Money Diary: 26-Year-Old Police Dispatcher On 31k In Bristol

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This week: "I'm a 26-year-old police dispatcher living in Bristol with my boyfriend J and our pets. Last year I bought into the house J already owned and we became joint homeowners which was a really exciting milestone for me.

I applied for the police control room on a whim when I was 21 and was still trying to decide whether I wanted to go to university. I almost bottled it at my interview because I was so nervous but five years on I’m still there and I couldn't imagine doing things differently. Earning a decent salary from a young age has afforded me opportunities and experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise so I’m so glad I took that path.

I took a career break two years ago to go travelling and since my return I've been trying to balance saving, home owning and having a social life. I’d consider myself pretty money savvy: I love discount codes, DePop and the reduced aisle in supermarkets. That being said, I definitely value experiences over possessions, so if I’m going to splurge it will be on travel or meals out.

The pandemic definitely helped me to focus on saving. The demand on policing went through the roof and I've had guaranteed overtime since March last year, and with lockdowns preventing any kind of social life I've built up a pretty decent chunk. Towards the end of next year we are hoping to purchase a bigger house so our plan is to keep saving as much as possible to make that happen.

Industry: Emergency Services
Age: 26
Location: Bristol
Salary: £31,004
Paycheque amount: £1,928 plus £200-350 overtime after taxes and my pension contributions. Since the beginning of the pandemic I have been working three additional night shifts a month (on average).
Number of housemates: My boyfriend J, a dog and a cat.

Monthly Expenses

Housing costs:
£600.12 mortgage payment.
Loan payments: I have no student debts as I didn't go to university. I have an interest-free credit card with a balance of around £3,000 and I typically pay £150-200 per month towards it. As it's interest-free I'm happy not using my savings to pay it off just yet.
Utilities: J and I both transfer money into our joint account every payday to cover all of our bills, mortgage, food, petrol, stuff for the pets and joint Spotify account. I put in £700 for my share, J transfers £800 as he earns slightly more. We are typically left with £100 every month which we roll over to account for any unexpected bills/expenses.
Transportation: £269 on a personal loan that I used to buy my car. £48 on car insurance. Between us we spend about £200 on petrol which comes out of the joint account.
Phone Bill: £8 SIM only deal.
Savings? I have £10,000 in a Lloyds savings account with a terrible interest rate. My goal over the next few months is to clue myself up on the best way to invest my savings. J and I also have £600 in a holiday fund and a laughable £25 in our Christmas fund. I try to save £600 per month but this has only been possible with the overtime I've been doing, before that I would be able to save around £250.
Other: £9.99 Netflix (I pay this and J pays for Prime), £0.79 Apple storage, £24 shelter dog sponsorship and £6 life insurance.

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<strong>Day One</strong><br><br>7am: Rest days are finally here! After seven shifts on the trot I decide to reward myself with a Maccies breakfast. I order a sausage and egg McMuffin meal with a toffee latte for £3.89 and scoff it in the car before heading home.<br><br>7.45am: Walk in the door and am greeted by my utterly lovely dog, E, who is the love of my life. We rescued him almost two years ago, he's now nine and the soppiest boy. I let him out for a wee, put some food down for him and give him a quick cuddle. I take my makeup off and fall into bed, which is lovely and warm thanks to the other love of my life, J. He snuggles in and I'm asleep within minutes. <br><br>11.30am: Alarm goes off after what feels like two seconds. In my infinite wisdom I thought it would be a great idea to book a lane swim for 12:30 because apparently sleep is underrated. I paid the £3 fee when I booked it last week. I've only recently started going and want to see how often I actually go before I commit to a contract. I have a quick shower, because I currently resemble a yeti and no one needs to see that, and then drive the 10 minutes to the pool. <br><br>1.30pm: Despite my initial reluctance to go, I ended up really enjoying my swim. Because it was a weekday it was pretty quiet and it felt really good to exercise. The worst part is getting dressed after. Note to self: don't wear leggings next time. I pop to Asda across the road afterwards to pick up some bits. We need broccoli, yoghurt and lettuce. I was also drawn in by reduced strawberries and raspberries. It all came to £4.30. I used Apple Pay and forgot to change to the joint account so ended up using my own, I wasn't bothered enough to transfer it across. <br><br>7.30pm: After a lazy afternoon consisting of Netflix and a little housework, J and I sit down to eat, we've got veggie burgers with homemade wedges and salad. We watch <em>The Chase </em>while we eat, it's my guilty pleasure and our go to when we're not watching a series. Yes I realise how old this makes us sound.<br><br>11pm: It's J's turn to work a nightshift now, so I settle into bed on my own and mindlessly scroll socials until I can't keep my eyes open any longer. <br><br><strong>Total: £8.19</strong>
Day One

