As the recession bites, 0f all the things you've had to give up, what do you miss the most?

(88 Posts)
nkf Sun 13-Jan-13 17:05:32

For me, it's nice perfume. I long for Jo Malone and Penhaligon.

What's yours?

Lollybrolly Sun 13-Jan-13 17:07:48

Having to think about where we drive.

Gone are the days where we just decide to pop out for an hour or so.

This morning we were going to drive 10 miles to a near seaside town for a walk along the prom but then decided we wouldnt because of the petrol cost.

Its stuff like that I miss. There are lots of things we have given up or now go without but its the sponteniety of trips out like that I really miss.

buttercrumble Sun 13-Jan-13 17:10:01

Fresh flowers in the house.....

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sun 13-Jan-13 17:10:13

Not so much the recession, but fuel prices. We used to think nothing of driving down to the coast (40 miles) after work to have dinner on the seafront - admittedly this was before we had kids.

Now I really think carefully about how many miles we do in the car, largely because of the price of fuel.

nkf Sun 13-Jan-13 17:12:55

Fresh flowers. Yes. I miss that too. Spring is good though because daffodils can be afforded. Well, they could last year. But flowers like lillies. Not any more.

StuffezLaBouche Sun 13-Jan-13 17:14:14

I miss the ability to see something nice in a shop, not overlyexpensive, and being able to think "I'm going to buy it." Specifically perfume, make-up, clothes, boots.
More than anything though, I miss being able to go for a drive just for the sake of it. Call me a bit strange but I love driving out into the country, just on my own, then stopping for a quiet drink/meal in a country pub with a book. I have to keep a MASSIVE eye on my petrol now so it's just not possible.
Very depressing - I feel like I work my arse off just to exist. I certainly don't have any kind of lifestyle! Sorry for the rant!

MikeLitoris Sun 13-Jan-13 17:14:16

Definitely going for a drive. Or anywhere unnecessary really.

We used to go to the beach or even just to see the planes landing at the airport.

We dont do so much just for fun. We live right in the city centre so not much outdoorsy stuff. But we are lucky to have free museum practically on our doorstep.

For me I miss regular hair cut, eyebrow waxing and decent clothes. sad

BikeRunSki Sun 13-Jan-13 17:15:14

Buying new clothes online (I was one of Johnny Boden's best customers). Need some new jeans? Top for a night out? Shoes for work? Pop online, pick something out and it's here a few days later. Now it's supermarkets with the DC... i've tried eBay but have given up after a few really poor quality/ shrunken/ stained 'bargains'. I know Asda and Tesco do online clothes, but tbh, I don't really like them.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 13-Jan-13 17:20:29

Petrol: I agree with many others, having to think about going any distance - such as to the coast or driving up north to see family -it's expensive sad

Going to London: The cost of the train is now £24 for me (without a travel pass!), added to all the other expenses it makes a day up there expensive.

cece Sun 13-Jan-13 18:13:47

Petrol - agree about loss of spontaneous fun trips out

Coffee in coffee shops - now I wait till I get home.

Magazines - just can't justify the expense.

Hair dye - gave up partly due to the costs although I had other reasons too.

mercibucket Sun 13-Jan-13 19:04:56

The gym sad

Agree about petrol as well. We have less days out outside the local area now

mercibucket Sun 13-Jan-13 19:04:56

The gym sad

Agree about petrol as well. We have less days out outside the local area now

nkf Sun 13-Jan-13 19:06:24

I had to get rid of the gym membership too. I really miss it.

MissPricklePants Sun 13-Jan-13 19:13:50

shoes, regular haircut and colour (nearly 2 years since it was done) and buying books just because I wanted to.

nkf Sun 13-Jan-13 19:15:28

Buying books. Just browsing round Waterstones with the children. Buying what we fancied. Gulp! Suddenly feel a bit tearful. Shouldn't have started this thread.

AphraBehn Mon 14-Jan-13 11:25:42

Eating out sad

AphraBehn Mon 14-Jan-13 11:27:53

Oh yes to buying books as well. I felt loadef the one day I was able to go into Waterstones and buy whatever I liked the look of.

Meat - we've cut back drastically.
Days out.
Clothes (except for the children).

misscph1973 Mon 14-Jan-13 11:42:29

Eating out and holidays. I really want to take my kids travelling and I feel so bad that I can't.

