It has been raining all night, but at least it’s dry and intermittently sunny now.
Hubby has just gone up for his blood test and has rung to say it’s at the pinnacle of his range. The next test is scheduled for the 25th. He’s shopping now while I wait in for the window man.
This month is going to be an expensive one for us. We had our energy bill this morning and it’s the first from the new supplier who took over Npower. It’s for 58 days rather than an expected 90, but that could be to come in line with standard quarters of March, June, September and December. I’ve asked the question anyway.
As always, I’ve compared their readings with our own, and with Smart Meters, there should be little if any differential. I have noticed they include the first decimal point after the full figure in their calculation. This would add about 10p to the bill, so am I bothered?
Nah, not that petty.
Anyway, the figures are fine, the charges the same, and the total spot on to my own tally sheet. As far as I can see, our monthly payments will remain the same, but again I’ve asked for confirmation.
Next change is our telephone and broadband supplier as we received notification yesterday that our current provider has sold out to someone else. This all comes into effect on March 16th, and yesterday was the first we’d heard about it. We’re on a fixed tariff for line rental and service at £18 pm with any calls at the current rate, and I confirmed that this would remain in force until expiry in April 2022. The landline is purely for our internet connection, emergencies and payment of any bills using a telephone payment service. Our bill this month was £18.42, so that plan’s working!!
Next bill due is the water bill which is expected any time as the meter was read last week. We usually we get the bill a couple of days later, but they appear to be running late.
The council tax for 2021/22 is also due to hit the mat and I’ve allowed 10% on our current payments for the budget.
Now we have a window to pay for, but hopefully it shouldn’t be much more than any of the other single panes and I can cover that. Our food bill and car fuel haven’t been as high these past four months so every little helps as they say.
Hubby was reading in the media today that many people only have funds in reserve to tide them over for a month or so. Worrying times for everyone, especially with the current situation. With the high possibility of negative interests rates being on the cards for the Summer, it is unclear as to how that will have an impact on Joe Public, other than no interest on savings at all, and maybe the end of free banking, which is something else that has been mentioned on numerous occasions.
I am glad that I am working a year in advance and budgeting for 2022/23 now. As long as the government don’t move the goalposts again in respect of the State Pension age, we should be OK.
I’ve done the housework, and there’s no need to worry about lunch as it’s the final day of our stew today, so it’s all prepared.
Have a good day everyone. Take care and keep safe.