About this time of the year I begin to think about how we have managed on our 'pays' during the year and whether we can move along at the same pace next year or whether I'll have to rethink all the finances and money allocation in the new year.
We live quite simply these days, our bills are no where near as high as they were years ago - in relation to the amount of energy used, goods bought, food consumed and number of people living in the house - so for the two of us living on the age pension and other monthly pension payments hasn't been such a problem I thought it was going to be.
When friends start complaining about the price of things I tend to agree but not make as much of a fuss as them. I look for lots of bargains and try to find a cheaper alternative at the same standard if I can.
However I wasn't too happy when the Shire Rates arrived last week and they have risen by nearly $100. That's for home owners on concession rates so goodness knows how much they rose for those paying the full amount.
In with the yearly 'Valuation and Rate Notice' (thats its proper name, we just call it the Rates) we get sent us a lovely coloured brochure detailing where the money is going to be spent which you can believe it if you want..........................
Somehow I don't think much is going on vehicle maintenance as the bin men wake me at 6am every Monday morning 'cose the brakes on the truck squeal every time they slow down in front of each house so the long bendy arm can jump out the side of the truck and pick up the big wheelie bin and upend it. lol
Now as we pay them on a monthly basis that means I'll have to find an extra $10 each month, for us that isn't too much of a problem but will be for some. But thinking about it that $10 is what we spend if we go to our local cinema - $5 a head for seniors - or one of our admissions to the folk club concert we go to each month .
Telstra have just advised us that line rental will be rising and in the post today is a letter from TRU telling us that gas prices are about to increase. We use gas for heating, cooking and hot water.
Guess its my turn to complain loud and clear.:))
Heres another of DH's corny jokes
Why did the golfer wear two pairs of trousers?
In case he got a hole in one