7am: Rest days are finally here! After seven shifts on the trot I decide to reward myself with a Maccies breakfast. I order a sausage and egg McMuffin meal with a toffee latte for £3.89 and scoff it in the car before heading home.

7.45am: Walk in the door and am greeted by my utterly lovely dog, E, who is the love of my life. We rescued him almost two years ago, he's now nine and the soppiest boy. I let him out for a wee, put some food down for him and give him a quick cuddle. I take my makeup off and fall into bed, which is lovely and warm thanks to the other love of my life, J. He snuggles in and I'm asleep within minutes.

11.30am: Alarm goes off after what feels like two seconds. In my infinite wisdom I thought it would be a great idea to book a lane swim for 12:30 because apparently sleep is underrated. I paid the £3 fee when I booked it last week. I've only recently started going and want to see how often I actually go before I commit to a contract. I have a quick shower, because I currently resemble a yeti and no one needs to see that, and then drive the 10 minutes to the pool.

1.30pm: Despite my initial reluctance to go, I ended up really enjoying my swim. Because it was a weekday it was pretty quiet and it felt really good to exercise. The worst part is getting dressed after. Note to self: don't wear leggings next time. I pop to Asda across the road afterwards to pick up some bits. We need broccoli, yoghurt and lettuce. I was also drawn in by reduced strawberries and raspberries. It all came to £4.30. I used Apple Pay and forgot to change to the joint account so ended up using my own, I wasn't bothered enough to transfer it across.

7.30pm: After a lazy afternoon consisting of Netflix and a little housework, J and I sit down to eat, we've got veggie burgers with homemade wedges and salad. We watch The Chase while we eat, it's my guilty pleasure and our go to when we're not watching a series. Yes I realise how old this makes us sound.

11pm: It's J's turn to work a nightshift now, so I settle into bed on my own and mindlessly scroll socials until I can't keep my eyes open any longer.

Total: £8.19
<strong>Day Two</strong><br><br>10.30am: Well deserved lie in to try and catch up on some missed sleep. J is still sleeping after his nightshift so it's tempting to just roll over and snooze with him but I'm meeting my friend for lunch today. I have a shower and get ready before taking E for a quick walk to stretch his legs. <br><br>1.30pm: Meet with my friend at Yo Sushi, it's one of my favourite lunch places and she's never been before. She's been having relationship issues so we mainly talk about that. I order Dynamite Rolls, prawn gyoza, Korean chicken, edamame and a Diet Coke. Not the most adventurous, granted, but super yummy, and I have leftovers I can take back for J. My friend really enjoyed everything she ordered which made me happy. My share came to £19.40 including tip and 20% Blue Light Card discount. If you work for the emergency services, NHS or armed forces I HIGHLY recommend getting one! <br><br>4pm: On my way home I stop off to do the food shop. First I go to Aldi and try to get as much as I can there. I do the food shop every 10 days and it includes lots of fresh fruit and veg, stuff for our work lunches, dinner ingredients and some snacks and fun stuff. I spend £35.88. Then I pop to Asda to get the rest and spend £20.12 as well as £55 on petrol which will last about a week due to commuting. Pay for everything using our joint account and we both already transferred across our share at the beginning of the month. <br><br>6pm: J and I finally get an evening together after our run of shifts so we take E out for a walk. It's the perfect evening for it, still sunny and warm. We walk across the common by our house where E gets to sniff some butts and then walk around a nearby cricket pavilion. By the time we're home we're both getting hungry so I whip up a quick vegetable Thai Green Curry (using a store bought paste, the shame) and we sit down to watch, you guessed it, <em>The Chase. </em><br><br>10pm: We're both shattered so head to bed. <br><br><strong>Total:</strong> <strong>£19.40</strong>
Day Two

