Four beaner!

A camel’s hind quarters – if I was compared to it – would (even at the height of a sandstorm’s intensity) probably be found to be far more relaxed than mine. It’s entirely possible that there also ducks far less watertight down below than I tend to be from day to day.

Why you may ask am I mentioning this?

Well – today has been a four beaner!!!!

For those amongst you who do not know what this means, let me enlighten you.

When I started walking (as I began losing weight) I also noticed just how much rubbish Mcdonalds causes – because it tends to be absolutely everywhere. You simply cannot go for a walk anywhere without treading on it or seeing it in bushes.

The delightful ingrates who discard these wrappers have always annoyed me – and consequently I try and do my bit for wombles everywhere. When I’m not in an almighty rush I tend to pick things up and pop them in a nearby bin.

In particular I look for and pick up coffee cups – and when I do I take the bean off the side and pop it onto a card in my wallet. When I’ve collected a few (each card needs 6) I exchange them for a steaming hot cup of coffee.

Since I started walking to my new job two and a half weeks ago (backwards and forwards past Mcdonalds) I’ve found 8 beans and in the last month I’ve filled almost four cards, meaning that I’ve picked up 21 coffee cups and disposed of them.

In the last four years I’ve not had to purchase a Mcdonalds coffee once – yet have probably consumed between 50 – 60 of them.

I realised quickly that these beans (given that a coffee is £1.65 and you get a free bean on the cup) are worth 33p each – and yet people just throw them away again and again.

That’s madness!

People also walk past them and choose not to pick them up like I do (presumably because it’s rubbish) and leave them be – which I doubt they would do if they found the same value in cold hard cash lying on the floor.

This behaviour is so deeply ingrained in me now that on one of my very first dates with my partner I walked past a bin and immediately stopped to ‘de-bean’ a cup sitting on top of some rubbish close by before disposing of it.

I realised immediately afterwards that this may not have been the most attractive move on a date – but as it turned out I failed to deter my beloved with my thrifty behaviour.

Later she would say that she didn’t notice becuase she was too intently focused on my posterior, but I know the truth.

She admires the tightness of more than just one part of my hind quarters.

She also seems to admire me doing endless and largely pointless Bing searches – because I discovered about three months ago that if I did a certain amount daily I could exchange the Microsoft points they generate for Xbox gamepass ultimate vouchers.

I do 54 a day and various other little pointless tasks while on the loo – and for my trouble I get a voucher worth £11.99 each and every month (or thereabouts) meaning that I save £144 a year.

I used to pay £40 a year for Xbox live alone.

Now I pay nothing.

Thriftyness has become a motivating factor in many parts of my life – and when I completed the 26th swim of the month today I remarked to my better half that it meant the average cost of my daily dips had dropped to a smile inducing 96p (a single swim is usually £4.65 and I pay £25 a month for my pass).

Furthermore I still have another two days this month to swim before I’m done which means I can push it down further to 89p.

Screw fitness – I’m just trying to get my money’s worth and make the world a better place while I do it. So far this month I’ve also walked almost 300 miles – and that means I find a bean around every 14 miles I travel on foot.

There’s always a reason to do more and always a reason to get up at 5.40am to go for a swim – even if it’s just to see if the day is a four beaner!!!

Davey

 

5 comments

  1. I can totally relate to the Bing searches haha. I also do surveys and such to earn some extra money, as on a traineeship income t’s really nice to add an additional 50 pounds or more a month to our income.

    The littering though… That is just beyond me. People just leave their trash everywhere. On the train, in the bus… >.> Ugh

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      1. Oh definitely not! But Holland is also a lot better with distributing tash cans, so it makes it easier to dispose of your trash. There is, dor example, always one next to a busstop. Also a lot of the trains also have trash cans next to the window seat.

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