I’m not a winter person and I really dislike going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. I don’t quite suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) but do find that I really struggle to get up in the mornings now, even after a good night’s sleep and it’s not because I can’t face going into work! Traffic is also worse this time of year – might have to start setting off earlier for work to see if I can avoid the worse part of it.
Fortunately, the weather is still quite mild – really not looking forward to scraping ice off the car windscreen! Roll on springtime!
So, how did I get on with my savings this month?
Pretty much on the nose with 50% saved this month! I wasn’t sure I would make it this month as I’ve just started to pay off the flight to Hong Kong I’ve booked for Christmas but I was careful with my food shopping (I’ll post about this shortly) which balanced things out.
Savings were boosted this month by £56.04
reviewing music via SliceThePie*
cashback from a new boiler maintenance plan and £150
Aside from receiving my first dividend income
from shares this month, I bought some shares in De La Rue
(DLAR) and BP
. I also bought some shares in Vodafone
(VOD) the back end of September but the purchase didn’t happen until the beginning of October.
So my little portfolio of shares continues to grow and currently looks like this:
As I’m still trying to get my allocations close to my ‘Portfolio For All Seasons‘ (am still very much home-biased towards the UK), I won’t be buying individual shares every month, although by the end of 2015, I hope to have around 10 different shares.
My investment portfolio now totals £21,803, just £197 short of my 2014 goal of £22,000, with two more months to go, so all is on plan for year 1 of my road to FI/Early Retirement!