Recipe: Spicy Chicken & Avocado Wrap

It’s been abso-bloody-lutely aaaaaages since I did a recipe post but in yet another example of good timing I was asked to share a healthy lunch recipe by the good guys over at Simply Health around the same time I committed to a healthier lifestyle. They sent me the ingredients (and a few other goodies) I whipped up a storm in the kitchen and enjoyed these bad boys for lunch last week!

IMG_6016Spicy Chicken & Avocado Wraps


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 1/2 medium avocado
  • chilli powder
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 wholemeal wraps


  1. Mix the chicken with the olive oil, chilli powder & half the lime juice and leave to marinade – the longer you leave it the stronger the flavours
  2. Once ready to cook slice the pepper into strips about the same size as the chicken
  3. Cook the chicken in a wok then add the peppers to the pan until soft. Leave this to cool before making your wraps
  4. Slice the avocado and split between the two wraps. Pile on the chicken/pepper mixture then fold and cut in half to serve
  • Serves 2
  • 190 calories per serving (minus wrap as calories for these vary greatly)

Tip: You can make these extra delicious (as I discovered last week completely on a whim) by adding in a good dollop of houmous to these as well, just increase the calories accordingly!

*Disclaimer: I was send the ingredients for this recipe by Simply Health
in exchange for sharing this recipe with you.

The above opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.

Tenner Week

To help kickstart my money-saving I decided to take part in Penny Golightly’s Tenner week last week. The premise behind tenner week is that you spend a maximum of £10 over 7 days on personal spending so food and drink, entertainment, toiletries, hobbies, treats and so on. There are also daily challenges to stop you from becoming a social hermit and just crashing out in front of the television on a nightly basis. You can read more details on the Tenner week challenger here.  I made a little exception for a dinner and drinks with some blogging lovelies that I had prearranged but other than that I was determined to stick to the £10 limit. So how did I do?

#tennerweek starts today. Could you spend just £10 over the next 7 days?

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Monday (total spend: 88p)

Monday also marked the start of the DW Fitness Festive Fitness Challenge. I don’t own scales so I needed to get my starting weight from the electronic ones at Boots which cost me 70p. I also bought a banana from Tesco as an afternoon snack. The challenge for the day was to create a meal plan based around the foods you already have in your freezer/store cupboard. I posted this on my Facebook page and it got a good reaction. Day one was a definite success!

Tuesday/Wednesday (No spend days!)

Two no spend days were definitely helped by all that meal planning I did in advance. Tuesday’s challenge was to find three things to sell which I did; two pairs of shoes and an old glasses case – Mrs M said on one of her car booty videos that these could go for quite a bit on eBay so I thought it would be worth a shot. Wednesday we were supposed to put these things up for sale but I didn’t have the chance as I was out at the theatre for the night.

Thursday (total spend: 18p)

Today the mission was to find a freebie! I’d already done this in advance and got a one day free trial at a nearby Nuffield Health gym. Bought a banana to eat before I went to keep me going! The gym itself was absolutely stunning and I ended up staying far longer than intended but I’m going to tell you more about that in an upcoming post.

Friday (total spend: 35p + dinner)

I was naughty and bought an energy drink from the corner shop on the way to work on Friday as I was starting to feel the effects of being busy every night that week! I didn’t let that stop me from having a good time out with the girls and we got there in time to take advantage of the 241 cocktail offer!

Saturday (total spend: £1.80)

I knew the weekend would be the hardest part of the challenge but I had already booked and paid for afternoon tea with Jen in advance and decided to leave the house without taking my purse. After I went for a run in the morning though I was totally starving so popped by the corner shop to grab bread and eggs for breakfast and used Apple Pay for the first time. Convenient? Yes. Easy to spend money without thinking about it? Definitely!

Sunday (No spend day!)

The last day of the challenge was to have a no spend day which for me was by far the easiest as I spent most of the day at home apart from a few hours spent at a blog crafting event in the afternoon. I used my slow cooker for the first time (just £14.99 after I used a discount code and bought with some vouchers I had already) which was exciting even if it didn’t go quite to plan.

