Thursday, January 09, 2014

Skint. Again!

So I am skint again.  I have enough for rent, bills, food and the train to work but my fun budget for the rest of the month is just £14.00.

I knew it was coming.  I spent wildly during the last 6 weeks of 2013, with 3 trips to London and 1 to Manchester, plus Christmas presents and some treats for myself.  I had a lot of fun though.

There is something perversely enjoyable about being skint, it’s a bit like getting sunburnt.

I enjoy the challenge of making what little money I do have last.  There is much more of a feeling of reward when I do allow myself a little treat – this Friday, for example, I am going to treat myself to a Sweeney Todd’s pie.

I review every item of expenditure, I have managed to reduce my weekly food shopping bill by £15 so far - I have also lost weight in just a week of minimal expenditure, I cannot afford a sausage and bacon sandwich in the morning, for example, so I have cereal at 10% of the cost.

Also it is healthier - no alcohol and no caffeine.  I am actually quite happy being skint.  I could have avoided it and spent more sensibly but I think deep down I wanted a period of frugality.

On the downside it is boring and lonely not having money.  I do have a lot of friends, a fair few that are overdue a catch up but normally this involves going out for a drink or a meal, sometimes trains to other cities – all of which costs money!  I even shockingly find myself thinking it would be nice to have a girlfriend.  Oh shit, have I just admitted in public that I am not gay?  Oops.

So I find myself staying in at the weekends.  By myself.

I will however celebrate my birthday, I have a budget for that.  I always get a bit nervous come birthday invitation time, in case nobody turns up.  Birthdays are usually a lot of fun but I always have that thought in the back of my head – what if nobody turns up?  Stupid paranoia, I know.

If you don’t know what I am doing for my birthday (actual date 22nd January, celebrating 25th January) and you are a friend of mine as opposed to just a random, and would like to join me please ask.

The other advantage of being skint and not having my weekends filled up with social adventures means that I can spend time on my web design project.  I have just about come up with the template for my DJ website so I can get that done.  Then I need to re-design, bring it into this century.  Finally I will then make a website with my little portfolio to hopefully get some business - that is the plan anyway.

If it comes off I won't be so skint next time I over-indulge.