Stocktake: Q3 2018

And now she leads the Trojan chief along The lofty walls, amidst the busy throng; Displays her Tyrian wealth, and rising town, Which love, without his labour, makes his own.

What’s new?

This has been The Quarter of Paying for Expensive Holidays. I’ve had a look at the past few years’ savings and expenditure record… there’s a pattern emerging.

I start out the year with the best of intentions and a bit of a spending hangover from Christmas. Ski trip costs usually hit the first quarter, but frugal living in all other areas kind of balances it all out. Q2 is the best – I book flights for summer holidays (with Avios) and pay deposits for summer holidays where required (not a lot), and that’s about it.

And then I reach Q3 and fall off the wagon. This year has been especially bad. I’m not buying any stuff, but I have managed to more than compensate for that by spending on consumables and experiences – restaurants, booze and travel. Oh well.

In other news, I’ve met someone new. I probably should be knocking on wood as I type this, but anyway, I think hope this one could be it.

Savings rate: 60%

The actual year to date average is 61%. Pass.

Property wealth: overpay mortgage by £20k

Not going to happen. Fail.

Pension wealth: use up all available allowance

On track.

Financial wealth: Emergency Fund & Freedom Fund

The goal was to top up the Emergency Fund to £30k. Done.

Continue with regular savings into the S&S ISA. Also done… So it’s a pass.

Tax: pay no more than £25k of income tax in 2017/18 tax year

Fail.

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6 thoughts on “Stocktake: Q3 2018”

  1. > I’ve met someone new. I probably should be knocking on wood as I type this, but anyway, I think hope this one could be it.

    Yay! Whisper it sotto voce, but here’s to restaurants and experiences 😉

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    1. We did it yesterday, almost by accident. Museums in London are also free, and tend to involve some walking around 😉 Alas, we both enjoy a good meal washed down with decent wine…. So whatever good walking may do to our waist lines and wallets, it all gets undone at the end.

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    1. Sorry to hear about Another One… But despair not, my friend: it is entirely possible that the Next One may turn out to be The One 😉 I have to say, if indeed my luck has finally turned, this has happened entirely unexpectedly.

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