Lois N on 13 February 2021
Q. Where have you had to cut back on? What's been most difficult to find money for?

For me, it's definitely been any small luxuries for me. And when I talk about small luxuries I'm talking about sort of going out a couple of times a week and getting fresh fruit and vegetables and trying to eek those out throughout the week. We haven't felt the impact so much from a food perspective as I say, we got the food vouchers. So that's really helped us now. I'm quite a thrift buyer anyway. You know, I try and be clever with what I'm feeding us. Stuff for [my son], you know, he's growing. I can't go out and buy a new pair of shoes because he's growing and then you start to justify that actually well they're not going out that much anyway and blahdy-blahdy-blah. But all of those things still need buying so I go without. And also I found that in terms of when you're when you're talking about what impact its had on you're focusing on the financial impact, but actually one of the things that's really affected for me is my peace of mind. So not knowing month to month whether or not, I don't look at my bank account. Not knowing month to month whether or not I'm going to be able to make those bills, really worried that our local Council, because they've reduced our council tax, I don't get any help with my housing because it's my own property and you know, I've taken loans out. I've had to take credit for Christmas because I couldn't have physically afforded it otherwise and I'm paying for that now with all of this in mind that this is all going to collapse inwards because they're going to take away that support for the Housing Council tax. That's going and you know, if we don't get the uplift, where do we go? Where do we go? Because there's nothing left.

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