The financial benefits of The Spoon Theory
I have always been pretty good with my money, understanding to always have a little extra stashed away for a rainy day. Coping with a chronic illness is very similar. So, how can The Spoon Theory help you financially. In this example, I'll use money instead of spoons!!
You have a family members birthday celebration to go to this weekend. It will cost you £20 and you have a budget of £15 a day. Every daily task on every day costs you money.
Your morning routine has three packages you can buy; Budget, standard and premium. You have to purchase one of these packages to begin your day.
Driving to work costs £1. You have to purchase this every day.
Your morning in the office will cost you at least £1 and that’s if you have a relatively quiet morning where you can work through your tasks at a good and effective pace.
Making a round of tea or coffee £1
Meetings are £1 each. To purchase a meeting you must have bought at least a standard morning package.
Your afternoon at the office costs £1 and then you drive home, another £1.
You get home, you must now purchase one of the afternoon packages:
Count up how much you have spent today and any extra can go into the next days budget. If you become overdrawn, you will have to deduct that from the next days budget.
Don’t forget you need to save £5 to be able to attend the family members birthday party on Saturday.
I genuinely use this theory in all areas of my life.
When I am paid, I give myself a budget and I look at the things that month that may cost more money. Ironically, spending money and spending energy seem to come hand in hand e.g. going out at lunchtime and buying lunch will cost me energy and money.
We often hear negativity around chronic illness but the truth is, we are the only ones who can aid ourselves. We aren't suddenly going to wake up cured so lets find some positives in this chronically weird world. I always cheer myself up by treating my life as a game, similar to SIMS. Imagining a little bar of energy and a coins pot.