Record every item I spend money on during one week – A Year of Resolutions

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Resolution 1

So I decided to start my 52 resolution epic, with a very boring but badly needed goal. To record everything I spend my money on during one week. What better week to do this then the first week of 2016!

Full disclosure – I am terrible with money! I never seem to be able to hang onto money. And I have a tendency to “treat myself” on the slightest whim. I am an advertisers dream!

The 5 things I spend most of my money on are:
Food,
Makeup,
Accessories,
Books,
Coffee.
(Obvious rent and bills are where I spend most of my income – but it’s the discretionary expenditure that I can’t seem to manage!)

The minute I see something I want I tend to impulse buy, regardless of how scary my credit card bill is for the month. I rarely have buyers remorse, because I’ve generally already moved onto my next purchase!

So with a rather large credit card bill looming over me as I entered 2016, I decided that tackling my spending habits should probably be high on my list of priorities. So on January 1st I downloaded Spending Tracker
This is an app that does exactly what it sounds like. You can track your daily income and spending and see exactly where your money is going.

I like this app a lot because it is very simple to set up and use. It’s fairly customisable and I didn’t need to pay for the pro version to get it to do exactly what I wanted. I’d 100% recommend it to anyone trying to rein in their spending. And I plan on continuing on using the app into the future!

So this week, I’m happy to report that I did record every single thing I spent money on. Did I always spend wisely? Hell no! But at least I know where I am wasting my money. I think this week I’m going to buy a travel coffee mug so I can cut down on my weekly coffee bill! Getting coffee on the way to work has become a mindless (and costly) habit. Making my own at home or in the office is way cheaper!

Also I need to shop more wisely for my groceries. I tend to just buy daily whatever I need. I used to make weekly meal plans and have a shopping list but I got lazy and stopped doing this. I’ll save a lot if I plan and buy better!

There was also a few impulse buys – damn January Sales in the shops. But I did manage to resist buying a highly impracticable handbag that had been reduced from €110 to €27. Maybe I am beginning to mature and become a more responsible budget watching adult?

Anyways I think week one of my resolutions was a total success! Now onto the next resolution…

Happy New Year! 52 Resolutions

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Happy 2016! Will my resolutions inspire you?

Happy 2016! Will my resolutions inspire you?

So the new year is upon us. For me 2015 was a decent year. There were no major personal tragedies and I managed to secure an amazing internship, set up my blog and lose some weight. So I chalk 2015 as a year I got stuff done! But I want 2016 to be even better. I know I am capable of some much more so this year I’ve decided to set myself 52 resolutions to keep. To some that might sound crazy but I want 2016 to be a year I remember and that can only happen by pushing myself out of my comfort zone and experiencing new things. So here are my 52 resolutions! I plan on documenting my year here with an update every Friday. Also keep an eye out on my Snapchat and Twitter accounts where I will be showing in real time my weekly attempts to complete my resolutions.

The list is in no particular order – I’ll just pick a new challenge every week!

2016 Resolutions

  1. Read “The 4-Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss
  2. Learn how to contour with makeup
  3. Have lunch in the ‘Happy Pear”
  4. Cycle in the Phoenix Park
  5. Read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin
  6. Go to a nightclub in Dublin
  7. Record every item I spend money on during a given week
  8. Record my mother’s life story
  9. Read “Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown
  10. Make a full days menu out of Donal Skehan’s book “Fresh”.
  11. Try a brand new workout class
  12. Travel to some place you’ve never been before
  13. Read “Mindfulness for Worriers” by Padraig O’Morain
  14. Go to Glasnevin Cemetery
  15. Create a piece of art
  16. Go to Collin’s Barracks.
  17. Redesign my blog
  18. Read “Platform” by Michael Hyatt.
  19. Go to a mindfulness/meditation course
  20. Give up sugar in my tea for a month
  21. Define my avatar for my blog
  22. I will make homemade Kombucha
  23. Read “The Marshmallow Test” by Walter Mischel
  24. Record a podcast episode
  25. Bring my lunch to work for a week
  26. Have a photo-shoot with my best friend Maebh
  27. Go to the English Market in Cork
  28. Read “Better Than Before” by Gretchen Rubin
  29. Set up an email opt in/Freeium for my website
  30. Make a three-course meal for someone I love
  31. Go to a Bloggers Conference
  32. Give blood
  33. Read “The Chimp Paradox” by Steve Peters
  34. Complete a photography course
  35. Walk 15,000 steps in a single day
  36. I will concoct my own aromatherapy blend
  37. Print out some photos for my mother’s new house
  38. I will write a heartfelt letter to a friend
  39. Go vegan for a weekend
  40. Read “The 5am Miracle” by Jeff Sanders
  41. Donate my old clothes to charity
  42. Make a playlist on Spotify that will put me in a happy mood.
  43. Finish an entire bottle of Udo’s Oil
  44. Record a Youtube Video
  45. In a single week walk more than 70,000 steps.
  46. Get my ears pierced
  47. Get up at 5am for an entire week
  48. Read “The School of Greatness” by Lewis Howes
  49. Go on the Viking Splash tour
  50. Update my LinkedIn page
  51. Make a green juice every morning for a week
  52. Record a video message for someone I love