Posted in Observations of Life, tagged budget, economy, Family, Life, Money, Personal, personal finances, SAHM, SAHP, saving money on January 24, 2009 |
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Just sat down to pay bills and balance the books and have scared myself to death. Money is so tight that I am gasping for breathe just a wee bit at the moment.
We always knew it would be tight, we always knew it would be tight, we always knew. I just have to keep reminding myself that. I mean, the economy has taken everyone by surprise but, even beyond that, we did know it was going to tight being a family of four on one income. Still, gotta be thankful that the numbers are black instead of red — even when they drop down to the very low double-digits, they are black.
I’ll just focus on breathing. And soothe myself with a cup of tea. …maybe minus the teabag.
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Posted in Making our move, Observations of America, Observations of Life, Repatting, tagged credit crunch, economy, employment, fear, finance, husband, job, laid off, lay off, Life, Money, Personal, recession, redundancy, unemployment, Work on December 17, 2008 |
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I don’t want to say any more than this: my lovely husband, who is paid hourly, and normally leaves the house before 7am and often doesn’t get home until 6.30 or 7.30 or 8.30 or even later, has been getting home nearer to 3.30 or 4 for the past week and a half. Yesterday, he clocked up not even 5 hours. Work is slow, he tells me. People aren’t spending money. All the guys are getting home early. And then he adds, but this is normally a busy season. His on-call days are usually as filled up as his normal days, but last weekend he had only two quick calls.
He hasn’t yet got that all-important local license — he has to wait for the next exam date, which won’t be until spring — and, because of that, he is the least qualified of all the guys at work. And he was the last in.
I am very frightened.
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