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Sparklysilversequins Tue 17-Sep-13 00:14:13

On £700 a month after ALL bills and food etc are paid?

Because someone I know is dropping around like a wet weekend because that's all they will have.

So am I?

Sparklysilversequins Tue 17-Sep-13 00:14:53

Drooping NOT dropping.

timidviper Tue 17-Sep-13 00:16:01

If it is after all bills and food then, of course, YANBU

Lj8893 Tue 17-Sep-13 00:17:11


Some people have to survive on that including all thier rent and bills etc.

Sparklysilversequins Tue 17-Sep-13 00:17:19

Yep after ALL bills, rent, heating, weekly food budget etc.

gintastic Tue 17-Sep-13 00:21:56

I wish we had half that amount!

NatashaBee Tue 17-Sep-13 00:22:12

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Birdsgottafly Tue 17-Sep-13 00:23:19

What exactly have they got left to buy that they are panicking over?

Sparklysilversequins Tue 17-Sep-13 00:25:09

They won't be able to go on Holidays and Christmas will be a struggle apparently hmm.

Lj8893 Tue 17-Sep-13 00:28:21

Who are these crazy people?! I want to give them a good shake!

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 17-Sep-13 00:36:15

£700 a month just on 'stuff'?


Oh, the poor, sad peasants.


I don't have much more than that each month to cover everything.

Retroformica Tue 17-Sep-13 09:11:07

Do they have kids clubs to pay for? Even if that's the case, they are laughing!

hippo123 Tue 17-Sep-13 09:25:52

£700 after bills! We don't even have £70. Send her round here and she'll realise how lucky she is.

pictish Tue 17-Sep-13 09:27:05

£700 disposable income!!

Who is this person? I am aghast!

Sparklysilversequins Tue 17-Sep-13 09:28:07

No, no kids clubs as yet though that will probably change over the next couple of terms. I don't get the drama, just think she's used to more and I suppose its difficult to make that transition.

LookingThroughTheFog Tue 17-Sep-13 09:28:35

Oh, bless their cotton socks!

HugAndRoll Tue 17-Sep-13 09:28:36

For fuck sake that is more than my entire Christmas budget including 2 children. Christmas will be a struggle? Is she one of the families from 16 kids and counting because I could see her point if she was. If not yanbu.

LookingThroughTheFog Tue 17-Sep-13 09:31:38

You are right though - it's hard to transition down. We've had to do it 3 times when it's been substantial sums of money (and countless times when there have been smaller, one-off sums we have to find from somewhere). The first time we were properly terrified that we wouldn't be able to make ends meet. If we'd have known then what little we'd be surviving on now, we would have fainted. These days, when we get some financial bad news, we tend to do a few hours of moping followed by 'we haven't starved yet...'

gamerchick Tue 17-Sep-13 09:43:45

It does seem unreasonable when you have to do on less but hard to be sympathetic if you're already there and surviving. I've watched the husband go through it when he changed jobs and no longer has loads to spend on stuff. You do get used eventually.

It's amazing how money just gets wasted when you're forced to live on less and look back.

livinginwonderland Tue 17-Sep-13 09:45:14

I barely have that before I've paid anything! YANBU.

expatinscotland Tue 17-Sep-13 09:47:02


SkinnybitchWannabe Tue 17-Sep-13 09:58:09

YADNBU! I wish I had half that left after all our bills are paid!

noisytoys Tue 17-Sep-13 10:05:48

YANBU we have that to cover bills each month but we used to be far better off and didn't realise how well off we were you just live to your means. The more you earn the more you spend.

sydlexic Tue 17-Sep-13 10:12:55

It is perfectly possible to manage on £700 less than that.

Thewhingingdefective Tue 17-Sep-13 10:22:39

My heart bleeds for them.

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