Sorry, I’m a bit of a bore. I’d maybe treat myself to a bunch of flowers or something, but put the rest away.
I could spend £500 today, if I really wanted to, but I figure it’s tomorrow’s food money or utility bill - not literally tomorrow, but some time in the future.
I suppose if I had an unexpected £500, that’s not part of the pot I’ve got to live on, I do need new glasses (complex prescription - about £400) and a new phone. Glasses and a phone are hardly luxuries, these days, are they? But they’re things I’m putting off buying. The glasses because I can still see out of them. They’re probably no longer my perfect prescription, but I can’t afford to routinely replace every two years, at £400 a time, as the optician would have me do. The phone much the same. It still works - as a phone. It was an expensive one at the time (bought out of my critical illness payout), but I’ve barely used any of the functions - in fact hardly use it at all, even as a phone. My account has been disabled before, because I didn’t use it for so long. The problem now is that the battery has started to run down very quickly. It may be just a matter of a new battery, but as it’s about four years old, I’m not sure they still do them. I’m questioning whether I really ought to buy a smartphone at all, the next time, as I don’t use any of the “smart” stuff, or the camera. I really only have it for emergencies - and then don’t take it with me anyway! I am attracted to the expensive, high spec ones, but realise from past experience that I never use any of it. I actually turned the internet connectivity OFF, because it was connecting automatically every time I left the house, and then telling me I’d “only” been charged £1 - for access I didn’t want or need! I found no way to stop it doing it (set it to “always ask” - but it still wouldn’t). Eventually disabled the lot to prevent the “surprise” £1 debits whenever I took it out with me.