These posts were originally posted on the MoneySavingForums (a UK money management site), I am moving my journals across to WordPress to have them in chronological order. I’m not sure how much of other people’s words I’m allowed to copy across from one site to another, so in some sections I may summarise conversations.
9th December 2019
So my satchel bag broke on the way into work this morning 😦
I do have a sports bag so I have something, its not a complete disaster. But I dont feel very stylish with it.
I’ve seen this bag on Amazon. It’ll be £55-ish… it’s pretty though. Handmade leather messenger bag, big enough for my new laptop. But where to get £55 from?
Coincidentally. I was planning on putting aside £55 for the divorce fund from my December paycheck. Decisions, decisions…
In response to a commenter saying they dont like to break down their Christmas categories too narrowly
Looks like we posted at more or less the same time! That’s a valid way of running things. In the breakdown I have above, “Family” covers about five people and one dog, “Friends” an undecided number of people, and “Christmas Social” could easily be renamed “Christmas Misc” for all the little bits that crop up this time of year…
10th December 2019
In regards to the bag, I think I’ll buy it in the New Year
I asked my family for laptop money for Christmas, but because I dont know how much I’m going to get, when drawing up practice budgets for 2020 I’ve been acting as if I won’t get any, to be safe and leave myself a margin of error
Maybe I can take £55 of that laptop money and turn it into bag money
I’ve already budgeted as if I’ll pay the laptop off myself anyway
In response to a commenter saying a shoe-menders might be able to fix my bag
Haha it’s a pretty cheap bag and already repaired once
He’s dead, Jim
Good idea for the future though, once I spend money on a decent bag