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I set my self 2 goals at the beginning of February.

The first was to start and maintain this blog; I think I’ve done ok in that respect. My original aim was to simply post once a week, I did however find writing it kind of addictive and so set myself an extra goal of posting every day. Unfortunately due to my tendency to start posts very late on in the evening many of them rolled over to the following day, and some personal circumstances this week have meant the blog has fallen off my list of priorities.

That said I did manage to post 14/19 days so not a bad start. My aim for March is to post once a day and if I manage that in April I think I will have earned the right to add the Post a Day Icon for the rest of the year.

The second was to save a fair amount of money for the month, again I didn’t quite hit the mark I was aiming for, in the end I came in about 50% below my target, but on the Plus side this was a lot more money than any other month, generally I am scrabbling down the back of the sofa for stray coins the day before pay day so having anything left is an achievement.

 The fact that I don’t have any dentist appointments this month coupled with what I did manage to save has given me confidence that this month should be a breeze.

I hope so at least, I’ve got a very non negotiable holiday to pay for at the end of April and this will also have proved my ability to save, meaning I can (finally, I’m sure my wife would add) start contributing to our House fund.

The Dentist wasn’t the sole reason for not reaching my savings target, I have defiantly spent money on areas that I didn’t need to and on occasion broken the £5 a day rule that I set myself.  I would however promote the £5 plan that I adopted to anyone looking to save.

On Pay day take out £150 and get it in £5 notes, at that point remove your card from your wallet and each morning take a crisp £5 note, place it in your wallet, that is all you have for the day, it really makes you think about what you spend it on.

Before you ask this didn’t include travel. I get a monthly train ticket; this is simply your spending money for the day, use this to purchase your lunch etc.

It’s amazing both what £5 can buy you and on the flip side how much of your pay packet you realise you spent on things that you really didn’t need.

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