If you’re familiar with this blog, you’ll know that I’m battling debts and have been on a spending ban since July 2012. However, back in my ‘previous life’ I didn’t have any such money worries and spent rather than saved – something I regret now, obviously. If I’d been sensible and saved money I wouldn’t have ended up in the mess I did!
Anywho, no point looking back, life is about learning from mistakes and taking the silver linings of any situation and using them to your advantage.
The postive that has come from my debts is my new respect for money and my realisation that you don’t have to pay top dollar to get a quality product. When I had my house, I used to have a fake chimney breast with floating glass shelves lit from behind with LED’s (which looked awesome when watching a film) and one remote control unit that controlled everything from the TV, to the sound system, to the lighting. (However, I always have cold hands so the remote couldn’t tell I was pushing the buttons, so it was useless to me, haha!)
At the time, the sound system was a Bang and Olufsen one and, I can’t lie, it was pretty awesome. I used to plug my iPhone into it while I was doing housework or gardening and have a little disco while I was working – we all do that, right?
But, when I left the house, I left behind pretty much everything – sounds system included – and now, play music directly from my phone, which obviously isn’t quite as loud or as good quality.
So, when the lovely people at Debt Free Direct offered for me to road test two low-cost speaker systems in order to prove their theory that you don’t have to spend lots of money to have the good things in life (see their blog post here for more money saving ideas), I was over the moon – finally Bedroom Karaoke could recommence! (Sorry neighbours!)
The first item they sent me was this speaker dock from Asda, which retails at just £20.00. With an Apple connector at the front, this is extremely similar to the B&O unit i had before, but a heck of a lot cheaper!
It comes with a mains connector if you want to use it at home, or you can fit batteries and use it on the move (at the park/beach for example).