We totally busted the grocery budget for January, we were doing really well until the topic of Dan's birthday came up and lots of small expenses have really added up. I'm not blaming him at all, in fact it's been really good for me to have to cough up for stuff we would usually pay for from the general budget.
I treated Dan to a bag of coffee beans after he tasted some at Atkinsons. It was ten pounds. TEN POUNDS!!! I have rationalised this expense by thinking we'd spend £10 on four cups of coffee without thinking about it too much so if this replaces that then it is great value, and it is a kind of birthday present, I hope my poker face is good because my brain was screaming "HOW MUCH?" as the owner told us about his bean selecting trip to Columbia.
We needed quite a few bits in order to make enough cake to go round the office. That spend plus the coffee has taken us over the £120 budget to £136, £10 of which we paid for using Nectar points, so just £6 in cash. I did have the cash so it's not that I'm using an overdraft just for the purpose of cake, and it was still cheaper than buying ready made treats. Next time I will be better prepared.
I am a bit overwhelmed by the generosity of friends and family. This week two belated birthday gifts in the form of Festival of Britain posters turned up in the post, plus another Google Play voucher from Dan's mum and a tenner in cash. So even though I have spent a whopping £84.86 of Christmas and birthday money on clothing and accessories (I treated myself to a couple of Wolf And Moon necklaces as well as the charity shop purchases) I still have a bit of money left to spend on the garden.
We've spent less in virtually all budget categories this month than the previous three months, so we are moving in the right direction, that should continue throughout the year now, we shouldn't need to spend anything on the car until June and we have a gap between birthdays for a little while. I think that's about it for now.