Updated: Jan 9
Mum of two, Tracy Blake, has delivered her umpteenth household budget, and the mood was decidedly down beat for the year ahead.
Holding up the now familiar back of an envelope, and taking regular sips from a glass of Pinot, she spoke of rising supermarket prices, higher energy costs and keeping two cars on the road, whilst reducing spending in other areas to make ends meet. As she finally sat down, after being on her feet most of the morning, the one phrase that best summed up the household finances was “We’re screwed”. Full analysis of her budget is not expected until just after half-three when the kids get in, but the announcement of a continuing freeze on pocket money is not expected to go down well.