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It would seem a recurring theme, the increasing cost of living in Britain.

For the last ten years I have blenched(lovely word that) at the cost of things every time I visit.

I just hold my breath and flash the plastic debit card. It seems less like spending that way.Rolling Eyes

For me it has seemed a slow progression but when did you start to get hit by the increased costs. So many of you do seem to be cutting back.

Posted at 15th Apr 2008 - 04:46PM   Posted by Miss penelope   Sky High Comments: 9

I've just been completing the tuition fee and maintenance loan forms with Robyn, knowing full well, even if she has a part time job too, like her brother Tom does, it will not be enough and I shall have to find another £400 a month to cover her rent in London as I already do for him. The Maintenance loan Tom receives is around £4,600 pa, how is anyone supposed to live on that in London without significant financial parental support ?

I can't begin to imagine how some families cope - we are lucky and can afford it just, but there must be countless families that cant just magic the extra out the air, and that means their youngsters can't go to Uni, or chose the best Uni for their subject as it means moving out of home.

I can see us doing some considerable belt tightening over the next 2 or 3 years.

Posted by: ZoŽ on 15th Apr 2008 at 05:08PM

Mountainear's Avatar A and I are on a fixed income - no index-linked rises for us. We're watching things go up with very long faces.

Posted by: Mountainear on 15th Apr 2008 at 05:51PM

Milla's Avatar It's ploody depressing!!

Posted by: Milla on 15th Apr 2008 at 06:17PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Yes it is depressing. Both HS and I are self employed and the way 'things', including insurance are rocketing up is scary. Just ordered more oil . . .will need a mortgage for that.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 15th Apr 2008 at 06:58PM

Tattie Weasle's Avatar Dear Charlie came home last night to say they'd had a pay freeze so now praying for a decent bonus so we can pay our debts. Trying not to think any more ...just buying the occasional lotto ticket.

Posted by: Tattie Weasle on 15th Apr 2008 at 07:05PM

Tattie Weasle's Avatar ...there is good news tho' I am back to baking, cooking and doing all my own cleaning (I know I was spolit) and I can really get a good rant on when DC leaves a mess etc and he can't come back at me - marital harmony at last. His "i do a long commute" line is shocked and awed into silence with my " well I do all the cooking, cleaning, washing up AND work" top that one buster!!!!Laughing

Posted by: Tattie Weasle on 15th Apr 2008 at 07:08PM

TW it is hard. I learned long ago how to live skinny and well. I never buy new books anymore. I haunt charity shops for them instead.
I too, am on a fixed income, but there is only so much one can do to cut back.

Posted by: Miss penelope on 15th Apr 2008 at 07:25PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Been cutting back for the last ten years really! Since stopping doing the whole racing up and down to London thing. In a funny way it's easier for us since we've moved as we downsized and lost our vast mortgage....but.....both of us are freelance and only as good as our last piece of work (and I have had barely any in last quarter so yeeuch)....

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 15th Apr 2008 at 09:35PM

Frances's Avatar Shall I share a bit from across the Atlantic?

I am just old enough to be ahead of the generation that can be called baby boomers over here. Post world war II.

Nations' pride and economies require the notion that we are all doing fine, and that the next generation will do better.

My father never got the education that I achieved, and ... honestly, I feel, never had to word at anything the level of responsibility or demand that I have faced for many decades.

Yet. He was able to own a home, raise three children, and have medical insurance and a great pension that gave him a fine life after he retired.

None of his children have anything approaching that, even though all of us have more education than he achieved.

Times do change. Economics do have a sharp cruel edge that ... minute by minute ... recalibrates what it takes to have what you would like to have. This calibration takes place on a micro scale.

Before I set into a rant about various global matters, let me say that I am so sad that I do not have children, yet so relieved that I have not released any children into the unknown.

(Those who know me around these parts, please continue to think me a reasonably positive soul!)


Posted by: Frances on 16th Apr 2008 at 01:20AM

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