Rolling into summer – don’t look out your windows yet, need to give it till mid May apparently and it’ll be toasty! (disclaimer not my information!) – for once it seems I have a social calander. weddings and hen do’s and birthday parties! But wait, can I afford to be a social person? *checks bank balance* only if we go for coffee somewhere cheap, reuse all the clothes I’ve not worn for the last 5 years and drink tap water at events. Because it seems you aren’t allowed to have children and a social life, especially with the ever increasing nursery bill, so last week we had panic stations and decided I needed a budget!
You see I fit between the gaps financially, I work part time (Horay!), but all my wages go on nursery fees for the 2 days a week childcare(boo!), the government says we earn decent enough money (Horay!), so we aren’t entitled to any help (boo!). So if I worked full time we’d be crippled by £50+ a days nursery fees, if I gave up work, we still wouldn’t be entitled to any financial help. It seems so backwards to me; after chatting to some friends all over the country it seems I have the most expensive childcare! Don’t move to the south west if you plan a family! So I’m sticking at basically working to pay childcare 2 of the days a week. Leaves me £50 a week budget.
£50 a week is more than enough I hear you say! We shall see, I’m already regretting ‘popping into tesco to get sandwiches’ for 3 people, draining my budget! £3.95 bottle of rosé wine in Aldi = 12.6 bottles a week! 😉