Friday, 9 October 2009

Saving up for a new car

Do people accidentally drop money in the streets, have they got holes in their pockets, or do they deliberately throw it away? This morning I have yet again found a coin in the road, a shiny 20p piece caught my eye as it shimmered in the sun.

Now 20p might not be a good enough reason to go out and celebrate my good fortune, but at least I came back with more than I went out with, which can't be bad. If I can do that more often then I'm laughing, it all helps to balance the books.

I was listening to Ellen McArthur yesterday morning on Desert Island Discs, Radio 4. She told of the time when she was at school and wanted to buy a dinghy, and needed about £500. The clever girl worked out that if she only had potatoes and gravy for her school dinners, then she could pocket the rest of the money. All the pennies she saved were recorded on a chart, when she got to 100 she put it into a savings account. She reached the magical figure and got her boat. Now that's what I call enterprising. I will put my 20p towards a new car, which I will probably need in about 2 - 3 years time. :-)


  1. I can't remember the last time I found any money :o( Distressed means roughed up really to make something look old and scuffed. Its the french shabby chic thing that is so popular at the moment :o)

  2. I'm with you all the way on this one. We have a bowl on our kitchen windowsill to put all our money finds into. It's getting quite full now. Mainly pennies and t'pences, but you know the occasional 20p and £1 get found too. I think people, quite literally, do throw money away!

  3. Best place I find money is under a local bridge in a shallow point in a local river its where the drunks after closing time in the summer throw there coins into the river trying to hit the fish....

  4. Sorry just remembered ... try those pay to borrow shopping trolleys that just get left in the car parks of towns because people are just to lazy to take them to the trolley bay...