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Education And Learning On A Budget


You can never know it all, and who would want to? The day you have learned everything there is to know about this wonderful world we live in will be a very dull day indeed.

Do you value education? It’s vital, and the importance of education should never be underestimated.

Want to increase your wisdom? Make life more interesting? Acquire fabulous ideas and inspiration? Gain wisdom, knowledge and dare we say power? Then you need to embrace learning – educate yourself to within an inch of your life, appreciate the role of education and reap the rewards.

So, what do you need to do to grow your mind? Well, for a start you do need to find the time to learn, there are opportunities for self-improvement around every corner, but you will need to apply yourself a little. Got the time but fear you don’t have the money to allow yourself the “luxury” of an education budget? Worried you can’t afford to enrol on an expensive course, buy pricey books or visit places that may inspire and educate you?

If you’ve been busy making a budget and have been seeking budgeting tips then we’re pleased to report that you don’t need a bulging wallet to go in search of knowledge. Learning doesn’t have to be expensive, a small fiscal contribution should suffice and hey, why not – better than blowing your hard-earned cash on a designer coffee!

And, wait for it, sometimes you can even learn for free!

It’s not very often you get something for nothing. If you are creating a budget you need to take into account all that you spend, so if you can save a little on educating yourself then that’s great news.

 “Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.” –

Bernard Baruch.

Ask questions, look up information, understand the importance of education and be curious (it might have killed the cat but we think you will be safe). If you happen to come across a word or phrase you aren’t familiar with, don’t just pass it over, investigate.

A thesaurus is such a useful tool and don’t forget the good old dictionary, both will help you to explore the meaning of words and you can hone your spelling at the same time! If you see or hear something that catches your interest go and find out more. Embrace the role of education in your life and enjoy the fact that we have knowledge at out fingertips – be it entering a search on your mobile phone or looking up the material you seek in an encyclopedia.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”  –

Richard Steele.


Read, read and read some more. Devour books, scour newspapers, peruse magazines, explore websites and browse blogs. You don’t have to spend a small fortune on hardbacks and glossies, instead head to somewhere that provides a home to all that is great and good in the world of the written word – your local library. Free to enter, free to browse, free to sit and free to enjoy the peace and quiet, oh, and did we mention it’s free?

If you don’t fancy a trip to the library how about setting up a book swap with friends? Or head to a car-boot or second-hand sale – you can pick up some real bargains, fiction books, non-fiction books and magazines too. If you need materials to assist your studies check out classifieds and well-known auction sites.

Just because you don’t want to spend huge amounts on resources it doesn’t mean you don’t value education. – whether you are a student or not imposing an education budget can be a practical move.


Prefer to do your reading on a screen rather than via well-thumbed paper pages? Invest in an eReader. We appreciate it might not have been on your list of essentials when you were making a budget, but they are portable and offer access to a myriad of material. If you don’t even have the time to scroll or flick then you could go for audio and simply listen while your book is read to you. That way you can multi-task, you can listen and learn even when your ironing mountain is threatening to topple or the bathroom yields an angry bath shrieking for a scrub. Get your rubber gloves on, get stuck in and practice learning Portuguese at the same time.

The world-wide web can provide you enough reading material to keep you entertained for hours.

Websites are a mine of information, and some of the most motivational, inspiring and brightest individuals post their thoughts, ideas and work online for everyone to access. Blogs can be illuminating and thought-provoking and can give you a real boost if you’re looking to improve yourself.

“Online learning is not the next big thing, it is the now big thing.” –

Donna J Abernathy.

Not able to leave your current role and commit to attending college on a daily basis? Can’t afford that course that you feel would get you on the path towards the career of your dreams? In the past enrolling on a course could be a costly business, but now there is another option – if you are not already acquainted please allow us to introduce you to eLearning.

Astounding as it may seem there are courses that you can take online and for free. Get close up and personal with science – explore organisms as you tackle biology, travel through space and time as you discover physics go nuclear with chemistry. Brush up on those numbers and gain confidence as you improve your literacy skills. Away from the mainstream topics there are plenty of other freebie courses too.

From discovering the hidden world of opera to how to succeed at interviews, diagnosing animal viruses to learning how to play the jazz piano – if you want to learn it there’s quite possibly a free course for it.

Most think the ‘past equals the future.’ Decision is the ultimate power.” –

Tony Robbins.

We’ve all heard about those motivational greats that have a knack to inspire and ignite a passion in us. Tony Robbins, Nick Vujicic, Jim Rohn, Louise Hay, Suze Orman all have some pretty powerful words that they are more than happy to share. Get involved in the fervour by checking out some of the influential and inspirational videos that are doing the rounds online. You can access these via a number of well known (and free) sites.

Enlighten yourself, free your mind and reach your potential.  We vote you switch off that TV set and do something that will fire your brain rather than just fry it. Wave goodbye to reality TV and say hello to living a real life.

“A museum is a place where nothing was lost, just rediscovered…”

Nanette L. Avery.


Whether you are looking for an educational treat just to please your own inquisitiveness, a trip with your partner to provide some healthy debate or a day out to get your whole brood exploring and discovering – a museum, art gallery or exhibition could be just the place. Some require an entrance fee, but many are free and ask for a voluntary contribution to help them along.

The learning opportunities are endless, with fascinating paintings, intriguing sculptures, photographs, jewellery, clothing from days gone by, toys and even mummies fresh (or perhaps not quite so fresh) from Egypt – cocooned chillingly in their sarcophagus.

Learn about history, life in another country, famous people, landscapes and inventions. Museums and the likes offer a wealth of learning opportunities and if you are a fan of budgeting tips, seeking out exciting free and low-cost places to visit should be high on your list of money saving ideas.

Can You Learn If You Are on A Budget?

The answer is a resounding Yes! Even if you are creating a budget and trying to cut back on certain areas of spending the good news is you can still improve and educate yourself. Make learning part of your life.

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
– Chinese Proverb

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