We've just about made it half way through October and the Stoptober challenge. The YFG has really risen to the challenge and we have been trying really hard to curb our spending on a weekly basis and just buy the things that we specifically need. She and I have been meal planning and trying to use up some of the items that have been languishing in the cupboard and freezers for a while.
It was aspirational to hope that we could manage the month on £100 for everything, and I confess here and now that I think we have spent that already. I wasn't going to deny the YFG slippers and new underwear when she needed them just for the sake of this. We are thinking more carefully, though, which is always a good thing.
Helping out the lady that I posted about yesterday makes me realise how lucky we are, and how very blessed we are. I read a post about real poverty on Frugaldom the other week and it really made the point that however hard up we feel, we are not! There has also been an exhibition of photos of real poverty in this country in the sixties and seventies, and seeing those on the internet has made me think hard about what I want to do to help people more.
Real poverty is hard. Relative poverty is another thing, I think, and a lot of people think that they are "poor" because they cannot have the things that they see other people enjoying.
So we are considering purchases, we are using up some stuff, we are monitoring and metering, and generally being more thoughtful. It has been a blessing to be able to use some of the savings and some of the stash to help someone else. I shall try to carry on throughout the month to do more of the same. We have some big bills coming up at the end of the month for the tv licence [that's a whole debate of its own!] and the house insurance....