10.30am: Well deserved lie in to try and catch up on some missed sleep. J is still sleeping after his nightshift so it's tempting to just roll over and snooze with him but I'm meeting my friend for lunch today. I have a shower and get ready before taking E for a quick walk to stretch his legs.

1.30pm: Meet with my friend at Yo Sushi, it's one of my favourite lunch places and she's never been before. She's been having relationship issues so we mainly talk about that. I order Dynamite Rolls, prawn gyoza, Korean chicken, edamame and a Diet Coke. Not the most adventurous, granted, but super yummy, and I have leftovers I can take back for J. My friend really enjoyed everything she ordered which made me happy. My share came to £19.40 including tip and 20% Blue Light Card discount. If you work for the emergency services, NHS or armed forces I HIGHLY recommend getting one!

4pm: On my way home I stop off to do the food shop. First I go to Aldi and try to get as much as I can there. I do the food shop every 10 days and it includes lots of fresh fruit and veg, stuff for our work lunches, dinner ingredients and some snacks and fun stuff. I spend £35.88. Then I pop to Asda to get the rest and spend £20.12 as well as £55 on petrol which will last about a week due to commuting. Pay for everything using our joint account and we both already transferred across our share at the beginning of the month.

6pm: J and I finally get an evening together after our run of shifts so we take E out for a walk. It's the perfect evening for it, still sunny and warm. We walk across the common by our house where E gets to sniff some butts and then walk around a nearby cricket pavilion. By the time we're home we're both getting hungry so I whip up a quick vegetable Thai Green Curry (using a store bought paste, the shame) and we sit down to watch, you guessed it, The Chase.

10pm: We're both shattered so head to bed.

Total: £19.40
<strong>Day Three</strong><br><br>8.30am: Alarm goes off. I've got a fair bit of housework to do this morning so crack on. <br><br>12pm: J and I are going out for a bottomless prosecco brunch at a nearby gastropub so I get ready and we walk the 10 mins up the road.<br><br>5pm: We have had the best time eating, drinking and laughing. The other tables are filled with groups of girlfriends and J is the only man there so we have a giggle about this, I guess most men don't like prosecco. I already paid the £20 deposit last week, so J picks up the remaining £33 bill plus tip. I'm pretty tipsy so we stumble back home and spend the rest of the evening playing Scrabble and watching TV while I try to sober up for work tomorrow.<br><br><strong>Total: £0</strong>
Day Three

8.30am: Alarm goes off. I've got a fair bit of housework to do this morning so crack on.

12pm: J and I are going out for a bottomless prosecco brunch at a nearby gastropub so I get ready and we walk the 10 mins up the road.

5pm: We have had the best time eating, drinking and laughing. The other tables are filled with groups of girlfriends and J is the only man there so we have a giggle about this, I guess most men don't like prosecco. I already paid the £20 deposit last week, so J picks up the remaining £33 bill plus tip. I'm pretty tipsy so we stumble back home and spend the rest of the evening playing Scrabble and watching TV while I try to sober up for work tomorrow.

