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?


about: JH engström

as a photographer you’ll have to find inspiration in other artists. i tend to find it in musicians and photography. i will now introduce you to one of my favourite photographers, the swedish JH engström.

i will give you five reasons he inspires me:

1. he is too personal when it comes to his pictures. which i find interesting, because not too many photographers want to be as personal as JH engström is. (sadly i couldn’t find my favourite picture example of being too personal, so i am posting another favourite of mine instead):


2. he uses himself as a model:


3. his still-lifes make me want to travel to where the photo was taken:


4. his use of colours are mainly what i love the most:
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5. and of course his choice of motifs are sometimes really disgusting (i am not talking about this one, but if you do a google search, you will know what i mean), but i just love what he takes pictures of, i feel ambivalent looking at some of the pictures, but i mostly feel like i want to explore this career more:


so if you like JH engström i would recommend you to take a look at his trying to dance portfolio from 2004. if you’re lucky enough to have the money to buy one, i envy you. cause i definitely have not.

what artist inspires you most nowadays and why?


about me

here is some information about myself.

this is me:

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what is my name:
fredrikke von z. wongraven

how old am i:
23 years

where am i:
i live in stoke-on-trent, staffordshire, england. but i originally come from norway.

what do i like to do:
photography, travel,  look at gingers, furnish, go to football games,  sell thing via my etsy, listen to good music, work out, read & eat.

what will this website be about:
travelling, photography, furnishing, football, gingers, music, literature & whatever i find suitable.

what is the purpose of this website:
to show my interests and get in contact with people who might have the same interests.

if you were wondering about something just pop a question! i would love it if you would want to follow me.