I am starting to wonder whether I need a 5-step program. I seem to buy more stuff every day – although it is all “necessary”.
Take today, for example. I bought:
- A diet coke. Actually, I bought two, because the second one was only $1 instead of $4.20. And I will drink it tomorrow. Total: $5.20
- Lunch for me and my mum. She was in town so we caught up for lunch. I had a salad plate and an orange/passionfruit mineral water, she had a panini and a flat white. Total: $24.50
- German textbooks for the Bigster. Bought online as I couldn’t find local copies (they were cheaper online). Total: $78.90
- 5 free books for my Kindle. Total: $0. Yay!
- A $500 “gift card” for the supermarket. As we get a 5% (or so) discount on these, I am trying to use them for grocery shopping. Technically, Fraser bought this, but it was at my instigation.Total: $477.
- Another $500 gift card for the other supermarket. Being shipped. Total: $478 (who knew that there were so many variants on “5%”?)
- Bigster’s remaining text books for next year. (Had ordered some online at a discount). This is a bit of a scam. If you want them in February, you have to order by December 16th and they take the money as soon as you pay. Total: $258.25
Total for today: $1321.85
- Morning coffee (boss bought it) – approx. $3.50
- Tram fare (on smart card) – approx. $6
- Postage of Secret Santa gifts (Fraser’s) – approx. a lot.
- Bigster’s lunch (“Dad made me a DISGUSTING sandwich so I bought something.”)
- Paid cleaner $160 as Fraser forgot to leave money last week.
Then I got home and discovered evidence of an attempted breakin. Fortunately they did not get inside and did not steal anything, although there will be a Glazier’s bill tomorrow. There is something weird happening in our street – our neighbours had a sort-of breakin last night, and Fraser thinks that he heard our gate open around that time. It’s deadlock time!