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?

/fredrikke

wishlist for my birthday

soon i am going to be one year older. i definitely don’t feel one year wiser. but a lot has happened this last year. one new thing is that i moved to a new country! but since my birthday is getting closer. i thought i would share with you 5 wishes for my birthday.

1. since i’ve always been more fond of menswear, i wish for this sweater from frankie morello:
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2. i wish for a micro pig.

3. since i once day wish to move to edinburgh, because it is the city of my dreams, i wish for a mews to live in:
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4. after a night of long conversations about the double doubles, fries made while you watch, secret menus and how special you feel when you stand there with a number in your hand, waiting for that meal made just for you. all i wish for right now, is a meal from in n’ out burger.

5. i’ve been really fond of the munch-drawings by steffen kverneland for a long time, and i have the first book, but i want the whole series in one. he draws with such emotion and makes me fall in love with edvard munch and the kristiania bohème all over again. this is a book i am longing to read over and over again.
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what are your birthday wishes?

/fredrikke