FINDING £20 YOU WEREN'T EXPECTING!
Welcome to fabby, frugal, fit February. Not only is it the Frugaldom month of weight control - getting it back under control after the festive feasting - it's also fix the finances month, making any corrections to overspends, bringing things up to date and making the most of not paying Council Tax if you opted for the 10 monthly installments. It's never usually about spending, that's for sure.
But something extra special arrived this month! I 'found' £20. It's not like it was lying in the street or anything, it's more of a windfall, courtesy of MoneySupermarket.com and their 'What's In Your Pocket?' competition.
So where does an extreme frugaler such as myself begin when presented with the opportunity of having a little 'fun with my mun' when the opportunity arises? GOOD QUESTION!
It's a bit like asking what I'd do if I won a huge amount of money on the lottery! I'd renovate the house, have a 6 month vacation while the work was being carried out, go exploring, eat expensive food, sample fine wines and all sorts of delicacies, splash out on gifts and play at being the secret millionaire to help others realise their lifelong ambitions and dreams. I'd probably quit work and focus on helping others with their fundraising activities and generally have some fun but still keep it frugal... I just can't help it.
Feet back on the ground, it's £20 and I don't want to blow it all in a oner, so I'll need to think about it for a bit...
- I've given up the car in favour of walking or cycling, but it's a 10-mile round trip to the nearest shop when avoiding the main road.
- I've just booked to go for a long weekend hosteling and hill walking in Fort William, doubling this up as a fundraiser for our local lifeboat.
- I'm in the process of putting together a photo library of McGonks that will be incorporating many places and activities.
- I've recently updated my list of 'things to do before I'm 50' after wiping off several that were no longer feasible from a financial or fitness point of view.
Back soon with my thoughts on what to do with all this dosh!