Thrifty Thursday 2
I took this photograph not far from my home and it’s of a particularly well maintained church. Don’t get the idea that this is the English Countryside. The cars just visible to the left of that tree were streaming off the M6 motorway at rush hour! Junction 9 is probably the busiest in the country but we still found somewhere to go to take photographs that was interesting. Earlier that afternoon it was very cloudy and the light was bad but we still took some photographs of a railway. This was near my old school and so I took a few photographs of that too. This shows you can find places to go that doesn’t cost a fortune and why not take the kids?
IPhones and Proms
I don’t have any children but I recognise that they can be expensive. My nieces and great nieces all have IPhones. I tend to think this is a little stupid; but there doesn’t appear to be an app for stupidity. They do need to keep up with their peers to some extent, no kid likes to be left out; but what lesson do they learn from it? Will they, later in life, feel the need to keep up with their neighbours and the Joneses at number 13? I have difficulty keeping up with the Joneses, he has more vitamin B12 injections than me! Should we give in to every demand from young people? Should they have completely unrestrained internet access and be able like Mark Zuckerberg suggests to be on Facebook while still in elementary school?
I think they should have everything they need for school like sports kit and school uniform. High tech stuff like IPhones are a luxury and if we give in constantly we just raise the stakes of the game and that will come back to haunt us next year. Give in to an IPhone this year and you let yourself in for IPhone 2 next year and a IPad in the Christmas stocking; it is never ending and sets a bad example.
Kids on Diets
Diets are a fact of life these days and kids are getting fat. I see these girls wearing ‘tights as pants’ and if that isn’t bad enough; their rear ends are a little on the large size to wobble that much! My local health authority is going to give kids free diet drinks and meal replacements. Is this the way to go, or should you just say it’s frugal Friday we are going to eat cheap and cut down? Make a habit of eating less every day of the week but make it cheap too on Friday with junk food banned! Fat kids get bullied – protect your kid now; put them on a regime of sensible eating.
99 pence is that all?
99 pence may sound cheaper than a pound but in reality it is very expensive. Commerce around the world wastes trillions by pricing like this and it isn’t necessary; they don’t do it in Japan. Have you been in Poundland where everything is a pound and the cash register only registers in multiples of a pound. Even at Christmas when it gets really busy, they don’t get long queues for long! They get them through the checkout quickly and efficiently. The added cost of this stupidity is added to our shopping bills and it means more staff, longer queues and highly complex point of sale equipment. It invades all types of business with cars being advertised at £4,999.99 instead of £5,000 – like we are stupid. The worse scenario and most stupid prize must go to petrol and diesel retailers that go that one step farther and price petrol at 129.9 pence! That obviously doesn’t make sense because they can’t give correct change or even keep correct accounts. Do they pay the correct amount of duty and VAT? Who knows?
It may be legal but is it honest?
There are many things that are legal but dishonest like introductory rates. I looked at the interest rates on instant access ISA accounts earlier and all the rates were introductory dropping after the first 12 months – it’s a scam; pure and simple.
You might also like yesterday’s Neodigital Art blog – you can do this stuff too. There was also Brain Boost or maybe you need a new TV, in which case my review of my new television might appeal: Technika 19-240 widescreen TV.