Tight as it is though… we SHOULD be able to manage – there are people who manage on less income – and yes – if we weren’t paying so much onto debt we’d manage a bit easier too. This month we’ve failed once – our Alliance and Leicester account has been overdrawn (as in OVER the overdraft) once for a day – it hasn’t happened in this shiny clean account and I was GUTTED – but when I got the notification through its only costing us £5. (Much better than HSBC may I say!) But 3 days to go to the end of the month and we might just manage. Yesterday we walked everywhere and ate weirdly as we were down to £17 and didn’t dare move from that… today we’ve got a child tax credit payment and expecting an expenses cheque to clear… giving us £80 to spend on petrol and food for Joel’s parents visiting – which strikes me as comfortably manageable – especially as I already spent money on cheesecake ingredients to try that feature piece again – that could keep us all going for a week on its own I should think!
Still … struggle as I may – its all fun and an exciting challenge – treating is as a game makes the whole thing more interesting! But today Joel is home, he’s teaching Holly to make a cup of coffee downstairs while I just opened the curtains to a happy light coming into my bedroom and I can sit in my cosy bed and write… the children have been gorgeously well behaved all week and make me laugh so much and today we’re making a family day out of visiting the garage, the supermarket and the recycling banks – the simple, free things can make a happy life. 🙂
Ooooh and tonight I’m driving down to Stoke to be on radio – Cross Rhythms radio http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk are interviewing GoldDigger tonight at 7ish and playing some of our stuff so that should be fun… I’m slightly worried – not about the radio bit … but about driving there without getting lost… more money? I’d like a chauffeur please 🙂