This week it’s a challenge – can you live on £10 for seven days? I’m going to give it my best shot.
These are the rules of Tenner Week:
Rule 1: You work in cash, allowing £10 for the week. This is just what you spend on yourself, and doesn’t include things you have to buy for pets, kids etc.
Rule 2 : You must not sit at home watching television all night, every night (you can pick 2 films, or 3 hours of TV shows to watch at home during the week, or one film plus one TV show)
The £10 doesn’t include rent, utility bills, direct debits, courses you have already paid for, store points you’ve already earned and gift vouchers you’ve received.
The £10 also excludes a weekly travel card or bus pass, or petrol for work trips. Some of us travel miles to and from work, others work from home, so we need a level playing field.
You get bonus points for:
- Using up what you already have
- Mending or altering something
- Keeping fit
- Doing something relaxing
- Keeping in touch with friends
- Finding a freebie
- Learning something new
- Being creative
- Having 1 or 2 days where you spend nothing
From previous experience I’ve learned that it’s best to keep busy, and it’s especially helpful to avoid window shopping (unless you have gift vouchers to spend). It’s also good to have a menu plan to make sure you use up any perishables and have a reasonably varied and balanced diet.
With all that in mind, here’s my plan for the week.
- Sunday: have a no-spend day, make a quick inventory of food
- Monday: have a no-spend day, mend or alter something
- Tuesday: cheap pampering evening, time to relax
- Wednesday: use beauty voucher, go out for meal in evening
- Thursday: have a no-spend day, learn some new skills
- Friday: watch a film on TV or a DVD
- Saturday: attend a free event or exhibition, go out for a drink
Are you doing a Tenner Week of your own? What are your plans for the challenge?