HELLO darling. We know you’ve been strapped for cash recently, what with losing your job due to Covid. But rather than give you some money, let’s explore all your avenues for sorting out your finances.
Sell your antiques on Facebook Marketplace
Your father and I were looking in the garage yesterday and you’ll never guess what we found – a pair of Georgian brass candlesticks! I bought them at a car boot sale in 1997 and apparently they’re worth £800. I put them online and Carolyn from number seven is coming round with the dosh. Do you have anything similar in your bedsit?
Take in a lodger
How much do you use your kitchenette? I’m only asking because your father and I have been toying with the idea of renting out your old bedroom to a lodger so that we can start saving for Costa Rica. If you’re struggling to make ends meet, why not take in a couple of backpackers and tell them to tent-up in the kitchen? It might also be a good way of finding a partner – we are ever so worried about you.
Become a doctor
I know you had your heart set on being a creative writer, darling, but maybe it’s time to consider spending 10 years retraining as a GP? The NHS really needs doctors at the moment and at least it will get you out of the house so you’re not cooped up all day. Also then maybe you can look at my knee because it’s been killing me for a couple of months now and I can’t get an appointment anywhere.
Buy a house
Sometimes you have to spend to earn. Have you thought about putting down a deposit on a cheap little house somewhere? You’ve always dressed smartly and you’ve been to university so the bank’s bound to give you a mortgage. We bought ours for about £30,000 in 1979 – have they gone up much?