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Trimming, trimming, trimming

This has been the week where we're trying to actually get our budget adjusted to what we can afford without a roommate. J's cancelled his gym membership; I got a phone plan that I think will cost me less (and hopefully be more helpful for getting jobs as it's actually got voicemail); he's switched to a sim-only plan; I moved our electricity/gas off of rip off meisters British Gas; we've cancelled counseling for the foreseeable future; I am sadly bidding goodbye to the housecleaner. Apparently as I've been signed off for more than three months I qualify for a higher level of ESA, but only if they do an evaluation, and surprise! there's a backlog. And they don't appear to backdate the checks.

Now if only we'd done our budget earlier we might not have bought tickets to go to Inverness for Christmas and bought a dehumidifier; but none of this is refundable and I'm sure the dehumidifier is going to have to help my health, which has fallen apart each of the last three winters. But if I'm sitting around all day in an apartment that heated at around 50 degrees, I'm not sure how much the dehumidifier will keep me from getting bronchial infections. And, well, a lot of the other spending was based on being optimistic about my ability to get a job (and be well enough to keep it). It may still happen; I've had five jobs sent my way in the last two weeks and I only need one of them to work out.

One good thing is that my attempts to keep going to theater affordable by working the blog has been pretty successful: I just got free tickets to a panto at a venue I really enjoy and the person who runs the London Horror festival is comping me into the Lovecraft show I really wanted to see. I may even be able to get tickets to review some shows in the Suspense Adult Puppetry festival (otherwise way out of budget), and I'll be having my first review up on a big local blog (with multiple writers) at the beginning of November. So I can keep seeing and writing about theater without breaking the bank. Yay!

Anyway: running is free, good food can be made for cheap, and it costs nothing to play cards. And the show tonight that I'm seeing for 10 quid was paid for back in February. So this can be done. But I'd like to be making more money, no doubt about it.

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