The Sunday Catch Up #27


Good morning and happy Sunday! How are we all? I've got a christening today so I'm currently lying in bed procrastinating about getting up and getting ready. I just can't be bothered to be honest. Anyway onwards with this week's round up!

On missing Leeds Fest
Apart from last year (when I was on the other side of the world), this is the first Leeds Festival I've missed by choice since I was 16. We have a christening today which we have had booked in for months so we couldn't really miss it, and with the whole saving thing, we figured it was for the best if we didn't go. It was a bit sad seeing everyone get all excited on Twitter etc but after seeing all the mud I don't feel like I'm missing out. I've seen most of the bands before aswell so it isn't too big of a loss.

On catching up with old friends.
On Wednesday I went to a local Italian restaurant with an old friend I haven't seen in years. We worked together in a supermarket when we were 17 and despite not seeing each other often, when we do meet up it's like no time has passed. I only see a lot of my friends in the pub on a Saturday night so it was nice to go out midweek and do somethign relatively normal and grown up for once.

On the Great British Bake Off.
Oh I love the Bake Off. I know some people thinks it's sad and way to twee but it's just a nice escape from real life isn't it? It makes you want to rush to the Co Op and buy some reduced cake immediately and you find yourself googling baking recipes to try out over the weekend. Spoiler alert: Your probably won't. It's an easy watch and Mel & Sue's puns are hilarious wether you like them or not.

On the bank holiday weekend.
Bank holiday weekends are a special gift to be treasured. I remember working a supermarket (yeah the one I mentioned up there) and having to work them and it was torture getting texts from people asking if I wanted to do something only to reply back 'I'm working :('. Now I get to enjoy my bank holiday mondays and it's wonderful A lie in, some good food and if the weather's playing ball, a jaunt out of the house.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Saving for a Mortgage Deposit

money & keys
 
I've bored on quite a lot on here about how I currently have no life because I'm saving for a mortgage deposit. I know, *yawn* yes Jess we get it, Bore off. But tough shit, here's another grown up post.
 
Deciding to save for a mortgage is a huge decision and a massive commitment so today I thought I would share 6 ways I'm saving my pennies so I can have my own fireplace and freestanding bathtub.
 
I live at home
Well I live with Jody's parents. Minimum rent plus we get all of our washing done. It was hard to give up all the independence we found in Australia but it be worth it in the long run. I know some people don't have this option though so I'm pretty lucky!

I have a savings account
This one is actually really stupid BUT having an online savings account means I can transfer half of my wages into it the minute I get paid. 'Cos of the way my brain works I know that that money is pretty much untouchable.

Budget, Budget, Budget
I pay my rent, then put half of whatever is left away. I work out how much is going to go out in direct debits and then I get a rough idea of what events are going on that I will need to shell out for. Any money left at the end of the month goes straight in the pot.

I avoid the pub & only go out for special occassions
Jody and I are terrible for going out so the easiest thing to do on a weekend is to simply turn our phones off and fill our time with wholesome activities (i.e watching Netflix). It's also better for our health so every cloud I guess.

I follow the 'Wishlist' rule
I love clothes. I do, I'm sorry, I'm an addict and I can't help it. Instead of impulse buying I now save things to my wishlists and if I still want it in a month's time then I allow myself to buy it. Tbh most of the time I totally forget about whatever it was I was lusting after.

No spontaneous days out/meals/etc
Don't get me wrong I haven't stopped having a life completely but we used to g out for tea twice a week, get two takeaways and go out on adventures at the weekend. We've now reigned it in and go for one meal a week, order one takeaway and do one budget friendly activity. It's not very exciting but it's all for the greater good.

So there you have it. This is probably a really boring post to most people and they're pretty bog standad tips I guess but they really work for me. My savings are looking pretty fine if I do say so myself.

The Sunday Catch Up #26

yorkshire sunset
 
Wasssup and welcome to another sunday catch up post. I'm not hungover this time around so hopefully it's a bit more coherent than last weeks post!

On Being Normal
I won't lie to you Gwen, this weeks not really something to shout about. It's just been you bog standard, go to work, watch TV, go to sleep, repeat kind of week. But I suppose that's real life isn't it? We aren't always going to restaurant openings or sunning it up on a beach in Thailand. The large majority of us have to work and save to you know, eat and buy stuff. It doesn't make for super exciting blogging but it's the truth I guess.

On The Shallows
Jody's obsessed with sharks and has been since he was a little kid so when he saw The Shallows trailer many moons ago, he was made up. After months of talking about it we finally went to the cinema today and it was actually ridiculously good. The shark was great (normally shark movies feature a terribly animated shark), it was super intense and Blake Lively looked amazing - Can you believe they shot the movie 8 months after she gave birth? That's a lot of dedication.

On Sweet Potato Fries
This week I decided to buy some sweet tateys and make some fries. I've never had them or made them before so it was a gamble but it definitely paid off and now they're my new fave thing. I like to spray them with Fry Light Garlic Oil and cook 'em for 20 mins and 200 degrees so they aren't too crunchy. Add some lightly spiced chicken and a touch of garlic mayo and you have the perfect, healthy work dinner. Sweet Potatoes count as one of your five a day aswell so WINNING.

On Watching a LOT of TV
We all know Jody and I watch a lot of TV, it isn't exactly a secret and this week has been no different. We've smashed through series one of Ballers (the one about American football players and starring The Rock) - It's an easy watch & I actually really like it. We're also on series one of Scandal from the QUEEN Shonda Rhimes and whilst I'm not completely sold yet (Olivia Pope is kind of annoying) I'm gunna persevere. Speaking of Shonda, I'm also really into How to get away with Murder - ITS AMAZING AND VIOLA DAVIS IS A GODDESS.

Hope you've had a great weekend and have a lovely week!

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