Progress: £5k Saving Challenge Week One

I can already see the progress made form my first week as a frugal saver in just one week. It’s certainly opened up my eyes to how much money I have been throwing away over the last few years.

Progress

My progress

The meal plan was a great success. Admittedly, it didn’t quite go to plan on the specified days but over the week not a single thing bought was wasted or thrown away. I switched 3 meals to different day’s total. The daily stress of what I was going to make for tea vanished, no extra ingredients were bought and not a single take-away was consumed!

I have to hold my hands up and say I did treat myself to a bacon and egg barm at work on the Friday, but on the whole it was still a huge improvement on recent times.

All last weeks recipes have been uploaded, well the ones that are not obvious like sausage and mash and a Sunday roast!

Staying focused

One week is all fine and well, but let’s face it, it’s a drop in the ocean compared to a whole year as I’ve planned.

I have made an appointment with my bank to open a Help to Buy ISA at the end of the month to keep me on the right track. Knowing the appointment is made is all the motivation I need not to let my super frugal start to the year disappear in the blink of an eye and show up with little to nothing to open it with.

I have found setting these little goals each month has helped massively in making me think about what I am spending on. The very fact that I managed to go to the pub for an hour and leave on Friday due to feeling guilty about the money I was spending tells its own story. Some might say a miracle!

Who knows, maybe I’ll even consider kicking the smoking in to touch too!

Have you made any progress with ditching bad habits and saving this year so far?

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David Naylor is the editor of the Thinking Thrifty blog. After a striking realisation about the direction his life was heading he set himself a 15 year plan to achieve total financial freedom. Join the journey!

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