Thursday, 28 February 2013

what's in your pocket?



I was recently contacted by MoneySupermarket about their "what's in your pocket?" campaign. They set up secret cameras in a dry cleaners, and told customers that they'd found £20 in their pocket while going to clean their clothes - see people's reactions here!

Along this theme, they are asking people what they would do if they had an extra £20. It really got me thinking, and after a lot of brainstorming I decided I wanted to spend the majority of it on the people who make my life a happy place to be. This is what I did...






• BOUGHT A TRAIN TICKET TO VISIT MY BEST FRIEND •

He doesn't live far from me, but we always seem to be finding rubbish excuses to not visit - I'm skint, I have no time, something came up, blah blah blah. I thought I'd use £5.60 to hop on the train and see his lovely face. He cooked dinner, and we stayed up until the early hours talking, and I was woken up by a cat standing on me. Perfect.






• BOUGHT SOME SUPPLIES FROM A LOCAL CRAFT SHOP, MADE CARDS FOR PEOPLE I LOVE AND POSTED THEM •

Since moving back to Bristol, most of my loved ones are pretty far away. I took this opportunity to buy some card (£1.95) and make some "thank you", "hello" and "missing you" cards for some of the amazing humans in my life. 

Two of them are for my grannies, who admittedly I don't see enough, one is for my beautiful niece who I miss stupid amounts, and the other two are for people who support me unconditionally and make me feel strong enough to do anything. It cost me £2 to post four cards, and the other will be hand-delivered.




• TREATED MYSELF TO LUNCH •

Living on a very tight budget, I don't have much spare cash. The initial plan was to go out and treat myself to whatever I wanted on the menu, but old habits kicked in and I bought the cheapest thing. With a couple of drinks as well it came to £6. I made up for it later on though..




• BAKING CAKES FOR MY HOUSEMATES •

I already had the other ingredients in the cupboard, so all I needed to buy was some fresh eggs (60p for two) and some chocolate buttons to decorate them! (40p) I also had a little visitor at the window while I baked, and he coodinated with my apron rather nicely.









• BOUGHT FRESH FLOWERS TO BRIGHTEN UP THE HOUSE •

I left the cakes out with a little "EAT ME!" sign next to the fresh daffodils that I bought from my local green grocer. I hardly ever buy flowers because I think they're too expensive, but these were £1 for two bunches!  Fresh flowers are a lovely way to cheer up a room and welcome spring in.




• TREATED MYSELF (again) TO A HOT CHOCOLATE •

I achieved something big this week (for me anyway.. more on that another day) and I don't think I've given myself enough credit for it.. so I indulged in a hot chocolate for £1.90. I put all those little marshmallows in the cup and they went all gooey. Plus, can we just take a moment to appreciate how amazing this coffee table is?!

The spare change left over is still in my pocket, but I'm waiting to pass a busker or a street performer who makes me smile. Little things that make your days sparkle deserve some shiny coins.




I couldn't leave without sharing this photo of my friendly neighbour-cat! Teeheeee!

41 comments

  1. This is such an inspirational post - it doesn't cost much to make yourself/others happy! xxx

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  2. such a great idea! loved the concept and how you spent your money :) nice.
    xxx

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  3. Aw this is such a nice idea :) and you did some lovely things with the money.

    Sam xx

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  4. You did some amazing things with your money. It's so nice to send cards to people who make you feel good - I bet you felt happy in yourself for sending them a thank-you note and I bet they did too when receiving it. I love the small things in life it shows you don't need much money to do positive little things to make your life a little brighter :). Such an inspiration post (again:P). Your blogs seems to be my go-to for a lift me up these days :)
    E
    x

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  5. Those cards are adorable!! The cakes look really yummy too xx

    http://lucycole.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. this is one of my favorite posts from your blog, and you seem like such a sweet person! i should also send some cards to people, it really is a nice way to cheer someone up !

    www.kristianavasarina.com

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  7. What a wonderful way to spend £20. I have seen a few people do this challenge and so far yours has to be my favourite. And that kitty - always makes me go "aww"!

