“I am satisfied, my needs are all met.” Yes, that’s all well and good, it’s just the wants that are the tricky bastards to control. I need to save up a lot of money very quickly, like £2.5K in two months. I need to squirrel away the majority of my salary in order for me to take the Summer off to help my sister bring a new life into the world and to care for my ill Grandmother. And because I can’t do much more office work without going completely insane and making my RSI irreparable.

So I have said to myself that I will save £800 per month from my next three paychecks. Yes, I know that’s only £2.4K but I’ll work on the the other hundred. It was my payday today and already I’ve ordered flowers for my Mum for Mothers Day at a cost of £26 (Don’t read this, Mum!) and a book on how to knit two socks at once on one circular needle for £8.01 including delivery.

I bought ethical flowers for Mum – a potted orchid, so it will last longer than a week unless the dog eats it – from

“EcoBouquet was founded by Claire Dhanjal to cater for a growing demand for organic and ethically sourced flowers. Our aim is to improve the quality of flower farm working conditions, minimize damage to ecosystems, conserve biodiversity and enhance environmental quality for future generations.”

Threesome / 2-at-a-time socks | Lisa Margreet: knitting and crochet classes in London!And my reasoning (justification?) behind the two socks at once book is that I will be able to get the socks that I’m making for my sister knitted in half the time. I’ve actually just realised though that it won’t work quite like that as it will still take the same amount of time to make them but that both socks will be finished at the same time. Oh well, too late now, it’s on its way! Anyway, the more time I spend at home on my knitting obsession the less time I am out spending my money. Now whenever I feel the urge to splurge I repeat to myself “I am Satisfied. All my needs are met.” Well, I say that as if I’ve been doing it for a while, in fact, I only started this today and I’m already £34.01 down!

I haven’t quite worked out my new rules for myself, but they’re something along the lines of:

  • I mustn’t buy anything new that I can make / get second hand / upcycle. I can buy food but we now need to have a “random recipe night” once a week when we use up one of the random tins or packets from the cupboard. This sounds like an advanced version of “if-it’s” which is a night when “If it’s in the freezer you can eat it.” I like to try and make sure I’ve got Ben and Jerry’s in the freezer for if-it’s night.
  • I’ve got to use up my knitting yarn stash instead of buying more… as far as possible.
  • I’ve got to finish off the giant plastic box of toiletries under the bathroom sink before buying any new ones.
  • BUT what about clothes. Surely that should be easy to apply the make/upcycle/charity shop/ebay rule? And indeed that part is easy to fulfill. But I get £70 per month in Top Shop vouchers as a benefit from work. Am I allowed to spend those? Or perhaps I should save them up for one big shop, or to eek out when I’m an impoverished non-earner?

Oh, and today I forgot that I bought sandwiches to work so I spent £2.95 on a chicken and mushroom pie with roasted new potatoes. It was a very nice pie though.

Total spent = £36.96