Weekly total: £3.21 + dinner

I’m pretty chuffed with that. I could quite easily have said oh but I’ve got dinner with the girls this week I can’t possible do the challenge and just spent like I normally would so I’m pretty pleased. Overall I think I did pretty well and I’ll definitely be trying challenges like this every so often, perhaps the last week of each month? Do you think you could live on just £10 a week?

Clink78, Kings Cross

If the thought of spending the night in a hostel fills you with panic  then I’m totally with you. Or at least I was until I was invited to check out Clink78 in London’s Kings Cross area last week. It all worked out in my favour really as I had a train to catch from Euston the following day so it was just a short walk in the morning rather than having to take several tubes to get there.


Clink78 is located in a beautiful old courthouse and retains many of the original features like the courtrooms which have been converted into a TV room and internet lounge where they have PCs that you can use of a fee and plenty of sockets for you to work away on your own laptop using the free wifi!

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The main draw of hostels is of course the social aspect and the ability to meet up with fellow travelers and make friends so it’s great that  there is also the Clashbar in the basement. (Fun fact, The Clash went on trial at this very courthouse in 1978 for shooting a pigeon!) Sadly I wasn’t feeling 100% on the night of my stay so I gave this a miss.


One of the quirkier draws of the hostel is that you can even spend the night in one of the old cells in the basement! Sadly I wasn’t staying in one of these as I requested a room with a private bathroom (the joys of IBD) but my room was pretty funky. Small but functional with a double bed, side table and plenty of sockets.

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The bathroom was again, as expected, small but perfect for my needs. Most importantly it, my room and every part of the hostel I visited was very, very clean. I was really impressed to see that they had even included some themed miniature toiletries which of course have gone straight into my collection.

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The window was open when I arrived and it was a tad noisy but most of the sound was blocked out once I closed it and I settled in to read my book. I definitely expected a hostel to be a lot noisier than it was due to the number of people staying in the building but I was able to get a good nights sleep.


Breakfast is also included for everyone staying and includes unlimited tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fresh juice, cereals and toast with various toppings like jam or butter. It might not seem like much but it’s definitely enough to get you set up for a days sightseeing in the capital (or in my case a two hour train journey!)

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Check out was at 10am the following day which is early but to be expected and there is plenty to do in the area. I popped in to check out the Wellcome Collection for the first time but you can also check out platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross or the British Library nearby.

Clink hostels have two locations in London and a third in Amsterdam. Prices at Clink78 start at £13 for a bunk in a shared dorm and from £40 for a private room so it’s great for those on a budget. One point; make sure that you have photo ID with you to check in – I wasn’t aware I needed as it wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the e-mail confirmation so check-in was a little bit awkward but we got there in the end!

BitBS Rating – £

*Disclaimer: This post written in collaboration with Clink Hostels.
My stay in at Clink78 was complimentary in exchange for writing this post.
The above opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.

September Roundup

I was finding the upkeep of weekly The Weekend posts a bit much (I’ve actually still got the last two to write :/) so I’ve decided after doing them for a year to switch to monthly roundup posts instead. On the first Saturday of the month expect a bumper sized post with everything I’ve been up to during the previous one!


So, September, September, September. What a month!I headed to Heathrow on the afternoon of the 1st where I met up with some friends for dinner at The Pheasant and spent the night at the Premier Inn before our flight to Atlanta the following day!


The next 6 days and nights were spent at the Marriott Marquis for the annual DragonCon convention. This was my third time going and I had the best time! I was able to catch up with old friends, meet some famous faces and cry in the front row of a Battlestar Galactica panel featuring seven of the main cast. It felt both too short and too long but was definitely my favourite so far.

Battlestar Galactica

As if flying half way across the world wasn’t enough the morning after I got back to London I hopped on another plane so that I could spend a few days at home in Aberdeen seeing both family and friends. I got to meet this little one for the first time too before heading back to London and work.

Met this beautiful wee toot today ❤️💙💜

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My first week  back in London was crazy and to be honest it didn’t really end after that! I went to the imax at waterloo for the first time to see a double showing of Star Trek movies Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock. My jaw literally dropped at the sheer size of the screen and I can understand now what people have been saying about Cineworld not having “proper” imax screens too now. Turns out I’d never actually seen Wrath of Khan before either so that was pretty cool.


