It's always great when you find a little extra money you didn't know you had. Whether it be a few loose coins at the bottom of an old handbag or a crumpled note in your coat pocket, it's these small amounts of newly discovered money that get people wondering "what would I do if I found....".
Well that is exactly what the lovely people at MoneySuperMarket.com asked me a few weeks ago when they invited me to take part in their What's in your pocket blogger challenge. After carrying out an experiment where people were hold they'd left a £20 note in their dry cleaning and secretly filming their responses - you can watch the video here - MoneySuperMarket.com set bloggers a challenge, asking them to share what they'd do if they were given £20 to spend however they pleased.
After lots of thinking of what I could spend £20 on, I did briefly considered getting a cheap flight to anywhere only realising I wouldn't be able to afford a return ticket or spending it all on penny sweets, I decided I should spend the money on something I've been wanting for a long time but was unlikely to actually buy myself.
So here's what I spent the money on.
I started going to the gym September last year but had to cancel my membership when money became too tight and I was no longer able to make it a priority. Since I cancelled my membership I've been itching to get back into the gym and start working out without having to brave the ice and snow.
Now, £20 isn't going to go far towards a gym membership, but I told about a promotion the Carrefour Health Club in Norwich were running. For £15 I could get 15 days of unlimited access to their gym, pool and all of their classes, a promotion that expires in the middle of March if you're interested. So, I headed down to the gym to have a look around, making the most of their free day pass before I decided to sign up.
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I was really impressed by the gym and it's facilities. The staff were so friendly and even the weights area didn't seem intimidating like it does in a lot of gyms I've visited. They also have an amazing cardio room which I've been trying and failing to get good pictures of to share with you in this post. Basically its a dark room complete with loud, pumping music and a disco ball where you can get as sweaty and gross as you like without anyone having to see you - I'm loving it!
I signed up after the free session and have since been making the most of their pool and gym equipment as well as their steam room and sauna which have become my new favourite post work out reward! To make this offer even better, I was informed by one of the ladies who worked their last night that over the next three days Carrefour is having an open weekend, which means I get an extra three visits without having to use up any of the fifteen I paid for!
With £5 left of my budget I headed over to Amazon.co.uk to look at some of the tripods I've had my eye on for a while. I've been wanting to do more outfit posts on the blog for a long time now but without the aid of a tripod it was proving rather difficult. Although you can spend a lot of money a tripod I was only looking for something basic to hold and point my camera - it seemed pointless spending a lot of money when I might not get the confidence to venture out of my house to take the pictures.
After a bit of research and shopping around a few different websites and shops in the city centre I finally settled on this Neewer tripod.
Imaged sourced from here
It may not be the world's best tripod but it certainly does the job! I've been a huge help during my 5 Days, 5 Colours challenge came along to Oulton Park early this week to help me get some shots of Josh's test day. The tripod cost me a grand total of £6.05 so I raided my piggy bank and but the extra £1.05 towards it myself - it seemed a far better way of spending it than an extra bar of chocolate during my lunch break!
I just like to say a huge thank you to MoneySuperMarket.com for this opportunity, I had so much fun dreaming up all of the ways I could spend £20 - many of which involved copious amounts of Starbucks and baked goods or even a trip to the zoo! I'm having so much fun being back at the gym again, and definitely feeling the burn after each session - you really can't beat that feeling!
I've been asking loads of people at work, and I love hearing all of their answers, so what would you do if you were given £20 to spend?