Back to Office work

No, I haven’t had to get a job to make ends meet following our reduction in income, but I am intending to revisit my spreadsheets and make them easier not only to complete, but also to understand.
We have found that by changing the way we shop, we can actually cut down on our food bill, and though the Slimming World sheet is groaning again with all the fruit I’m buying, I’ve discovered that frozen fruit is equally as good, no waste and unlikely to go off in the bowl.
It’s always a question of balance, and Hubby has often said my sheets appear so complicated, when to me they are quite straightforward, but I have to admit that with all the tweaking, revamping and modification of my budget analysis recently, even I found it too long winded!
So my plan now is to update my housekeeping sheet for 2020 and tidy up the budget prognosis for 20/21. I calculate the figures a year ahead of where we are, so 2019/20 is already allocated and I am halfway through the 20/21 sheet forecast.
This actually works out pretty well because in theory, I only have to ‘cater’ for a year before retirement rather than two and a half.
However, I know that everything always looks brilliant on paper but trying to apply it in real life isn’t quite so easy!
And there I was thinking retirement would be relaxing and enjoying all that extra free time.


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! 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.
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13 Responses to Back to Office work

  1. Sadje says:

    It seems a complicated system. But something you are used to and understand well.

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    I wish I was your neighbour. I’d be hiring you to keep me in line.

  3. If you were trying to make extra money, dog walking is the way. You are such a natural for that!

  4. Husband is a dedicated spreadsheet person – he has tons and tons of them and they are very good..but it’s tiring and simple is so much better I keep telling him (besides, I watch purchases much closer than he does)
    There may be dog walkers, but seems people can be picky about who watches over their pet – you might start with one and word might spread?

    • If nothing else, I’m probably known as the dog lady! I;e had a couple ask us to look after their pet while they’re away, but one was the old boy down the road who had a nerve (sadly though he had his dog put to sleep before he went away because the dog was very poorly and could hardly walk) and another was someone I hadn’t met with a 14 week old puppy of undetermined breed who I equally didn’t know, and Maggie would have been most put out! However, there are dog around here that do know us and people who may need a dog sitter in an emergency so you never know!

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