In our house the cost-of-living crisis is hitting us really hard.
Our electricity bills have gone up by £30 per month. I guess we get £66 extra to pay for the electricity, but what doesn’t help is they try to charge you quarterly in lump sums. My last gas bill came in at over £400.
Also, my family of five eats and drinks quite a lot. We get through so much tea, bread and milk in a month. Those things are the main priority in our house.
My last gas bill came in at over £400.
But while we all like tea and bread we otherwise have different diets and tastes in food. Two of us eat meat, two are pescatarian and one is vegetarian.
This means we have to shop for the ingredients needed to make different meals at every mealtime, so it all works out very expensive.
And so many food items have gone up in price. Soya milk, oat milk, bread, toilet rolls, meat, fish and dry dog food all cost much more now.
Healthy drinks, prawns and some different types of fish snacks are now so expensive I can’t buy them anymore at all.
We are struggling to put food on the table even though we grow our own vegetables. If all we have to eat is onion and potato soup we just have to deal with it. Sometimes us adults have to do without so the teenagers can be fed.
Transport has to be added in as well because some of us in the family can’t get bus freedom passes. My daughter has to pay £25 per week to travel by bus.
We are struggling to put food on the table even though we grow our own vegetables.
It is hard living in 2023 now; things are so high in price. But being able to survive on what you have is important to our family. We survive because we are survivors and we have had to.
Not everybody can get all the Government cost-of-living crisis payments. We’re one of those people who can’t get the £650 pay-outs for disabled people who also receive means tested benefits. It’s a shame because it would help us a lot.
The cost of living is getting higher and higher and there isn’t enough help for us around it. So even though we are on benefits we have to get through this crisis without any support.
Still, I know that some people are worse off than I am.