“A Life Changing Sum”


Watching some crappy quiz show on Sky at the weekend (“Don’t Forget The Lyrics”…I wasn’t watching it really, I was at my computer), they used the phrase “life changing amount of money” regarding their top prize of £250,000. I thought this was a strange phrase, because “life changing amount” can mean a lot to different people.

I asked my Twitter people what they would consider to be life changing, and here are their responses:

pmsumner: For me, enough to pay off debts and leave me able to do something I want to rather than have to for work. So maybe £75-£100k?
feebeestar: anything from 15000 upwards
thebuxt: 250,000? well I would say it could be life changing but i think it all depends on how much you have before & the life you live
spiky_simon: half a million to make a big difference, I guess. Though wouldn’t turn my nose up at less!
laurakalbag: a few grand. Enough to rent our own flat would be life-changing for me.
nickbrompton: to completely make me change the way I live would take 5 mil I reckon. Cos then I could give up working for money
adurbe: how much money is lifechanging depends what you spend it on
jlancashire: I think I would need a few mil, maybe 5?

For me, I think quarter of a million would be enough to clear all of my debts and buy a nice house. Pretty life changing, I’m sure you’ll agree.
But I would still have to think about bills, and still would have to work.
A more “life changing” amount would be closer to a million pounds (at least) – I wouldn’t have to worry about work, and bills could be paid straight away. I’d be able to pay off my dad’s mortgage, and give my sister some money towards a house. I could treat my friends without thinking about where the money for that would be coming from.

I guess I’d better start doing the lottery a bit more often then.


  1. James Corkhill says

    Cool post, don’t forget the lyrics is fun! I think I agree with you £250k would be enough to be life changing… clear debts and buy a house without the need for a mortgage . Yea you’d still have to work but I wouldnt want to give up work right now….

    Looking forward to the weekend by the way, it’ll be good to see you.

  2. Zoe says

    Don’t Forget The Lyrics nearly made me late back to work today. I wanted to hear the girl sing Britney Spears…

    *hangs head in shame*


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