If this whole adventure (a.k.a. the mad idea) is going to work, I know that I'm going to have to tweak my spending a little bit further. Basically I'm going to try out the financial regime that I'll have to follow now - while I'm still working. If it doesn't work then I know then I've got time to think of other options. The only REALLY bad habit I have at the moment involves coffee shops, cakes and magazines. I love sitting in a window, watching the world go by with a strong black coffee steaming in front of me. Just add a piece of cake and a foodie magazine and that's it.... I'm in heaven!
Yesterday I walked down to the local Garden Centre just for a bit of fresh air. I wandered through the festive section (completely un-inspiring) then decided that a restorative piece of flapjack would be nice. I was just about to buy a magazine and 'do the whole thing' ...when my Small Voice of Moving On squeaked "That's going to be the best part of 10 quid!"
So I came home and made the same effort in my own front room. I looked out some pretty china that I don't use regularly and popped a slice of Plum tart and cold custard on my favourite plate. I made plenty of strong coffee, looked out a Woman and Home Christmas Food magazine from 2006 and sat in the sun in my lounge. It was lovely.
(The magazine also reminded me of some 'old-favourite' recipes that I will be able to resurrect for this Festive season. Can't argue with that!)