They say in life that opposites often attract,
My husband and I are both living proof of that!
For I’m a minimalist – I don’t like too much clutter,
New gadgets and gizmos set his heart all aflutter,
He’s a materialist – yes, a bit of a spendthrift,
And I’m a penny-pincher – it can cause a rift…
I save the pennies; he fritters them away,
On catalogues, concerts, clothes and on Ebay,
He dreams of Ferraris and a mansion one day,
I dream of enough just the bills now to pay!
Needless to say we both have separate accounts,
Earn the same, but are saving quite different amounts!
Now, I am not saying I that live like a nun,
But I’m still on my clunky old Samsung S1,
Passed down from my husband who’s now on the S5,
Before that I still had my old Nokia 1112i,
No, you won’t catch me queuing for the latest ipad,
Am happy with the ancient old laptop I have…
A car’s just a car – gets you from A to B,
If it’s fuel economic, then it will do for me!
I’m just not impressed by a Jag or a Porsche,
Partly cause I still don’t drive yet, of course,
But as long as it works, I’m not fussed on the sort,
In London it’s still quicker by public transport…
Only use credit cards to boost my credit rating,
And pay off the next day – there’s no point in waiting,
The road to hell these days lies in payday loans,
The high rate of interest shakes me to the bone,
I hate being in debt – even just £1 in the red,
Kept awake by the mortgage hanging over my head…
Fond memories of my first little studio home,
The size of a shoebox, but it was my own,
Have since upgraded now that we’re in a couple,
But size doesn’t matter; it’s just my little bubble,
For once I get home, it’s just me and my man,
I’d be just as happy with him in a caravan…
Some of my happiest times, now when I think back,
Were when I was living out of my rucksack,
Travelling the world in trucks, hostels and tents,
Never have I been so completely content,
Didn’t go in for souvenirs, trinkets and such,
All my photos and diaries are more than enough…
Don’t play the lotto, but if I did win some day,
I’d still live my life pretty much the same way.
A little more travel – fund a History degree,
But I’d still do my weekly shop in Lidl or Aldi,
Plus shell out for the best care for mother-in-law,
Give out to the people who need it much more…
Not saying stony broke’s either the best way to be,
But peace of mind lies in financial security,
Only buy what I then have the money to pay,
It’s better to save for the next rainy day,
See my spare cash month-on-month slightly mount,
A financial cushion in my savings account…
A roof over head? Decent food on your plate?
People who love you? Then life is just great!
Most of us reading have more than enough,
And for me true happiness does not lie in “stuff”,
I’m no Ebenezer – I just think that’s a fact,
But good luck convincing my husband of that!!!!!!