If you’ve been paying attention over the past year, you’ll have noticed a bit of a trend in This Charming Mum’s taste in men. Apart from my fantabulous actual husband, there are many husbands of the imaginary variety who make their way through my dreams…and my blog posts: John Taylor, Colin Firth and other British gents of the moody and brooding variety. David Tennant is up there. Only he could have persuaded a snooty arts graduate devotee of French cinema (blah, blah, yawn) to fall head over heels with a mainstream sci fi blockbuster. Added to his prowess as The Doctor is a lilting Scottish brogue and family values (as far as one can tell from a few interviews) which place him firmly at number one on that celebrated (laminated?) Leave Pass.
But more importantly, in real world terms, my new found (and surprising) love of Doctor Who inspired my Mum to buy me a truly kitsch and lovely Tardis money box. This treasure sits on our kitchen bench and has become the repository for those 5 cent pieces retrieved from under the couch and the odd handful of gold weighing down my purse in grocery week. Any time the husband or I has a bit of spare change – and remembers to do something with it – it goes in the Tardis. This approach to saving is surprisingly lucrative! So far, the Tardis has yielded a coffee machine and an iPad – two of those highly desirable but not strictly essential household items that would probably never have made it into Charming HQ had it not been for our savings plan.
This week, the Tardis is buying me a Kindle! Once again, this is something I’ve wanted for ages but couldn’t really justify while we’re hanging on fairly tightly to our purse strings. I’ve been reading ebooks on my laptop, phone and occasionally on the iPad (when I can wrestle it away from the kids) but a Kindle will open up a new world of reading and, particularly, of book reviewing. Like every book geek I, too, love the smell of paper in the morning, but more and more of the books I want to read are cheaper and more accessible electronically now. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em (at least occasionally).
I love this system of saving money in the Tardis for a whole bunch of reasons. It reminds me that every tiny coin has value (a metaphor for life?) and teaches me (and the kids) that life need not always be about instant gratification. There is satisfaction to be gained in working towards a goal! Not that we usually have a goal, as such; we throw the coins in and periodically bank them then decide what the best use of the mula will be. This is a fantastic tonic if you’re having a low week – it’s not even ‘retail therapy’ in the more extravagant sense, but a guilt-free, credit card-free present!
So, thank you David Tennant, for my coffee machine, my iPad and my Kindle. Oh and, of course, just for being you.
Do you have a rainy day savings plan? What do you do with spare change?