Thanks to Sammi for our weekend writing prompt. You can check out her challenge here:
Ah, a delicate matter and one close to my heart.
You can’t be a number cruncher and get away with not doing budgets.
Money, or personal income, is a dodgy subject and one many don’t like to discuss.
For some, it’s a question of keeping up with the Jones’, whether they can afford it or not, and before long, Debt swings in a hefty blow from which they cannot recover.
We’ve always lived frugally, had to from day one of buying our first house and attracting negative equity.
Now our income has taken a £2000 per annum dive because we can manage day to day living.
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!
In November 2020, we lost our beloved 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. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too.
On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts.
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.
You’re really good at it.
With this latest blow, the figures have been re-run four different ways, but a 2/3 reduction in a disability benefit is a hard pill to swallow.
It is totally unfair. But everything in UK is going down so this would too.
This is our government and cutbacks, taking money from those who need. We can manage and at least we are still getting something.
You’re good at managing money and budgeting. But there would be many who are not good at it. I feel sorry that such a prosperous country has come to this.
You and me both Sadje.
Me, not so much. It’s my husband who looks after our finances.
Is that the sound of a growing outrage? Because if it is you are not alone.
With the politicians and their betrayal of democracy and the will of the people.
Come Halloween there could be a popular uprising.
Only this time it won’t just be a single government that backs down.
It could spell the end of the whole sorry mess we call parliament!
Yep, I hear you. A friend and I have decided to go in together to look for a new apartment. I’m paying 1400+ for a studio for one, but we can get a much nicer 2bed/2bath for 2200 combined. And she also has a kitty!
Sensible! The good news on that as well is that your household bills will only be for one, not two of you. Good luck!
I’m a bit of a scrooge. Money saving expert number 2, me! Not because I want to be, but that’s how it has to be. My round? I’m outa’ here!
I know where you’re coming from Keith. Although not drinkers, we asked not to be included in rounds because we could not afford to buy one. People understood. Times haven’t changed and we are counting the pennies even more now.
Cheap bugger… Not cool to drink off others and not return the favour…
Well written, Di. And a sad state of affairs, to be sure.
It is indeed, but we’ll be OK.