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Update on Dad

September 21st, 2009 at 05:20 am

I visited Dad today, he is much better and he is no longer having oxygen but still gets puffed easily. More fluid is on his lungs and he is not sure if they will drain it again...he had a catscan today so we will find out the results of that. I asked a nurse today about him, she knew what was going on so I didn't need to speak to a doctor. He did have a slight heart attack but they are not worried about that as tests on his heart have been fine. They are just treating the pneumonia. They gave him antibiotics while I was there. He is in the cardiac ward because there are no beds available in the general ward, apparently 30% of patients in the cardiac ward are just general patients because of the bed shortages so Dad might be moved if a bed becomes available...

I had a good visit with Dad today, he has put on a bit of weight because they are feeding him too much. Plus he can have coffee and chocolate now, so he has chocolate in the drawer and had a cup of coffee this morning. I am recharging some batteries for a portable radio at the moment which we will take in tomorrow. We paid for the TV for a week which ends on Thursday but he said he will just have the radio instead which will save a bit of money! Well a lot actually as the TV is $40.90 a week which is a bit of a rip off as there aren't many channels and we have at home 50+ channels in 2 rooms for $80 a month!

So he is doing much better and maybe he will be home soon! I hope so as I miss him. It's amazing how much you find you love someone when something like this happens!

I am sick...

September 5th, 2009 at 05:30 am

I am all stuffed up, I feel weak and lethargic, I have slept all day today.

I hate being sick...

I was 316.8 pounds this morning...

Moving this blog

February 24th, 2007 at 02:40 am

I have decided to move this blog to http://lowincomelady.blogspot.com/ Blogger has more features and I have more control over the look of my blog and more options on what I want to do. I love the community here but the features are too limited here.

You are most welcome to visit me there!

Cheers

lowincomelady

Paying off Debt History

February 18th, 2007 at 08:35 am

I was taught as a child to hate debt. My parents are very frugal and I am also. I hate to wate money, I rarely go shopping for fun. I stick to a list when grocery shopping. I buy clothes from thrift shops, I hate to pay full price.

I have just bought a friend her birthday present for $2.61. It is an ebook written by a personal finance blogger and it is designed to be printed out. So I will print it out and present it nicely for her. She is debt-free and is saving money so hopefully it will be helpful for her.

I also did some shopping this morning on grocery items. I spent $19.90 on some fruit, cordial and minced garlic as we had run out of these things.

We get paid on Thursday so hopefully we will be able to get through till then. I want to do my shopping then as there is a special at Aldi for boys underwear that I want to get.

I also have to go to Sydney on Tuesday, I just intend to spend $2.50 on my train fare and that's all. I will take my food and drinks with me.

So spending tally today is $22.51

Introduction

February 18th, 2007 at 06:46 am

I am a lady on a low income. Well thats what the website says! I am a disabled single parent with a young 7 year old son living with my parents. Together with my parents, I have a mortgage and I manage to send my son to a private school. My personal income is low but together with my parent's income we manage to survive. We are even on track to pay $112 000 of mortgage debt by 2012. We are very frugal people, we do not have any addictions. We have enough to eat.

I need to be able to pay off this mortgage while we have the income to pay it off quickly. There is no way I can afford to pay it off without my parents.

To be exact, our current debt is $112 110.84 and the credit card is $377.01. We will pay the credit card off in full by the 5th of next month. Our household income is 1702.72 a fortnight. That amount will go up by $30 next month.

Our shopping bill is about $250 a fortnight and we pay about $300 for meat every 3-4 months. Bills work out to be about $150 a fortnight.

My Dad collects stamps. This costs $45 a month. He also plays chess, this costs about $13 for every tournament he enters every couple of months. I have a membership at a local video store that costs $44.95 a month. I'm not sure if I will continue with this.

The stamps and the videos are paid for by our $25 a fortnight pocket money. So pocket money for my Mum Dad and I costs $75 a fortnight.

I also go to a weight loss group that costs $8.50 a week, ($5 a week which is given back at the end of the year in a lump sum, $2.50 transport and $1 rent)

Thats all I can think of for now. Join me as I track my budget, my spending and my failures and successes!