Battlefront Mon 14-Jan-13 11:45:11

Not being able to but things without really thinking. e.g. see a pair of shoes, buy them without wondering if I need them, what they'll go with etc. Strangely though I enjoy that too. I enjoy having to think about what I buy and the "virtuousness" of being less wasteful.

I gave up my perfume habit and don't miss it at all - can't actually believe the amount of money I used to spend on it.

Organic eggs. I feel guilty everytime I buy cheap ones, but we get through loads and it just can't be done anymore. (Dc go to school on an 2 eggs each everyday)

nfk - I was looking forward to the appearance of daffs in the shops this year. The only ones I've seen this year were £2 a bunch, I'm sure they were £1 last year. Hopefully they carried a premium because they were first and my cheap flowers will be back soon.

Yes and petrol - I used to think going to the beach was "free" sad

aftermay Mon 14-Jan-13 11:48:40

Holidays, from 3-4 a year down to a well researched single one.

Clothes for me, fresh flowers, ground coffee, magazines.

Decent moisturiser. Guerlain midnight secret to an Avon one. It still does the job, but I miss the Guerlain one.

Oh and takeaways / pub lunches etc. Not hugely regularly but we're down to very occasional fish and chips, which isn't the same.

pinkmagic1 Mon 14-Jan-13 11:55:27

My gym membership and especially being able to go 4 a morning swim in their beautiful clean pool (sad)

raininginbaltimore Mon 14-Jan-13 11:57:15

Nice haircuts, holidays, spontaneous meals out. Loads actually.

aftermay Mon 14-Jan-13 11:58:22

Oh yes, gym membership went too.

duchesse Mon 14-Jan-13 12:03:00

Holiday. Haven't been away as a family for 4 years now. We've been able to send the children here and there but family holidays in school holiday time are unaffordable. Now too late as oldest are 19 and 17 and almost certainly unwilling/unavailable ever to go on a family holiday (at the same time at least) ever again. That makes me sad.

mum23girlys Mon 14-Jan-13 12:09:24

Getting my hair cut and coloured every 6 weeks. Now get a £7 dry cut twice a year and colour it myself sad

That said I also get annoyed when I think of how much money I've wasted in the hairdressers over the years. My sister however moans constantly about being skint yet spends £60 a month on her hair and god knows how much in the salon on her nails and waxing. My mil is exactly the same.

mum23girlys Mon 14-Jan-13 12:12:51

Kellogs cereal sad and buying books. Also hate not being able to be as generous with gifts. We both hate looking tight and both our parents are very good to us and our girls

Bumblequeen Mon 14-Jan-13 12:27:45

We drastically cut back three years ago. We sought free debt advice and cut corners in every possible way.

No magazines- only read the Metro now
No takeaways unless it is our birthday/other occasion - not even fish & chips/pie and chips
Only have nights out on birthdays- restaurant/cinema
Only buy clothes for dh & I when we need them and spend no more than £20 on each item (excluding coats/foot wear) so that is one garment per month for me
No bought lunch at work EVER
No coffees

What stings the most is dh and I both work f/t. We have fairly long commutes and earn decent money. If I was a sahm and struggled I would at least be able to console myself by remembering I am home with dd.

Southeastdweller Mon 14-Jan-13 16:47:00

I guess I didn't give it up deliberately but I do really miss living in a decent area. We moved to a certain part of south east London a few years ago lured by the (relatively) cheap rent. It is just horrid. We didn't do our homework and underestimated the ordeal of the commute. Now with prices the way they are we're reluctant to move - even good (but not great) areas are pricey. sad

Thinking about relocating up north.

Abra1d Mon 14-Jan-13 16:49:48

Occasionally being able to go out for a pizza or bowl of pasta before a child's school concert.

Being able to sort out household work when it needed doing. We need new windows, a new front door and a new patio. But we can't really do it while my husband is still unemployed.

eilonwy Mon 14-Jan-13 17:15:50

Petrol costs = hardly any days out, or if we do go it's a worry. Started cycling to work so that we could go somewhere occasionally.
Cinema - distant memory
Food - buying everything "value" is quite depressing at times.
Clothes - only shop in charity shops now, and go into cold sweat if kids feet grow too much, LOL

BUT, I am still shocked at how much other people still spend - new pram for 2nd baby because it's a different sex!!! What?? A lot of people still have plenty of money. Just not one of hoo. Times like this teach you the value of things. Always think, can I live without that, and usually the answer is yes.

