The Big Issue : Edition 469
THE BIG ISSUE 10 – 23 OCT 2014 21 ILLUSTRATIONBYLWNSKI are worn out. Having a long-term view regarding purchases can often work out better on the pocket, too, instead of discarding something, then needing it again down the track. I used to sell up when I was travelling for extended periods of time, rather than place things in storage. I used to feel some pangs of regret for the many fine things I have owned and sold as I travelled from place to place. I don’t feel that sense of loss anymore, but if ever I’m in the position of moving/travelling, I will choose storage. Rates are quite competitive nowadays. When we are on the streets it can seem too hard to get off them. There are, however, agencies out there that you can visit for advice. Centrelink can also give people referrals. I’m finding being in accommodation much more productive. Not so much time is spent on basics, such as trying to stay clean. No one has run off with my stash of cans for recycling. I don’t have to carry all my worldly possessions into the supermarket just to get a tin of baked beans. I am no longer at risk of being labelled ‘undesirable’. I’m in accommodation now and can, perhaps, armour-plate myself against fickle fortune. Maybe one day I will resurrect ‘The Morpheus Identity’. This time as one who has a secret home base, no matter where I roam. » Cameron is keen to get feedback on his tips – this can be sent to editorial@ bigissue.org.au. By heeding his own advice, he says he has improved his circumstances over the past year – including decreasing his debts and gathering more personal belongings. See also antipovertyweek.org.au.