I saw San at http://www.theinbetweenismine.com/ did a similar post last month and I wanted to do something too. Years ago my list would have been very different – I used to have to have the latest cellphone and I could spend ages in craft shops. Putting this list together was fun and interesting and I encourage bloggers to make a list of their own.
Food and eating out
Our food bill is quite high for 2 people. Hubby enjoys cooking (thank goodness as I’m a disaster in the kitchen). Eating well (and healthy) is not cheap. I prefer the meat we get at our butcher – so we end up doing grocery shopping in a few different shops. We try to eat relatively healthily during the week and then treat ourselves to 2 – 3 meals out on weekends.
Hubby and I love discovering new places and if we enjoy a holiday or weekend away it quickly becomes a favourite that needs to be re-visited. Hermanus, Langebaan, Wilderness, PE and of course Sun City is on our list of favourites.
I’ve always enjoyed writing so I’ve done 2 courses over the years. A feature writing course as well as a creative writing one before that. Learnt loads and while they weren’t cheap, they were enjoyable and I’m glad I’d enrolled. Obviously I’d love to put them into action but who knows what the future holds right?
I’m addicted to Clinique. Have worn the make up since I was in my early 20’s and doing the 3 step for over a decade now. I love their range despite the price tag.
Nail polish is another weakness of mine and I am a huge fan of the Morgan Taylor range. Currently wearing one of my favourites ‘Sweater Weather’ as I type this.
I adore spring and summer so I always have more clothes for my favourite seasons. Dresses, skirts, pretty tops, shorts and sandals – love love love.
Cellphone and techno goodies.
I used to have an amazing Samsung but after having it stolen I went back to an older model and don’t get a fluttering heart at the latest phones. The price of cellphones (and the data they chew through) is not cheap and I cannot justify spending hundreds of Rands each month on a contract that barely gives me enough data for the first few days of the month.
Maybe I’m maturing with age. Maybe I’ve just gotten old. Who knows.
I’ve done so many crafts over the years.
Lets see, there was the baking and cake decorating phase. The scrapbook phase. The crochet phase. The knitting phase. The journaling phase. The colouring in phase. Need I go on? I spent a small fortune on each and apart from journaling haven’t done much on any of them in years. Now before I dive into something creative, I do my research, ask myself if this is something I’m going to actually do for more than 10 minutes. If so, then I price the necessary and take it slowly.
Winter work clothes:
I have a very boring winter wardrobe for work. The thing is, I have a cardigan collection that I’ve built up over the years and thankfully they have lasted quite well (bar the one that has shrunken over the years and now sits 3/4 up my arm). So each winter I’ll add a cardigan or two (had to replace the shrunken one as it was winter and arms get cold!) But I don’t go wild with knitwear or have a fabulous choice of coats and boots. I don’t have a clue on accessorising with trendy scarves and hats. Just let me be (in a cardigan) until spring.
I went through a manicure and pedicure phase at the beginning of the year but now I prefer to do my own. I often get asked where I have been to get my nails done when I’ve painted them myself in front of the TV. It is very important to treat yourself (and I love going to these places) but if I visit a spa it will probably be for a special occasion or if I’ve received a voucher as a gift.
What about you? What is on your spend vs save list?