Once we had all helped ourselves to the buffet; full with pizza, potatoes and pasta we began the game. I have to say, the food was lovely, it was my first visit to Yorks and I’d recommend it to anyone, they had some absolutely gorgeous food.
The game was called ‘Spend or Save’ and in some ways, was a little like monopoly. Ultimately, the aim of the game is to finish with as much money as possible. We were all given £1000 to start with, and we were required to move around the board, either paying bills or earning money as we go, depending on which piece we landed on. So, for example, you could land on Christmas and be £400 out of pocket, or you could get a bonus at work for an extra £200. Each time you reach payday, you age five years until you retire, meaning that players need to move around the board a total of ten times.
Purchasing Life Goals also give you added benefits, as you can invest some money in an ISA and earn double the money when you reach retirement, or you can get married to halve the cost of your bills. Purchasing a car allows you to roll an extra dice on each turn, and purchasing a pension for £2000 will give you £5000 at the end of the game. The ultimate purchase, the house, will set you back £5000 but will earn you a total of £20,000 at the end.
What I loved about this event was that the three winners, who earn the most money, will be given either £500, £50, or £100 towards the charity of their choice! I think this is a wonderful idea and so so thoughtful. Unfortunately I was not one of the winners so did not get to donate any money, but had I have won I would have given it to Autism West Midlands.
I had a really fantastic time at this event. It was wonderful to meet some new bloggers and also have such a lot of fun, in addition to learning more about money saving strategies. Me and Katrina are starting to swap books between us so that we don’t need to pay for them! You can do the same with clothes and films, and cancelling the gym membership that you never use will also save you a ton of money in the long run. Now I just need to try and save a real £11,000!
What are your suggestions for saving money? Will you be joining the Founders Club?