amazing family.

4.50pm: The traffic gods are kind to me so it only takes 38 minutes to get there. I give my sister-in-law her gifts after I arrive and she loves them. I don’t think there’s anything better than gift giving; seeing someone’s face light up when they open the perfect present is priceless.

9.15pm: Just devoured the most incredible steak and chips with Eton mess for pudding, which my in-laws very kindly pay for. We’ve had a gorgeous time but I do miss my fiancé just that bit more when I spend time with his family; I wish he could be here for times like this. We’re all stuffed and ready for bed so I give them a lift home and pick the dogs up before setting off myself.

10.40pm: Home, PJs on, makeup off and in bed with a brew, ready to catch up on tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing. I really do live a wild life…

Total: £110.86
<strong>Day Three </strong><br> <br>8.30am: Wake up to my alarm. I already have anxiety about my first day tomorrow so I decide to make myself a to-do list for the day to keep me occupied. <br> <br>10.40am: After tidying the house and sorting the spare bedroom out, I chuck all the cardboard boxes into my car and head to my local recycling centre. Luckily there isn’t a queue, which is usually the case on a weekend.<br><br>11.20am: Stop off at Tesco on my way home and pick up fresh fruit, vegetables, granola, protein yoghurts, eggs, sourdough bread, chicken breast and breaded fish. This comes to £27.12 and will last me the majority of the week. <br><br>12.45pm: Take my medication and vitamins and notice I only have a few days left in the box. I order a month's worth of vitamins, L’Oréal serum foundation, NYX concealer and makeup brush cleanser. This costs £51.47 and I choose the click and collect option to save on delivery cost. I’m not really a big spender when it comes to makeup; high street products always work well for me so I’ve never really got into high end products. <br> <br>1.35pm: I chat to my sister, who sends over some ideas for my niece's Christmas present. She loves arts and crafts and the art supplies website my sister orders from has a 10% discount code. I order a marbling kit, watercolour paints and a sketch pad. I take this out of my Christmas pot on Monzo, which I have been adding to every month this year. £50.45<br> <br>5.20pm: I finish all my cleaning and my to-do list and sit down feeling accomplished with my tea (fish, crispy potatoes and broccoli) and watch the last episode of <em>Adult Material. </em><br> <br>9.15pm: Get myself in bed to read my book (<em>Untamed</em> by Glennon Doyle) and hope to fall asleep to my Headspace sleep stories at a reasonable time. <br><br><strong>Total:</strong> <strong>£129.04</strong>
Day Three

8.30am: Wake up to my alarm. I already have anxiety about my first day tomorrow so I decide to make myself a to-do list for the day to keep me occupied.

10.40am: After tidying the house and sorting the spare bedroom out, I chuck all the cardboard boxes into my car and head to my local recycling centre. Luckily there isn’t a queue, which is usually the case on a weekend.

11.20am: Stop off at Tesco on my way home and pick up fresh fruit, vegetables, granola, protein yoghurts, eggs, sourdough bread, chicken breast and breaded fish. This comes to £27.12 and will last me the majority of the week.

12.45pm: Take my medication and vitamins and notice I only have a few days left in the box. I order a month's worth of vitamins, L’Oréal serum foundation, NYX concealer and makeup brush cleanser. This costs £51.47 and I choose the click and collect option to save on delivery cost. I’m not really a big spender when it comes to makeup; high street products always work well for me so I’ve never really got into high end products.

1.35pm: I chat to my sister, who sends over some ideas for my niece's Christmas present. She loves arts and crafts and the art supplies website my sister orders from has a 10% discount code. I order a marbling kit, watercolour paints and a sketch pad. I take this out of my Christmas pot on Monzo, which I have been adding to every month this year. £50.45

5.20pm: I finish all my cleaning and my to-do list and sit down feeling accomplished with my tea (fish, crispy potatoes and broccoli) and watch the last episode of Adult Material.

9.15pm: Get myself in bed to read my book (Untamed by Glennon Doyle) and hope to fall asleep to my Headspace sleep stories at a reasonable time.

