FOWC with Fandango — Prioritize

‘It’s all a question of getting your priorities right.’

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My Dad told me that, especially when it came to money matters, which were usually breadline or extremely tight with little lee-way.
I always worked in thirds: the wages would come in, one third would go to Mum for my keep, one third into the building society and the rest was mad money for the month (but this included any bus fares or lunches). It worked.
Living at home was a cheap option , but both Sis and I always made sure if we got a rise or a bonus, Mum got extra. We never took it for granted, and if a hefty bill came in, we’d both chip in an extra five or ten pounds to help cover it.

Fast forward to a home of my own, and the same rules applied, though first and foremost the mortgage and bills were covered, fuel for the car, then I’d try and put half of what was left went into savings.
Hubby worked on the same principle……… prioritize rent and bills, car, a little bit in the bank for savings, and the rest to last until next pay day.
These days it’s a case of prioritizing the monthly outgoings and making what’s left cover everything else. We’re doing OK, but it can be tough sometimes.

In my working life, I was always working to deadlines, even if I’d set them myself, but would prioritize getting the statements out and ensuring any back log of work had been loaded onto the system before I started my Credit Control procedure. I was good at my job, and my time management skills were, even if I say so myself, damn good!

On a personal level, Hubby and the dog come first. When Mum was alive, it was her well-being, safety and happiness that mattered and were most important to me.
When I was fostering, it was the family under my roof.
I’m down there somewhere, but rare I would prioritize myself unless it was a life or death situation.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to FOWC with Fandango — Prioritize

  1. Sadje says:

    A great way to control and prioritize your spending. Thanks for sharing

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