Fifth and final, all about gorgeousness
I flip flop with cosmetics, most of the time I don't wear any, but every so often I feel like a change and buy a few bits, then remember why I don't bother. So, for the most part, money spent on make up is money wasted.
Since September 2016 I have bought -
1 lip liner
1 eye liner
3 lipbalms (two of which are virtually full)
and a bottle of nail polish
at a total cost of £41.21, £17.80 of which was lipbalm (I like the Lush tins, what can I say?). I also love the nail polish, although I only wear it on my toes. The rest of it was pretty much a waste of money as I've only used it a couple of times. Never mind.
Our general body cleaning routine is pretty simple I think, we don't use many products, this is the one area we bought less than I might have thought, partly because someone sent us a couple of tubes of shower gel and shampoo which are lasting a good long while.
Over the course of the year we bought
22 tubes of toothpaste (75ml) we use the basics brand, it's just gone up in price from 35p to a massive 50p a time!
9 bottles (is that the word) of deodorant
41 toilet rolls
3 bottles of shower gel
8 bars of soap, of which 2 remain unused
2 tubs of hair gel (Dan)
3 bottles of shampoo, one of which I've only just started using
and 3 face moisturisers
There were a few other bits and bobs like mouthwash, but that's about it, no razors, sponges, face cloths, body lotion, cleanser or anything like that.
We also spent £220 on haircuts for the two of us. For years we cut our own hair, something neither of us enjoyed doing so it's nice to have someone else do it now. I don't colour my hair at the moment or use any products on it, I just have it cut every 8 weeks. Dan goes whenever the fancy takes him or when he has time.
The most gorgeous things in our house are the rabbits. Obviously small beasts can cost a fair amount and this year we have spent
£280.41 on food (not including fresh veg), toys, hay, housing things, rugs, litter and assorted other bits and bobs.
£229.95 on vet bills quite a chunk of that was on vaccinations for Myxi/VHD and VHD2. Then there was that time the white one ate a needle and it lodged between her back teeth.
I think that's about it, as I said at the beginning, this has raised a few issues about waste and consumption, but it has also made us think about our wants and needs. Tracking did absolutely nothing to reduce our spending, but it did make me think twice about certain purchases and this year has been a really good exercise and has helped me think about next year - which starts now!