Yesterday, I fell asleep at 8pm, just like that.
This is so unusual for me that I thought I’d share it! Normally, I need to be doing things well into the evening in order to feel as though I’m making maximum use of my time. There’s always something to cook, wash or tidy, bills to pay, papers to organise, emails to answer…
But yesterday I thought I’d just sit for a moment on the bed to gather some energy for the next round, and then suddenly it was 5.30am this morning and I woke feeling cheated out of my time, but very nicely refreshed indeed!
The reason my body allowed me such a luxury, I think, is a backlog of jetlag. You see, I was lucky enough to spend Christmas with family in New Zealand (a truly amazing place), and must have been feeling the knock-on effects of my first 38-hour day!
But other than an extreme bout of insomnia, the fantastic holiday left us with a hefty credit card bill, which has been a real struggle to pay off every month since we bought the airline tickets almost a year ago.
Holidays and other variable expenses will always be there to eat away at carefully constructed monthly budgets, so instead of panicking about how to meet these extra bills when they crop up, we decided to start the new year by taking control of the expenses rather than let them control us.
So, 1 January in our household saw us huddled over the computer setting up a number of savings accounts.
We set down all our incomings and outgoings to get a clear understanding of our household budget, then set up a brand new ‘Travel’ savings account, where we’ll put away a little every month.
Having our own payment plan for this means that when we next need to book expensive flights in two years’ time, we’ll have a little pot of money ready and waiting – instead of having to resort to the credit card and the (inevitable!) late payment charges!
So now all we need to do is wait for the next holiday… Hmmmmm…