Laura Ashley wallpaper

aftermay Mon 14-Jan-13 20:31:14

Allotmentgirl - is your username a reflection of new allotment?

Bumblequeen Tue 15-Jan-13 10:38:00

Abra1d- it is horrible when you cannot update your home. We received PPI money and used it to buy a new front door and do up the garden. We really needed a holiday still do but felt it was sensible thing to do.

Elionwy- is all your shopping 'value'? We buy some value items and the rest shop own brands.

We go to the cinema once a year. I really miss it. We could budget for it but as we have access to films on TV/dvd's we would rather put it towards eating out or other.

I too realise some people spend an awful lot on their dc's. Mamas and papas prams for £600-700! Expensive outfits and toys all year round.

We bought a brown Mothercare pram for dd five years ago. When we have another dc this is what we will use unless our situation changes. No, it will not be stylish in any way but hey. I also plan to use dd's towels, baby gro's, blankets- all in excellent condition and all unisex.

cozietoesie Tue 15-Jan-13 11:12:27

We've had to economize strictly for many, many years so I haven't had half the things mentioned - at least in my memory - to miss. And probably never will. (I don't think, now, I could physically put my hand in my pocket for money to buy fresh flowers. Just couldn't do it.)

It's not doom and gloom though. Perfectly possible to lead a fulfilling life on very modest means; and at least we have no debts. So I'm happy enough.


Abra1d Tue 15-Jan-13 14:12:30

Bumble, yes, indeed. We can do little things: repainting woodwork, etc, but somehow when you see the bigger things, like the patio and the windows, it seems almost futile. But probably good for morale.

Pootles2010 Tue 15-Jan-13 16:12:14

duchessee they will go on holiday with you in the future - we're all going away with my parents to Cornwall in Sept - except its now 3 generations as ds is coming too now! My sisters are coming with their dp's as well smile

DublinDoll Tue 15-Jan-13 16:12:55

Getting my hair cut and coloured professionally. It hasn't been done in almost a year and looks shite.

Fashion & Interior magazines.

Trilogy face creams, love them, my skin looks great when I use them but can't afford them anymore.


Fancy M&S food.

Pootles2010 Tue 15-Jan-13 16:22:37

Dublin - do you have a college near you that does hair/beauty training? YOu can have cut/colour done at ours dirt cheap, and its quite good - it takes a bit longer, but i don't mind that.

thixotropic Tue 15-Jan-13 16:34:33

Yy to long aimless drives in the country with a pub lunch. Think I miss that most of all.

elvisola Tue 15-Jan-13 16:51:26

My cleaner. God I miss getting my house cleaned but I can't justify it anymore.

Definitely petrol, my car does 26mpg - gone are the days of driving and seeing where we end.

1stMrsFrugal Tue 15-Jan-13 21:43:43

My cleaner doing the ironing. (I actually don't miss the cleaning so much as I find I don't really need to clean everything as often as she did - it was a bit of a luxury. But OMG, the ironing is about to bury me)

Sky+ "pause it while I have a wee DH' oh..." "fast forward through the adverts DH, oh..." "what have we got recorded to watch tonight DH? Oh..." :D

DH would say gym and being able to eat things in the fridge without asking. I am forecver saying "not the ham! It's for the DCs tea!"

wiltingfast Wed 16-Jan-13 08:37:28

I miss buying my lunch. Bring soup everyday now, much healthier but was really nice to think "I fancy a chicken tikka sandwich" and go buy one and eat it!

Random clothes buying was great too.

If you can stretch to one thing for yourself make it trilogy rosehip oil. I use it under ordinary moisturiser and it's fantastic. Lasts 6m or so too.

days out, used to go to London a couple of times a year on the train.
my haircut now costs £18 at the local hairdressers rather than £45 at Toni and guys,
now buy m&s reduced price bread and freezing it,
used to have a take away once a month, but can't remember the last time we had one.

Mum2Fergus Wed 16-Jan-13 21:12:30

Going for a drive with no particular destination in mind...eating out...a decent bottle of wine (found myself cracking open a bottle of cherry brandy at the weekend...must have been at back of cupboard for about 5 years lol)...

Bumblequeen Thu 17-Jan-13 11:54:21

Wiltingfast I too miss having the choice to buy or bring lunch. I will admit to being envy of colleagues who buy lunch, coffee etc throughout the day without a second thought. Everything I eat and drink is brought from home.

