What I spend in a week as a 24-year-old in England

I’ve been watching a lot of the “What I spend in a day” videos on YouTube and figured it would be fun to do a blog post version as the first part of my “Living Alone”-series.

I haven’t included any bills or recurring payments in this post. It’s purely a summarization of what I spent my money on this past week.


I started keeping track of my spending on Sunday, the 12th of January. It was a very quiet day at home. One thing that I think you’re going to notice while reading this post is that I don’t really do much during the week. My most interesting days of the week are Friday nights and Saturdays!



Just a very average day in my life – gym, school run, work, another school run, dinner, read, sleep. The only money that went out of my bank account was my weekly deposit to Moneybox, a saving app that invests your money for you.



I sold an old jumper on DePop and had to take that to the post office. After, I quickly popped into TK Maxx to get some coffee syrup (they’re disgusting, unfortunately) and into Tescos to get some fresh fruit and vegetables for the week.

TK Maxx: £7.98
Groceries: 10.02


On Wednesday, I had a food delivery from Ocado. I usually do this about once per month and stock up on basics that will last me longer than the food I buy fresh every week.

I ordered some new cushion covers from Hemashop.com (a Dutch shop that also sells in England). Very necessary as some of the cushions on my sofa don’t actually have a cover at the moment.

I’ve been doing yoga with an app called Daily Yoga and today they had an offer where you got 85% of a yearly subscription for the Pro version.. Since this is something I want to do every day (and have been doing every day for the past two weeks, so getting into the habit!), I decided to make this purchase as there are a lot more lessons available that way.

Groceries: £42.19
Hema: £25.25
Yoga: £33.99


Nothing interesting happened.



I didn’t have any work to do today (other than school runs) so decided to properly clean the cottage. In between cleaning different rooms, I went to Costa for a coffee and a piece of vegan rocky road. I might’ve also popped into The Works where they had a lot of sets of books that I’ve been wanting to buy. In the evening, I watched a movie and went to bed early.

Books: £22
Coffee: £7.45


On Saturday, I went to get a haircut (one of the cons of having a pixie cut is that you have to get it cut every four weeks) and had a coffee with a friend. In the evening, I went out with a few other friends at a cocktail bar and a club, where I bought them all a drink.

Hairdresser: £11
Hair dye: £5
Coffee: £3.75
Dinner: £12.65
Drinks: £35

My total for this week comes out to £231.28. Which is more than I would usually spend. Obviously, I don’t buy app-subscriptions, home decor or this many groceries every week, and those things really added up this week. I think my average usually lies between £100 and £150.

What do you spend most of your money on during the week? 🙂



  1. Sundeep
    24 January 2020 / 7:39 am

    Great idea to keep record on spendings. Thursday is the best day so far (kidding) 😉

  2. 24 January 2020 / 12:09 am

    Oh to be young again and free. Choose your activities wisely and enjoy your youth and always be careful, mindful of your surroundings.

  3. 23 January 2020 / 10:29 pm

    11 pounds for the hairdresser? Whaaaat? I need to visit your salon asap! 😀

  4. 23 January 2020 / 9:35 pm

    I’s always a good idea to keep track of what we spend. I liked your ideas.

  5. Sushmita R Malakar
    23 January 2020 / 8:13 pm

    Between 100 t0 150 seems good! Obviously no one spends so much on groceries every week, as you mentioned this is your monthly supply! 😀

  6. ireayotomiwa
    23 January 2020 / 3:56 pm

    I love been able to keep track of your spendings but I’m so lazy these days. It really does help to let you know when you need to cut back on some .

    • maartjevansandwijk
      23 January 2020 / 4:15 pm

      I did it one week for this post and then immediately stopped 🙃 it’s so good to do though!!

  7. Davindra Ramnarine
    23 January 2020 / 5:00 am

    This is a good way to keep track of your spending.

  8. 23 January 2020 / 12:53 am

    This is actually an awesome way to keep track of spending – I’m inspired and totally going to try it myself! Thank you!

  9. 23 January 2020 / 12:31 am

    It is great that you’re tracking your spendings, I’ve never done it in my life and I SHOULD.

  10. Joanna
    22 January 2020 / 9:17 pm

    I usually spend around £70 on groceries every week and then whatever comes up on top for entertainment. Plus petrol for the car.

  11. 22 January 2020 / 8:44 pm

    This is a great way to have track of your spendings I wish I did that at 24

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