Skirt: River Island | Shirt: New Look | Shoes: Office
Unlike some, I'm lucky to not live on the bread line, but in the last month my bank account has been, for want of another word, 'raped' with the obligations of moving house. Rent, deposit, Christmas, bills and food have all totted up, and a recent glance at my bank statement left me feeling slightly alarmed. I'm not frustrated at myself, as I paid a big portion of debt off in the last few months, but right now I am poor, and I need to watch what I spend.
In London it is far too easy to spend money. You take £200 out of the cash machine, and after a few days of buying lunches and coffee, tube fare, a few bits of food, some toiletries and maybe a new top, you're left with a few coppers in change. Before you know it, your entire wage packet has been sucked into the big smoke, and really you have very little to show for it.
One of my Happiness Project goals is to address the topic of money, and I hope to have a much healthier approach to my spending this year. For now, I just need to last until pay day without dipping into my savings, and so I've decided to declare this week (until Friday), 'no spend week'.
Admittedly there are a couple of exceptions: two coffee dates that I already have in the diary and wouldn't want to cancel. But other than that, I plan on spending nothing. Nada. Not a single penny. Gulp.
In theory it shouldn't be too hard - I've already paid for my travel, I have plenty of food in the house and an unlimited cinema card that can always keep me busy, but can I really go five days without spending a thing? We'll see.
Not spending money obviously puts a dampener on my social life, so I've put together a little list of things I can do instead of spending cash.
- Go to the cinema using my unlimited card
- Write a blog post
- Phone my mum
- Write a letter
- Watch a dvd
- Cook something from scratch
- Read a book
- Have a bubble bath
- Play Scrabble with Frank
- Visit a free gallery
- Go for a run