I attended  a few blogger events that week including Be a Better Blogger as part of Social Media Week London where I picked up some excellent SEO tips, #SoundsOfSennheiser where I won a pair of Sennheiser headphones and the Show me the Money blogger awards (SHOMOS) – a community I knew nothing about but was very pleased to discover. There’s going to be a bit more focus on the money side of Broke in the Big Smoke after I let this slide for a while but don’t worry I’ll still be posting all the other fun stuff I usually do.


It was an excellent month for theatre and I saw the Rocky Horror Show at the Playhouse, Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet (after a year of waiting!) and most recently I went to see Proof thanks to #LDNTheatreBloggers. I also went to Disclosure’s album launch which I think was my first ever dance gig – it was a new experience for me and I had an ace time people watching.


I crossed  a few restaurants off of my to visit list including Truc Vert, Hakkasan and Chotto Matte where I also discovered the wonder that is the Velocity app but I’m going to have to cut down on eating out so much if I’m going to make the most of the DW Fitness Festive Fitness Challenge I’m taking part in. The first few days went well with me coming in under my calorie goal and going to a Shake It Off inspired dance class. The question is can I keep up with it?

October is already filling up fast and I have something to attend every day until next Sunday which is firmly penciled in as a much needed pyjama day! What did you get up to in September?

Chotto Matte, Soho

Another foodie post for you today, this time a restaurant I’ve been wanting to try for ages but have never gotten round to because most of my friends aren’t fans of Japanese food. Chotto Matte isn’t strictly Japanese though, it’s a Japanese/Peruvian fusion restaurant serving up high-quality Nikkei cuisine. And boy did it deliver!


Holly and I had an early seating at 5:30pm because we were headed to the Disclosure album launch in Limehouse for around 7/7:30pm and decided to take advantage of the pre-theatre menu which included miso soup, a bento box of goodies and a glass of prosecco for just £25. (The menu says dessert should have been included as well but we didn’t get any!)

We started with the miso soup (I didn’t take a picture of this because, well, it’s miso soup and hardly the most photogenic!) which was warm and not overly salty like it can sometimes be. This was the first time I’d met Holly in person and it was like we’d known each other for years (well we kinda have only online) and I had to giggle when she asked me if I was going to photograph my food! Definitely the kind of person I like having dinner with :) luckily as we had the same thing I didn’t have to annoy here by taking photos of her food too!


The bento box was huge with two layers to it and crammed with goodies. There was no clear order in which to eat it so I kinda just went for a try a little bit of everything to find out what was my favourite and the polish off the good stuff.


The Padron peppers were something I’d never had before and was surprised by how mild they were, although I read in a blog post just yesterday (and I can’t for the life of me remember which one which is annoying) that one in fifty peppers is much, much hotter than the others so I’m very glad I didn’t get one of those! The lobster tempura was really great, big chunks of lobster meat in a light and crispy batter and not at all greasy.


I absolutely adored the ceviche that I ate at Rex and Mariano a couple of weeks ago and was excited to try more but the sea bass offering here wasn’t anywhere near as good and the marinade was far too overpowering in my opinion. The Nikkei sashimi salad was nice too but I do think the presentation of these two dishes was better than the actual taste which is always disappointing.


I love sushi so the  spicy tuna sushi rolls and mixed nigiri were always going to go down a treat and this was a very good selection. Tuna and salmon are familiar toppings to nigiri to me but I’d never had a sea bass one before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Luckily the tuna rolls weren’t actually that spicy in my opinion which made them all the better!


The final compartment was definitely my favourite though with grilled octopus anticucho, BBQ miso chicken, steamed rice and vegetables with chili & garlic. I’ve never had octopus grilled before and I don’t really like it when my food has suckers but this was cooked to perfection any my absolute favourite dish of the night. The BBQ chicken was really nice and wonderful dipped in some soy sauce but I scrapped a lot of the white sauce that was smeared over it off as I thought there was just a little too much of it.

