AS people mark the Chinese New Year tomorrow, I have searched the globe for inspirational ideas about money.
In the Year of the Rabbit, many will be hopping to bounce back to better times.
So here is some international advice to inspire you in the tough months ahead.
PIZZA AND JOY: The Italians have nailed it when it comes to eating their way to happiness, so they might just have the right attitude to money too.
One comforting Italian saying is: “A happy heart is better than a full purse.”
We’ll raise a glass of Prosecco to that.
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EASTERN INSPIRATION: There’s a Chinese proverb that says, “If small money does not go out, big money will not come in.”
You can apply it to savings or a pension. It’s also worth remembering if you’re trying to grow your own business or start a side hustle, spending a little on new skills could reap big rewards.
For more Chinese wisdom, a box of 12 Silk Road fortune cookies is £1.75 from Ocado, or you can make your own.
There’s an easy-to-follow recipe at bbcgoodfood.com.
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RUM TIMES: The Jamaican proverb — “Save money and money will save you.” — is a lesson for life, though tricky to stick to when money is tight.
Remind yourself that even putting a little away can add up in the long term.
You could use the inspiring quote from the Caribbean island to make your own money mantra poster at Canva.com.
SWEET SAYINGS: If you are a chocolate lover, head to Posterstore.co.uk for some tongue-in-cheek wisdom for your wall.
You can buy a poster which reads: “It is true that money doesn’t buy you happiness, but it does buy you chocolate which is kind of the same thing.”
A4 prints start at £2.98.
COLOUR ME HAPPY: No words are needed with The Manifestation Colouring Book, £5, from The Works.
No matter where you are in the world, you can think yourself rich, or happy, with some imaginative and mindful colouring.
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