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Spending Diaries Lockdown Special: The month of Ramadan

The Spending Diary Series takes a real-life look into the spending habits and money budgeting tips and tricks of young people in the UK. 

About me

Name: Sanna M

Job: Letting Assistant at Slough and Eton CofE Business and Enterprise College (Part-time)

Age: 17

Location: Slough

Salary: £7.32 an hour (monthly pay varies on hours)

Monthly Allowance: Don’t have one but can use mum’s card in an emergency

Living conditions: At home with parents

 

Monthly Expenses

Disney +: £5.99

Apple Music: £5.99

Savings: £100

 

My Spending Diary

Monday 4th May

It’s the month of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting so it’s the time of giving and spending time with family. With lockdown it’s become easier yet harder. After closing my fast at 3.44am, I  woke up at 4pm, with 4 hours and a half left to go till I could break my fast. I was paid on Friday (the end of the month) so that was £201 this month, not much but due to the lockdown my workplace is closed, so it makes sense. By 5pm, I had cashed out £100 and given it to my mum.

A saving technique used in my family: In order for this technique to work you must stay committed and have a trusted family member involved. Ever since working, every payday I cash out £100 and give it to my mum to keep. This is an easier way to save as the money cannot be accessed and isn’t being used.

Total Spending: £100

 

Tuesday 5th  May

My day start pretty late so I don’t usually do much till 2pm but after my friend passing away a year ago, I wanted to make my friends feel appreciated, loved and not alone so I decided to do a big buy – dangerous in terms of my spending but whatever helps my friends in this time. After the death of my friend, one of our friends decided to start a sweet treats/bakery in their honour. With it being Ramadan, it’s the time of giving so this is the perfect time to treats my friends. Therefore, I did a big buy of 15 gift boxes which cost me £85. I delivered them all whilst maintaining social distancing. Big shoutout to SanaaSweetTreats.

Total Spending: £85

 

Wednesday 6th May

Today was a lazy day. Stayed awake till 5am and then woke up around 4pm. Whoopsies. Spent the day having a pamper and then later I decided to online shop. It is officially my 18th birthday in one month. Looked at a couple websites like Misguided, Boohoo, SHEIN. Shopping in lockdown is hard because you don’t really want to buy something fancy when there is no occasion but then again, shopping to dress to go to your living room is not so bad. I looked at a couple of dresses and found this cute white and blue tribal print dress for £18.99. The shipping price was not so nice (£5) but my sister has a free delivery code, what a live saver.

Ramadan is all about charity so I’ve been donating money to people who are helping those in need. I donated £10 to one of my friends go fund me page for Kashmir, a state suffering under occupation and natural disasters.

Secret tip: When I shop I always set a budget so I control my spending. Staying committed will help in the long run!

Total Spending: £28.99

 

Thursday 7th  May

Lockdown is getting boring but going shopping with my mum has helped maintain my sanity. Prices have gone crazy at the supermarket or maybe we did our normal shop and I’m going crazy, who knows. Whilst my mama did a food shop, I picked up some pink roses for £3 to visit my friends grave, of course while maintaining social distancing. Having a daily mission helps.

Total Spending: £65

 

Friday 8th  May

It is now day 15 of Ramadan, I think it’s the perfect time to start ordering presents to be delivered and Eid decorations. I love buying decorations as it helps set the scene and vibe even though we are in a pandemic. I love finding good deals on decorations. Since I’m going for a simple touch this year, I decided to buy a cute decoration set with had bunting, helium and normal balloons. I am very excited for Eid even though it is going to be very different this year.

Total Spending; £21.25

 

Saturday 9th  May  

I slept thought majority of the day to the point I have no energy but it’s not long left till I can open my fast which is great, didn’t really order or shop today so it’s been a good day.

Total Spending: £0

 

Sunday 10th  May

Today it was a productive day, I cleaned up my room and went for a walk. Staying active is one of the 5 ways of wellbeing which is a good strategy to follow whilst in lockdown. Today I’m craving fudge brownie and ice cream for dessert, quick shop in Tesco to pick something. As my baking skills are not the best, I bought two packets of ready-made brownie bites with a box of soft ice cream. It was so delicious.

Total spending: £4.45

 

 

 

Photo credit: Ahmed Aqtai

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Money for Life work in partnership with the Money Advice Service, an independent organisation set up by government. Money AdviceService provides free, unbiased money guidance across the UK to help people make the most of their money.  If you have a question or need help, you can chat to them here.

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