I wasn’t stuffed by the end of the meal but I was definitely satiated and there was actually quite a lot of food for £25. You’d spend a lot more than that buying individual dishes anyway and it’s nice to get to try selection of things.

Annoyingly just as we’d paid our bill we were approached by a woman offering us a £10 discount each by using the Velocity app. I’d never heard of it before but it seems like such a great idea for people like me who are terrible for carrying cash around with them. Basically you check in to the restaurant using the app and your bill is automatically added to it. Your dining companions can then join your table and you can split the bill (evenly or otherwise) and use the app to pay with just a few clicks.


We’d planned to grab a drink in Limehouse before the show started anyway so instead stayed on at Chotto Matte to indulge in some of their cocktails for a very low price! I had the Flor de Manzana – Mango vodka, sake, apple, lime, passionfruit and elderflower – which was really delicious and fairly reasonable for Soho at just £10 each (of course I just paid a service charge thanks to the app discount #bargain!)

BitBS Rating – £££

Chotto Matte Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

September Reading

I was on holiday at the start of the month and managed to whiz my way though A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger which I was gifted a while back at the Soap & Glory screening of The Duff. (Kody also wrote the book that the movie is based on.) Whitley sleeps with a guy on graduation night who of course just happens to be the son of her dad’s new fiance. The rest of the book pretty much goes exactly how you would expect it to. Predictable yes but a great Summer read nonetheless!

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I’m only counting this next book as a half because I didn’t realise that The  Time Stopper is a sort of prelude to the series Mind Dimensions by Dima Zales. This was both a good and a bad thing in that a) I managed to read through it super quickly but b) it left me wanting more, more, more! I’m trying really hard not to buy any more books at the moment, not even kindle ones so I’m going to have to put this series on hold for a bit.

Time stopper

While I was at home I found the copy of Prisoner of Azkaban that I thought I’d lost so obviously I had to give it a re-read. There is nothing more comforting to me than a Harry Potter book and this is one of the best. While I was home I also gave my niece The Philosophers Stone to read for the first time and I can’t wait to hear what she thinks of it!


I arrived home to a copy of Zeroes* by Scott Westerfield, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti and was slightly worried that I wouldn’t have it finished in time to review it this month due to the sheer size of it, 546 pages! I needn’t have worried though as the story was so compelling I could hardly put it down and finished it in 6 days. This book is pretty much everything that I look for in a YA novel; diverse, well thought out characters – different chapters are written from different points of view which helps us get to know each of them a bit better and you can barely tell that there are three different writers which helps the flow, a fast moving plot and a few cheeky superpowers thrown in for good measure. I was really happy to learn that this is just the first of a trilogy as I can’t wait to read more about the Zeroes!


I still haven’t finished listening to The Night Circus because my headphones broke on the way home from Atlanta but as you may have read I won a pair at the #SoundsOfSennheiser event so I’m sure I’ll be able to review this for y’all in next months post.


*Disclaimer: I was sent a copy by the publisher in exchange for a review.
The above opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.

DW Fitness Festive Fitness Challenge

You know what I’m a firm believer in? Fate. Everything happens for a reason and when you really need something the universe will find a way of making it happen. Right after I posted this post I discovered that DW Fitness were looking for bloggers to take part in their Festive Fitness Challenge. Yes, yes I know the C word in September should be banned (note how I haven’t actually written it) but actually we are just over 12 weeks away from the big day so it’s a great time to get serious and lose some weight in a healthy way before we all overindulge in turkey, all the trimmings and multiple puddings!


To start with we were asked to keep a food and exercise diary for a week. Keeping the diary was very eye opening for me, I knew I didn’t have the healthiest of diets (obviously) but it was interesting to see how quickly those calories racked up – from the popcorn I had at the cinema to the can of fizzy juice I had with my lunch. I also didn’t realise just how low my protein intake was! Our diaries were then passed on to the Personal Trainers at DW Fitness to analyse including a note of any health issues or dietary requirements that we suffer from. This was really important to me as having Crohns means that I can’t really follow a normal healthy diet as I have to limit my fibre intake.

