Living on Less

February: Weeks 2 and 3

Over the next two weeks let me suggest a more practical exercise in simplicity and generosity. Sometime this fortnight, try surviving one week on $50. That is, limit yourself to just $50 (per head in your household) for food and entertainment. Invite others in your family or your flat-mates to join in: this needs to be a voluntary commitment. It is going to be easier to do with more people. When you’re done, calculate how much less you spent than usual and donate the difference to your favourite charity. 

Now here’s the important bit. Reflect on your experience: Was there anything you found particularly difficult? Did anything surprise you? Has the experience changed your outlook on the way you ordinarily live, such that you would consider making some permanent changes?