Total: £129.04
<strong>Day Four</strong><br> <br>5.20am: Wake up with a blocked nose and sore throat. Ughhhhhh why. I have a shower and go down to make myself a hot drink. Do an LFT, which thankfully comes back negative. <br> <br>7.30am: I’m all dressed and ready to go with my packed breakfast, lunch and two coffees. I have my induction training day today at a different site a bit further away from my house.<br> <br>8.30am: Stop off at Sainsbury's for emergency cold and flu tablets, Strepsils and tissues. This comes to £9.10 and will hopefully help me survive the day. <br> <br>12pm: We break for lunch so I sit in the car and eat my boiled egg salad (no one wants to smell that in the staff canteen). We’ve spent the morning learning about the structure of the Trust I will be working for, infection control measures and a whole section on staff mental health and wellbeing which is really impressive. <br> <br>5.35pm: What a day! Absolutely manic afternoon but it was so lovely to meet everyone and spend some time in the office. I quickly found out there has been no handover left for me and the previous exec PA was a paper-lover (quite the opposite of me), so the majority of my time was spent sorting through files and files of historical printouts.<br> <br>6.15pm: I arrive at the vet's for a check-up for one of my dogs. I paid the consultation cost when I booked the appointment so just £20.92 to pay today for prescription painkillers. My poor baby!<br> <br>7.15pm: Drop my dog off and luckily just make it to the gym in time for my Pilates class. <br> <br>8.55pm: Home, showered and in bed with a hot toddy. Feeling pretty rubbish but hoping a good night's sleep sorts me out. <br> <br><strong>Total:</strong> <strong>£30.02</strong>
Day Four

5.20am: Wake up with a blocked nose and sore throat. Ughhhhhh why. I have a shower and go down to make myself a hot drink. Do an LFT, which thankfully comes back negative.

7.30am: I’m all dressed and ready to go with my packed breakfast, lunch and two coffees. I have my induction training day today at a different site a bit further away from my house.

8.30am: Stop off at Sainsbury's for emergency cold and flu tablets, Strepsils and tissues. This comes to £9.10 and will hopefully help me survive the day.

12pm: We break for lunch so I sit in the car and eat my boiled egg salad (no one wants to smell that in the staff canteen). We’ve spent the morning learning about the structure of the Trust I will be working for, infection control measures and a whole section on staff mental health and wellbeing which is really impressive.

5.35pm: What a day! Absolutely manic afternoon but it was so lovely to meet everyone and spend some time in the office. I quickly found out there has been no handover left for me and the previous exec PA was a paper-lover (quite the opposite of me), so the majority of my time was spent sorting through files and files of historical printouts.

6.15pm: I arrive at the vet's for a check-up for one of my dogs. I paid the consultation cost when I booked the appointment so just £20.92 to pay today for prescription painkillers. My poor baby!

7.15pm: Drop my dog off and luckily just make it to the gym in time for my Pilates class.

8.55pm: Home, showered and in bed with a hot toddy. Feeling pretty rubbish but hoping a good night's sleep sorts me out.

Total: £30.02
<strong>Day Five</strong><br> <br>6am: Wake up, do my teeth and skincare before heading out for a short dog walk. <br> <br>8.10am: Arrive at work and eat my breakfast of granola, yoghurt, blueberries and a banana. <br> <br>12pm: It’s been a busy morning of sorting through files, having introductions with everyone in the office (I have already forgotten who’s who) and generally winging it. I pack up my things and head home for the afternoon to complete some online training. <br> <br>4.30pm: Finished for the day on time so have a quick tidy up and hoover round. <br> <br>5pm: I wolf down some broccoli and Stilton soup for tea, give the dogs their tea and then walk to my beautician’s house just up the road from me. I have an underarm wax, brow wax and tint and LVL lashes. I usually have this done every five or six weeks. I transfer £73 over to her once she’s finished. <br> <br>6.45pm: Walk home and pick up the dogs before heading out on a walk with them. I have a quick catch-up with my mum and then spend the rest of my walk on the phone to my fiancé. <br> <br>8pm: All done for the evening so I lie in front of the TV and watch <em>Dynasty </em>(perfect mindless watching).<br> <br>9pm: In bed and ready for an early night.<br><br><strong>Total:</strong> <strong>£73</strong>
Day Five

6am: Wake up, do my teeth and skincare before heading out for a short dog walk.

