Awake before 9 today, up ready to pick up the Ocado delivery, technically I bought this weeks food last week, so this won't come out of the £53. Budgeting like this is an important lesson for many in the country; one week you may be earning a few thousand a week, the next you find yourself seeking employment. The sensible man should ensure his Ocada account is paid up front, otherwise he may find himself sans organic vegetables, wine and meat.
Elizabeth is off into town now, will meet up later at the office for a catch up with some of the constituents. Not a bad bunch, well, they voted me in a few times now, although some can be dressed slightly Saturday night ITV, rather than Sunday afternoon BBC, if you catch my drift. Am wondering if we could make savings by closing all constituency office in the country... like the progress we're making with the tatty Customer Advice Services. Chap can make a phone call now he if wants a bit of advice, doesn't cost much, put the spending power back in the hands of the consumer, face to face meetings very old hat now, everything done on the phone.
Nothing on the office fax, far too many messages on the answer phone so make the executive decision to delete all. Key chaps in the local area have my mobile anyway so know to call that, making contacts in this game is so key, have tried explaining need to send children to good school (size of fees is a good benchmark here) to many local people but they are too often too lazy to agree. Old boys network v important. Must find out which schools poor people go to, maybe we should close down or start charging?
Plumber finally fixed kitchen taps in office, now says he wants paying. Explain that I am living frugally this week and will pay next. Plumber breaks taps again and says will come back next week and charge more. Happy arrangement for everyone and helps me hitting key savings targets. Sometimes putting things off for a week or two, whilst more costly, does buy one more time.
Elizabeth is treating me to dinner out this evening, very important that if you yourself are living off £53 pounds per week that you have married well enough. Will raise this one at next cabinet. Couldn't finish the lobster, New Zealand wine of good age and v agreeable so we asked staff at The La Boheme to send a case to the house.
Well, one day down and nothing spent whatsoever! Being a fully paid up member of the undeserving poor even easier than I assumed.