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:
Skjermbilde 2014-11-26 kl. 22.11.01

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?


travel: oslo

still i am not sure if i really like oslo. i’ve lived there for three years, and i have quite the ambivalent relationship to norway’s capitol. it is either too small or just too filled up with people unlike me. oslo has a lot of nice places, like telthusbakken and rodeløkka. i must say i fancy by:larm and øyafestivalen, but living there all year around is just not for me.  but i love watching films from oslo, and this is a scene from one of my favourite ones:

yesterday i came back from what was my first trip to oslo since i moved away from it all.

i can describe it in five words:

i will recommend you five things to see while in oslo:
– oslo town hall: go inside, it is free and it looks great.
– edvards coffebar: they have the best coffee and brown cheese-sandwiches in town.
– united bakeries: you’ll get free butter and jam if you buy rolls there.
– buy your own beer: sit in any park and drink it, for example frognerparken (this works best in the summer).
– josefine: it’s got everything; music, comedy, alcohol and food.

oslo has a lot of things to do for tourists, and those are my favourites since i don’t live there anymore.  i had a great weekend visiting my friends.  i was on even on national radio, on the show ruben at p3.

have you ever been to oslo? do you like it? why, why not?