£4 for a Subway meal or M & S sandwich does not seem like much to some but this can buy me chicken pieces for two family meals. sad

thesnootyfox Thu 17-Jan-13 12:20:27

Not having a car.

HollaAtMeBaby Thu 17-Jan-13 22:43:20

I don't have children so have mainly been able to cut back on things I don't miss, but I wish I could still afford:
- dentist (luckily my teeth seem OK but I am uneasy about not having had a check-up in 2 years)
- hairdresser (over the 7 years I've been going to her my lovely hairdresser has deservedly worked her way up from a small local salon to a very senior role at one of the big flashy famous ones in Mayfair and I can't afford to follow her there!)
- more holidays, especially weekends away which don't seem worthwhile for such a short time
- salon pedicures

Mosschops30 Thu 17-Jan-13 22:45:24


HollaAtMeBaby Thu 17-Jan-13 22:51:34

OMG how did I forget Botox? THAT'S what I miss the most.

We need a wrinkly smily sad

We both work full time & never seem to have extra cash.

I use Nivea face cream (£2.49) and ask for vouchers for birthday & christmas (quite close) so I have £90 in boots vouchers for when my Clinique needs updated!!

I keep meaning to do a boot sale & see what I can get rid of.

Has anyone else tried something like that?

going to festivals

just too god damn expensive, especially as we'd now have to pay for ds's

our holiday this year - a week in Norfolk in a chalet - £275

and what's the point in having a car if you can't afford the fuel to go anywheresad

last time I went to visit best in Bristol was 18 months ago. it now costs £80 in fuel. about the same amount on the train.

dh has 2 p/t jobs, and has been told there in no more funding for one of them after august sad

so dropping £800 a month (net) sad sad

does anyone want to buy a child? grin

aftermay Fri 18-Jan-13 09:40:15

Yes, festivals. Also gigs where you're prepared to pay £40 for a band that's so and so.

higgle Fri 18-Jan-13 13:10:57

Newspapers and magazines, only have a newspaper at weekends now; spontaneous purchases; flowers and anthing more tha a short journey in the car is we go out. We both work full time in reasonably paid jobs but if we are to have a family holiday and keep the house up together the small luxuries have to go.

ggirl Fri 18-Jan-13 13:12:44

I miss being able to plan a holiday ..really want to go and see my family in Canada and take dh , dd and ds .

TinyDiamond Fri 18-Jan-13 19:12:00

gym membership, sky, haircuts and nice skin products and make up

williaminajetfighter Sat 19-Jan-13 21:24:36

Eve lom cleanser, pretamanger sandwiches, taxis, dinner out... Echo all the earlier posts. It's frustrating because I too work full time and have for 20 yrs but haven't felt this skint in years.

Babycarmen Sat 19-Jan-13 21:33:55

Ah yes fresh flowers. I love having them in the house. Magazines too, they used to be my weekly treat but I can't remember the last time I bought one!

Fianccetto Sat 19-Jan-13 21:48:36

All of the above (holidays, organic food, driving anywhere, new clothes, spontaneous shopping, haircuts.)
Driving to the swimming pool I liked for a swim 3 times a week.
Being a sahm.
Not being able to let the DCs do as much as they want and having to think about the cost of every little thing.

IamMummyhearmeROAR Sun 20-Jan-13 09:23:30

No magazines or newspapers, we used to have lunch out regularly- cant remember the last time. Same for romantic weekends and dinners- it's been 2 years and that was for my dh's 40th.

IamMummyhearmeROAR Sun 20-Jan-13 09:25:33

We also used to have a cleaner and a grass cutter but they've been gone over a year now. Sacking them was unpleasant as they both needed the cash. Felt like crap.

aftermay Sun 20-Jan-13 09:26:32

I think the eating out applies to lots of people. We moved houses 18 months ago and I used to go to a class on Monday evening or Wesnesday evening. There are about 8 restaurants nearby and they used to be full, even on such working days. Nowhere to park. I started the classes again recently and there's a huge difference.

snozzlemaid Sun 20-Jan-13 09:35:35

I miss just going into town for just a look around. You know, when you don't need to shop for anything but we would go window shopping. But we don't do that now as don't want to waste money on car parks and there's always something you're tempted to buy. Just too depressing coming home with nothing so don't do it any more.
Days out at the weekend are now predominantly walks somewhere where there are no shops to tempt.

aftermay Sun 20-Jan-13 09:38:13

IKWYM snozzlemaid. I used to take the girls to the shops on Saturday. Only charity shops nearby anyway. But if we spend £5-10 in there and then another £10 in Costa that's too much now. So we go only once a month or less.

