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Sunday, 21 December 2014
The 21st Century Cost of Living.
How much does it cost these days to live a 'normal' life in a first world country?
I imagine that most people probably have the following expenses (very rough estimates).
1. Internet connection £30 per month.
2. Mobile phone £50 per month.
3. Sky TV (others are available) £20 per month.
4. Films to TV £10 per month.
5. Rent/Mortgage for 'adequate' living accommodation £500 per month (min).
6. Water/Gas/Electricity/Heating/etc £150 per month.
7. Food for family of 4 minimum of £400 per month.
8. Local taxes £100 per month.
9. Car/Petrol/Insurance/Road Tax/etc £200 per month.
10. Pub/Wine/Cinema/General luxuries £150 per month.
11. Christmas Day £2,000 for one day.
I may be way out on some of my estimations, but it would roughly level out. With just the above we have monthly costs of about £1,600, or £400 per week. Add on the Christmas spending, and that's nearly £22,000 per annum.
Not surprising that some people claim to live in 'poverty'. None of the above is extravagant, nor is it ever likely to cost much less than now; things can only get worse.
I think I've probably underestimated everything; it makes you wonder how any of us gets by.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
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I was born just south of London, but for the past 46 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!