Those of us with a daily commute, know the cost is going up and up all the time. When I moved, and started a new job in 2007, I used to fill my car up with a tank full of diesel for £33 and it would last me the entire week. Now that diesel costs £1.27 a litre, the car is almost unaffordable to commute on a daily basis. My salary hasn’t gone up but all of my bills have. My commute would cost an extra £680 a year (or £1000 before income tax). My only option is the train.
That too is going up! But no where near the hike in prices we constantly have with diesel! My commute will increase from £96.80 per month to £102.60. As everything goes up all the time; we’ll just have to cut back else where. No one has any spare money any more!
We’ve almost frozen to the bone this week. The trains are affected by the cold weather and they are often delayed. That means we have to stand in the cold until it arrives. The little country rail way stations don’t have indoor facilities worth mentioning.
We also have to leave really really early to get our trains. We leave the house at 6.30 am to get the 6.50 train and we don’t get home until 6 pm at night. The cost of saving money means we have a long day and a chilly walk home in the evening. It’s certainly bracing and we’ve both taken to wearing two pairs of gloves, hats and hoods, extra pairs of socks and several layers of clothing.
If any of you wonder what I would do if I won the lottery (I never buy a ticket BTW!) – I would fill the car up with diesel and go any place I like!!! Just because I can!