CheeryCherry Sun 20-Jan-13 09:44:00

Fresh flowers
Decent hair colour and cut
Occasional take away
Trips out...petrol costs
Decorating and home improvements
I guess they're all considered luxury items, but they did make my life more comfortable and enjoyable.

colleysmill Sun 20-Jan-13 10:22:54

New mobile phones - dh and I both on 10 quid deals at the moment and haven't upgraded for 3 years
Eating out and random trips to our local, those Friday afternoon walks in the summer when we would POP in for a pint and stop for tea
Passport - mine expired 3 years ago and I didn't renew it because I can't see a time in the foreseeable future when we can afford to go abroad.
Gym membership - went years ago when I was on mat leave but I wouldnt have the time now tbh

But one of my new year resolutions was to be more positive so things I do now that I didn't think to do before:

- Mending clothes particularly socks - dab hand with a needle and thread these days!
- Composting - lovely free compost from rubbish
- Grow your own veg - so much fun and the gardens looks fab in summer heaving with veg and freezer full this time of year
- Meal planning - saves on waste and excessive food shops
- Saving for things rather than spend now think later - I like the feeling of knowing there is no huge impending bill
- Clothes swaps with friends - this month I have done lovely new cardies for work courtesy of my bf
- Running - I love running round our village and across the fields and its free!
- Selling stuff we don't use or need anymore - last year we saved enough in paypal to pay for Christmas presents and holidays
- Holidays in this country - ok petrol is an issue but we have a campervan and get away quite easily for the odd weekend away locally (it helps though that dh and I have cars through work so the camper is the only car we pay to up keep) - even camping 15 miles away seems much further

CremeEggThief Mon 21-Jan-13 16:46:03

I miss being impulsive and being able to buy whatever or go wherever I want (within reason). I find it very hard to justify a takeaway or meal out now, even on the rare occasions I can actually afford it sad.

Branleuse Mon 21-Jan-13 17:04:49

fairtrade freerange cocaine


williaminajetfighter Mon 21-Jan-13 18:18:17

Brainleuse that made me laugh a lot. grin

williaminajetfighter Mon 21-Jan-13 18:18:36

Cuz it's true grin

frantic53 Mon 21-Jan-13 18:34:29

All the above, but the thing I'm missing most atm is heating. Sitting under three blankets with two hot water bottles and watching my breath. sad

BoffinMum Fri 25-Jan-13 12:34:43

Weekends away, that's what I miss.

NicknameTaken Fri 25-Jan-13 16:47:06

Am I the only one to be secretly pleased to give up gym membership? <lazy>

Also, I quite like bringing my own lunch to work.

Never spent money on fresh flowers or makeup or clothes or more than the bare minimum of heating.


I miss day trips and weekends away too - not even pricy ones, I used to go somewhere not too distant by public transport and stay in a hostel, just to have a change of scene. Not any more.

Perhaps most of all, I miss the peace of mind that you have when you're reasonably certain that income will cover expenditure. I'm sick of all the mental calculations and juggling and worrying about what I can put off till next month and whether there is any possibility of getting more credit and how on earth to manage if an unexpected expense arises.

JamNan Mon 18-Feb-13 11:57:47

A pedicure, a decent haircut, dentistry, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, new clothes and boots, Friday night takeaway, glasses (I had to buy ten quid ones from the chemist when mine broke). Holidays and going to see my friends who live a long way away. Art exhibitions in London - can;t afford the £40 quid train fare now. Cinema.

I am in constant fear that we will be chucked out of our rental because we are late paying the rent (self employed) and that the car will break down and I can't afford to fix it.

Poundpup Wed 20-Feb-13 21:09:54

I definately miss just being able to jump into the car and head out for the day. Now I have to think about petrol, parking costs and unexpected expenses before I can even open the front door!

Cakebitch Thu 21-Feb-13 18:14:39

All these things. Every one of them.

TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 21-Feb-13 18:25:02

I miss socializing with friends.

