The reason I can afford to have regular nights out, go to festivals and travel to India is simple, I spend as little as I possibly can on clothes, hair and make-up. There's nothing at all wrong in spending a fortune on your appearance (if you can afford it) but with me my social life always comes first.
I've been thrifty since I was a little girl, realising my pocket money would go further if I bought second-hand toys rather than fritter the whole lot away on something new. There's nothing I loved more than putting my unspent cash in my piggy bank and watching my savings grow.
I haven't changed. If I'm ever tempted with an amazing pair of shoes, an outrageously bright eyeshadow or a massive pair of earrings I'll get my purse out and look at the picture I keep in there of Jon and I on the beach in Goa and ask myself which I want more. I get far more pleasure from saving for something special than I ever do by spending money.
Our favourite guest house in Goa charges £3 a night. Every pound spent on unnecessary fripperies takes me a step away from my idea of heaven. When I fell in love with India I reassessed my life. Every expense was scrutinised to enable us to spend as much time over there as possible.
I used to spend a small fortune on my hair. As a blonde I'd have highlights and a trim every six weeks, which six years ago cost me £70 a time. These days I use Boots' own brand black hair dye (£3.05), mix up a third of the pack and slap it on my roots as and when I need it. I recently found a tutorial on-line and now cut my own hair. My Lush Karma shampoo and Jungle conditioner last for months.
I once thought it was worth splashing out on expensive toiletries, but guess what? After swapping my Demalogica and Clinique products for Johnson's Baby Oil, Poundshop bargains and Superdrug's Vitamin E range my skin (and my bank balance) has never looked healthier. I don't wear foundation and my makeup, if it's not Barry M, is stuff I've found at car boot sales.
|Vintage maxi (the divine Desiree), Indian blouse (50p, Islamic Relief charity), Lycra vest (20 rps, Indian flea market), Vintage beaded bag, Nordiska suede belt and Steve Madden platform sandals (£1, 50p and £2, all car boot sale finds)|
I'm off for a day of charity shopping and a slap-up Wetherspoons' lunch tomorrow, wish me luck!