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

about: english films

after i moved to lovely stoke-on-trent, i’ve been finding it interesting to watch films about northern england, or at least films where they have accents which are related to cities nearby. the accents round here are sometimes really hard to understand, and watching films makes it more fun to learn.

i’ve found some favourites, they’re not really new, but you might find one you haven’t seen and then be fascinated by english films all over again:

billy elliot;
this is a film you can never get enough of, even if you’ve seen it a thousand times, jamie bell will still break your heart over and over again:

control;
this movie is about ian curtis, the singer of joy division, which i find fascinating, because of his way of thinking, his epilepsy & his rapid life:

driving lessons;
this film has my two loves, rupert grint and edinburgh (yes, i know that it is not in england), so therefore i just had to add it, cause most of the action is in england:

the be all and end all;
i first discovered the film at kristiansands childrens filmfestival, when i worked as a introducer of films, it just has the brilliant liverpool accent and a fatal plot:

withnail and i;
a black comedy about unexpected events which happen when two actors go on a holiday. i’m also adding this, cause of the amazing richard griffiths:

what is your favourite english film?

/fredrikke

ps: i would also like to say thank you to the amazing ola, for drawing me a profile picture for my page. check out his wonderful work!