We are actually a little better of than a few years ago (thank fuck) but still not got disposable cash really. Neither do friends, costs too much to drive and meet up regularly, go out and have drinks in the middle etc.

thriftymrs Mon 15-Apr-13 17:35:54

I see a few of you have mentioned really missing being able to buy perfume. There are some really good "freebie" sites where you can get free perfume samples and often the big department stores with posh perfume counters have them. House of Fraser near Fenchurch Street Station sometimes has huge bowls of perfume samples where you can help yourself. And if you have the balls, you can always ask at the counter if they have any samples. Large branches of M&S also sometimes have small free samples of perfume and cosmetics. I haven't bought any perfume for at least 5 years and just get by on these freebies. It's fine if you are not too fussy about a particular perfume and you can always give away any you're not keen on. Just an idea for you.

WhitesandsofLuskentyre Thu 18-Apr-13 17:49:42

But, but, but... there's a flipside to this:

Result no. 1: I went to a party the other night and had to make do with wearing stuff I already owned shockwink. I just put it all together in a different way. God I was chuffed with myself! And not having new party gear didn't make me feel any less good about myself, either.

Result no. 2: I have down-branded from Olay to Aldi Q10 and find it is better for my skin, and I prefer the smell.

Result no. 3: Thinking about it, I buy a lot of stuff at Aldi, which the family now prefers to any other brand! (DDs particularly like the make-up.)

Result no. 4: I have bought loads of books from charity shops and car boots, and have found some great authors as a result (I don't want to pay £7.99 in case it's a dud, but I don't mind spending 50p). Never stops me going into Waterstones, and enjoying a browse but I just think "How much?!"

Result no. 5: I've lost weight because we don't have very many tempting treats in the cupboards or fridge. I have ingredients for meals, and I have cheapo biscuits for the DCs (I buy ones I don't like!).

Result no. 6: The joy of buying my summer "wardrobe" for £13 (a tee-shirt in Primark that I liked so much I bought it in three colours, and a pair of summery ballet pumps).

That said, I do miss:
Having my hair cut and coloured
Buying fresh flowers
Having perfume (first time in 25 years I haven't had at least one bottle on the go)

I've been with DP for 6 years and we have had one 4-day holiday in the UK in all that time. I felt a bit sad the other day when DS (4) was watching some holiday ad on the telly and said "I'd like to go on a holiday one day."

Millie2013 Fri 19-Apr-13 17:27:49

I miss just jumping in the car and "going for a drive", each journey is now thought out and planned and I combine outings wherever possible to cut down on fuel usage

Startail Fri 19-Apr-13 17:36:52

Swimming, I will go back in the summer, but it's grim doing the shopping with wet hair in winter.

Can't justify the petrol just to swim.

Ought to walk or cycle because they are free, but love swimming.

But mostly I miss just feeling I don't need to think about money.

We're very lucky we're far from badly off, but petrol food and heating oil are very noticeable increases.

milkymocha Tue 23-Apr-13 17:30:49

Lunch grin

KitWillDoodle Sat 04-May-13 16:57:18

Definitely having a professional cut and colour, but I mostly miss not feeling guilty every time I pay for something that isn't an 'essential'. On the rare occasion my husband and I do go out for dinner, I can't seem to relax and enjoy myself because I'm now so hung up about spending money. Went to a 40th not long ago and bought a vodka/lime and soda for £7.60, went on about it so much I literally cleared the room. I have become the most boring person in the world....with the worst hair...!

siezethenight Sat 04-May-13 18:13:02

I miss my peace of mind the most - there is little comfort in sleep when you know you are waking up tomorrow to relive financial groundhog day all over again.

ShadeofViolet Thu 09-May-13 13:51:11

Magazines - I used to have a subscription for a couple but I had to stop these.

Nice shampoo/conditioner - used to treat myself to Aveda but I just cant justify the expense.

Blu Thu 09-May-13 13:54:18

Our cleaner.
We both work f/t, house is grubby, weekends stressful as we attempt to clean or bicker about cleaning / lack of cleaning.

SEWannabe Wed 15-May-13 20:03:17

I agree with everyone who says they miss not having to think about petrol costs.
I miss not having to think about whether i can afford to put the heating on.

And also books, I miss buying loads of books. But to compensate, I have just sold a load of old textbooks from Uni (graduated last year), and will buy myself 1 book before using the rest to pay bills.

Most of all, i miss being able to sleep properly, without having to worry about how i am going to feed us, pay the bills, find a job and heat the house.

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