A big hello to everyone – Savvy Scot is back!! I have internet again and am connected to the world. It is strange how disconnected and helpless that you feel without an internet connection. How amazing is it that one wire can carry so much information that we are reliant on:
- Streaming television
It is more than that though, as that first category ‘Internet’ is fast becoming an essential.
- Paying Bills
- Social Media
- Clothes Shopping
- Buying Groceries
- The list goes on….
I think I have made my point on how many different aspects of your life become disconnected when you don’t have internet access. This is apparent when you consider that I used over 2.5 Gb of data on my mobile this month! (NOT looking forward to that bill)!
So Mrs Scot and I have moved house and we are starting to get settled in our new home. It is just that – a home. The mental difference in knowing that you own (or are at least paying off) your own place is phenomenal. The assurance that if you want to paint a wall or put up some shelves; you can just do it. You don’t need to seek permission – you are your own landlord!
I think I made a statement and proved this to myself by removing a door and drilling a couple of holes in the wall for a heavy picture frame ;)! Oh yeah and we bought a brand new BBQ 🙂 ! On the topic of buying things, I guess that I should confess and get it out there what we have spent so far. I have included two photos that I took when the furniture arrived. More photos will follow (hopefully this week) when everything else is finished!
- Dining Room Table and 6 chairs
- 3 door / 3 drawer sideboard
- Coffee Table
- TV Unit
- Dressing Table, Stool and Mirror
Total – £3000.
Once again, I wanted to give you a preview with these photos – Completed ones to come 😀
Man items ( 😀 )
- Weber BBQ – (£130 / $210) – already had 3 BBQs 😀
- Drill – (£60 / $100)
Total £190 / $310
- 2 x Mountain Bikes + bike rack + helmets and pump (£700 / $1100)
- 1 x Picture Frame (£125 / $200) – Selection of our wedding photos from Thailand
Total £825 / $1300
Grand Total – £4015 / $6400
It is no surprise to most of you that we put the furniture items on Credit Card but we stand by our decision. In fact, I paid the £500 deposit from my debit card which means that £2500 was on the card. True to our word, we have also paid off an installment for April of £300, leaving the current balance at £2200, with 14 months remaining on the interest free period.
We had said last year that we would use some of our wedding money towards buying mountain bikes as a new way to keep fit and have fun together. We got the 2 weeks ago and have already used them a few times – we did the 7.5 mile circuit of Richmond Park last weekend which was amazing!
Looking back – Do we regret it?
In a word – NO! Our new furniture has already enabled us to have family around for several meals. My best friend was down staying for the weekend and being able to sit around a table and chat was fantastic!
The dressing table has not yet arrived, but Mrs Scot is so excited about it. We have matching furniture that looks great and are using it all the time! Furthermore, we have a long list of family and friends who are now scheduled to stay with us! 🙂
I owe you all a lot of posts so will be updating regularly again! The Fitness Challenge is still ongoing – will give an update next post! This brings me on to my closing point… We have an appointment / trial at the local hotel’s leisure center tonight. I visited it at the weekend and it was AMAZING! It has a huge gym, 3 studios with lots of classes, a 20m pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. It is only a 2 minute walk door to door – I just have to convince Mrs Scot! The one drawback is that membership is quite expensive…
£49.50 / $80 per month each (£99 / $160 month for the two of us)
While I understand that this is quite expensive (average for London though) if we attend regularly (3 times per week) then I can justify it in my mind. I still have a gym that I can use (and will continue to use) at work, however the pool/sauna/fitness classes would be great fun to go to on evenings and weekends!
What are your thoughts on paying for gym membership?
How much would you / do you pay per month?
How many times a month do you visit?
It is good to be back 😀