Total: £0
<strong>Day Four </strong><br><br>4.30am: Alarm goes off for work. Feeling pretty normal which is a relief, I'm too old to go to work hungover. I begrudgingly leave J in bed and get ready. <br><br>6.45am: Start my shift. Mornings are pretty steady in dispatch. In our control room, areas of our force are split up into what we call 'districts' and there are two dispatchers working on each district. My colleague and I take a handover from the nightshift dispatchers and thankfully we've not got any ongoing 'code ones' (emergency incidents). We have 56 logs on our district that are non-emergency incidents that require police officer attendance so I start reading through them and decide which ones are going to be allocated to the officers first when they book on in the next 30 minutes. I eat my breakfast of Weetabix and banana at my desk before it gets busy. <br><br>1pm: Finally lunchtime. The morning soon picked up speed and we dealt with various code one incidents. Dispatch is a juggling act, you could have three or four emergencies drop in at the same time and you have to get officers going, but when you've only got so many available units it can quickly become stressful, and on top of that you will have radio transmissions from officers already at jobs. My 45 minute break is always spent in a quiet place, usually reading on my Kindle. I've got soup, crisps, strawberries and a yoghurt which is pretty much my standard lunch when working an early shift. <br><br>3pm: Manage to wangle an early finish which is a rarity, so hand over to my late shift colleague and practically run out of the door. <br><br>4pm: The weather is still gorgeous so we take the opportunity to head to the common for a BBQ. We already had in what we needed as we'd planned a BBQ at some point this week. In a couple of weeks we are camping along the NC500 in Scotland and need to set up our tent in advance to make sure it's alright so we bring that along with us as our garden isn't wide enough. J gets the disposable BBQ going while I prep the food – burgers, halloumi, corn on the cob and coleslaw. While the burgers cook we set the tent up which doesn't take long at all. We've brought E along and he watches intently. Thankfully the tent seems to be in good working order! We eat and wash our food down with a couple of cans of Thatchers, bloody glorious.<br><br>9pm: I prep my lunch and uniform for work tomorrow and get into bed. I remember I need to order my eye cream from The Body Shop so quickly do that. It comes to £19 with 20% Blue Light discount. J is playing his PS5 in his man cave so I watch a little Netflix before drifting off. <br><br><strong>Total: £19</strong>
Day Four

4.30am: Alarm goes off for work. Feeling pretty normal which is a relief, I'm too old to go to work hungover. I begrudgingly leave J in bed and get ready.

6.45am: Start my shift. Mornings are pretty steady in dispatch. In our control room, areas of our force are split up into what we call 'districts' and there are two dispatchers working on each district. My colleague and I take a handover from the nightshift dispatchers and thankfully we've not got any ongoing 'code ones' (emergency incidents). We have 56 logs on our district that are non-emergency incidents that require police officer attendance so I start reading through them and decide which ones are going to be allocated to the officers first when they book on in the next 30 minutes. I eat my breakfast of Weetabix and banana at my desk before it gets busy.

1pm: Finally lunchtime. The morning soon picked up speed and we dealt with various code one incidents. Dispatch is a juggling act, you could have three or four emergencies drop in at the same time and you have to get officers going, but when you've only got so many available units it can quickly become stressful, and on top of that you will have radio transmissions from officers already at jobs. My 45 minute break is always spent in a quiet place, usually reading on my Kindle. I've got soup, crisps, strawberries and a yoghurt which is pretty much my standard lunch when working an early shift.

3pm: Manage to wangle an early finish which is a rarity, so hand over to my late shift colleague and practically run out of the door.

4pm: The weather is still gorgeous so we take the opportunity to head to the common for a BBQ. We already had in what we needed as we'd planned a BBQ at some point this week. In a couple of weeks we are camping along the NC500 in Scotland and need to set up our tent in advance to make sure it's alright so we bring that along with us as our garden isn't wide enough. J gets the disposable BBQ going while I prep the food – burgers, halloumi, corn on the cob and coleslaw. While the burgers cook we set the tent up which doesn't take long at all. We've brought E along and he watches intently. Thankfully the tent seems to be in good working order! We eat and wash our food down with a couple of cans of Thatchers, bloody glorious.

