This has been a tough week. Work pressure is huge at the moment, and I've also been feeling a little bit lonesome in my new flat. When I get the blues like this, I generally have two main responses. One is to 'shut down' - like a hibernating animal, I crawl into a corner and sleep. Note to self: this is not an effective coping strategy. The other response is to eat. I am a classic comfort eater. Unfortunately, comfort eating also means comfort spending. So I confess it: today I went to Tesco's and bought myself (a) a sandwich meal deal; (b) a large bar of chocolate; (c) some cola and lemonade; and (d), the emptiest calories of all, gummies. :(
Happily, I had a visitor this evening: Friend Claire popping in after work for blether and food. I invested in some nice Tesco sausages, and we had the classic sausage, beans, and chips - with home made beans and chips, of course. She brought a couple of cupcakes, and we dined magnificantly. Her general energy was just the tonic I needed, and I am crawling out the other side of the blue tunnel. We have also made plans for the beginning of October for a day course on Japanese Cookery! It costs a little, it is true, but I will learn some new skills, and have some fun while I'm at it. (And besides, I am still owed a birthday present from Mother ... this could be ideal!) One thing this week is showing me is that I need much more of a social life than I am currently getting.
The other happy side effect of Friend Claire's visit is that I actually got the flat tidied. It was descending into a bit of chaos, but while I am not tidy, I am proud, and the surest way to get me to clear up is to come visit. This means that I can now sit down and sort out a few of the finances this week, and just generally get on top of everything again. I am discovering that there is nothing more inimical to frugality than disorganisation, so I really have to keep on top of that this year.
So all in all, I think I will have to chalk this one up to experience. I spent too much on rubbish food, but it was a one-off, and I don't intend adding guilt to the general stress. Given that this is the first real slip in almost two months, I just have to get back on to the frugality wagon and keep plodding on.
Today's Expenditure: £11.80