My Spending Diary – November 2019

My spending diary November 2019

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Everything I bought in November was for my art studio, but it wasn’t exactly art materials this time. I’m really pleased I got what I did – for not a lot of cash, I made a huge difference to my creative space. Check it out!

What goes into the spending diary?

All the things I’ve bought for my sole personal use. We decide on household items and shared interests, and they come out of the household budget.

Any cashback earned goes back into the household budget.

Oriented strand board (chipboard)

After a bit of deliberation, I bought an 11mm thick, 2.44 x 1.22m sheet of OSB chipboard* to turn into a desktop for my art studio.

I didn’t know whether or not to get chipboard or plywood, as the chipboard might make the room look too “shed” and not enough chic. It’s hard working out how to kit out a studio when it’s still part of your house and still needs to look decent!

The sheet of chipboard cost £20.72 and that was an absolute steal, as the delivery was included.

Ronseal varnish

Naturally I had to seal the chipboard somehow and stop it from snagging and splintering… it’s the worst material for splinters, as I’m sure you know. The easiest and cheapest way I could do this was to use a polycrylic varnish like this Ronseal interior gloss varnish*.

The entire desk (and additional desktop on the other side of the room) got three coats and there’s still some left over, and even better, I can use this varnish for doing DIY image transfers!

The tin and postage cost £12.95. Between the two items, I transformed my studio for under £35!

Body Kun figure

No doubt about it, this Body Kun artist’s figure is a knock-off*. I wasn’t entirely sure when I bought it, but after it arrived I knew by the poor quality of some of the parts.

But believe it or not, that’s not a problem! I could only justify buying a cheap version as I wanted to cut it up, sand it down and use it for making casts in order to make my own posable figure.

It cost £15 including the shipping from China, and I think it was entirely worth it. I’m going to carry on the kitbashing next year and now I have a little avatar to customise even more. I love it!

Total spend: £48.67.

Most of that went towards a remarkable home transformation that’s really paying off for me – I just wish I’d done it earlier!

Budget rollover to this month: £154.81.

I started November with £153.48 and my spending brought me down to £104.81. On December 1st, we each got another £50 added to our budgets, bringing me up to £154.81.

Where’s the rest of it?

As usual, pop over to our grocery spending for details on what we’ve spent at the supermarket last month.

Last month

My spending diary November 2019

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