They then sent back pointers as to where we were going wrong and provided nutritional advice as well as workout suggestions for the first two weeks. So what words of wisdom did they have for me?

  • Breakfast – I’m really bad for skipping breakfast (I find I’m hungrier through the day if I have it that if I don’t!) so the nutritionists advised starting the day with either porridge and some fruit or high protein breakfasts like scrambled eggs and lean meat/fish
  • Lunch – most of my lunches are pretty high in carbohydrates (meal deals from Tesco will do that to you) so I need to try to reduce this while increasing protein
  • Dinner – watch out for portion sizes, dinner is easily my biggest meal of the day which it shouldn’t be. They also pointed me to some great fakeaway recipes for when I’m craving a takeaway
  • Snacks – I need to plan for and limit my treats to just once or twice per week rather than almost every day. That includes those sneaky glasses of wine and prosecco at blogger events – boo hoo!
  • Exercise – Since I do next to no exercise at all at the moment I need to start hitting the gym at least three times per week. This is definitely the bit I’m least looking forward to of the whole challenge!

The thing that really stuck with me most was this: “Try not to let one indulgent meal turn into a ‘Day off’ and ‘I’ll start again tomorrow’ attitude”. I am so, so guilty of this but hopefully with a bit of outside support I’ll feel too guilty to even think about giving up and finally get my health back on track. I’m looking to lose a stone over the next 12 weeks – the equivalent of a Christmas turkey! – and I’ve already lost 3lbs in the last fortnight just by tracking my calorie intake rather than putting any effort into it so I’m hopeful.

I weighed in this morning at 12st 12lbs which at 5’4.6” gives me a BMI of 30.5 and apparently 38.5% body fat. I don’t want to get too bogged down with numbers so I’ll be weighing in fortnightly and monitoring my body fat every four weeks.

*Disclaimer: I’m taking part in the DW Fitness
Fitness Festive Challenge in exchange for blogging about my journey.
The above opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.

Truc Vert, Mayfair

Last Sunday (as in not yesterday, the one before that) I met my friend Connie for Sunday brunch at Truc Vert courtesy of those lovely folks at Zomato. Tucked away in Mayfair just off of Oxford Street it was not somewhere I had heard of before.

Given it was a sunny day we decided to eat outside but I did grab a few sneaky snaps of the inside for you guys when I nipped to the loo shortly before leaving. It’s very rustic and bare but while the inside it was as quiet as a mouse the tables outside were kept in constant rotation with diners.

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While it was semi busy that did not excuse the rather poor service we received during our visit. It took over 15 minutes to even be given menus while other tables who were seated after us were given them immediately. The small cheese and charcuterie board that we ordered to share as a starter came at the same time as the rest of the food so there was no room for everything on the table and at no point were we asked if everything was OK or if we would like any further drinks or dessert.


With the negatives out-of-the-way here’s the positive. The food was fantastic! The mixed platter that we ordered was heaped with four different cheeses, three meats, three types of bread (not pictured) and chutney. Far more food than we expected for a mere £7.95. Of course with our hot mains already at the table we tucked into those first and had the cheese as an almost dessert.


To eat I went for the grilled Toulouse sausages with bubble & squeak, french beans and red wine jus. Two fat juicy sausages split in two piled on top of a large helping of bubble & squeak drizzled with a thick gravy. The sausages were well cooked, the mash smooth with the added crunch of grated carrots and cabbage throughout and I couldn’t even complain about a lack of gravy.


Connie on the other hand went for the steak & frites which came with a béarnaise sauce which she enjoyed. The chips were more thick cut than frites but the steak was cooked to her liking and there was plenty sauce for her as well.

Another slight annoyance was the number of homeless people/beggars who would come up and ask us for money which of course makes you feel very guilty about the meal you are about to indulge in. There were a total of three of them during our visit and while this is not a fault of the restaurant I would recommend that you pick a table indoors instead of out if given the chance for this reason.

BitBS Rating – ££
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The Pros and Cons of Fitness Trackers

I felt my bare wrist and panicked. I was in the middle of a crowded gig and I couldn’t find my VivoFit – my stomach sank, I hadn’t realised how much I loved that little device or how much I would miss wearing it. Luckily it had got caught in the sleeve of my jacket when I’d taken it off and stuffed it into my bag so I don’t have to find out just yet but it got me thinking about how popular fitness trackers have become over the last few years.  


