Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Challenge update

With my £19 safely stowed away in my satchel I hurried home last evening with dreams of only spending £10 to feed myself for the week! A visit to Tescos saw me loose £6.76 for iogredients to cover me for 2 days of pork chops, veggies or chips and beans. Then I spent £4.30 on footie, £3.90 on a bottle of wine and 99p on a bag of grapes. Total spend of £11.65 and rather frustratingly, I only have £7.35 to my name...

I can't bloody well beleive it. How could I be such a waster on the first day!! It's only Tuesday!!

Not enjoying having to keep to such a tiny budget I unleashed my creativity again and tried think of ways of earning additional money to keep me going... and I reverted to poker... online.

Before collapsing into bed and crying myself to sleep... a hungry sleep. I popped online and gambled the last $15 (£7.35) and turned it into $80 (£40) in 2 hours. I would love to say that this was a enlightened idea to keep me in food - but I think I always had this in mind if i just couldn't hack living within a small budget. Well one thing I have learned is that I could support myself through this method if I was required to do so... I feel dirty though.

There we have it - £40 to my name and life is brill again.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Living on a wing and a prayer

Yo! Just thought that I would stop by and unleash some news and fun onto my blog page once more (maybe twice). There has been many comments about my dissapperance from blog history just recently and I feel the need to off load... in the only way I know how.

I wish to point out that my life has not all of the sudden become so worthlessly boring and predictable that even a random surfer-by wounldn't find something mildly amusing about my inane ramblings and experiences... it's more to do with the media attention which many a good (and bad) blog site have been inflicted with. A few harsh stabs at us bloggers - demanding to be told the real incentive for us writing twoddle about our cruddy lives. It left me feeling a little bit shy and a tad angry.

Ok... today has been a wee bit infuriating - happily though it has left me with a rather interesting challenge which I am accepting with eagerness and hope. Can I possibly live for a week on £19.87p? I should explain why I only have £19.87p to my name until this Saturday evening shouldn't I...

It all started this morning when I cleverly left my wallet (with all my debit cards and ID) around my girl friends... 140 miles away. The car is in the garage and I shall not see her until Saturday evening. The only money I have to my name at home is a large bowl of change collected over the last few months. Instead of carrying around 3 kg of spare change everywhere - I decided to spend my first amount on taking the loose change to one of them cash counting machines. Wonderful devices - really. The machine goes through all your coins and issues you with a credit note minus some money for charity (7.9%). So my first payment was for £1.70p to a charity of their choice and I find myself with £21.42.. minus a ham sandwich and a twix... £19.87p.

I have decided that this week I will not borrow money, or owe any money. Rent has been paid and bills are covered - it is all about food and entertainment now.

Can I possibly do it!?

I'll keep you informed....


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