Money. It is what we live and work for. It is, quite possibly, the most important possession that we own. Without it nowadays, your choices in life are as restricted as a nun’s when it comes to a night out. Whether we like it or not, without money you cannot possibly survive in the modern day World, unless you become a pixie and start living off mushrooms of the forest.
And this is a big problem. Everyone likes to keep up with the Jones’, because the grass is always greener on the other side and we have to show off to everyone how well we’ve all been doing, and the material wealth we have acquired has to be on public display for all to see.
“Oh look, Mrs Smith has a new BMW, she must be doing well”.
It is actually quite a pathetic society we live in; judged not on what we have done, but what we possess as a consequence. And I am just as guilty as the rest of them.When buying a car, I will automatically dismiss a Hyundai or a Kia; not because I have anything against the South Koreans (apart from their nuclear weapons tirade against everyone), but because the prestige of the badge just says that you haven’t done quite as well in life as you were hoping. I have a brand new handmade Swiss watch, an iPod, a Blackberry, a state of the art laptop, and all of this because if someone asks me what the time is, I can roll up the sleeves of my shirt and tell (and show) people that I am a huge success, at the top of my game and that I am very affluent, when truth be told I am still a student and just happen to have a job entailed with it.This is my biggest downfall. Not that I am employed, but because I am actually earning a wage packet every month. You may be thinking now, “So what is his problem?” The fact is my mindset is such that if you have money, you might as well spend it, because it’s not going to be much use to you once you’re in a wooden box. People always used to say to me, “but you should save you hard earned cash for a rainy day”. To which I replied, “but I live in England, it precipitates all the time!”
Whilst this may have been humorous, it is a severe drawback, because I buy things on impulse; that “ooh, I quite like that, and there’s only one left in stock” mentality which means I purchase it, then realise it’s either not that good, or not of any use. For example, whilst on my travels, and at the peak of the comparethemarket.com adverts, I purchased a meerkat garden lamp. Sounds fairly reasonable, only I do not own a garden, and when putting it in my parent’s garden, I found it back inside the house 10 minutes later, as my Dad was concerned the critter was going to get wet.
Spending money when there is no real need is an addiction; it is a disease that takes some rehabilitation (or insolvency) to overcome, and I am afraid that currently, the withdrawal symptoms (ironic pun in there…) are eating at me like gangrene on a rotten fescue of flesh. I do not know why; it is not as if I am a high earner by any stretch of the imagination, but the compulsion to open my wallet and give it to the vendors of the Globe is all too apparent. With my day to day job taking me to all the far corners of the World, the souvenir tat and sampling all that the 7 continents has to offer has hit me deep. Such to the extent that over the past 6 months, I have barely made a single penny.
So now, back in the delights of sunny Great Britain, I endeavour to reduce my financial woes and survive on a miserly self-imposed money curfew. For the next 12 weeks, I am going to see if I can survive on a food allowance of just £10 a week. So, that’s 3 meals a day, plus snacks, 7 times a week, for less than a tenner. Personally, even though I came up with it, I think it is a fraught and stupid idea, and that after a month or so I will be bored and resort back to buying ridiculous things again. But I am going to try my damnedest to see if it is possible, and hopefully save myself some coffers in the main run.
I will keep you posted, but don’t be surprised if I end up buying some duck fillets, and then realise I have no cooker with which to make them edible.
Wish me luck, I reckon I’m going to need it.