    Rebecca (oh-panda.com)

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  8. Really enjoyed reading this post! Loved what you spent your money on, and it really does show how far just a little can go! Those cakes looked delicious and that cat is the cutest! xxx

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  9. This is so sweet. I love how you used the money to cheer others up rather than yourself, especially with the little cards and cakes. Very thoughtful and I'm sure it made everyone's day :) I will definitely be thinking twice about what I do with my spare £20!

    chelseyxlou.blogspot.co.uk xo

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  10. Mmmmmmmmm those cakes look lovely! Xxx

    Xo Amie

    www.creditcrunchchic.com

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  11. I love this post Lyzi, something I haven't seen before and it's a really thoughtful lovely feature :)

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  12. Mmmmm those cakes look lovely!

    Xo Amie

    www.creditcrunchchic.com

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  13. What a lovely post! You must've put so much thought and time into this. Made me smile, it's amazing how much you can do with £20! xx

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  14. One of the best blog posts I've read for a long time! Sending cards to people you love is a fantastic idea. I will definitely be doing it. x

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  15. So cute. Your posts always make me smile! :) xx

    http://thelittlejennywren.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. This is an adorable post! Great spending :)

    vanityrail.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Such a wonderful way to spend your money :)

    http://samispoon.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. So many of my favourite things, flowers, chocolate buttons,hand written cards and a cute fluffy cat! Great post x

    http://lotsofthingsandbitsandbobs.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/hookedbaby-bunny.html

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  19. Such a perfect way to spend £20, it really is ideal, the food looks delicious and yet you still managed to remember others and to thank them, how sweet! Perfect!xx

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  20. I loved reading this post and seeing all your little purchases :) Especially making little cards for loved ones - you are so sweet!
    <3

    http://thecookiebutton.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. What a lovely, inspiring post - you really made your £20 go a long way! I love the daffodils and the handmade cards, they remind me a lot of Emma Bridgewater's designs for some reason!

    http://hannahrebekahcampbell.blogspot.com xxx

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  22. Wow, I'm impressed by how far your money went. 20€ in Paris wouldn't get me more than a bouquet of flowers, some metro tickets, and a couple of espressos.

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  23. N'awww Lyzi this is about the sweetest post I've ever seen! £20 really does go a long way doesn't it? Especially love the flowers, I've been meaning to buy some for my office desk as it can be so grey here :( xxx p.s. hope your little head is feeling better surrounded by lots of people who love you!

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  24. I'm so impressed how far you made the £20 go! Those cakes look incredible, you might have inspired me to do the same thing for my housemates later today.

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  25. Well aren't you a dab hand at making money go far! Once again lovely photos and lovely post :)

    Helen

    WWW.fragile-bird.blogspot.Co.UK

    X

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  26. £20 can go such a long, long way - I loved how you spent yours!! It's lovely to be able to do something to make other people smile while treating yourself at the same time :-)

    Jem xox

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  27. I love this idea! It's amazing how much pleasure £20 can bring, very inspiring :)

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  28. ah, such a good blog post, interesting to see what you can do with £20, your photos are so pretty too x

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  29. Think this has been my favourite post of yours so far. I might need to try this out. My 'mantra' for life is about being 'intentional' about noticing the life I'm living, but often I'm not so good at noticing what I'm spending (money just seems to disappear on train tickets and cups of tea).

    p.s. the coffee table is quite magnificent!

    lissa
    x

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  30. This is such a good post, I also took part in the challenge but your ideas were a lot more thoughtful than mine! Love it :)

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  31. You came up with some amazing ideas for twenty pounds, so impressed! Very inspirational too, all lovely, thoughtful things.

    wethingin.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. BAM! Love this post. I'm all inspired :-) xx
    www.poppyloves.co.uk

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  33. This post is so lovely and that cat is adorable!
    http://accioabigail.blogspot.com

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  34. One of the nicest posts I have read in a while- lovely :)

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  35. Awwwwr such a cute post! So glad to have found your happy blog :)
    Wild Wolfy
    Sil xxxx

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  36. this is such a lovely way of spending the £20 - you made it go so far and to so many people. :) so kind! :)

    http://iamcollecting.blogspot.co.uk/

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  37. This is a great post. You did a lot for £20. Makes me re-assess my spending habits. Which are awful by the way.

    Jen | sunny sweet pea xx

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  38. This is the loveliest post ever :-)

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  39. What an amazing blog post Lyzi! This makes me smile and it cost us both nothing! :) Would love to see you again soon!

    Rosa x

    hello scrapbook

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