With My Last Fiver I…

29 01 2009

What would you do with your last bit of money?

Write up to 150 words beginning with, “With My Last Fiver I…” along with your name, occupation and location, and let us know! 🙂

With my last fiver I would make a photo album. I’d choose my photos wisely, print them out, stick them in and write the captions, the memories of yesteryear, because before long it would all be changed. Without a mortgage or rent, I’d have nowhere to live, nowhere but those bygone days. Without food, I’d have nothing to eat, nothing to nourish me but those happy times. Without a drink, I’d be forever thirsty, but those solid reminders of what once was, would keep me going. Without electricity or petrol, I’d be stranded, but those smiling faces, I could always talk to.

So yes, with my last fiver I would make a photo album because without it, without money in this life, I’d never see my loved ones again.

Sarah, Student, Wiltshire

WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR LAST FIVER ON?

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24 responses

30 01 2009
Rebecca

“With my last fiver I would give away the money to someone who needed it more, because no matter how bad things are for you, there is almost certainly going to be someone for whom things are worse. It has been said that despite the repression people are still giving money to charity as they did before. Times like this often bring out the best in people. So I would give my last fiver away, and trust that God would provide me the things I need. After all money is not the be all and end all – there is more to life.”

Rebecca, Healthcare scientist, Essex

1 02 2009
Luke

“With my last fiver I would give someone else a fiver. Five pounds just isn’t enough to be of any use to me. Food is only a temporary solution to unfamishable hunger, as is water to unquenchable thirst. There’s no money left for shelter. Material goods will just weigh me down or get stolen. What good is transport with nowhere to run? What use are qualifications if you can’t pay for breakfast? What good is the past if it holds you back in the present? And what good is saving it for a rainy day if it’s already pouring? The only item worth inheriting is that which can’t be purchased.

So, I would help another survive, using my last remaining five. After all, what else could I do with it, except extend death and surrender to selfishness?”

Luke

4 02 2009
Anonymous

“With my last fiver I’d buy my husband a gift. I don’t know what – maybe food, maybe drink, maybe just something silly. Money can’t buy you love. But if I could bring some happiness to my husband in the midst of times that seem increasingly dark, to see him smile would be more valuable and enduring than anything else I could afford.”

Rachael, Teaching Assistant, Surrey

8 02 2009
Kate

With my last fiver I would vow to start afresh, put it away in my pocket, call it my ‘first’ fiver, then go and be successful second time round.

Kate W, Student, Dorset

8 02 2009
Ruth

With my last fiver I would abandon ship and buy a £5 coach ticket back home to my parents house.

Ruth M, student, london

8 02 2009
Helen

With my last fiver I would spend it on a ticket to anywhere, on the cheapest mode of transport, as far away as it would take me and start life again at the desination in which I found myself. From then on I would let fate decide…

Helen Clarke, student, Birmingham

8 02 2009
Becky

With my last fiver I would buy a box of chef’s special fried rice which is the only dish I like from my local Chinese Takeaway, then find a quiet road in which to eat it.

Becky, Student, Bournemouth

8 02 2009
Paul

With my last fiver I would buy a cool hat and a small carpet and take to busking. I would busk around the country, and hitch-hike around the world, slowly building my money back up again. Then when I had enough money I’d buy some cheap recording equipment, get some interviews with bands and start up a music blog on the Internet.

Paul, Student/Radio Person, Southampton

8 02 2009
Marie

With my last fiver I would buy a pen, notebook, a banana, and a bottle of water. I would then mastermind the quickest route to making a fortune, using my trusty pen and notebook with the aid of a banana (as my brain food) and water (to keep me hydrated).

Marie, Student, Manchester

8 02 2009
Daniel

With my last fiver I would buy a cap and sit on Oxford Street busking so I could raise money.

Daniel, plumber, London.

8 02 2009
Teresa

With my last fiver I would buy a large McDonalds Big Mac Meal. At least then I wouldn’t starve for a bit!!

Teresa, sales assistant, Tunbridge Wells

8 02 2009
Amber

With my last fiver, I would buy my boyfriend a footlong meatball marinara from subway, and hopefully he’ll lend me some money until I can support myself properly.

Amber, Secretary, Glasgow.

8 02 2009
Paul

With my last fiver, I would buy myself a few cans of the cheapest beer I could get from from local supermarket, and then not pay my bills, and starve until my next wage arrives.

