Today is the end of October, and perhaps would have been the end of the focused money saving challenge, but then I had to go to the optician's yesterday afternoon.
Are you sitting down? You need to be.
I'm having to get older-lady glasses this time - my first pair of varifocals. Who knew how much they would be? I certainly hadn't a clue. Good lenses? Over £250. Then there's the sight test, and the frames. No change out of £400.
I can see fine at this kind of distance:
(image from ayrshireeyeclinic.com)
but it is starting to get a bit tricky when I am about here:
(image from motivationalmemo.com)
and when I am looking closely at this level, well, it's better to just take the flipping glasses off at the moment:
(image from theknitter.co.uk)
There is no doubt in my mind that I need the new glasses.
So, our money saving challenge will have to roll onwards into November. We'll keep a close eye on the spending, and we'll be putting the £400 back into the savings pot as fast as we can. The amount I had hoped to increase the savings by in this month will probably have to whistle! It's going to be a challenge to break even.
But let's count our blessings: I have the money to buy the glasses, and I have the ways and means to replace it. I don't have to put it on a credit card or take out a payday loan to finance the purchase. It's all good, really. And isn't life a bit boring without a challenge or two to keep us on our toes?!