9pm: I prep my lunch and uniform for work tomorrow and get into bed. I remember I need to order my eye cream from The Body Shop so quickly do that. It comes to £19 with 20% Blue Light discount. J is playing his PS5 in his man cave so I watch a little Netflix before drifting off.

Total: £19
<strong>Day Five </strong><br><br>4.30am: Really don't want to get up this morning. Remind myself that tomorrow I get a lie in and start getting ready. <br><br>6.45am: Another day another district. I prefer the area I'm covering today, the officers are some of my favourite and the jobs are a bit more varied. Early tour officers have been dispatched to a road traffic collision but just as I am sitting down they give the update to say it was only minor damage and details have been exchanged. <br><br>1pm: Feeling ravenous today. I have the same lunch as yesterday and wolf it down and then decide to walk around the grounds because the weather is so lovely. <br><br>4.45pm: What a shift! You can really tell pubs have reopened and the weather is better when you're getting alcohol-related public order calls at 1pm. <br><br>6pm: Whip up a quick dinner for us as we're off to the cinema later. I'm making a sausage ragu for the first time and decide to switch up the recipe and leave out the lemon juice because apparently I know better than BBC Good Food. We have it with garlic bread and it is divine. You cannot beat a carb overload, that's a fact. <br><br>7.50pm: J and I arrive at the cinema. This is the first time we've been in well over a year thanks to Covid. I think I'm more excited about the Tango Ice Blasts than the film. The tickets were free thanks to my Club Lloyds perk with the bank. We share a large popcorn and an Ice Blast each which comes to £12.83 as we also had a half price popcorn voucher, I pay. <br><br>10pm: Home from the cinema. We watched <em>A Quiet Place Part II</em> which was brilliant, I highly recommend. The only awkward part is trying to eat your popcorn when the movie is 70% quiet. <br><br>10.30pm: It's J's turn to be up early tomorrow, and while I get to have a lie in, I'm shattered so we get into bed and E joins us for a snuggle. <br><br><strong>Total: £12.83</strong>
Day Five

4.30am: Really don't want to get up this morning. Remind myself that tomorrow I get a lie in and start getting ready.

6.45am: Another day another district. I prefer the area I'm covering today, the officers are some of my favourite and the jobs are a bit more varied. Early tour officers have been dispatched to a road traffic collision but just as I am sitting down they give the update to say it was only minor damage and details have been exchanged.

1pm: Feeling ravenous today. I have the same lunch as yesterday and wolf it down and then decide to walk around the grounds because the weather is so lovely.

4.45pm: What a shift! You can really tell pubs have reopened and the weather is better when you're getting alcohol-related public order calls at 1pm.

6pm: Whip up a quick dinner for us as we're off to the cinema later. I'm making a sausage ragu for the first time and decide to switch up the recipe and leave out the lemon juice because apparently I know better than BBC Good Food. We have it with garlic bread and it is divine. You cannot beat a carb overload, that's a fact.

7.50pm: J and I arrive at the cinema. This is the first time we've been in well over a year thanks to Covid. I think I'm more excited about the Tango Ice Blasts than the film. The tickets were free thanks to my Club Lloyds perk with the bank. We share a large popcorn and an Ice Blast each which comes to £12.83 as we also had a half price popcorn voucher, I pay.

10pm: Home from the cinema. We watched A Quiet Place Part II which was brilliant, I highly recommend. The only awkward part is trying to eat your popcorn when the movie is 70% quiet.

10.30pm: It's J's turn to be up early tomorrow, and while I get to have a lie in, I'm shattered so we get into bed and E joins us for a snuggle.

