Like many others, there was a time in my life that I was skint. Didn’t have two ha’pennies to rub together (to use a colloquium of my mother’s). I’m sure many of you are nodding your head in agreement, with a sorrowful sigh of remembrance.
But I wanted my ha’pennies – to be precise I wanted thousands of the little blighters and more. I wanted a new car, new suite and I wanted to decorate the front room. I wanted to go out and party and spend obscene amounts of money, still leaving a handsome amount in the bank. I wanted the high life and then some. I wanted my cake, yours and still have the cakes sat in the kitchen.
Unfortunately as everyone knows, what you want and what you can have are two distinct ideas that are rarely, if ever compatible.
Not good enough I thought. I wanted this life and so I planned to get it with precision that would make Machiavelli proud. I stopped my subscription to several magazines/newspapers and acknowledged that I don’t have to eat out several times a week. Walking rather than the car became the norm and perhaps I didn’t really need another CD.
I’m sure you get the picture.
Still not good enough though. I took on a part-time job and also worked from home on a rather unwholesome project. If I could have, I would have sold my grandmother for one of the sacred ha’pennies.
And the result?…
Well, I’m sure you can work this out. Put simply, I slashed my expenditure and increased my income. There is nothing amazing with this though as this is an obvious thing to do so I am amazed that the Governments spending cuts have been met with such outcry and derision. The country is skint and doesn’t have two ha’pennies to rub together. We are in a major financial problem that requires a major financial solution. This is not rocket science – if you don’t have the money, then you need to cut back on your expenditure and increase your income.
So if you are one of those people moaning at the harsh financial decisions that the Government has made, just open your eyes. Despite its many problems we still have the NHS. We still have a police force. And roads. And armies. And society. Etc etc.
We are living in harsh times and a harsh solution is needed. Stop moaning please.