8.10am: Arrive at work and eat my breakfast of granola, yoghurt, blueberries and a banana.

12pm: It’s been a busy morning of sorting through files, having introductions with everyone in the office (I have already forgotten who’s who) and generally winging it. I pack up my things and head home for the afternoon to complete some online training.

4.30pm: Finished for the day on time so have a quick tidy up and hoover round.

5pm: I wolf down some broccoli and Stilton soup for tea, give the dogs their tea and then walk to my beautician’s house just up the road from me. I have an underarm wax, brow wax and tint and LVL lashes. I usually have this done every five or six weeks. I transfer £73 over to her once she’s finished.

6.45pm: Walk home and pick up the dogs before heading out on a walk with them. I have a quick catch-up with my mum and then spend the rest of my walk on the phone to my fiancé.

8pm: All done for the evening so I lie in front of the TV and watch Dynasty (perfect mindless watching).

9pm: In bed and ready for an early night.

Total: £73
<strong>Day Six </strong><br> <br>6.40am: Wake up and take the dogs out for a short walk, it’s finally a dry morning. The fresh air does me some good and I get back and have my usual granola, yoghurt and fruit for breakfast. <br> <br>7.45am: Swap my usual Nespresso for a hot lemon with water and head out to work.<br> <br>12pm: The morning flies by and I feel a little overwhelmed with the sheer amount I need to learn. I tell myself it’s first week jitters and head home for my lunch. <br> <br>5pm: After spending the afternoon learning acronyms, searching the directory and studying minutes and action logs, I log off and head home. It’s been a long day. <br><br>7pm: Arrive at my therapy session. I have therapy every two weeks to help me deal with depressive episodes, anxiety and phobias. I’ve been seeing my therapist for over two years and it is really beneficial for my mental health. I pay £45 for an hour session and it is worth every penny in my eyes. <br><br>8.15pm: Home and feeling a little lighter. It’s hit and miss with my sessions; sometimes I come out feeling on top of the world and sometimes I come out feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted. Either way, it’s great to have that safe space to discuss my thoughts, feelings and actions and I’m really grateful I am able to pay for this. <br> <br>9pm: Get in bed and feel a little lonely so I invite the dogs up for a cuddle. I put a sleep story about an antique shop on the Headspace app (IYKYK!) and hope for a quick fall-to-sleep. <br><br><strong>Total:</strong> <strong>£45</strong>
Day Six

6.40am: Wake up and take the dogs out for a short walk, it’s finally a dry morning. The fresh air does me some good and I get back and have my usual granola, yoghurt and fruit for breakfast.

7.45am: Swap my usual Nespresso for a hot lemon with water and head out to work.

12pm: The morning flies by and I feel a little overwhelmed with the sheer amount I need to learn. I tell myself it’s first week jitters and head home for my lunch.

5pm: After spending the afternoon learning acronyms, searching the directory and studying minutes and action logs, I log off and head home. It’s been a long day.

7pm: Arrive at my therapy session. I have therapy every two weeks to help me deal with depressive episodes, anxiety and phobias. I’ve been seeing my therapist for over two years and it is really beneficial for my mental health. I pay £45 for an hour session and it is worth every penny in my eyes.

8.15pm: Home and feeling a little lighter. It’s hit and miss with my sessions; sometimes I come out feeling on top of the world and sometimes I come out feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted. Either way, it’s great to have that safe space to discuss my thoughts, feelings and actions and I’m really grateful I am able to pay for this.

9pm: Get in bed and feel a little lonely so I invite the dogs up for a cuddle. I put a sleep story about an antique shop on the Headspace app (IYKYK!) and hope for a quick fall-to-sleep.

