A Year Without Spending – Day 13 – Almost Human


Epson Recycling stuff arrived in the post
Epson Recycling stuff arrived in the post

Finally back to writing the blog, after what feels like a lifetime of sneezing and moaning and groaning. Things got so bad yesterday with the fever & temperature that I found myself in hospital (well the walk in centre) for an emergency appointment to find out what was kicking my ass. Apparently, after a pee test and various temperature measurements, it was decided that I’m suffering from a viral infection which cannot be treated directly. The order of the day is to stop myself overheating by keeping the layers of clothing off, and to take piles of paracetamol and ibuprofen to try and control the fever and aches. I must admit I feel a lot better than I did 24 hours ago.

In year without spending news, I must admit that I’ve been spending money on Medicines. These where excluded from the experiment for obvious reasons, however it has cost us a fortune in over the counter medicines. Between tissues, lemsip, painkillers, decongestants and various other drugs I’ve spent around £30 in a week. I can’t believe how much this has cost, but alas it is a vital expense.

The fact that I’ve been ill does mean that I’ve not had the opportunity to spend. I’ve realised a few potential problems with this experiment, such as how to relocate in July from St Helens to Dundee then ultimately down to Cornwall. I’m sure it can be done without consumer spending, and it will be fun finding out how I can cut corners and get things done.

Finally our epson cartridge recycling envelopes arrived in the post. We filled in the form online and Epson sent us out 4 self addressed postage paid recycle bags which will allow us to send our used cartridges back to epson for free recycling. This service was very quick, and its great to know that epson are taking this seriously and will, at cost to them, recycle our cartridges.

Well hopefully as I get better, I’ll have some more year without spending stories to write about. Keep checking back for daily updates. I might even run a tech-wtf twitter feed to keep people updated. Sound like a good idea?

Finally, congratulations to Barack Obama and the USA on the inauguration of President Obama yesterday. It really felt like we where watching history being made, and I watched the liver coverage of the whole event from early in the morning, right through to 6pm. What a momentous occasion.

John Large

My name is John Large. I am a Web Developer, E-commerce site owner & all round geek. My areas of interest include hardware hacking, digital privacy & security, social media & computer hardware. I’m also a minimalist in the making, interested in the Tiny House movement & the experience economy along with a strong interest in sustainability & renewable energy. When I’m not tapping on a keyboard or swiping a smart phone I can be found sampling great coffee, travelling the world with my wife Vicki (who writes over at Let’s Talk Beauty) & generally trying to live my life as unconventionally as possible.

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