On 25th September I decided to start noting down everything we buy.
The first step was to find a book to keep a note of everything we bought, Dan got on board very quickly. I had a part used project book in the junk drawer, so no need for something new and started to note down some of the things I knew I wanted to monitor - toiletries, clothes, books and magazines etc then it was just a matter of waiting until I needed to buy something!
After discussing it further with Dan we decided to track everything, he's keeping an eye on petrol and I'm noting down everything else. October was a good month to start as we had a lot to buy and quite a few things planned so we knew the numbers would be scary - and they are!
Dan's mum was 60 so we spent a lot on gifts and things for her, we spent as much on eating out as we did on groceries! And as for the clothes spend, well that was a lot, but it included a winter jacket for Dan and bras for me - none of which are bargain items. I'm happy with what we did this month and what we've learned, it makes saving money next month very straightforward! We haven't overspent but we could have done without a surprise trip to the vet (for many reasons), and one of the rings on the hob has stopped working.
We have the bonus £25 worth of Nectar vouchers that we won the other week, so we have over £30 in total, We're going to hang onto these for a while, we need to think about the best way to use them.