Purchases to Make This Payday Weekend

It’s payday, FINALLY, April felt at least 600 weeks long. If you’re anything like me you probably get the urge to splurge once your bank account gets topped back up, so I thought I’d curate a list of considered, practical purchases for you to make this payday weekend.

Reusable metal straws. It seems the plastic straw debate is circling once again, and nobody seems to be able to agree on anything. I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of paper straws, I’m a slow drinker and they tend to disintegrate before I get a chance to finish my beverage. I want to reduce my use of single use plastics though so I picked up some metal straws for under a fiver on eBay before Christmas and I LOVE them. They’re slim, come with a handy travel pouch and they look cute too. These are the ones I bought, but there are tons out there!

Journal. I know, I know, I talk about journaling all the time. But with good reason, it’s SO good for you. If you’re a journaling pro, use your new found cash to pick up a dreamy notebook, but if you’re a newbie, pick a guided journal! There’s plenty out there and they can help give you some direction in your practice while you find your feet. This mindfulness journal is a great place to start.

Facial SPF. If last week was anything to go by, it seems that summer is on the approach. It’s so important to make sure you’re taking daily good care of your skin, so use this months pay packet to stock up on a good quality facial SPF. Look for something with UVA and UVB protection at least SPF 30. I love this La Roche Posay one, it’s super lightweight and doesn’t mess with makeup.

New sandals. Speaking of good weather, anyone else crack out their sandals last weekend to find they were falling apart? Yeah, me too. Lucky for me I bought a pair of Birkenstock’s too last year and honestly it’s probably the best money I’ve ever spent. I wore them for the better part of eight months last year, and they’re still looking great. This week I threw out all my other ratty sandals because these are all you need.

A good backpack. Ready for that summer exploring? I’m not screwing around this year with heavy backpacks full of camera kit, chilly bottles and snacks, I bought a Fjallraven knock off from EBay and I’m obsessed. Okay, so the quality won’t be as good as the original, but it looks cute and it does the job for less than a quarter of the price.

What’s on your to buy list?