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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?

Preciousbane Tue 17-Sep-13 10:37:59

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Preciousbane Tue 17-Sep-13 10:34:57

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charleyturtle Tue 17-Sep-13 10:25:06

I only get paid £700 a month, after the bills and food go out I end up with maybe £100 left over, I feel like i'm the queen of England with all my extra cash to spend on birthday and chirstmas presents. last week I even bought myself a new pair of jeans (that actually fit!)

£700 for fun money is loads! pop £500 a month aside and you can pay for a fancy holiday in no time at all! They are being very silly.

jungletoes Tue 17-Sep-13 10:24:19

It's all relative imo.

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

My heart bleeds for them.

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

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

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.

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

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

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


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

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

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.

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...'

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 09:28:35

Oh, bless their cotton socks!

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.

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

£700 disposable income!!

Who is this person? I am aghast!

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

I wish we had half that amount!

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

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

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