Hello Dear Reader,
It’s the first of the month and we’ve sat, as we always do and have allocated money for each and every purpose and have left ourselves just £50 spare for the month. I bought clothes yesterday, from money I had saved from all of the £50 a month spare that we hadn’t spent as we hadn’t needed to. The last thing we had to buy and that was a few months ago were new shoes for Dearly Beloved and now I’ve saved up for and bought a coat that I’ve been wanting for months. I got it in the sales and secured a good discount and used a free postage voucher code as well. Now I put money aside every month, being able to buy a new coat, without credit and without going without somewhere else feel incredible. In fact, being able to buy a new coat makes me feel like a millionaire. I could have any coat I wanted!
I’m taking part in a challenge by Money Supermarket called ‘What’s in your pocket?‘ to spend £20 creatively or in fact, any way I want. I bought everything I needed after work yesterday and set about a few hours of indulgence this morning. Being sent £20 is like finding the money, I didn’t know I had, in the pocket of a coat that I hadn’t worn in a while. They sent me the money and I could have banked it, I could have saved it towards a mortgage payment, but unusually for me, I decided to spend it on on a spa day.
I purposefully decided to bring my tea and breakfast back to bed and I watched the news on TV, to all intents and purposes, I could have been in a hotel. I got up much later than usual and had a very leisurely start to the day. After a very long and steamy shower, let’s not forget, there are no shower timers in a spa, I set off for the selection of beauty treatments I had chosen and booked for that morning. I started with a deep cleansing facial and used the new face pack I had bought with the money,followed by a trip to the hair salon. I used the colouring, that I’d treated myself to with the money I had been given and sat in the steam room (bathroom) and read a magazine whilst the colour worked for the next fifteen minutes.
After the hair dresser had rinsed and conditioned my hair, I went off for a pedicure. I soaked my feet, using the shower gel that I also bought for the bubbles and then had my toes nails shaped, filed and moisturised. My spa treatment was finished off with some new make up, which I bought from Superdrug, along with the other goodies, all with the money I had been given.
The hair colour, make up, face pack and shower gel cost just a little under £10, but most busy working women will tell you that spending this kind of money on just indulging ourselves along with the time of a spa day, is not an ordinary occurrence. Normally, if we find a spare £20, we take it to the supermarket and fill up the freezer, or buy diesel for the car, or do something sensible with it. I can’t remember the last time I had a spa day and had my hair done. It really felt incredibly indulgent. But, it’s not finished there!
As I said to you, I was sent £20 and only spent ten of that, so guess what! I’ve put £10 to one side and I’m going to have another spa day on next month’s pay day too! You see, when you are used to less, you can treat yourself with the smallest experience, such as an ice cream or a coffee on a day out and it seems so much more to you. Living with less and doing with less is all about celebrating life’s little wins. If by any chance, you find you have a tiny bit of extra money, I can recommend that you spend some of it on your self!
I hope my hair colour, new make up and huge smile shows how much I enjoyed my spa day. If you’re interested, I took it easy until eleven o clock this morning, when I would usually have cooked and laundered for the week and cleaned the house from top to bottom. I’m looking forward to 2nd of March, when I’ll do all this again and thanks to Money supermarket for selecting me to be part of this challenge.
Now, over to you. Firstly, thanks to everyone who has nominated me for a blog award and if you haven’t and you would like to, please click the link top right and follow the instructions to nominate me in a few of the categories. Now, if you found £20 in your pocket, what would you do with it? Would you be sensible, or like me, would you treat yourself? Did I do the right thing? If I didn’t, then I hope you don’t mind.
Love Froogs xx