What Did I Buy Today?

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Like a lot of bloggers out there, I'm a bit of a spendaholic. I can't resist a shopping trip, spend my life frittering away my money online and am completely hopeless when it comes to saving. I'm a sucker for a bargain, literally live in Primark and can never say no to a meal out. Of course, this means that my bank balance regularly takes a bit of a beating, and frankly it's been getting me down.

Despite working full time I find myself spending all my earnings, leaving no room to save. I've made it my mission this year to get better with money, and promised myself I would write everything I buy down. I bought a notebook, hopelessly tried to work out a way of writing down my spends without getting confused (I'm very easily confused) and quickly gave up.

That's when I stumbled across this book on Amazon. 'What I Buy Today?' is described as an 'Obsessive Consumption Journal', perfect for shopaholics like me who just can't resist, well, spending. On the back of the book it described its premise; for you to log every single thing you buy, from the tiny spends to the big splurges, in the hope of becoming more aware of just how much you're spending. You start off by filling out what savings you have, what outgoings you have every month, and writing down the totals, followed by listing your 'small' and 'big' goals. There are also weekly challenges featured in the book with things such as 'Pack a lunch' and 'Use only cash', which you can tick off as you go. The majority of the book is filled up with the pages to write down your spendings however, which are sectioned off week-by-week alongside a blank page to write down any notes. The book urges you to explain why you bought what you did, and how it made you feel, in true journal-style. Throughout the book there are also pages to highlight what you 'Saved' money on and what you 'Splurged' on. All of the pages feature cute illustrations and the book is just the right size to fit in your handbag, so you can keep an eye on all your spends.

I've been using this book for around a month now and it's definitely making a difference to how I spend my money. I usually buy frivolously, without a second thought to how much it's all adding up to, but this book lets me put it all in perspective. It's really fulfilling to learn that I might have saved X amount one week, or completed one of my 'goals'. At the end of the book is your 'Annual Report', where you look back on the year and what you spent, whether you saved and anything you've learnt. I really hope I'll be pleased with how I do once I've finished the book, but for now it's really helping me with my spending obsession!

Do you keep a diary of what you spend?