So now we’re back from our travels, I’d kind of forgotten that half the house was a building site! It was a bit surreal to walk into the kitchen to see half the units missing and the bare plaster on the wall where the tiles have been taken down (we got our own one-man wrecking machine, Charlie, to do it, of course).
Sadly, we also came back to the news that Mr E is being made redundant. Things in his industry have been bad for a while so we kind of knew it was on the cards. We’re trying to keep positive and just hoping that something else comes up pretty soon.
In the mean time, I think it will do us good to really start to think about the money we spend and how we budget. When we were doing the thrifty organic challenge, I was actually a bit shocked at how random my shopping style is. If we need stuff, I tend to run out to the shops and pick it up (the perks of working from home but also the down side as I tend to pick up a load of other stuff at the same time!).
Of course, with all this come questions about the kitchen – should we continue to spend the money we saved for the kitchen and get it finished, or should that now be saved just in case Mr E doesn’t slot straight into another job? It’s so hard to know what to do. We’re also going to be having a bit of a reshuffle, money-wise, and maybe think about using a balance transfer to move our small amount of credit card debt so we can pay it off interest free.
And then there are other questions: should I go out and get a job? And what does that mean for English Mum? Would I be able to carry it on? After nine years and counting, I don’t think I’d just be able to walk away. And if I did get a job, what would I do? Oh, weird times. Weird times indeed.