There are lots of 'mantras' that can help guide you through the greatest Olympic event of all – namely, life. "Look after the pennies and the pounds look after themselves" is one. "Never look a gift horse in the mouth" is another – you get where I'm coming from. But one you might not have heard of is, "if there are two things you should spend money on in life it's shoes and beds because if you're not in one, you're in the other." I've always liked that one and have to confess to being the Imelda Marcos of the male world.
I have a load of shoes (most of which I need to take to the charity
shop) and I enjoy making those purchases. The bed part isn't so much
fun. But that changed this weekend as I looked to update my bed, to make
it a place of rest and blissful comfort.
I've been feeling exhausted every morning, even as soon as I wake up and have to crawl out of my warm covers. Just about anyone and everyone can relate to this - we've all been there - but doesn't being tired just make you miserable?
Admittedly, there are a lot of factors that contribute to my lack of a
peaceful slumber, some of which I have already listed in my blog post many moons ago about bedroom politics.
Home renovations are perhaps the biggest source of expenditure which many of us face during our lifetimes. For some reason, women are never happy with the way things look and, if they aren't "tidying" our possessions in some sort of domestic black hole, then they're forcing us up a ladder, paintbrush in hand.
Of course, as men we would be loath to let anyone else into our home to complete these mundane and often frustrating tasks. DIY
is one of the few areas where we males can strut around, showing off
our impressive handyman skills and no overpriced 'professional' is going
to take this from us (even if they would complete the job in half the
time and with less difficulties).
Therefore, the only option left
is to shuffle our feet and submit to the constant ear-bashing we get
over how the carpet still hasn't been replaced and how the bedroom is in
desperate need of repainting just months after you were finally
convinced that 'dusky pink' was not effeminate and would 'warm the
Throughout my adult life I have always tried to live by
certain 'rules' – mantras I believe you should adhere to that will help make
life more pleasurable. You know what I
mean; things like 'wine before beer, you'll feel queer – beer before wine, you'll
feel fine' (although that has been broken a few times!) Then there's 'Don't dwell on things that don't
deserve to be dwelled on' and 'Life's not a dress rehearsal' and 'You can only
eat an elephant one spoonful at a time' – there are more but I reckon you get
my drift. These are just little sayings
that can help you make decisions in everyday life.
So where am I going with this? Well, there has been one mantra that I have truly lived by
for as long as I can remember and that is: 'There are two things you should spend money on in life –
shoes and beds – because if you're not in one you're in the other.' That seems
to make a lot of sense to me but maybe it should also include mattresses!
Chocolates, roses, dinner, maybe a movie or the theatre? Is romance getting a bit predictable? How about doing something different for Valentine's Day this year? Even better, how about doing something different, something better and saving money at the same time? What I'm suggesting, in the interest of making the Great British bedroom less 'functional' and more 'sensual', is a Valentine's bedroom makeover. Trust me, your better half will love you for it.
The problem with bedrooms, especially in long term relationships, is
that they tend to get neglected. There's always something more important
to spend our cash on in the house...a new cooker, a new TV, decorating
the living room or the kids' rooms. And let's face it, the longer your
relationship, the more functional your bedroom becomes! So, time to put
some va-va-voom back into your bedroom with these spicy Savoo savings...
I am sure you have all heard about major energy companies reducing the price of their gas this past week, offering consumers a meagre 5% reduction after increases of more than 15% at the end of last year. Whilst we must be grateful for small mercies, this small reduction is unlikely to give any major relief to cash-strapped Brits facing a barrage of incentives.
After conducting a little research for you savvy shoppers out there, I
have come up with a few ways in which you can improve your home, lower
your energy consumption and increase your bank balance. Not only
will these tips save you money but they will also help you to become
more environmentally friendly, giving everyone a helping hand.