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The concept is quite simple in that I ask a question and you reply honestly and truthfully.
You can either leave your reply in the comments or write your own post and pingback to this one, then leave a link in the comments so that I can find it.
My question today is topical as Ofgem has just hiked energy prices in the UK by another 80% from October. So, with that in mind,
With energy prices and inflation going mad, what changes will you be able to make to save money? Do you think there is anything you can do in respect of voicing your concerns?
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.
We also have face price hikes in gas and electricity here. We try to conserve electricity by switching off lights etc when not in use. There isn’t much else we can do about it except fume.
I hear you.
From where I sit, the question isn’t what we can do about this situation… it’s how on earth will we manage?
Same for most everyone Jen. I was so saddened to read about MM and Harry struggling to live in their $14M mansion (not) and how those earning £45K a year were looking for additional help to pay their energy bills (not). There are millions earning less than half that, working all hours to meet their commitments and feed their families, and they are getting very little.
and us pensioners on a shoestring already, we don’t have any more money!
I hear you…………………
I try to save a little each month, and haven’t found it difficult until now. My savings account is due for renewal early in October, just after the new price cap kicks in, and at present I fear I may not be able to do it again as I’ll be paying the money to the greedy power company instead.
I can relate Clive. It’s a worry, and as a number cruncher and money manager, I am trying to find new ways of saving money. If I find some, I usually put it out on my blog as it may help someone else.
That’s a good thing to do. I’m sure many will appreciate that help.
I try to share any tips I’ve picked up.
I’ll keep an eye out for them. I’m not exactly on my uppers yet but any savings tips are welcome.
Interest rates are an insult, even though some banks and building societies have put them up. It seems if you can afford to tie a lump sum up for 12 months or more, you can get a better deal.
When it comes to buying anything, we’d ask ourselves three questions:
Do I want it? Do I need it? Will my life end if I don’t have it.
On the boat, this was modified to Can I eat it? Can I wear it? Where will I put it?
It saved us hundreds because in most instances, we didn’t need to buy whatever it was.
When shopping. I look at trays of minced beef and chicken and work out how many meals I can get out of each pack. I also shop with a maximum price in mind, and if the item is more than that, I either don’t buy it, or don’t buy as many. We do a monthly shop and go to a town with four supermarkets. We got to know when specials were likely, but are lucky in that we have the time, and means (we both drive but just have the one car now) to shop around.
I agree. With inflation running at more than 10% the banks are still offering rates of less than 2% for savings accounts. What with them and the power companies making ridiculous profits we need a government that will control them, not the current bunch who are raking it in with them. I think normal people will be having to make those choices, but I bet the fat cats won’t.
With you 100% on that Clive
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I’m taking this week off. Every time I try to write something, I get foaming-at-the-mouth angry. See you next week!
I understand perfectly John. I get angry too, which is why I wrote to my MP. Still waiting for a copy of that letter…………….
I haven’t bothered to write to my Misrepresentative or my Senators, since they’re the ones that caused all this in my opinion.
Ha! Same here with our bloody government!!
I think that we’d be better off if we picked random people from each district to spend two years making the laws instead of the rigamarole we go through with elections and campaigns.
Oh yes! So much better and they couldn’t exactly do much worse, could they!!