8 Things I'd do if I Had the Money ...

We all do it, don’t we – dream about what we’d do if we won the lottery, or inherited a fortune from a long-lost relative. Some of those dreams involve philanthropic endeavours, while others are about treating ourselves. Whether grand or small, there are lots of things I’d like to do – if only I had the money!

1. Mortgage

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If there’s one thing I’d love to do, it’s pay off my sister’s mortgage. I honestly don’t think anything would give me greater pleasure than to be able to ask how much is outstanding and present her with a cheque. That’s one thing that could really make a difference.

2. Laser Treatment

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I’m rather short-sighted, but I don’t like wearing contact lenses, so I’m stuck with glasses. This doesn’t really bother me, but it would be nice to be able to wake up in the morning and not fumble for my glasses! However, I’d want to go to a hospital and get it done by a specialist, not in a high street clinic, so it would be expensive.

3. Cat Shelter

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As regular readers will know, cat welfare is a very important issue for me. I work with a rescue organisation, and we are constantly struggling to raise funds. So I would love to have enough money to build and run a dedicated shelter.

4. Travel

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I have family and friends in the US and in Australia, and would dearly love to visit them. It’s not cheap to travel long-haul though, but when I have the money that is definitely on my agenda!

5. Home Sweet Home

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At the moment I live in rented accommodation, and with the high cost of housing the prospect of owning my own home is not looking very likely. Some day I would love to have a place of my own, so that I’m not paying rent when I’m retired, and have complete security.

6. Financial Future

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I remember reading that when Groucho Marx started making money, he asked his financial advisor how much money he would need to invest to ensure that he had a lifelong income if he never worked again. Wouldn’t it be great to have instant financial security!

7. Housing

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I really get annoyed when I see how many buildings are empty (often for a long time). If I had millions going spare, I would love to turn them into housing for the homeless and people on reduced incomes, so that they don’t have to live in substandard housing or on the street.

8. Shoes

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I’m not just being a ‘typical woman’ when I mention shoes. Since, like many people, I have feet that are slightly different sizes, finding shoes to fit can be very difficult. So if I had the money I would get my shoes made specially for me. It’s not as expensive as you might think – but not within my current budget!

So you see I have quite a varied wish list! What would you do if you had lots of money, or even just more than you have now – would you spend it all, be generous to others, or save it?

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