Independent Catholic News logo Welcome Visitor
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Cooper family's living wage diary - week five
Comment Email Print
¬†The Cooper family from Manchester (Niall, Rachel and their three children) are among sixty people across the country who agreed to take on the Church Action on Poverty challenge to live on the £4.10 an hour minimum wage for Lent. Niall sent us this week's Cooper family diary, describing how the household budget is holding up. After almost a month on the equivalent of the minimum wage we have hit the buffers. In the past seven days we have exceeded our weekly budget of £125 by nearly £38. We have only avoided going into seriously into debt through the generosity of Rachel's mother, who paid the cost of the petrol to visit her in Oxford on Mother's Day and two pieces of good fortune. Last Friday I was delighted to find a £5 note in the gutter. Today I received a £10 refund on our trip to London last month, as a result of being delayed by more than an hour on the journey home. On the minimum wage, Virgin trains, inability to keep to the timetable does have its silver lining. And that doesn't include the food parcel we received in the post from my mother: homemade flapjacks, fudge and chocolate rolls for the kids - a real treat! So why have we overshot our budget so badly this week? Not as the result of any great self-indulgence, although we did splash out on a bottle of wine (£3.50) last weekend and two portions chips between the five of us yesterday (a whole £2.10). But we did end up forking out £35 for Hattie's swimming lessons, £35 on petrol, £8 on film processing and another £8 on plants for mother's day. Whilst we'd normally pay these amounts without even noticing, in our current financial circumstances, they have become luxuries we can't really afford. The pressure is beginning to show. After a busy Saturday, we really wanted to blow £10 on a take away curry but knew we couldn't. And Sunday was a real low point. When Rachel found her purse completely emptied of money tempers frayed. Next week we will have to do better.
Share:  Bookmark and Share
Tags: None

Powered by Bondware
News Publishing Software

The browser you are using is outdated!

You may not be getting all you can out of your browsing experience
and may be open to security risks!

Consider upgrading to the latest version of your browser or choose on below: