Hubby and I learned a long time ago that just because something was cheap to buy, didn’t mean it was cheap to run.
We apply the rules of feeding and maintaining to anything we purchase, from a computer printer to a car. After all, if a printer cartridge is going to cost almost as much as the actual printer, or having a posh motor in the drive for which you can’t afford the insurance or putting gas in it because it’s a guzzler, there’s little point (unless you want the latter to house your fleet of garden gnomes or use it as a flower bed).
Being on a fixed income, it’s imperative that whatever we have is affordable to us.
Budgets are my middle name, and I so remember when we bought this property we had limited funds, which not only had to buy the house, but cover legal fees, furnish it and pay the first six months bills. Having to replace the boiler within the first month of residence had not been included, so it was a while before we could think about furniture other than a new bed and mattress, the second hand sofa bed we picked up for £40 and two recliner chairs and footstools given to us by some boating friends. We actually had a coffee table, all 60cm x 28cm (23″ x 11″) of it.
One thing I can say though is that it is very affordable to live here, apart from local taxes which are charging us over £1500 pa this year to do so. However, compared with other parts of the country, this is also reasonable!
Written for FOWC: Affordable