Hello Dear Reader,
Like many workers, I am faced with a future where pay will be based on where you live and have to acknowledge that I and many others will have our pay cut in the near distant future. When it happens, there is no point in people acting surprised and wondering how you will live on less but will need to face up to the reality that will happen and prepare ourselves for this.
There are many things I used to do, that I don't do any more. I don't eat out, I don't have takeaways or ready meals, I don't go to the hairdressers, I don't go to the cinema or theatre (which I really miss), we don't celebrate birthdays or Christmas, we don't buy treats or little gifts for each other, when I visit friends, I arrive empty handed. I'm going to have to get rid or more to make way for the lifestyle changes I will have to live with when we're paid less in the future.
Furniture and clothes will have to be mended over and again. Curtains will need to be double lined. There will be no more holidays but find ways of finding paid work or ways of making money in the holidays and even weekends. Spare rooms will have to be rented out. Hobbies will be turned into ways of making money. Gardens will have to be dug over for food. Toiletries and cosmetics will have to be cut back. The fire will be lit later and allowed to die down earlier. More clothes will need to be worn indoors and another blanket will have to go on our beds.
Already, second hand items are increasing in value as more people sell what they have to bring in some needed cash. This used to be for the little extras and this, for so many people, will be a way of getting by. Those of us who sew or knit will be supplementing our incomes and the phrase 'pin money' will soon be part of our every day vernacular. There will be no more day trips or outings as all of us will have to ration our travel as it will become beyond the affordable reach of people.
We have so many many challenges that we need to be prepared now and start making adjustments in our lives now. As everything will cost more and we'll be earning less, we'll have to cut back even more, not to save but to get by. More of us will get rid of our cars, will sell anything surplus and put away any spare money to keep ourselves afloat.
Now, Dear Reader, here is the time for you to share advice on being truly deeply frugal, leave a comment and we can share ideas of the things we live without, will have to live without and how we will all have to get by on less. What do you no longer have, no longer do? What will you have to do without? We're having to halve our energy costs and only heat one room, does this sound familiar to anyone? Who else is used to the cold inside their house?
Over to you xxxxx
Love Froogs xxxxx