What is it Really Like Living on a Tiny Income?I don't live like this because I can afford to,
I live like this because I can't afford not to,
That's just the way things are!
I'm a fairly laid back, down to earth person who has an irritating habit of not giving a damn about money. Like everyone else I know, certain things raise my hackles and then the soap box can get dragged out and, before you know it, I've gone off on a rant. This is one of these occasions, so beware you faint-hearted, well paid, do-gooders who only ever follow the frugal living lifestyle because you over spent on ridiculous 'stuff'. Some of us may never have earned more than the national minimum wage and many more I know possibly won't ever reach those dizzy heights! But we all need to live and pay our way in this world.
So, when someone approaches me and asks me to locate a poor family to interview, I need to ask myself how to define 'poor'? Am I poor?
So how is your day going, so far?
Approved Food) so there was something to have with this afternoon's cuppa. (Kardomah Cappuccino Break 99p per Kilo, bought 10kg at the start of this year.)
I'm so poor that I didn't use a main oven to bake my ginger cake, I used my mini oven, which was bought from a charity shop for £5.00 in 2008, just before my excursion to the Isle of Man. (See Bucket List tab at top of page.)
I'm so poor that I'd to have freshly baked crusty loaf served with quail eggs for lunch.
Cosmetics and beauty treatments aren't my thing but I do like to disguise my silver streaks now and again. For this, there is henna. In fact, it's available via eBay right now with a buy two, get one free option, so I spent a whole £3.57 including P&P on beauty products this afternoon - go me!
Having started 2013 with a budget of £4,000 for the year and paying as much as possible up front - home insurance, annual telephone line rental, refilling the log store and, of course, my mountain-walking holiday, I find myself looking at making it through the next 137 days with just £1,219.98 to see me through to 2014. The cost of electricity is the biggest drain on resources but it's also paying for the pleasure and luxury of working from home. I don't think that sounds impossible and I don't think it sounds ridiculous - I think it sounds like a fun challenge!
Join me for my next big frugal adventure - stretching the budget to the end of 2013 before starting all over again next year.