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Looking back on July – hello August!

Summertime for me is a time to enjoy life with friends and family before setting new goals in September. The start of the academic year. TV Season. Autumn.

I work in Marketing & Events, which meant that the first half of this year was incredibly busy. A house move in May meant that any spare funds went into this and I didn’t go home for a few months. This July I made it all about my family. I loved seeing both of my brothers, their wives, my nieces, nephew, cousin, auntie, uncles, mother, and grandmother. I used traintickets.com to get save money getting home twice in a month (not cheap!).

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My first blog

Broke Girl in the City

I dedicated a lot of my time in July to updating my blog. I have blogged lots about Love Island – sorry to those people who have been trying to avoid. Yet I was able to kickstart an evening routine – writing. As well as looking for cool things to do in and around the city, without breaking the bank. I also have been chatting to other UK Money Bloggers to share top tips on how to manage debt and eliminate stress wherever possible.

Whilst I love writing. When I am tired, my writing suffers. I also have a backlog of photos I need to edit. So July was all about setting up a routine. Some days you may not feel up to it and that’s ok. I wanted to make blogging fun, but create engaging content which people can relate to and offer top tips on how to live your best life in the city.

UK Money Bloggers Summer Giveaway

UK Money Bloggers Summer Giveaway

I feel incredibly lucky to have joined the UK Money Bloggers Group and am constantly inspired by other members. Money expert and blogger Emma Drew kindly pulled together details for our UK Money Bloggers Summer Giveaway, which many of us are part of and promoting. A fun way to cross-promote a fantastic summer giveaway and also an opportunity to follow other great money bloggers out there.

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August’s Spending Tracker

In August I have decided to use both my Spending Tracker app and Monzo card to both track my spending and allocate myself a weekly budget. I set up my rent and credit card payments to leave my bank account on the 1st day of every month. I also have all payments set up in my spending tracker app so I know how much I have left to spend each month. For the first time ever, I have set up weekly spending pots in Monzo so I know how much I have to spend each week. In August I have allocated myself £200 to spend each week (this is to include travel, food, going out etc). I will let you know how this goes at the end of the month!

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Broke Girl’s Guide to Wellness

August is a time to look at Wellness & Diet

Both of my brothers and their families are incredibly health-conscious when it comes to their diet. Somehow, that managed to elude me over the years. My brother Denny Ledger has been promoting all of the benefits of a plant-based diet to me. So August is a month I am going to dedicate to Wellness.

For the first time in my life, I had an asthma attack brought on hayfever in July (no doubt pollution too). I had to call an ambulance to London Bridge and spent an evening being nebulised and am back on steroids.

I bought a Groupon voucher for a food intolerance test; where you send through hair samples to confirm what food intolerances you may have.

August for me is a month to look at diet, how this affects our emotional and physical health, as well as general wellness.

Friends.
Sometimes friendship is the only therapy we need.

Friendships past and present

July was a celebratory month for the family. Yet it also marked the anniversary of my best friend Tracy’s death. Facebook memories served up both loving and painful memories of such a fun-loving and lovely person. When you go through times like this it’s very easy to distance yourself from people, while you grieve. You do find out who your friends are during times like these. So while I might have taken to write rather than socialise. August is a time to seek out friends once again.