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To ask how people afford to live

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Holly94 Thu 18-Jul-13 14:35:05

I know it's a cheeky thing to ask but struggling to understand how we're going to manage.
I'm 11 weeks pg with our first baby (surprise baby) and I have a 20 hour a week job although most weeks do overtime which means I work full time so earn about £800-900 a month and DP works full time his salary is £17500 per year. That works out to around £2000 a month after tax.
At the moment we live with his parents, we pay £180 a month in rent (that covers both of us, and our food) but are looking to move out. However it's all so expensive sad
We've been looking at properties in the £500 per month range but I have no idea how much bills cost, and then with the added costs of travelling to work etc, food, nappies it all seems like we won't have anything at all left over. Oh and DP has a car finance agreement which costs 200 a month as well as various other outgoings.
How do people manage it?

Holly94 Sun 21-Jul-13 11:33:55

iheartshoes I have looked into that and can't decide between a 'classic university' or doing the OU. I know it's cheaper for childcare etc, do you struggle with not having a lecturer or anyone on hand to ask when you're stuck on something? Also could I ask what degree you're doing?

AudrinaAdare Sun 21-Jul-13 11:43:26

I used a cold water steriliser for DS' bits and breastpump. Just a cheap blue container made by Milton and some solution. Much easier on the electric bills and keeps things sterile unlike the whizz-bang Avent thing I used to have where are soon as you lift the lid to get out one bottle the whole lot needs doing again. Pointless! And I was always scalding myself in my sleepless state.

iheartshoes Sun 21-Jul-13 11:44:20

You are assigned a tutor for each module and there are tutorials once a month or so. You are given email
Addy and phone no for tutors who you can ask if you have any problems. Tutors are normally v helpful. There are chat rooms too where you can talk to other students. I love doing my studying I think of it as my "me" time. I'm doing a history degree. They are very understanding in terms of getting assignments done and if you need extensi

iheartshoes Sun 21-Jul-13 11:46:05

Extensions even. I was meant to sit an exam in June but wasn't able to due to dd arriving late and emergency c section throwing my revision plans out the window so they arranged for me to do a re sit this October. I would 100% recommend it. There are quite a few people on mumsnet doing OU degrees I think .

CheeseFondueRocks Sun 21-Jul-13 12:04:09

Another one here doing an OU degree while having young children at home. They are very helpful and flexible.

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