Paul, IT Consultant, Cumbria.

9 02 2009
Chrissie

With my last fiver, I would cheer myself up and buy a brand spanking new nail varnish and a chocolate bar, for the endorphins.

Chrissie, Barmaid, Lancashire

12 02 2009
James

I would tuck my new found fortune away into my top pocket and ponder the many issue surrounding life as a whole, why I cannot bring myself to write andything constructive, why one insanity dj is considered better than another when everything they play is the same, why Godard is a better directer than Spielberg, why a home is not a motel, why if i was another person in another time i would be no different to the way I am now, why people say they would give away five pounds when we all know full well they will not, why two of the above involve fast food, why several of which involve busking, why half the world is so conceited it does not do what it wants. After pondering these important questions i will then purchase a carpet, with the remaining money I would pay someone to roll me into the carpet and throw my over a cliff, thus drinking myself silly until i tuurn into dry rot.
If i survive this experience my faith will be renewed if i do not my faith has been rewarded.

13 02 2009
Emily

With my last fiver I would fasion a paper swan and attempt to sell it for £10. Then I would make an even better and more elaborate swan with the £10 which I would then sell for £20. I would continue until I was somehow a millionaire…

Emily, Youth Worker, Kent

13 02 2009
Peter

With my last fiver I would make it last as long as humanly possible in the hope that channel 5 might make a documentary about it.

Peter, Student, Bournemouth

13 02 2009
Eleanor

With my last fiver I would buy some sweets from my childhood to comfort me in my time of need, and remind me of the good old days. This would then give me the courage to use the change to ring my mum and ask her to come and take me home.

Eleanor, Student, Plymouth

17 02 2009
Gillian

With my last fiver I …

At first my head said, ‘Buy some seed,
To grow the food on which to feed.’
My heart said, ‘No! Take a coach,
Spend time with those you love the most.’

My daughters, two, we’ll reminisce
And talk of all the times we miss,
The joy, the laughter, giggling,
The memories back all this will bring.
As each remembering different things,
We’ll share the fun those memories bring.
The silly times, the times we smiled,
We laughed out loud so much we cried.
Do you remember this or that?
What fun we’ll have, just think of that.

We’ll look ahead, we’ll plan, we’ll scheme,
And think of all what might have been.

With my last fiver I’d take a coach,
To be with those I love the most.

Gillian, Teacher, Wiltshire

28 02 2009
Average British 21-35year old

With my last fiver,

…i’d hold it in my left hand,
sup red wine and smoke a ciggerette with my right hand,

and contemplate how to spend it wisely.

7 03 2009
mylastfiver

1. I WOULD TAKE MY $5.00 TO THE ONLY BANK THAT WILL CONTINUE TO EXIST NO MATTER THE WHAT FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS OUR STANDARD BANKS ARE FACING. I WOULD CONSULT THE BANK’S PRESIDENT ON WHAT OR WHERE HE BELIEVES I SHOULD INVEST TO GET THE BEST RETURN.

2. IN THE MEANTIME I WOULD GATHER A LIST of CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING CHURCHES. STARTING WITH THE CLOSEST ONES, WITH WILLINGNESS TO TRAVEL NATIONALLY OR INTER-NATIONALLY to OFFER MY TIME AND TALENT IN EXCHANGE FOR FOOD AND SHELTER. ONCE I HAVE A PLACE, NEXT STEP IS TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF WORKING ON A BUSINESS PLAN FOLLOWING THE BANK’S PRESIDENT ADVISE, AND WAIT PATIENTLY FOR A RETURN ON MY INVESTMENT; ALL THE WHILE BEING VERY AWARE OF WHAT IS AROUND WHILE I CONTINUE TO pray. I BELIEVE IN GOD’S PROMISE: I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU.

Dawna Glave
Connecticut

7 03 2009
mylastfiver

I would go to a Chinese all you can eat buffet and just eat all day! I’d get there at 11am and leave at 11pm. I’d go with all my mates as well

Alice Couten-Student

7 03 2009
mylastfiver

I’d buy a load of teddy bears
xxx
Anna

7 03 2009
mylastfiver

With my last fiver I’d buy as many snacks as I could and have a star wars marathon, episode 1-6

Cherrelle, Student, London

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