I’ve started to get up earlier because I can’t fit everything in to one day. I’m sleeping slightly better too, but if the dog wants out the dog wants out. The cats will play up, let me go all the way downstairs, and just want company while they have something to eat. But with the dog, he usually wants out. His walk is normally booked in for 5pm, but three times this week it’s been much later than that, and once I kept it to the streets because it was already dark.
I’ve had to revisit my budget. My petrol spend has come right down since I left work, but my supermarket bill went right up. I shifted it from £40 a week to £50 with the recent rise in prices and with me getting an extra mouth to feed. But I reckon if I do more baking and home cooking again I can get that back down to £40. This is food, cleaning agents, other bits and bobs. Everything. And it’s above the recommended guideline for a single person.
I’ve cancelled things like my National Trust and English Heritage memberships. I can’t afford them when there aren’t that many properties close by and when they’re starting to charge for parking (in some NT properties). Also, dogs aren’t welcome in the houses and there’s no way I’m leaving him in the car for longer periods than necessary.
I DO get council tax benefit now I’m on Job Seeker’s Allowance, but I don’t know how much yet. Most of the other benefits are only available if you’re on income related JSA.
The weekend is more shopping and chores, I’d like to clear a bit more ironing. Then on Sunday we’re off to Birmingham to see my parents.
How am I doing on that list?
- (work day) daily blog √ √ √ √ √
- BCJ 7 √
- BCJ 8 √
- weekly invoices √
- walk dog daily √ √ √ √
- weekly shopping √
- household chores √ √ √ √
- BCJ 9
- WB 9
- Catch the Rainbow (work day) daily √ √ √ √
- weekly gig list √
- weekly book marketing √
- BCJ 10
- Ramblers X
- diary work √
- weekly admin √
- road trip to Birmingham
- BCJ 11
- job shop
- BCJ 12
- tax return
- submit Christmas story to fave market √
- submit 1 query (hotel review, Edinburgh) √
- LOTS of market study work for fillers, short articles and flash fiction √
- (work day) daily competitions √ √ √ √ √
Have a great weekend.