The amount of people suffering with anxiety and depression at the moment or those already suffering struggling even more must be through the roof.It's all getting a bit too much now isn't it? Literally every single expenditure has gone up and not even by a little bit. I started a second job working 3 nights a week back at the end of January with the idea of putting everything I earn into my savings. Even with a recent pay increase on my main job I'm now reaching the point where I'm reliant on my 2nd job to pay some of my bills and living costs. Not by much but still, that wasn't the idea of the job. As a family of 5, one of my kids does swimming lessons, gymnastics, the other does ballet (and goes to nursery which costs a hell of a lot) and the youngest is too young to do anything YET.
I know that's quite a lot of extra activities but they love it and I don't have the heart to tell them they can't do it anymore, I'd rather do what I'm doing and work 70+ hours a week. Life, money wise, really does suck at the moment. I know I'm not the only one of course, just mega depressing times.
I’ve never worried too much as I always live within my means but recently I am starting to worry. My fuel is the big one for me, costing me about £100-£150 more a month. I’m trying to use my car now as little as possible, even my wife has started walking to work (40 minute walk) when she can to save fuel. Her car she fills up once a month and is probably going to cost about £100 now as it’s a big family car.
I fill up 4-5 times a month due to my 100 mile round trip commute into London. Luckily my car is very economical and I drive like a 90 year old down a backroad following cyclists.