So is our anger.
Yet there is nothing we can do except what everyone else is, and manage the best we can.
Being on a limited and fixed income has been our way of life for years. Neither of us are tax payers, so any crap about taking people out of the tax bracket (personal allowances have been frozen for five years) doesn’t apply to us as we are already, but we still have to pay whatever is asked to eat and keep warm .
I had been looking forward to receiving my state pension to take the pressure off, but that is already being eaten away by the cost of living, and heaven help us if the proposed scrapping of gas boilers and petrol/diesel vehicles comes about. No-one in government has any idea how people like us can be expected to pay thousands of pounds for ineffective heat pumps that are more expensive to run and incompatible with most existing central heating systems, or pay extortionate prices for an electric car with no infrastructure in place to charge it on long journeys. Living where we do there is a pathetic bus service so we need a car to get us to health appointments and to shop.
Hubby read today that diesel is going to hit the £1.80 a litre mark by the end of the week.
A few days ago, this was anticipated for the end of the month, yet June isn’t even in double figures yet.
Having to collect our friend’s daughter from the train station today, he intended to fuel up the car on the way.
He couldn’t get into the local Tesco fuel station where diesel is currently 175.9p a litre as they had a delivery and already there were about 20 cars queuing to get in so he decided to fuel up en route.
He could not believe that at one supermarket, fuel was 184.7p and another 187.9p. He did not pass Tesco but the last time we were there, their fuel was 181.9p so you can guarantee they have also put their prices up to over 185p.
Back home, we went to Tesco and the price was still 175.9p, so we joined the queue of about eight cars as well as the four that were filling up. The lady in front of us got in a muddle with her payment, inserted her card after purchase and drove off. Hubby could have fueled up on her card as she had left the payment open, so he cleared it down and inserted his own card details. Not everyone would have been as honest.
This is just the latest in the cost of living crisis which is not just soaring but going into orbit. It doesn’t help that it isn’t just in the UK, but for weeks I’ve been noticing rises in the shops and they are not just a few pence per item. I bought myself a tuna and sweetcorn sandwich filler for a change the other day which was normally 99p. I had a shock doing my spread sheet as it was now £1.35, an increase of over 35%! I won’t be buying it again, nor the egg mayo, cheese and onion or coronation chicken varieties.
Most items are going up by at least 10%, this includes confectionery, and if you want a 2 litre bottle of a branded cola, you are looking at £3. A sugar tax was introduced some years ago to address the problem of obesity. It’s not just sugar at fault, but poor diets because basically, people are unable to afford anything else.
AND IT IS GETTING WORSE.
I’m glad I keep a spreadsheet because I can keep a better track of prices than most housewives. I also have the advantage of time to shop around, plus we are not brand loyal. Sometimes it pays to spend a few extra pence to get a better quality but that still doesn’t mean it has to be a brand name.
Finally, I have done an up to date list of price comparisons from February to this past week.
Note: My differences have all come out as negatives, so until I can adjust my figures, they are all increases, not reductions.
Some items show no increases, but reading through local articles, pasta is heading for a hike and the 500g pack of tri colour twists I used to buy for 50p are now 80p. I was stunned at prices of 80p to £1.40 for pasta quills then looked on the bottom shelf tucked out of the way for a ‘discount supermarket match’ and found them for 30p. It pays to look lower than your knees sometimes!
Incidentally, the cost of diesel fuel in January was 147.9p a litre.