Monday, 24 February 2014

Frugal February Challenge:Final Update

I know we still have more or less a week left in February, but I've done this for four consecutive weeks, so that pretty much sums up a month. Plus I get paid in a few days, so I won't be scrimping and saving as much as last month (although I've learnt a lot and know that I don't need to buy clothes or makeup every month!) Over all my updates have been primarily well received, so if you'd like me to do more personal posts, let me know! I can't believe it's been four weeks already, time really flies. Although it feels like a lifetime ago since I was on my holidays! I've learnt to control my spending this month, and I'm curious to see how much I spent! My budget was €500 for the four weeks! 
Monday I caught up with admin, which can be quite tedious! I had a meeting in work, and went out with some work colleagues for Dinner afterwards (€12), I then met up with my friend and we went to the Cinema (€10) to see "Endless Love" I personally loved it. I'm a huge fan of soppy and romantic movies, and I bawled pretty much the whole way through.If you're looking for a cute love story that you can just mindlessly watch, this is the one for you! In Dundrum on a Monday with any adult ticket you get a free Popcorn and Drink with your ticket which is great, considering Dundrum cinema is quite expensive! I'm actually going again tonight, so Frugal February is still alive and kicking in my mind.  It was a lovely start to the week and it's nice catching up with girls I haven't seen in ages! 

Tuesday was another busy day for me! I had a few errands to run in the morning and then went to Kelly's Hotel on Greater Georges St(Really cute Boutique Hotel!) to see what Schuh had in store for Spring/Summer. I'm a shoe and bag freak, so you can imagine I was thrilled to have a look around all the gorgeous shoes. After that I met up with a friend for a bit of lunch (€10) on Camden street for a catch up, as she's on an internship in town and I don't see her as much as I used to. We went to "Camden Rotisserie" having never been there before I was pleasantly surprised, it was so yum! After coming home and blogging, I went to see my pals and we watch Tangled and I was cooked a lovely Dinner. Nothing beats your friends looking after you! They're all pretty amazing <3  I also spent €5.10 on public transport.
Total: (€15.10)

I can't really think what I did on Wednesday! I know I blogged a new outfit post, and I ran around doing bits and bobs, no rest for the wicked, eh? I don't think I spent a lot of money at all today, I went up and got a plain bread roll and a magazine(€3), so a relatively cheap day for me. I watched Lord of the Rings in the evening, and just really kicked back and relaxed. I also attempted to keep my room clean, but that was a failed attempt after seeing how much I had to do with it. I think you need to be in a mood to clean your room, and I was not in that mood at all. Blogging on a regular basis is proving a little bit harder than I thought. Not writing the posts, just getting the time to take outfit pictures, and product photo's. I'm slowly getting into the hang of it! 

I was working all day, so went for Lunch with a friend (€10)and then bought a bottle of water (€1.45) The water is purely out of habit. Working in retail with brighter lights when give me bad headaches so I like to get a 2litre bottle of water for every shift I do, just to keep hydrated. It normally lasts me a shift and a half so I only have to buy a big bottle every other day. I've noticed a dramatic different in my skin as I've been doing this for a number of months now. I really should buy a reusable water bottle, as it would save me a lot of cash in the long run. I got home quite late at half 9, so I didn't do anything else. I'm usually exhausted and just finish a Blog post for that day, and then relax by watching some You Tube Videos, what an exciting life I lead! I'm glad I didn't spend too much money today, as I spent a hell of a lot more than I anticipated on Friday night..
Total: €11.45

Friday night I was going to lay low and relax. My friend text me on my lunch (I brought lunch in with me today) and asked me if I was up for a few drinks. I hadn't seen her in ages, so I was like ah "YOLO" and she met me after work at 9 in Dundrum. Knowing full well that TGI's have the strongest Long Island Ice Tea's I suggested there. 4 Large Long Island Ice Tea's and a bit of Grub later (€40) we were giddy and having the time of our lives! We think went on to Winters in Dundrum for another Drink (€10) Normally If I'm going out to town I monitor how much I'm drinking, as let's be honest I'm past the phase of getting blind drunk and waking up with a hangover from hell! On Friday however, I didn't feel how much I was drinking until I went outside, and it hit me like a truck. Needless to say, Saturday was a wipeout...

So I'm never going to recommend TGI's Long Island Ice Tea's again. They're incredibly strong and we hadn't noticed until we'd ordered what seemed like a million. I spent the morning/afternoon in bed trying to sleep off my ferocious hangover. I've certainly learnt my lesson! I had promised my friend I'd go for lunch with her at 3, so I hauled myself out of bed and went to Dundrum, where I got a stir-fry. If you're ever stuck for what to eat in Dundrum, I love the Stir-fry (€10) in their restaurant upstairs. They always have two choices and it's yummy, and probably the healthiest food you can get in Dundrum! I was meant to go out on Saturday night, but the second I got home and back into my jammies I knew I wasn't going to budge. I spent the night watching mindless TV, and repeating to myself not to drink to that extreme again. In fairness to myself it happens about once a year. 

Sunday I felt as fresh as a daisy! I forgot my Umbrella (surprise, surprise there) and got drenched on the way to work. I picked up a Butlers Hot Chocolate(€3.40) and was so disappointed. Normally it's so nice and yummy, but It wasn't nice and all. I know it was probably a once off, so I'll of course be going back, what would I do without my little pick me up, once in a little while. None of my friends were about today so  I went and got a Tesco pasta Salad from their Salad bar, and picked up a small Bread Roll, a large bottle of water and an Apple too (€5.50). As much as I live their Pasta Salad, nothing can beat Marks and Spencer's once.  After work I was going to a friends Gig, so I spent (€15) on Taxi's and I bought one Kopperberg Strawberry and Lime (€5.80) It's nice and refreshing, and isn't heavy at all on the stomach. It was a nice and relaxing evening, and I was home and tucked up in bed for 12.30! I slept like a little baby. 

Grand Total: €141.25

Over all Total:€490.80!

€9.20 under budget, which is a lot better than I thought it was. I went out so much, saw so many friends, went to the cinema numerous times, and really just lived life. I wouldn't of thought I'd of been able to do it, but I did! Overall I feel this challenge has opened my eyes. I use to spent cash so frivolously. This challenge has thought me to save more cash (something I need to make more of a priority) I can still go out with my friends for dinner and drinks, and I don't need to be bloody miserable! I'm lucky enough to be both a fashion and beauty so from time to time I get samples, so I'm not completely starved of new and exciting things. I'm not going to document my spending any more, so I hope I can continue to monitor my spending. Knowing that I had to report back every week, really stopped me from spending money on something stupid! Hope you enjoyed this little segment of my Blog, where you got a little snippet of my life :) 

Sian xxx


  1. Loved this post and really think I might try something like it! Can I do a Frugal Month if it's not February? xx

    1. You should definitely do one, once you get into the swing of it, you'll surprise yourself! You can do whatever Month you like! :D xox

  2. Wow. Thats amazing well done. Im setting myself a challenge of £30 pocket money (£120 a month) for the forseable future. This has to cover socialising/clothes/make up. Things like mortgage, petrol and the weekly shop are obvs excluded. Its gonna be tought but hopefully with some forwars planning ill manage a few months!

    1. Honestly once you get into the swing of things, you'll really surprise yourself you really do become more frugal! Best of Luck! :) xox


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