The Lazy Ramblings Of A Lazy Guy (On Being Hard Up)

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I was recently introduced to the Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow by Jerome K Jerome. The book consists of 14 essays on 14 topics

  1. ON BEING IDLE.
  2. ON BEING IN LOVE.
  3. ON BEING IN THE BLUES.
  4. ON BEING HARD UP.
  5. ON VANITY AND VANITIES.
  6. ON GETTING ON IN THE WORLD.
  7. ON THE WEATHER.
  8. ON CATS AND DOGS.
  9. ON BEING SHY.
  10. ON BABIES.
  11. ON EATING AND DRINKING.
  12. ON FURNISHED APARTMENTS.
  13. ON DRESS AND DEPORTMENT.
  14. ON MEMORY.

Jerome K Jerome is pretty much me down to a tee. He’s lazy and just writes whatever comes to mind. He doesn’t care who he offends, and I often felt that he may have been somewhat high when he picked up the pen. But Mr Jerome has inspired me, so I am going to be writing a series of posts on the topics that Mr Jerome turned his hand at. (I know I’m ripping the guy off, but quite frankly I don’t care)

On Being Hard Up

Who out there hasn’t found that there is a little too much month at the end of your paycheck? That feeling of knowing that this month luxuries are going out of the window. Especially now with x-mas coming up my already strained finances are taken to breaking point.

There are many things you can do to save money, buy less brand name stuff, boycott certain christian gift giving celebrations, walk instead of taking the bus. I mean have you ever been that broke that you decide to walk 5 miles just to save yourself a whole £3 in bus fare. That’s what truly being hard up is like.

There’s also the ridiculousness of it for example, you’ll have to buy a £20 pair of shoes every 2 months because you’ll wear them through, but if you had the money to buy a £100 pair of shoes they’d last you 4 years. This is why it seems that rich people can actually live a lot more frugally than poor people. People with money can fill their freezers and live off that, where poorer people will have to make to with what they can get for that week, using meal plans, and budget recipe websites to stretch those pennies as far as they’ll go, and hopefully even further.

If you didn’t get it, poverty sucks.

This is the fourth in series of posts ripping off the work of Mr Jerome K Jerome and his seminal piece The Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Man.

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