At the end of September we started to note down all our spending, it as been very interesting to say the least.
Unsurprisingly, there has been a lot spent on gifts and craft materials on the run up to Christmas - for the period we've been tracking we've spent £347.93 on gifts. This covers my mother in law's 60th birthday, my nephew's birthday, Christmas gifts for twelve people, and a gift for a birthday this month. The two most popular gifts were the 60th birthday present, which was a painting and pushes the gift spend up considerably, the other thing was a battery operated disco ball. Dan's Grandmother has dementia and so Dan thought he'd try her with it and she loves it!
In terms of craft materials I've spent £99.77, that is a lot, and is probably the area I would have underestimated the most. I bought stuff to make the advent calendar, two wreaths, Dan's big cushion and Dan's Super Furry Animals quilt, and my new splendid cutting mat.
When we first started tracking we had a bit of a spending spree on clothes, I spoke of it here. The total for my stuff is £240.21 on 15 items of shoes, clothing, accessories and underwear.
The lowest spend so far has been on cleaning products, a total of £5.19. I treated Dan to some kitchen roll, and I gave in and bought some laundry liquid. I've been using soapnuts since July, and for the time I could dry everything outside they were amazing, now it's a bit more hit and miss something with a nice smell was more desirable.
Now we've done this first three months of just looking at our spending we're looking to trim some of the flab. Craft spending should plummet now, as should gifts and clothing, I'm looking at cutting the food budget, the car was serviced yesterday and we know we have to prepare for a big spend on that in June so we'll be saving up for that. Everything else is probably business as usual, other than this week as someone is having their birthday!