It’s a well proffered fact that for good all round health we should be striving to walk 10,000 steps every day but how many steps do we actually take on a daily basis? I’ve been wearing my VivoFit pretty consistently since I got it (with the exception of about a month and a half over summer where I found it too hot to wear) and the numbers surprised me greatly. Living in London I definitely do a lot more walking that I would in other cities but it’s still not generally enough. I mean look at the last two weeks – far too much blue!



That said look at the general increase in number of steps taken over the course of this year. Last month I walked much more than I had in any previous month!


Step trackers are a great motivational tool and what I like about the VivoFit in particular is the fact that it doesn’t just arbitrarily suggest that you hit that 10k goal but it adjusts your goal on a daily basis depending on your performance in the days preceding it. It puts you in competition with yourself and that is a great thing. I myself an hoping to push myself to hit target each day in a bid to get fitter and hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be reaching that 10k mark no problem at all. I know some fitness trackers even allow you to compete against your friends too which I can see being a great motivator for the competitive!

So should you get one? Here are some pros and cons to help you make up your mind.


  • Encourages movement and keeps you motivated – great for those with a competitive streak
  • Integration with other apps – I use mine with MyFitnessPal which means I can base my calorie intake on what I’ve burned each day
  • These days fitness trackers are much seeker and come in different colours/styles to compliment your look


  • You have to remember to wear them! It’s easy to forget to put it on again after you’ve had a shower
  • Initial cost can be a fair bit but they more than pay for themselves
  • Inaccuracy – fitness trackers aren’t of course 100% accurate but they’re better than guesstimating what you’ve done and they’ll show trends

Did you know the pedometer was invented by none other than Leonardo da Vinci? Neither did I – read some other fun facts about it in this article by Legal & General.

*Disclaimer: This post written in collaboration with Legal & General.
The above opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.

Money, money, money must be funny, in a rich (wo)mans world

No sadly I have not won the lottery, in fact quite the opposite. My last NET worth update made me realise just how much I’ve lost sight of my spending and that I am was living well beyond my means. While I had good intentions with this post clearly I didn’t actually put it into action and now I find myself with less than 8 months until I turn 30 and almost £8k in debt, somethings gotta change.

Back in the days when I first started blogging I was the kind of person to save more than she spent, always had a firm hold on where my money was going and enjoyed watching my NET worth go up on a monthly basis after all the hard work I put in. I put down a large cash deposit for my flat back home with the money I’d saved and was still able to live comfortably after I moved in but to be honest there wasn’t a lot to do with my money in Aberdeen which helped massively with that.

Fast forward four and a half years and I’m basically in the exact opposite position. While I still own my flat in Aberdeen and it pays for itself now that it is leased out, it spent over a year being empty which depleted my savings greatly. In hindsight I should have waited until it was ready for renting out but I also know that if I hadn’t left when I did I never would have!

I’m not going to say that moving to London was the best decision of my life, nor one of the worse, it was simply a decision that I’m glad that I made. I love my life in London, the friends that I have made, the experiences I have had and of course this blog and the opportunities that have come with it but I have to get serious and start spending consciously.

October budget

Starting off slowly I’ve drawn up what is, hopefully, a realistic budget (you can read more about the specific categories in this post from a year ago #oops). I’ve been using MoneyDashboard for a while in order to track my accounts but I’m terrible with cash so I’ve put a cute little notepad and pen into my handbag so I can write down every penny I spend in it!

You’ll also notice a couple of zeroes in the budget; I bought a three month travelcard to see me through until I come home after Christmas which takes a big monthly spend out of the equation each month, I don’t buy a lot of clothes/shows anyway tending to do so in bursts so this was the first category I could cut down on super easily and I don’t have any birthdays (that I remember!) coming up that I need to buy gifts for so I’m hoping I can get away with nothing spent there. Of course there is the miscellaneous category to allow for any things I might have missed but this seems like as good a place as any to start!