gra-dult-hood n.

1. A stage in life between graduation and adulthood.
2. Gradulthood often involves jobs that don't fulfil a graduate's expectations.
3. A term coined during the recession.

Now Thats What I Call Thrift: #1 and #2

In these credit crunched, recession hit times we live in you are going to have to be thrifty. This series is going to offer helpful tips for followers to save their money this winter, you might be asking, ‘who are you to offer this advice?’ Are you an economist? Do you even know what a double dip recession is? Listen, I know my thrift; try getting a pint off me for free, it ain’t happening. Now imagine, if you will that Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert is a BBC 1 primetime programme, this feature is more of your budget Dave production, maybe popping up at 1pm on weekdays and fronted by a comedian you’ve only ever seen on daytime adverts.

Anyway, enough PR, I’m going to kick things off with a double header
#1 Don’t you dare buy any fireworks. I know Bonfire Night is approaching and we’ve all been tempted at some point to put on our own display but ask yourself, do you really want to see your money literally go up in smoke? If you’ve seen one firework display you’ve seen them all. Whoever is heading up the firework R&D department needs to pull their finger out quickly. If you really need your fix then I’m sure the local council are doing one somewhere, and at least you’re not paying for that directly.

#2 If you’re a man, you buy the cheapest shampoo you can find. I’m talking 20 pence for a litre, no branding, ‘I didn’t know they were still allowed to make this’ shampoo. I guarantee you won’t notice the difference and if your hair does fall out then you can always sue. They call that a win win.


  1. You got the same feelings when it comes to shower gel? Or do you up your game there?

  2. Shower gel? No need, just use the shampoo, when you get down to that level they're the same thing anyway. What I will say though is if you happen to share shower facilities with a girl then by all means steal their products.