Day 102- NEW HABIT: The Printer

NEW HABIT: Always have paper and cartridges for the printer and budget for it

Using a printer can be quite a costly affair especially when one does not budget for the expensive ink cartridges. At around £80 a pop, it always comes as a nasty surprise when I have to replace a spent one. Also, I never have one ready when it runs out so there are occasions when important documents can’t be printed in time. This new habit is about always having spare cartridges at the ready. The trigger is, as soon as a new one goes in, it’s time to order the next one. That way, there will never be an occasion that we can’t print. I will also be budgeting the £80 so when the time comes to order, I have the greens ready. I did try to save money by buying boot leg cartridges but my printer does not like them and keeps telling me I’m out of ink. I’ve surrendered to only giving it what it wants. The company I buy from is CartridgeSave.com and they offer a recycling service so I can send my spent cartridges back to them for free. They are also cheaper than the high street and post almost next day.

Paper is also required for the printer and that’s something I run out of too and then the kids can’t print their homework. I’ve decided I should also always have a spare pack so when I open a new pack, it means it is time to buy another. I’ve also decided to start getting my printer paper from True Food because they offer an ethically made product.

“I will always have spare printer paper & ink cartridges at the ready. I will recycle the spent ones and ethically source the paper. I will budget £80 for cartridges”

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Day 80- BUDGET: Haircut

NEW HABIT: Budget for a haircut every 12 weeks

Firstly, I grew out all the bleach in my hair so now I have my natural colour. Since then, I have been growing it long. It’s getting to how I want it to be but there are several inches still to go. I also want to have a nice hairstyle to go to work with. At the moment, I just leave it long and straggly which isn’t ideal for my job role.

My hairdresser comes to my house to cut my hair. I’m changing the regularity from every 10 weeks to every 12 weeks to save money. I’m also now budgeting £40 for it every 12 weeks.

“I will have my haircut every 12 weeks and budget £40 to pay for it”

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“I will budget £40 towards a haircut every 12 weeks”

Day 75- NEW HABIT: My Birthday Break

NEW HABIT: Budget for a Birthday getaway every year

Yesterday was my birthday and last year, and for this year, I have taken a few days off work and spent it with my boyfriend at a hotel. What I like about it is, he still goes to work, so I get a couple of days alone at the hotel during the day. Then in the evenings or at the weekend we do nice things like eat out and go to the cinema. It is easy to spend a lot of money so I would like to save money up throughout the year so that I can book something nice for my birthday. If I could save enough I could book a really nice spa hotel for a few days or go away or just stay in a nicer hotel.

“I will budget £1000 a year toward a Birthday getaway in January”

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