MoneySuperMarket.com are running a competition at the moment called ‘Budget Bucket List’. The rules are pretty simple – write a blog post about your Bucket List with one budget item and one more extravagant one; tell them what is stopping you from achieving those things, what it would mean to complete them and then list three other bloggers you would like to enter. See? Easy peasy! If you want to enter yourself, nip on to their website to read more.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that I already have a Bucket List which can be accessed by clicking the tab at the top of this page. I’ve already achieved some of the things on it, but there are still a lot more on there – I’m very much a “want-want” kind of person and there are so many things I would like to do and see; I just feel like the world is a huge place and there is so much to experience!
First of all, I have to say I’m not quite sure what constitutes ‘extravagant’ and ‘budget’ but I’ve decided that the budget item would be something that could be done for just £100-200 and extravagant is anything above that. (I’m aware I’m making up my own rules, but there were no guidelines on price in the competition instructions, so just work with me here…)
Ride a horse along a beach
(Photo via www.neahkahnie.net)
I have always, always, ALWAYS wanted to do this since I was a little girl. I just think there is something so magical, beautiful and life-affirming about seeing an animal as beautiful as a horse moving along a beach at the water’s edge. It’s such an iconic image, used in so many films, television programmes and adverts – it can be emotional and beautiful, filled with romance or it can be powerful and hard, shown in a battle scene.
I haven’t ridden a horse since I was about 11-years old so I’m sure I’m extremely out of practice, but this is definitely right at the top of my Bucket List and definitely top of the budget items.
Pay off my debts
(Photo via www.telegraph.co.uk)
I am aware this is incredibly sensible and incredibly boring, but I’m sure you could guess this would be top of my Bucket List. It’s absolutely the most important thing to me in the world and knowing I’ve gone from £30,000 to £7,500 is just mindblowing. I can’t quite believe I’ve managed it! However, I think have a long way to go, and, as much as I don’t like to wish my life away, I can’t help but look forward to the day I pay my last instalment and I don’t have to fret about it anymore.
I’ve had countless sleepless nights, I’ve had panic attacks, I’ve cried thousands of tears, but day by day, little by little, I’m getting closer to my Debt-Free Day and that is what keeps me going. Everytime I feel like I’m drowning under the weight of it, I try and remind myself what I’ve achieved so far and what lies ahead of me. It’s not always easy, but I try (although I do still whinge occasionally, as you well know if you’ve read my blog before!)
As I said, there are so many things to see and do in this world and it makes me sad that in a lifetime there’s no way it can all be seen or done; but by making a list of those things I want to do the most, I can tick them off as and when I achieve them. These two things though, as minor as they may seem, are the top of the list for me.
Whilst you’re here, did you see the recent Retail Royalty Challenge I took part in with Moneysupermarket? It allowed me to see the most incredible gesture of kindness – read all about it here.
I nominate the following bloggers to feature their budget and extravagant bucket list items on their blogs!
Nicki of NickiKinickie
Dawn of Dawniepopsies
Katrina of Carousel Diary
Can’t wait to see your posts girls!