Compared to the past few months, July has been positively ‘exciting’ and ‘action-packed’:
- I took my car for its service and MOT – it passed!
- I went to the hairdresser – au revoir unruly tresses and grey hair!
- I went walking on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail in North Yorkshire!
- I went to a friend’s house for a socially-distanced BBQ!
- I bought a sausage roll from Greggs!
- I got a McDonalds delivery!
- I went back to the gym – need to get rid of my lockdown flab and to counter the last two points!
Does it feel like things are getting back to normal?
It was beginning to feel that way, until the newly imposed lockdown measures for Greater Manchester (where I live) were announced, due to some spikes in people testing positive for COVID-19. Ah well.
Despite things being more relaxed earlier in the month, I’ve still not been back in the office, nor have I visited a pub or a restaurant.
I’ve been wearing a mask – lots of confused messages about where you should wear them, so my thinking is that if in doubt, I’m just going to wear one.
Anyway, how did I get on with my numbers?
I was able to save 61.6% of my net salary!
The above savings includes top ups from yet another £25 premium bond win, £50 Matched Betting profits (from last month), £35 football predictions winnings and £24.54 from TopCashback*.
Shares and Investment Trusts
No new investments, I just topped up existing investments.
Current share/IT portfolio can be found here.
(Entire portfolio here)
Ups and downs in the stock market, with it ending on a down, just as I was running my numbers!
So a bit of a dip from last month, with my Future Fund standing at £191,900.
Will it go back up or continue to fall? It’s anyone’s guess!
Dividends and Other Income
Remember when I said that I hadn’t really been affected by any dividend cuts?
I spoke too soon!