Monday, April 16, 2012

Life. Curbing my Addictions (And saving money for London)

So, it turns out that money doesn't rain from the sky. Huh? Who would'a thought? I actually have to save money for my very expensive move to London. Whilst trying to save anything right now is a crazy thought considering my income is basically non existent, I figured cutting back on my spending now  when I don't have any cash will help me stay on track when I start teaching at the end of June. I just spent a depressing half an hour writing a list of all the things I have to stop wasting money on, and because I am a sharing kinda gal, here it is:

  1. Frankie Magazine ($9ish every 2 months). I am saddest about this! 
  2. Non essential makeup, and by essential I mean foundation, eyebrow powder, blush and mascara. Apart from these few things I won't be buying makeup until I get to London (And I may go a little nuts on it when I do)
  3. Excessively expensive clothes. I mean I need to wear clothes and looking professional at work will be important, but I promise to only buy sale items from here on in. Also, I won't be buying any new winter clothes this year because they won't be nearly warm enough for a UK winter. 
  4. Fancy artisan sourdough bread. I have a serious addiction to this, but at $6 a week on average thats probably a saving of $200 between now and Christmas. 
  5. DVDs-rental or purchase. Seriously guys, I have too many DVDs. I am already crying about leaving them behind, so there is no need to add to the collection is there? Also, I'm not going to rent any more movies for the rest of the year.
  6. iTunes music or TV shows- This is a weakness of mine because the couple of bucks for a song or episode never seems like much, but they add up. I wonder if I can disable my account so I can't even be tempted?
  7. Trips to the movies-this always costs more than I expect and after working at a cinema for ages I still resent paying!
  8. Home wares- If it isn't in my room right now it is never going to be. 
  9. Take away food- self explanatory really 
  10. Luxury food items- I am not going to live off ramen noodles, but I can cut back on my grocery spending big time
  11. Books (NOOOOO!)
  12. Trips to the hair dresser- I need to start retouching my own roots because I won't get about town with grey roots (Yes I am going grey in my 20s)
Have I missed anything? Anyone have some great money saving tips? 

xx Samantha Alice 

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  1. I had gray in my 20s too. Actually, it may have been when i was 18. And i hear ya on spending money. I need to cut back too, not because of a move or anything, but just because i have been spending like crazy lately and need to quit. You can do it! It'll be worth it after you move!

  2. Girl, that's so exciting moving to London! Have you put up an inspiration board of London? I find that if I put up the things I want all over my room, especially right by the door (and in the bathroom where I brush my teeth), so it reminds me what I'm saving for. I need those daily reminders.

    Most of your spending weakness is my weakness too. LOL Makeup, DVD, and take out food. I know you can do this!

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  4. Good luck with your savings! Your move will be worth it. :) A couple years ago I gave up British Vogue and seriously cut back on take-out. It was really tough at first but totally worth the small sacrifice. Not sure how libraries work in Australia but I get almost all DVDs/movies/albums/books from mine. They're the best!

  5. Hm I just wrote a comment but I think it got deleted, if not- sorry for repeating myself. I was just gonna say thanks for the great idea, I will deffo do a post on paraben & mineral oil free eyeshadows soon :D take care xx

  6. It is hard to save for something important but give up the nice little things that make each day nicer. It will be worth it. I am from London so if you need help doing cheap, fun things in the capital whilst you are here get in touch.
    B xx


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