January is usually an expense-free month for us, there’s no birthdays or other celebrations so we can normally build our savings back up after Christmas. That’s not been the case this week though, thankfully it’s all been budgeted for but it’s still been a little painful.
This year we will be going on our first family holiday abroad which is very exciting but also very expensive. I along with the kids needed passports so that was a big expense to cover all at once. One of the things I didn’t realise was just how expensive those little added extras would cost when applying for the passports.
As my passport was a renewal we were able to submit a digital photo but we needed to send photos of the kids to them with it being their first ones. We took them to a photoshop where I thought I’d misheard when they asked for £19.98 at the till. The last time I got passport photos it cost £6 in a photo booth. Sometimes you don’t realise how much costs have risen over the years.
Then it came to sending our documents off to the passport office, I didn’t want to risk sending them standard so opted for special delivery. I couldn’t believe it when the teller asked me for £13, to send two envelopes surely not! I know I sound ancient complaining about these things but we could have taken a short break with the money we’ve spent on passports.
I had a dentist appointment this week too so there went another twenty-odd pound, followed by letters home from school wanting money for after school clubs. I’m hoping that’s the last of it now, not sure I could stretch our budget much further this week.
I might sound a little like ‘I remember when a pint of milk cost half a shilling’, but seriously when did everything become so expensive?
You might enjoy my previous word of the week post, Organised.