Welcome to Life of Cheap Thrills…which is essentially all about my quest to live a lovely life for less…whether that’s less money, less stress, less time…just about stripping things back a bit and focussing on whats important to me and my family rather than being swept along at the terrifying pace that can be dictated by society around us…telling us we need to have this, we need to do that, we need to go here etc in order to be happy. I believe that in fact you don’t need to do any of these things to be happy. To live a lovely life for you, I think you simply have to look at what makes you and the people around you happy and then focus on how to achieve that in the easiest and cheapest way.
Now you may be reading this intro and thinking that actually I do need the latest gadget/handbag/holiday/visit latest restaurant etc to achieve happiness..I hope if you do, you will still stick with reading as perhaps you may pick up some tips about how to save in other areas of your life to generate even greater pleasure from these things (perhaps for example the joy of saving up for it rather than buying on credit and having the pleasure of your thing marred by the headache of paying it back!)
So what makes me happy is going to be come quickly apparent as posts emerge and you see how I go about my funny little life (B’s description!), however I will share a few aims for the year ahead that I set myself, and living towards achieving these aims and having more conscious thought about the way I live my life I guess has formed the basis of deciding to blog about it.
- Save money wherever possible…since I no longer work having given up to care for Plum I have no real means of making a great deal of money (dabbling in my little craft venture, pink gingham, is never going to regenerate enough money to be significant!) so I decided to look to see where I could save..starting with ensuring outgoings are cheapest available for what we need and assessing if really need to spend as much as have done on other areas..clothes and food mainly! Which leads nicely onto the next challenge…
- Embrace the Love What You Wear project http://thelovewhatyouwearproject.blogspot.co.uk where you don’t buy any new clothes for a year…second hand and vintage is fine (and shoes and underwear is allowed) but apart from that basically embrace your existing wardrobe or make/adapt what you have…its great fun!
- Get fitter and healthier…eat less, exercise more…simples!
- Embrace the simple pleasures in life…whatever that may be…a charity shop find, a walk by the beach with the dogs, playing on the slide with Plum…anything that is cheap, easy, simple and fun!
More on all of these as the blog unfolds…hope you enjoy the cheap thrills as much as I do!
PS…its always hard when starting a blog to know exactly where to start so the first few posts may be a bit jumbled and random until get into regular pattern…I feel I have so much to say and share its hard to know where to begin and end at the moment! x