TRAVEL: Spending spree
My oh my, nearly half the year has gone already. I started this year off with a spark of an idea in my head.
I wanted some land and I wanted a campervan. The campervan would come first - and has - as that would be the easiest avenue to walk along to begin with then, after that appeared, I would investigate buying some land. I think somehow the land is going to be a little more complicated to accrue.
That spark of an idea took hold and now I'm the proud owner of a beautiful blue van that can take me anywhere I please, whenever I want.
It's such a 'freeing' idea.
The thing is, I'm like a million and one other people in this world and have a dislike for the day job I'm tied to.
It's such a shame as it could be so darned nice. It's an easy job and, if you work it right, there's no stress at all. I'm basically managing a social centre for young adults, the majority of who (like me) come from broken homes. Unfortunately, though, there are too many people with specific agendas on their minds and it kind of impacts upon what could be an idyllic situation.
Yesterday, I spent the day spending money.
I’ve kept all the receipts, so that I will know how much I’ve spent on the van. I made a determined effort to find where Tesco was located and it turns out to be quite a big store. Then I went to Next, then to Halfords, and then to the other stores on the place. There’s a Maplin and a PC World too.
The trouble is, they are all hidden behind trees and there seems to be no one there.
Hopefully, everyone is going back to the High Street, which is another area I need to explore. I want to go to the Museum to find out about the ancient history surrounding this area.
But, just for the day, I sufficed with the most hated of all deeds of mine: shopping.
Regardless of how much I loathe shopping, I got some really good stuff and spent quite a bit in the £1 baskets at Tesco. Although I've been told that the place is rather run-down compared to what it used to be, it is filled with good places to eat and enjoy.
Wickes: £16, buying what was basically a shower hose and a washing machine tap. But I’ve since found out that I can get a plastic hose and a water barrel tap from Amazon, which I’ve ordered as well. The metal ones can act as back up.
Homebase: another £21, bought pretty much the same thing as in Wickes, though I did buy a tiny tester pot of Magnolia so I could paint over the uglies in my room.
Halfords: £52 on a moisture mate refil, a car boot organiser, a back of the seat organiser pockets, and a roll up slip mat. Seems like a lot, but a hell of a lot less than I had intended, as I was going tempted by a £805 fold up electric bike.
Tesco: £125 on food and luxuries like lots of handy stuff from the £1 bin. And I’m going to spend the evening enjoying sorting it all out.
However free I feel in the van, and however tempting it is to think about giving up my day job, I still have to consider the money that needs to be spent on it and the lifestyle it affords me.
Perhaps I'll give it a year, see how things go with the van spend, build-up enough of a fund to support me, then make a decision?
Kaye is a freelance publisher, author and certified psychotherapist with over three decades of experience. She is also a writer for various blogs about writing, publishing, travelling and health care.
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