BLOG – I go shopping and ask you “What are your Desert Island Items?” (2 minute read)

Last week I indulged in ‘buying just for the sake of buying’.

I was crossing the Kimberley – one of the last wilderness frontiers – from Kununurra to Broome in Western Australia in support of The Girls and Boys Brigade. We stopped at an isolated Aboriginal community on the Gibb River Road and I bought a stunning piece of aboriginal art. I met the artist Petrina, her Aunties and their pet kangaroo Kevin. I shopped because I loved their work and also because it’s pretty rare to put the money directly into the hands of an artist.

It’s fair to say I didn’t actually need the painting. I was literally ‘buying just for the sake of buying’ – It’s another thing to clean! But, having met Petrina, I reckon it’s an item I will cherish forever. Which got me thinking about what we value and Desert Island Discs.

Desert Island Discs is a radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It was created by Roy Plomley in 1942. The format is simple. Each week a guest is invited to choose the 8 recordings (usually, but not always, music), a book and a luxury item that they would take if they were to be cast away on a desert island, whilst discussing their lives and the reasons for their choices.

For me, one of the items I value the most is an old pine wash stand. I saw it in an antiques shop when I was 12 years old. I wanted it as my bed side table. My Dad said I’d need to get myself a job and save up my money for it. So as soon as I was 13, and able to work, I got a ‪Saturday morning‬ job at CaterPlan bakery and a school holiday job at the Quince Honey Farm. That wash stand has been everywhere; to university, in shared-houses, in rental homes from London to Torquay and it’s now in Australia. For me, the real value of the wash stand is what it represents – working hard and saving hard to get what I wanted.

  • What are your Desert Island items?
  • What items do you have in your home that you value the most?
  • What items in your home would you most want to save?
  • What items are really important to you?

That’s the June Underspent Monthly Challenge. Write a list of your top 10 Desert Island items. The 10 possessions that you value the most. Have a look around your home. What are the 10 things that you value the most?
Email me rachel@cyclingrachelsmith.com for a PDF or Word format Desert Island items worksheet (I don’t have automated emails or a sales funnel. I will ONLY email you the template)

Until next time…

I’m Rachel Smith and I’m Underspent. I didn’t buy anything new or 2nd hand in 2014 and saved $52,680 (38% of my salary). I quit impulse shopping and saved my money. I changed my spending and transformed my savings. It started as a lifestyle experiment, but it changed my life, so I kept on going.

I’m the Author of Underspent and I’m teaching people like you how to break the habit of impulse shopping in 7 steps through my Underspent book, my weekly blog, FREE monthly challenges and FREE 30 days of money saving tips.

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