My NaPoWriMo edition for the day will incorporate the Trifecta Weekend Challenge Theme:

‘On to the weekend challenge.  We want you to give us thirty-three words of advice.  Your advice can be to anyone or about anything.  We only ask that you make it uniquely yours.’

Bargain car


The best advice I ever gave
Was, ‘Save for things you really crave!’
Paid for, you have earned
Things for which you’ve yearned,
So never ever yield at all
To never-never’s tempting call!

© Colonialist April 2013 (WordPress)


About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies.
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  1. huntmode says:

    Col, I would like to say where were you when I needed to hear that – unfortunately, mine was a case of not hearing and learning the hard way, but, by golly, I learned! Ahem, still learning to put it into practice. So…, could you rent a Rolls for a day? (grin).


  2. Good advice, well expressed.


  3. Cobbie's World says:

    I used to run a business in my classroom at school selling popcorn. We’d make several hundred dollars over the course of the school year. Toward the end, I’d tell the kids that we were going to do four things with our profits: use 1/4 of the money to go on a trip of our choice, have a class meal brought in with another 1/4, give 1/4 away to a local charity and the final 1/4 was to go to them in their report card envelops for them to do with whatever their little hearts desired. The main point with #1 and #2 was to have the kids experience what it was like to pay their own way. Whenever the delivery person would show up at our classroom with our meal, I’d always have the kids yell out and tell the person to, “keep the change!” It is a small thrill but, it is a thrill nonetheless! 🙂


  4. rlmorgan51 says:

    How true !!! Love the way you wrote it has a poem,
    If you scroll back on my blog you’ll find two or three of my endeavors in writing HAIKU.


  5. barbara says:

    wise advice in these days of “I want it all – I want it cheap – I want it NOW!”


  6. Excellent advice, and a lovely rhyme!


  7. 68ghia says:

    the promise of never-never – lands you in hot water more often than not!!
    Good one Col 😉


  8. Lisaman says:

    I do like to pay for things up front but sometimes a loan can’t be helped.. Where would I live!!! 😉


  9. Ah yes, the money thing. My daughter is a spender and my son a hoarder. He will save until the ends of the Earth. She will buy the least little thing.


  10. Marie says:

    I could totally see the Cat in the Hat snarking around the car for this prompt. Sweet rhymes. For the life of me I cannot break out a rhyme, when I try it just comes out sounding so fake and superficial or … other unpleasant adjectives I cannot come up with (I believe my lack of vocab is my main weakness).


    • colonialist says:

      As with everything, practice has a lot to do with it. When I started blogging it took me ages to turn out a rhyme, but now they go pretty quickly.
      If this is Cat in the Hat, I wonder what my odious Ode is?


  11. nrhatch says:

    Except for houses and education, we’ve never mortgaged our future to pay for our present.


  12. Great rhyming advice though not advice on rhyming but I liked that the advice rhymed. Nicely done!


  13. granny1947 says:

    Good advice…I stick to it!


  14. bulldog says:

    Great words of wisdom.. that none of us, or very few of us, take…


  15. That feeling of paying for something you’ve saved up for and making it yours is definitely a powerful thing! You’ll appreciate it more, as parents are prone to say.

    Thanks for linking up!


  16. The Asian says:

    Very good advice, now you just need to get some people to follow it!


  17. adinparadise says:

    Great advice, Col. 🙂


  18. Draug419 says:

    Oh but impatience always leads to impulse buying… (:


  19. Suzanne says:

    😀 Love this advice! Well done!


  20. adeeyoyo says:

    That’s how I’ve lived too, Col.


  21. Sonel says:

    That is really awfully good advice for sure Col! Missed your lovely rhymes and poetry. Lovely post! 🙂 *hugs*


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