Our friendly mailman has brought us each letters bringing good news and
comfort hysterical laughter.
Hubby and I have had a pay rise! I cannot contain my excitement and working on ways to spend or save this new wealth.
Hubby has had an increase in his mobility allowance, you know THE ONE THE GOVERNMENT CUT BY £2000 A YEAR of 40p a week. FORTY PENCE! WOW!
My works pension knocks spots off that though as I’m getting an extra £3 a month.
This is actually a generous increase of 1% so you can imagine how little my pension actually is and why we are considered, as per the Government’s own website, to be in severe poverty.
Now what are we going to treat ourselves to with this wondrous extra £4.60 a month?
Well, it won’t cover our council tax increase as that has gone up by £7 a month.
It will just cover an increase in our gas and electricity if I have to put our budget up by £4 a month as we went on a new tariff last September even if it is fixed. We are turning the heating off during the day as it’s been so mild which is saving us up to 10 Kwh a week.
I can afford the extra £2 on that tray of four pork medallion chops (if I could get them in the first place)
It won’t buy a 2.7kg bag of food for Maggie which has gone back up to £6.50, but it will cover the extra pound we will have to find.
Seems pet food is now in short supply by the way.
It won’t buy a nine pack of Andrex non-puppy toilet rolls (our preferred choice and only luxury) but it will buy 2 packs of 4 if they’re available and on special offer at £2 a pack.
It will buy a few more packets of rice or pasta, again if available, and a couple of cheap (30p each) bars of chocolate to fight depression. I might even get Hubby an Easter Egg, although he can’t eat chocolate now anyway. All the more for me.
It will cover one week’s membership for SW should I get out of target (I get a discount because I’m old).
Our largest supermarket have just announced they have pulled 8000 products from their range and increased the prices of 600 items ‘to prevent stock piling’ (link)
OK then. Our £4.60 a month isn’t going to do squat so we will revert to our usual plan, and that is to buy less or go without AS WILL HUNDREDS OF OTHERS WHO CANNOT AFFORD THE NEW PRICES EVEN IF STOCKS WERE AVAILABLE.
PROFITEERING AT ITS WORST, ALMOST AS BAD AS THE PANIC BUYERS WHO I SEE AS NOTHING MORE THAN LOOTERS WITH A CREDIT CARD.