One reason I’ve struggled with Step Down Sundays lately is we’ve ended up on something of a spending spree lately. In addition to buying the iPad a couple of months ago we've spent a lot of time looking for ways to spend an unfortunate windfall.
The cash was easy to sort; the account will now pay for a trip home for my best-friend’s wedding overseas (whenever that may be). The scanning panel on the other hand, was more difficult. After several years, scanning our shopping has become more a burden than blessing. We knew we had to quit - but to do that we need to cash out. They have a large catalogue for you to pick from, but very little of it is practical. We couldn't even find suitable present we could give at Christmas! In the end, rather than order some reward we didn't need, we found a personal shopping experience that came with a reasonable amount of House of Fraser vouchers. The plan is to skip the horror of clothes shopping and escape to the electric department to find a replacement for our crumbling George Foreman Grill (I've got my eye on this pretty Cuisinart model).
Finally there was one more pot of money I needed to spend. When I sold my wedding dress over the summer I had hoped to spend the money on a nursery glider. Now that wasn't going to happen, I wanted to spend the money on something special. I eventually decided on a piece of high-quality jewellery, that I can wear for years and years. It turns out £300 doesn't go very far when you start looking at jewellery, but I eventually found something I love! Would you like to take a peek?
Though it's felt gratuitous after a year of minimal spending, it's also been a relief to move on; to make decisions after years of waiting and saving.