What is strapped for cash

Who am I and why have I started this website?

My name is Jo and I have been through redundancy twice (redundancy sucks!) but I still managed to hold onto all the things I hold dear, my house, my car, my lifestyle and of course my friends, so take it from me, redundancy really isn’t the end of the world, in fact in many cases redundancy is the door to new opportunities.

When redundancy struck and the regular income I had come to rely on ceased, I started to look at all the ways I could make my money go further; I made some changes to the way I spent my money and lived my life, but I don’t feel that I made sacrifices and some of the changes I made enriched my life in ways I would not have imagined, but more about that later.

So the reason I set up this site was to share what I know about how to survive when you’re strapped for cash. I am aware that there are a lot of people out there are facing financial difficulty at the moment and I wanted to share my knowledge and that of anyone who wishes to contribute to the site, with anyone who is looking for ideas to make their money go a little further in these times of austerity, so they can not just survive but thrive.

Some of these money saving ideas you may already be familiar with, but I hope that since you’ve taken the time to look at my site, you’ll find something that will be helpful to you.


Walking barefoot on the beach

Always remember the best things in life are free!

4 Responses to What is strapped for cash

  1. Andy says:

    Good idea for a website this is just what we need ideas to make our few pennies go further

  2. Jo says:

    My thought for the day:- in the words of Mr Micawber to David Copperfield “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.” Although the figures have changed a lot since then this advice is as sound today as it was when Dickens wrote it.

  3. Jo says:

    My thought for today comes from summarising the words of one of my favourite songs, so quoting from the lyrics of “Don’t give up” by Peter Gabriel; I give you:-

    “When times get rough” “please don’t give up”
    “’cause you have friends”
    “You’re not beaten yet”
    “you’re not the only one”
    “no reason to be ashamed”

    Worth remembering these wise words, whatever your situation “don’t give up””I know you can make it good”.

    I find these words as poignant today, as I did when the song was originally released during Margret thatchers’ “industrial 80s” (another time when many people had lost their jobs).

    So thank you Peter Gabriel for such inspirational lyrics.

    N.B. If you have no idea what I am talking about get yourself a copy of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush’s beautiful rendition and take a good listen, I’m sure you will find it uplifting

  4. Jo says:

    “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” – Jim Rohn

    How true this is!!!

    I think it is important to remember this, especially when you are considering a job or career change whether forced or otherwise. Money is not the most important thing in life, sure we need it to survive, but it isn’t the be all and end all of everything. I think it is important when considering a new job or role to take a good look at whether it will give you a good work-life balance. No amount of money can ever compensate you for the time you wished you’d spent with family and friends, or pursuing your interests when that time has run out.

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