Total: £12.83
<strong>Day Six </strong><br><br>9.30am: Alarm goes off. I've had a decent amount of sleep but it somehow doesn't feel like enough. Hop in the shower and start to get ready. <br><br>11am: Take E for a walk and he insists on sniffing every blade of grass.<br><br>11.45am: Have scrambled eggs on toast and a yoghurt for brunch and head off to work.<br><br>1pm: On a late shift the first port of call is to cover lunch breaks for the early shift dispatchers. Once that's over with we log into the phones and take 999 calls until 4:45pm. I've had a mixed bag today; concern for welfares, domestics and someone reporting a distressed dog left in a car. It infuriates me that people leave their dogs in their cars on hot days, there is absolutely no excuse for it. <br><br>7pm: Time for my break. I have leftover sausage ragu so I warm that up in the microwave. I've missed some messages from my friends in a group chat so catch up with that. They've organised a bottomless brunch for a few week's time so I bank transfer £10 to my friend to cover the deposit. Spend the rest of my break watching <em>Superstore</em> on Netflix. <br><br>11pm: Home time. I always feel exhausted after a late shift, they are the busiest shift by far. I worked on the operations desk tonight, which looks after the firearms officers, traffic units and dog handlers. We had a pursuit on the motorway which we were able to stop safely which was a really good result as the driver was wanted for some pretty nasty offences. We also had to deal with a fatal road traffic collision involving a motorcycle which breaks my heart every time, especially as J rides. Drive home listening to a true crime podcast which strangely helps me to unwind. <br><br>00.30am: I have a quick bowl of cereal, take my makeup off and climb into bed trying not to wake up J who is on an early shift. Lie there for a while listening to E snoring, which I find so soothing. It's funny because when J is snoring I want to rip his face off but when it's E I find it the purest thing on the planet. <br><br><strong>Total: £10</strong>
Day Six

9.30am: Alarm goes off. I've had a decent amount of sleep but it somehow doesn't feel like enough. Hop in the shower and start to get ready.

11am: Take E for a walk and he insists on sniffing every blade of grass.

11.45am: Have scrambled eggs on toast and a yoghurt for brunch and head off to work.

1pm: On a late shift the first port of call is to cover lunch breaks for the early shift dispatchers. Once that's over with we log into the phones and take 999 calls until 4:45pm. I've had a mixed bag today; concern for welfares, domestics and someone reporting a distressed dog left in a car. It infuriates me that people leave their dogs in their cars on hot days, there is absolutely no excuse for it.

7pm: Time for my break. I have leftover sausage ragu so I warm that up in the microwave. I've missed some messages from my friends in a group chat so catch up with that. They've organised a bottomless brunch for a few week's time so I bank transfer £10 to my friend to cover the deposit. Spend the rest of my break watching Superstore on Netflix.

11pm: Home time. I always feel exhausted after a late shift, they are the busiest shift by far. I worked on the operations desk tonight, which looks after the firearms officers, traffic units and dog handlers. We had a pursuit on the motorway which we were able to stop safely which was a really good result as the driver was wanted for some pretty nasty offences. We also had to deal with a fatal road traffic collision involving a motorcycle which breaks my heart every time, especially as J rides. Drive home listening to a true crime podcast which strangely helps me to unwind.

00.30am: I have a quick bowl of cereal, take my makeup off and climb into bed trying not to wake up J who is on an early shift. Lie there for a while listening to E snoring, which I find so soothing. It's funny because when J is snoring I want to rip his face off but when it's E I find it the purest thing on the planet.

