Last year, I had quite a lot of money saved up for university, my phone bills and generally paying for days out.
But after handing over just over half of it to my parents and having to buy college textbooks, I'm left with hardly anything left.
I'm looking for jobs and have applied to some but nothing so far. I guess it's like a waiting game.
But now I have a whole summer ahead of me and I can't do much in these months because everything in this world costs money.
As a result, I've found some stuff I can do on very little money.
Write fiction. I've been writing fiction since I was a child but over the holidays, I've kind of stepped up a bit. Most of my time is spent in front of my laptop, writing. But this will soon be over. My laptop is falling apart. Seriously. The screen thing has popped up and so the screen it tilted, wires are sticking out and I can't close my laptop or the whole thing will break and right now, I don't have the money to buy a new one. I just hope it sticks out for long enough.
Watch TV. Thankfully for me, my parents pay for the TV bill so if I have some spare time. I watch TV. But I'm not a big fan of the TV. I can never find something I like.
Take a walk. I had thought before the summer holidays that I would take a walk every day. Unfortunately, the weather has kind of made it difficult. It's been raining way too much and it turns out my two month cough is the result of hayfever.
Bake. After writing, my next fave thing to do is to bake. So far I've made biscotti which was really fun but difficult. I honestly thought it would turn out wrong and it took me 20 minutes to get the right consistency. And you get something really yummy at the end!
Budget Shopping. This actually requires some money. Yes, I cheated. Sorry. This is where I go into town with like, £10 and try to buy as much stuff as I can with that money. I actually bought gym trousers, two shirts, 5 pairs of socks, 20 hairbands and a belt all within £15 last week. I felt so proud of myself in the end.
Read over my past writing. I've got so much stuff that I wrote many years ago. Books cost money so I've been reading a lot of what I've written before. It's really bad, I mean really really bad but it's good fun. It reminds me of what I used to write about and how I used to write. I can see how I've changed and in the end, I can put it away and know that I haven't had to pay a dime for those stories!
Visit the library. I can't buy many books so the library continues to be the place for my books. Plus, my local library has been completely refurbished. I don't like it as much though since some of it is now a horrible coffee place and it's 'modern' now. I like old libraries! But it's still full of books!
Watch people who pass your house. I live pretty close to the town centre, the train station and the local park so lots of people go pass. Sometimes I just like to watch people go pass and think about what kind of people they are and what their lives are like. I once noticed a man stopping behind a bush on our road where he went potty. Gross but hilarious. Plus, when I started laughing loudly from behind my curtains, the man freaked out and left pretty quickly.
Visit friends and family. I don't really talk to most of my friends anymore and family problems recently have resulted in us all avoiding each other. But I do like to just talk to someone real when I get bored. You can chat and laugh and make jokes and you're not even spending money!
So that's what I've been doing so far! I hope I get a job soon though. I need the cash!
So what are you doing to pass the time during the holidays?