Total: £45
<strong>Day Seven </strong><br> <br>6.15am: Finally slept through the night so feeling like a new gal (minus the snot). Get up and put some music on while I shower and get dressed. <br> <br>7.30am: Have my breakfast and a coffee before heading out to work early. <br> <br>12.45pm: The meeting went well, if not a little mind-blowing. My exec is super busy and my sole job is to make sure she attends the right things, with the right people, and looks good while doing it. Sounds so much easier when I put it like that… <br> <br>1pm: I get my exec some lunch and buy myself a tuna salad for £3.50. I would usually go home for lunch but I have a to-do list the size of my arm after the meeting and my dogs are in the capable hands of their walker so I decide to work through. <br> <br>5.10pm: Finishing slightly late but feeling accomplished and less imposter-y. I’m working from home tomorrow so pack up my laptop and head home. I give the dogs their tea before having some soup and sourdough out of the freezer. <br><br>9pm: My fiancé is on a late shift so we manage to have a quick FaceTime to catch up. His schedule often changes and, coupled with daylight saving, we haven’t spoke that much this week. I miss him so have a little cry after our call. <br> <br>9.45pm: Cheer myself up with stupid TikTok videos and remind myself it’s only a few more weeks until he is home for a month, I can do it!<br> <br>10am: Eyes are dropping so I put my sleep stories on and curl up. <br><br><strong>Total:</strong> <strong>£3.50</strong>
Day Seven

6.15am: Finally slept through the night so feeling like a new gal (minus the snot). Get up and put some music on while I shower and get dressed.

7.30am: Have my breakfast and a coffee before heading out to work early.

12.45pm: The meeting went well, if not a little mind-blowing. My exec is super busy and my sole job is to make sure she attends the right things, with the right people, and looks good while doing it. Sounds so much easier when I put it like that…

1pm: I get my exec some lunch and buy myself a tuna salad for £3.50. I would usually go home for lunch but I have a to-do list the size of my arm after the meeting and my dogs are in the capable hands of their walker so I decide to work through.

5.10pm: Finishing slightly late but feeling accomplished and less imposter-y. I’m working from home tomorrow so pack up my laptop and head home. I give the dogs their tea before having some soup and sourdough out of the freezer.

9pm: My fiancé is on a late shift so we manage to have a quick FaceTime to catch up. His schedule often changes and, coupled with daylight saving, we haven’t spoke that much this week. I miss him so have a little cry after our call.

9.45pm: Cheer myself up with stupid TikTok videos and remind myself it’s only a few more weeks until he is home for a month, I can do it!

10am: Eyes are dropping so I put my sleep stories on and curl up.

Total: £3.50
<strong>The Breakdown</strong><br> <br>Food & Drink: £61.62<br>Entertainment: £0<br>Clothes & Beauty: £124.47<br>Home & Health: £114.60 <br>Travel: £70.36<br>Other: £71.37<br><br><strong>Total: £442.42</strong><br> <br><strong>Conclusion</strong><br><br>"Wow. Doesn’t money add up quick! If someone told me I’d spend almost £450 in a week, I wouldn’t believe them… But here we are. There are some expenses that aren’t a typical weekly spend (beauty treatments, makeup and vitamins and Christmas gifts) and a tank of petrol usually lasts me two weeks but the remainder are typical spends for me. I should really be more mindful of my spending and try and ensure that it doesn’t inflate alongside my salary in my new role. I’m hoping being strict with savings will help avoid this."
The Breakdown

Food & Drink: £61.62
Entertainment: £0
Clothes & Beauty: £124.47
Home & Health: £114.60
Travel: £70.36
Other: £71.37

Total: £442.42

Conclusion

"Wow. Doesn’t money add up quick! If someone told me I’d spend almost £450 in a week, I wouldn’t believe them… But here we are. There are some expenses that aren’t a typical weekly spend (beauty treatments, makeup and vitamins and Christmas gifts) and a tank of petrol usually lasts me two weeks but the remainder are typical spends for me. I should really be more mindful of my spending and try and ensure that it doesn’t inflate alongside my salary in my new role. I’m hoping being strict with savings will help avoid this."

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