5 things I refuse to give up | My Debt Free Journey [CC]

5 things I refuse to give up | My Debt Free Journey [CC]


Hi and welcome back to my channel, Claire’s
Journey! I’m Claire and I talk about all things financial and simple living. So today as you
can tell from the title of the video, I’m doing a video about the 5 things I wont sacrifice
on my debt free journey. There are loads of things that I will give up or sacrifice or
lower the quality of, but these are 5 things that I absolutely wont. Lets get started!
I’ve also written a post on my blog on this topic so I’ll leave it linked in the description
box if you’d like to go and give it a read. So the 1st thing is good quality fruit and
vegetables (and enough fruit and vegetables). So I’m not bothered if they aren’t organic
or local necessarily, but I do care that we are getting enough fruit and veg. I refuse
to buy less fruit and veg because I’m trying to save money, I would rather find ways around
that, such as going to Aldi for their super 6 (which can be hit and miss sometimes, I’m
not a big fan of Aldi for fruit and veg). Or fruit and veg boxes instead of buying from
the supermarkets. So I’m trying to think about less waste . So in the past I’ve been quite
bad for food waste in regards to buying fruit and veg and then by the time I get round to
using it, its gone bad or I don’t even get chance to use it because it’s gone bad so
I have to throw it away. Instead, I am concentrating on reducing the amount of waste of fruit and
veg that there is and generally that is done by meal planning, prepping, pre chopping it
and putting it into glass containers in the fridge, so its easy to use. The main culprit
for food waste is spinach in my house. I really really like fresh spinach, but by the time
I get around to using it, you know what its like when the bagged spinach smells bad and
it goes all mushy and horrible. So the way I’m trying to get around that is by using
frozen spinach in as many things as possible and using other leafy green veg that I know
I will get to eat. The 2nd thing I refuse to give up is Netflix and Amazon Film. So
Tom and I don’t really go to the cinema or really go out anywhere for entertainment,
obviously we are paying off our debt. I am paying about £8 for Netflix and he is paying
about £6 for Amazon and that really is our entertainment for the whole month. We like
to just snuggle up on the couch in the evening when the kids are in bed and watch a couple
of TV series. At the moment we are really into Supernatural. I think Tom has watched
it twice before but this is the 1st time for me. Sometimes we will just watch a film instead.
So although those are both things that we could give up if we really had to, the fact
that we don’t go to the cinema or really go out together for entertainment, that is (i
think) a pretty good saving. If we went to the cinema just once a month it would be a
minimum of £10 so it’s not really that far off, it’s what £12 a month and we get to
have as many indoor date nights if you like, just with Amazon and Netflix. So the next
thing that I refuse to give up is good quality shoes. I’m on my feet a lot of the day, either
going out with the dogs, doing housework, running errands or looking after the kids
so at the end of the day my feet are always aching regardless of pretty much what shoes
that I wear. I normally get my shoes from Clark’s, although I can look in the sale and
I found an amazing pair of boots about 5 years ago from Clarks in the sale reduced from like
£110 to about £50 or £55. And they were like..you know you get that 1 pair of shoes
that you absolutely love and you wear to death? I literally wore them until I couldn’t get
them fixed anymore. And they were like the best pair of boots ever. When they fell apart
this year, I decided to try getting a cheaper pair to save myself money. It was a big mistake.
They are so uncomfortable compared to the Clark’s ones. I would rather pay a good amount
of money for shoes that are going to last 5 years and that are really comfortable and
that I can wear all day without my feet hurting, then buy a really cheap pair that I regret
buying because they are so uncomfortable and by the end of the day my feet hurt. I have
bought some insoles for them (they were £2.50 each) so I’m kind of hoping they are going
to help, but, well, we will see, I’ll keep you posted on that one! I’m not hopeful, but
we’ll see! Once these boots fall apart or they become too uncomfortable to wear, I will
definitely be heading back to Clark’s to get myself some decent shoes. Hopefully I can
pick some up in the sales, but if not then I will be happy to pay, well not happy, but
I will be willing to pay full price. 4th on my list of things that I will not give up
for my debt free journey are new books. So My local library, I don’t know if its to do
with government cutbacks or the fact that we live in quite a rural area, but my local
library is not good. They don’t have very new books at all. There are long waiting lists
for anything and I always forget to take them back, and then end up with fines. For me,
there is nothing better than going into a bookstore like Waterstones, or a local independent
bookshop and leafing through the books that haven’t been bought or touched and the smell,
the feel and the atmosphere, I just personally love it.
So I do have a budget, Don’t get me wrong, I don’t spend hundreds on new books. Obviously
I have £35 a month personal spending money so any book that I buy comes from that, but
I don’t buy new ones every month. In fact I’ve got about 6 books that I actually own
that I’ve not read yet, so I’ve put myself on a bit of a spending freeze when it comes
to books. But in general I would rather go and buy brand new book than 2nd hand ones,
or wait for months for the book that I want and then forget to take it back to the library
and end up having fines anyway. I may as well just pay for a book. Because I am a member
of the Waterstones.. like you get a card and every time you buy a book or £10 worth I
think, you get a stamp and then you get 10 of those stamps and you can get is it £10
or something off, or a free book? I cant quite remember, it’s been a while. But because I’m
a member of that, I get occasionally a free book, so that’s all good. The 5th and final
thing that I wont give up is heating. Now, I’ve read and watched people online who resort
to wearing scarves and hats and gloves and coats while they are sitting in their own
house. Now, if that’s you, that’s fine, you do you, but that is definitely not me. I am
pretty frugal when it comes to heating. I try and make it last with the heating off
till November while I haven’t managed to this year, and I don’t have the heating on all
day. I do put layers on and tell the kids to put layers on. But I don’t want to sit
in my own house being freezing cold, but equally I’m not going to wear hats, gloves, scarves
and coats in my own house just because I don’t want to put the heating on. My teenagers often
sit there in a t shirt and boxers saying ‘mum, put the heating on’. I’ll tell them to put
another t shirt on, and a jumper and trousers and socks, so that they’re not cold before
I put the heating on. I’m sensible, but i’m just not extreme when it comes to keeping
the heating off. So, those are my 5 things that I refuse to give up while on my debt
free journey. Do you have any that you refuse to give up on your debt free journey? Let
me know in the comments below, and as always thank you so much for watching and I’ll see
you in my next video. Bye!

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