The skint boat
Ha-ha, pay happened three days ago and I’ve already spent most of it on frivolous caprice. :(
So I’m in the skint boat now, resigned to finding cheap, fun things to do for the rest of the fortnight. Right now, I’m downloading Age of Wonders off Steam. Looks pretty good – only $6! It’s old, but what a sweet deal if it’ll keep me busy for the next 2 nights.
I don’t mind being financially challenged in short bursts. It’s a shit long-term situation, but so long as the debts are covered and it’s just a lack of fun money, enjoying life turns into a game of hi-score chasing. Or… low-$core cha$ing.
The Coles Feed Your Family stuff, for example, is like a strategy guide for cheap meals. I was hell chuffed when I learned how to get cheap bibimbap (Korean beef ricebowl). You pay $10-12 a bowl for it in restaurants here, but can make 2 HUGE servings for about $15.
We figured out how to make fake bibimbap spicy sauce too – will post the recipe next time we have ricebowl, so I can show you pictures of the ingredients.
I like to think I make more art on poor days. It costs practically nothing to draw or write. When I was younger, I wanted to write a book of 101 ways to pass time and maybe make a few dollars. But the reality was and still is that when I’m being cheap, I spend more time thinking about cheap hobbies than actually doing them.
I feel bad leaving you with my drivel, so here are 21 ways to cheaply pass the time between paydays:
- Play computer games. (You can find cheap games on Steam.)
- Get cheap recipe ideas from the Coles Feed Your Family website.
- Draw or write – or do some other cheap basic artistic activity.
- Play some music if you have an instrument.
- Go for a walk and look for paths you’ve not been on before.
- Wash your car. Save $15 by doing it the old-fashioned way.
- Look for funny pictures on the internet and include them in blogposts.
- Learn random new things on Wikipedia.
- Play with Polyvore or Boxedup instead of shopping online.
- Get annoyed at random things, then write letters from your future self to your present self with advice on how to get over it.
- Play free flash games on Kongregate.
- Make your own flash games if you know how. Or spend time learning if you’re interested enough.
- Clean the house. This is heaps fun if you play your favourite music really loud.
- Clean someone else’s house. This is novel and hilarious if you have a few beers first.
- Play with your pets if you have pets. Seriously, they love you and want to hang out more.
- Read the Animals & Nature board on 4chan. It’s their bestest forum. The Cooking one is also good.
- Pamper. Do something nice for your skin. Or soak your feet. You’ll feel nice after and not mind so much that you can’t afford heaps of stuff for awhile.
- Decide on a holiday that you can save for when you have money again.
- Now that you’ve got some free time, maintain contact with people you miss.
- Get some cheap exercise – run, walk, jog, swim, ball, skate.
- Have a nap.