Friday, 24 April 2009

lowering outgoings

(Camping at peppercombe)

I have been making headway, I have been sorting out my outgoings. I figured the first important thing is to eliminate all outgoings. So I cataloged them and have canceled what I can in preparation. The bonus is I am now saving nearly all my income! so am rich!

Swimming membership = £5 a week.
Car insurance = £10 a week.
Car fuel = £20 a week.
Car tax = £3 a week.
Charity = £7 a week. I feel bad, but I will reinstate when I am not living on less than £28 a week.
Phone = £5 a week.
rent = £35 a week.
food = £30 a week.

total = £115 a week.

after canceling what I can:

Car insurance = £10 a week.
Car fuel = £5 a week.
Car tax = £3 a week.
Phone = £5 a week. Will cancel the day I leave.
food = £28 a week.

total = £51 a week!

I have spent every day I am not working camping or couch surfing. Also I have been experimenting with eating for under £4 a week. And I have found it is more than doable, it is easy! If you look at it as £2 for breakfast and lunch, and £2 for dinner, it is quite doable using value brands, as I have been eating very well for £4 a day, I could manage £3!

Also I have been learning which wild plants are edible, as it makes a big difference to save 50p when you only have £5 a day! so far nettles and wild garlic have been the best, as they taste great. also nettles are a good green to have in your diet, high in iron.

I am getting closer, and I am sure I can manage to lower my outgoings further.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

The plan

Well, how do I start? I have a very strange idea, which I think someone may be interested in, so I have started this blog to share the process, so you can see what happens.

I am planing to try and get from England to Asia and back living and traveling on under 5£ a day by hitching, camping and maybe working all the way.

A good example of how possible living for so little is possible is posted here where a teacher lived on £1 a day for a year, the traveling would have to be free for this to be feasible, so mostly hitching and similar things, which is quite possible. The accommodation would have to be free also, so wwoofing, couch surfing and camping.

so this blog will document the process, at the moment I am selling everything and buying camping equipment, so it isn't a pipe-dream!