It’s OK, I’m not going to start trying to sell you a ‘Guaranteed Money Making System’ and asking for JUST $99.95.
I’m saving up for a wedding. And next year I want to save up for a house. Don’t want much, do I? Trouble is, right now I don’t even know how I’m going to be able to afford to pay my tax bill, although with a few irons in a few fires I’m determined to rectify this situation pretty damn soon.
People keep sending me lovely blogs with ideas in. A good friend of mine recommended ‘Ask and it is Given’ – the old classic Law of Attraction tome, and The Secret is also in my box of books somewhere. Although to be fair when I look at my bank account at the moment, the self-help book that springs immediately to mind is probably more likely to be ‘F*ck it!’
Anyway, every little helps and I started thinking positive last week. Telling people I WILL have a nice wedding AND a honeymoon. I will also have the house I want. I only want a Victorian terrace or cottage. I’m not after a freaking Bel Air mansion or something in Kensington. But I need to throw everything I can at this project, so I’m enlisting the help of Pinterest in helping me. Sounds odd? I know.
The idea is to get rid of all the mental blocks we have around spending money. You know how it is, you see that gorgeous coat in a shop window and instead of thinking “I want that” you immediately shut it down with “I can’t afford that”, or “You can’t have that, you’re saving money.”
It’s all true, of course, but if you read up on all this stuff, whether it’s down to positive and negg-o vibrations or just the way our brains accept what we tell them, if you shut down any thought of what you want, monetary or otherwise, with an “I can’t” then the chances are you probably won’t. Focusing on a lack of whatever it is that we want, whether it’s a Swarovski pendant, a house, a hot man or a baby only tends to get us what we focus on…a lack of that thing.
So, in order to trick my resistant mind into thinking I have loads of money and therefore can afford to spend a lot of it, I’m trying one of three tricks from the book. I’ve set up a Pinterest board (or will do a new one every day) and I’m going to find things I want and add them to the board. Today’s board was ‘£1000 to spend’. You’ll see I’ve decided I’m spending most of the money on travel, I’ve booked three nights in Venice for me and Moley, plus tickets for Muse in May. And a few other bits. But the idea is that you get to use your imagination, think of lovely things you want, places you want to go – and just play. I even found that if you type a price into the description when you Pin it, it comes out on the corner so you can keep tabs. I used an Excel sheet too but I might probably get bored of that. In fact I almost definitely will as it’s nothing like as fun as Pinterest.
In the book, they suggest that you write fake cheques out for your purchases and write them in a ledger book, but I’m guessing as the book was written back in 2004, before we did everything online, my way will be just as good. Did I mention that you add another £1000 to your budget every day? You can do this for as long as you like but I think I might get bored eventually. Maybe I’ll do it just long enough to buy myself a house….
My Pinterest board is £1000 to spend and if you fancy having a go, let me know your Pinterest name and I’ll follow you. Good luck!