Saving challenge Day 2 and 3

Day 2 and 3 of my February Swing challenge are over. Yesterday I didn’t spend any money but today I spend £5.99 on a Kindle book. It’s The Monk who sold his Ferrari. Then I paid £5.90 for my Travelcard as well as £3.79 for Lunch. I took a cab home which adds another £5. It all comes to £20.68.

I have £259.32 left until the 1st of March.


Sin City without my friend Rieke

My friend Rieke can’t come with me to Las Vegas, which is really sad. She doesn’t get time off from her employer and when she can get off I can’t go. I was already looking forward to the crazy parties we planned. Never mind. She is coming to visit me in London over the Easter holidays.

As she isn’t coming to Las Vegas I will only stay five nights there instead of a week and the other two days I will stay in the City of Angels – Los Angeles. I can’t wait to go.

The Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas will finally open in Spring and I am considering staying there one night or two. But will it be worth it? Imagine the money one will spend at the Nobu 24h room service. Black cod at 3am?! Yes, please!

February saving challenge Part II

I am starting my February challenge tomorrow. I will only spend a maximum of £10 a day. I will make all payments e.g mobile broadband, mobile phone contract etc. tomorrow morning and then I will transfer £280 to another account. I am only allowed to use that account and no other money. Let’s see if I can do it. It is definitely manageable, isn’t it?

I will make updates on what I have spent the money.

It’s nearly Week 5 of the 52 week savings challenge

At the beginning of this year I started the 52 week savings challenge for the first time in my life. The aim is to start saving with 1£/$/€ and end the year with 1378£/$/€ of savings. How it works? It’s simple as pie. In Week 1 you save 1£/$/€, in Week 2 2£/$/€ and so on. At the end of the year you come to the sum of 1378. I think this is amazing. I have saved £10 so far. Not a lot but that’s the idea of the 52 Week Savings Challenge. It is not too late to join now.


February saving challenge

My February saving challenge is to live on £10 a day, my budget for the month is therefore £280. On the first of February I will pay all my bills, pay the deposit for my holiday and then I will spend a maximum of £10 a day. However if I have not spend any money at all on one day I am allowed to spend it the other day for example.

I am excited. Let’s see how it works. I will try and blog daily on what exactly I spend my £10.

Good night,


Summer Holiday, hence my February saving challenge.

I am going to Miami, Los Angeles and Las Vegas from the 22nd of June until the 6th of June. I can’t wait. On the 22nd I will fly with Virgin Atlantic in Premium Economy to Miami and from there I’ll will fly with Virgin America to LA. On the 29th of June I will fly with Virgin America again to Las Vegas and back with Virgin Atlantic. I will not use my savings and therefore will take the money from my February as well as March income.

My friend Rieke will hopefully join me in Las Vegas. We met last year in Vegas and got on well from the first Minute. The hotel in Las Vegas will be the Cosmopolitan. I don’t know which hotel we stay at in Miami and Los Angeles, I let my boyfriend decide.

I will pay the flight from my February and March income and therefore can’t spend as much money as I usually do. I need to come up with a saving challenge.

I spend a lot of money on things that I don’t need to. One example is that I take taxis a lot. I don’t need to. In February and March I don’t want to take taxis unless it’s dark. That should save me at least £60 in February if not more. Same with drinks and food when I am out and about. Should save another £20-25 a week, maybe even more then that. I am trying to only spend £300 in February, the less the better.

Tomorrow I will sit down and write a saving plan for the next two months. That should be fun.

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

I am certainly looking forward to my next annual report.