The blogosphere is awash with comments about the current financial situation and the mess we are in. I place the blame with Labour. They are the ones who have spent our money, who have taken it away from those who prop up this country and given it to those who just scrounge or to pressure groups who claim victim hood and scream blue murder.
So This is not about that.
This is about finding alternative ways to live, because, believe me, you cannot carry on as you were. No more maxing the cards out, no more state of the art TVs, no more shiny new cars..etc.
So here is a tip.
Go somewhere quiet and decide what in life is really important to you. Ten to one it is not money. It will probably something like health and happiness. So, what makes you happy? More of everything?
One of the papers recently published a till receipt for the drinks bill of one party at a London club. The bill came to over £45,000. That was for bottles of wine. Now, I like wine. I like champagne, particulary Mumm and Krug. But, £45,000? What was that all about?
Going back to basics means confronting our insecurities about who we are. I am regularly seen driving a naff little car. I hate it. It makes me feel little and powerless. But it was born out of a decision to save money on tax and running costs. It is not the only car I have, but it gets used a lot. We do not spend a lot on eating out. This being Scotland, and its inhabitants being congenitally unable to cook or serve food properly, it is not too tempting.
But you can go further. You can dump the TV. It is Satan tempting you to buy, consume and sod your neighbour. At Weasel Hall, we read, play games, cook elaborate meals, drink Martinis and pursue hobbies like knitting and magic tricks. If the weather is decent, we spend every moment on the estate, such as it is.
Years ago I was overspending. We learned that lesson the hard way. Weasels have not had credit cards for five years. Everything we have, we own. If we get stuck we go without. None of this is easy, and I wont pretend we are poor, but this era is a great opportunity to re-assess lifestyle and personal goals.
Oh shit, I sound like Mystic Meg!
I don't want to sound preachy. The point is to challenge you about your lifestyle and ask you how you propose to improve it, and protect yourself, as far as you can, against the coming storm.
I am genuinely interested to know what you think.