I am around 6 weeks in to living back as a Lone Parent on benefits.
I have to be honest and say it is easier than the first time round. The parenting side of things hasn't changed much - it is harder because the girls cannot get out and do much. But then again, compared to last year when we did go out and do things, its much cheaper this time round. Its not that I can buy them many more things - I am in debt for the console and clothes and Christmas/birthdays from last year. And it would be much better to be able to go out and play badminton or go swimming. But we cannot yet. And when that changes I will need to budget better.