I've done a bit of ticking off this week of a few small things on the list. To be honest there's very little left on it at all. Currently, all that is on it is the following:
1) New sofa covers for the large sofa in our second reception room (£300) - yes, it's a biggie, but we've had this sofa for over 15 years and we love it as it's long and deep and very comfortable. We bought it from IKEA years ago, but it is now discontinued, so I can't get covers from there, although they can be bought from other companies. (Obviously other people feel the same way about it as we do) Anyway, I want to keep it for years more, but the beige sofa covers are marked in places and I'd like some new ones. It's not essential, but it would be good to save up and get some. I may, however, change my mind about this, so it's definitely a backburner item that will take a while to save for.
2) Spend another £50 on clothes for LB.
3) Slip on plimsolls for the spring/summer - my old ones are very shabby now, but I live in these in the summer months and want to find another pair I like as much as my current ones, which I bought from ASOS. Still looking!
4) Established plants for the garden (£100-200) - I'm thinking of re-planting one of the borders in the spring and want to buy large plants to replace some that I want to remove. Again, there isn't a hurry for this one, so it can wait until spring now.
Everything else that was on the list has now been bought, which is all good, although small things do sometimes get added on here and there.
This week, OH bought one of the items for me. It was a new cover for the record player. Several years ago, I made the grievous mistake of setting down a plug in air freshener on the lid, which subsequently leaked and damaged it like this:
A while back, I found a new one on eBay for £40 and was saving up my Paypal balance to buy it. When I told OH, within minutes he'd found another online for £25 plus £2.50 postage and bought it himself, which was kind of him. It came the other day and has made a big difference.
Here's what it looks like now, restored to it's former glory:
I was also going to replace the speakers, one of which I likewise damaged with the same air freshener.
Whilst replacing the lid cover, I got to looking at it and gave it a scratch and realised that the speaker casing is aluminium and the mark might scratch or rub off. The speakers belonged to my father who was a serious music lover and are a set of old Bang and Oulfson speakers. I didn't really want to part with them and I tried one last attempt to get the mark off with some alcohol solution. It worked and it now looks so much better, so I'm keeping them.
To celebrate, I put on some vinyl, which I haven't done in a long time. It's such a wonderful medium through which to listen to music. It takes me back to being a teenager and listening to LP's at home on the stereogram.
Anyway, another thing crossed of the wish list. Do you use a wish list to help control spending?