PlaySpent Challenges You To Prove That You Can Live Poor

PlaySpent Challenges You To Prove That You Can Live Poor

Life might be OK right now, but what would you do if you were down to your last $1000 and out of a job? PlaySpent is a game that challenges you to try and survive as one of the living poor.

If you need a reason to be depressed today, PlaySpent is a great way to get there. You will live through a month of credit card debt, disappointing children you didn’t know you had, experiencing the death of loved ones and fixing your crappy used car. The upside, however, is you’ll learn a lot about making do with what you’ve got, the tough decisions you’ll have to make when you don’t have a decent income, and what it’s like when things are nearly as bad as they can get.

I managed to make it through the month with an IOU and a repossessed car, but I think I still managed to make it with my integrity intact. I did have to miss a friend’s wedding, though. While this site is clearly a means of soliciting donations and assistance to the Urban Ministries of Durham, who help the poor, it’s also an interesting way to see where you might end up if you’re not careful with your finances.

PlaySpent [via The Consumerist]


  • Got to day 27 with heart problems, a tooth ache and an IOU.

    I consider myself as struggling with money, but I have to laugh at that cos I’m taking a holiday to Gold Coast tomorrow…

    Perspective huh.

  • I actually played this game a few times, but it annoyed my that it’s designed to make you fail; $3 for tomatoes!

    My wife and I have been doing the $25pw on food thing (so $50pw for the both of us) and after a few weeks it gets remarkably easy. Knowing the best places to shop is the main thing (spudshed if your in WA) and $3 will get you a lot more than a couple of tomatoes. Recently I went to spudshed and, for $3.70, bought:

    A Cabbage
    2 Potatoes
    4 Carrots
    4 Onions
    2 Oranges
    6 Plums

    • Nah, it’s a Perth thing… It’s farm-direct. The founder of the chain once bragged that he had item’s on sale which had been picked “less than an hour ago”. So yeah, fresher and less than half the price of the Coles / Woolworths veggies.

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