Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Cost of living

How do you handle not having any money?

Are you used to being broke all the time, or do you not have to worry about money at all?

Tim and I have never had a lot of money but we have never worried about having a roof over our heads or food on the table, yes we live week to week but so do most of the population.

What I do hate is having to ask Tim when I want money for anything, this he doesn't get because he will say if you need money just ask, however, he will often say things like “why do you need money” or will five be enough and if I say I want fifteen or twenty he will look all annoyed.

My parents never had a lot of money to spare either, but growing up we never felt like we were hard done by and most years we had a holiday.

Now my parents are on the aged pension and my dad is forever worrying about money, dad is often saying they are living beyond their means and he doesn't know what is going to happen. Mum can't see the point in worrying as she says it is not going to change anything and they are not that hard up.

Up until the last year my parents would take a couple of holidays a year but now they really can't, it is not just that they can't afford it. Dad is no longer able to drive the motorhome and had decided to sell it, at first mum was against selling it but has now come around and agrees that since dad can't drive it anymore they should sell it.

When dad is going on about how much the are overdrawn it upsets mum, she feels like what is she suppose to do.

This morning he rang her just after she started the monthly shopping saying there was not enough money there to do the shopping, she did the shopping anyway but she said she felt like just walking out and going home and telling him she didn't bother with the shopping because he said there was no money for it. However, she didn't do that she did the shopping but only bought half what they needed getting only the bare essentials.


  1. It is hard managing expenses in this tough economy. Perhaps your mother should handle the bookkeeping. I always did this and i knew exactly what our finances were.

    1. That it is dad likes to be in control of the money and when he isn't worrying over things they can't change he is ok

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  3. I'm not broke, but I have much less money now than I did when I was married. I like it this way. I make all the decisions.


    1. I think I would like it too being in control of my own money

  4. Willie and I work full time, and I pick up odd jobs where I can: cleaning, serving, writing. We can pay our bills, and we can save a small sum, but we rarely take vacations -- it's just not possible. Neither of us worry too much, though, as it's just not in our character...


    1. So you are like most people getting by but holidays cost a lot and can't be taken very often



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