tips on saving money before christmas

it is getting close to christmas, and you probably plan to spend tons of money on gifts for all your friends and family. but when you realize how little you actually have to spend, you need to come up with a great plan to fix this. here are some tips for saving money:

do you have spotify or another streaming program? well, end your subscription. the library has tons of CDs, all for you to borrow. i do this myself, i go to the library every day and borrow a certain amount of CDs which i save in my music library. this also is great for putting on your ipod. this is also a great way of going to the library and actually staying to read a bit, cause if i am at a library, i do feel that i have to study, at least for a while. and why stream music? streaming tends to never work on trains anyway.

do you collect anything? well, if it is valuable you could trim off your collection. everyone has duplicates of something, and they never use them, so go a head. SELL SELL SELL. i certainly know a few things i could sell out of my collections. luckily those things are at my parents.

do you shop at stores? sign up for their reward program. (a good idea is to create a separate e-mail address for this, because you’ll receive tons of spam.)

do you like making things? this is like the oldest trick in the book. people do enjoy homemade gifts, often more than new things. so start cooking, painting, drawing or whatever you’re the best at.

do you have a lot of stuff? this trick seems kind of rude, but i personally am a huge fan of it. do you have a book you’ve read or a movie you’ve seen that you don’t need anymore, give that away as a gift. people like to get things they know their friends/family likes.

do you like books? well, join this site, where you can swap books for free.

after you’ve done all of that, you’ll feel like this:
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i could give you more tips, like: make a shopping list and stick to it, repair your clothes instead of buying new ones and cut up your credit cards, but we all know that those things and they often don’t work.

how do you save money?


music: king krule

since i first heard king krule under the name zoo kid i’ve been hooked. i love almost everything about archy marshall. he is young, talented and he delivers live. when me and robert saw him live in manchester in october i couldn’t have asked for anything different (except for maybe a different encore song). he raps, he dances, he plays guitar and even if he has a really non-attractive accent when speaking, it doesn’t matter, his music is great.

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photo: joost vandebrug

his voice deserves an own chapter, cause you would never expect a voice that deep to come from a 19-year old boy. which makes the music greater and even more powerful. i’m not gonna try to describe it any further, it deserves a listen of it’s own.

it is hard to specify what kind of music he squeezes out from his guitar, but a mix of everything good, like punk jazz and trip hop would maybe begin to try and describe it. with that i’m gonna leave you with my favourite track from the album, which is a lizard state.

6 feet beneath the moon is definitely my most listened to album of 2013.

what is your most listened to album of 2013 and why?