I am sure one day we will look back and laugh at this situation but at the moment its no laughing matter .we have got ourselves into a mess and we are trying to do what we can to live.The first year was hard and the second year looked impossible until I got my small job.Sometimes it never go smooth though I have sorted one pair of the wifes glasses out but she still needs reading ones and my glasses also need replacing ..Then the modem broke down for the Internet that was another expense which I didn’t need.The internet is important as we have no shops near us so grocerys need ordering to get delivered. And its also company for the wife she reads the online news papers etc.
I got some trousers from asda for work I have to wear a suit and be smart my trousers were getting worn holes in the pockets and looking shiney I am surprised no one noticed.And I also have to provide my own uniform for weekend job.
The wife had two pairs of new pyjamas as hers were falling into holes I think a lot of things are wearing out and looking shabby.We will be like tramps by the time it ends.Maybe tramps might look smarter than us.
We still havnt been out anywhere now I work a 7 day week its impossible to even plan anything but one day in the summer we hope to go to a nature reserve for half a day that will be our holiday for this year.That will be a luxury compared with last year.We also need to get some paint and that will be my holiday trying to maintain the home as that is looking a bit shabby in places.
The wife is going to grow some vegetables that should ease the food budget I just hope she doesn’t run the water bill up doing it as it would be a case of robbing peter to pay paul.
You have to laugh or else you could sit and cry on a daily basis.I have read posts on the forum some seem to manage better than others no doubt if we lived near a decent market we could go and get food cheaper but living without a car makes life hard.No matter how many IE you have it never seems to be quite enough they expect you to save the IE all year to get one pair of glasses so what do you do if you need 3 pairs between 2 people ? What if you have eaten your IE money ? As we say we have eaten ours.I don’t think the IE is enough it is very tight very bare basic. I suppose its a punishment of sorts making you appreciate money and how to make it stretch sometimes it doesn’t have enough stretch in it though..The elastic went ping in ours.
Pocket Money ? What is that ? neither of us have any so neither of us can just go out and treat ourselves or buy each other a gift I am afraid its lean times ahead.
No matter how hard I have struggled I wont ask for a payment break its totally out the question as it will just extend my IVA even longer and one day we hope to move .We cant sell up while we are in IVA as they have something attached to the property and no one would give us a mortgage either so we are well and truly stuck .Maybe we will be stuck here till I retire 10 years to go..And no doubt my IVA will be extended to 72 months so I have just under 54 months to go..
Staying in for 72 months working and sleeping and coming to terms with the fact I cant get these years back I cant change the past and it could be a long stretch .