Total: £10
<strong>Day Seven </strong><br><br>9.30am: Final late shift before starting nights tomorrow. Laze around in bed scrolling Instagram. I keep telling myself I need to stop spending time on social media but never quite manage to make it happen. <br><br>12pm: E has been walked and I've had my staple brunch of scrambled eggs on toast so it's off to work I go. <br><br>4pm: The afternoon has flown by. My favourite call of the shift was from a dear old lady who was absolutely frantic about a cow stuck in a ditch, from the way she was wailing you'd have thought she was the one stuck in the ditch. She was so concerned about its welfare and I have to respect her compassion. The fire service winched the cow out and all was well. <br><br>6.30pm: Break time. I've got leftover chilli from the depths of the freezer and it's surprisingly tasty. I FaceTime my mum who lives in Cornwall and we have a good catch up, I miss her a lot since she and my stepdad retired down there. The 45 mins doesn't last long and it's back to the grind. <br><br>00.00am: Home from work and tuck into a Dairylea Dunker, my favourite snack, Jumbo Tubes of course. My mind is still in overdrive after a shift from hell. The emergencies were piling in and the radio didn't stop blaring since I sat down, I must have said 'standby unless urgent' about 800 times. The officers were incredible though and I ended up emailing the sergeant to praise their hard work.<br><br>1am: After a little reading to calm my mind (<em>The Silent Patient,</em> so so good!) I join a snoozing J in bed and call it a night.<br><br><strong>Total: £0</strong>
Day Seven

9.30am: Final late shift before starting nights tomorrow. Laze around in bed scrolling Instagram. I keep telling myself I need to stop spending time on social media but never quite manage to make it happen.

12pm: E has been walked and I've had my staple brunch of scrambled eggs on toast so it's off to work I go.

4pm: The afternoon has flown by. My favourite call of the shift was from a dear old lady who was absolutely frantic about a cow stuck in a ditch, from the way she was wailing you'd have thought she was the one stuck in the ditch. She was so concerned about its welfare and I have to respect her compassion. The fire service winched the cow out and all was well.

6.30pm: Break time. I've got leftover chilli from the depths of the freezer and it's surprisingly tasty. I FaceTime my mum who lives in Cornwall and we have a good catch up, I miss her a lot since she and my stepdad retired down there. The 45 mins doesn't last long and it's back to the grind.

00.00am: Home from work and tuck into a Dairylea Dunker, my favourite snack, Jumbo Tubes of course. My mind is still in overdrive after a shift from hell. The emergencies were piling in and the radio didn't stop blaring since I sat down, I must have said 'standby unless urgent' about 800 times. The officers were incredible though and I ended up emailing the sergeant to praise their hard work.

1am: After a little reading to calm my mind (The Silent Patient, so so good!) I join a snoozing J in bed and call it a night.

Total: £0
<strong>The Breakdown</strong><br><br>Weekly Total Spend: £69.42<br><br><strong>Food/drink:</strong> £50.42<br><strong>Entertainment:</strong> £0<br><strong>Clothes/beauty:</strong> £19<br><strong>Travel:</strong> £0<br><strong>Other:</strong> £0 <br><br><br><strong>Conclusion</strong><br><br>I had a lovely week, it's so refreshing being able to do all the things that we took for granted pre-pandemic like the cinema and eating in restaurants. Throughout the first year of the pandemic I threw myself into work because there wasn't much else to do but now I'm trying prioritise the things that make me happy.<br><br>My weekly spending naturally fluctuates based on what I'm doing and whose turn it is to pay, but I always try to balance it out so that overall I keep to around £400 a month, so I was happy to see I spent on the lower end of the scale this week. Absolutely not surprised that the majority was spent on food, my love handles will vouch for that.
The Breakdown

Weekly Total Spend: £69.42

Food/drink: £50.42
Entertainment: £0
Clothes/beauty: £19
Travel: £0
Other: £0


Conclusion

I had a lovely week, it's so refreshing being able to do all the things that we took for granted pre-pandemic like the cinema and eating in restaurants. Throughout the first year of the pandemic I threw myself into work because there wasn't much else to do but now I'm trying prioritise the things that make me happy.

My weekly spending naturally fluctuates based on what I'm doing and whose turn it is to pay, but I always try to balance it out so that overall I keep to around £400 a month, so I was happy to see I spent on the lower end of the scale this week. Absolutely not surprised that the majority was spent on food, my love handles will vouch for that.

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