Well, what a relief. My second week of the pension experiment has been much more successful than the first. My week begins on Wednesday, and by Sunday we’d already spent £55 of the £104.55 budget. Then on Monday I spent £9.99 on a fan heater for my office, and was annoyed with myself because instead of just going home I frittered away £2 on a charity shop book and £2 on fruit. On Tuesday I spent £3 at the Chelmsford day centre on a delicious lunch there. I’d assumed it would be all frozen stuff but the steak pie was freshly cooked. But I ruined things slightly by buying a drink for 95p on the way home as I was very thirsty – it was very warm in the day centre and I didn’t drink enough water and got dehydrated – and then paid 25p for tea at choir. That makes a total of £73.19 – £31.36 under budget! Still not enough to pay for the car service but we’re getting there.
The easiest way for me to save money is not to go out, which I find very difficult. I’m a gregarious person who needs to see people and do things, so it’s hard staying at home. Some of the days I got quite lonely and glum, so I could identify a bit with Eric who attended the day centre every day to beat loneliness. Luckily my neighbour Nina has two young children and works part-time, so she’s been popping in for coffee (free – hooray!) and we went out last week to walk her two terriers, Arty and Nessie, in Mill Meadows, which is great fun. That way we get to have a gossip and some fresh air and exercise too. Often I’ll go for a walk on my own around the block but I feel a bit of a spare part. Last night I borrowed Arty to walk so I felt like I had a purpose! He was great company and impeccably behaved.
Let me know if you have any tips for cheap/free activities I can try out. Have a great weekend. Piper xxx