Save Money and Live With Less: The Grandpa Challenge
Want to kick start a new money mindset, learn to appreciate the little things and save a ton cash?
You’re in the right place.
So much of our day-to-day spending stems from how the world has changed over time. If you ask your grandparents how often they went out to brunch with friends, they’d probably choke on their Gaviscon with laughter. Not only was brunch and dining out not really a ‘thing’ back in their day, they simply just didn’t spend like that.
I guess it must come from living through the war and growing up around a much less consumer-driven market, but older generations just weren’t programmed to spend at every opportunity like we are.
So, in true TBG style, I created a challenge to help us all be more mindful, rewire our consumerist brains and of course, save us a ton of money.
Give the Grandpa challenge a try for one week and see how well you fare. In addition to recording how much cashola you save, challenge yourself to try more #Grandpa tasks with the points below. Start with zero points, and for each activity you complete, add on the relevant number.
Deduct 5 points for each rule break!
No bouji ingredients (unless it relates to an allergy or a specific dietary requirement)
No soft drinks
Don’t let any foods go bad
No last-minute supermarket trips or late night ice cream runs
No convenience foods
No clothes shops
No coffee shops
No breakfast out
How to earn points
Entertain at home + 5 points
Go to a friend’s house for a homemade dinner + 5 points
Fix something that’s broken + 10 points
Grow some produce/herbs + 8 points
Make a shopping list and stick to it + 5 points
Air dry your clothes - no tumble drying + 4 points
Take your lunch to work every day + 1 point per day
Write a handwritten letter to someone you love + 5 points
Phone someone to make plans rather than texting + 8 points per call
Cook a meal from scratch + 10 points
Read a book + 5 points
Give or receive a hand-me-down + 5 points
Tag me in your Instagram stories @the.brokegeneration and show me how you’re #LivingLikeGrandpa.